Top 10 things to do in Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram is considered Tamil Nadu’s most popular tourist destination for stopovers. You will find this destination to be the most beloved place in the country. Some people say that this place is named after the demon Mahabali, who was famous for his benevolence and on the other hand, some believe that it’s called after King Narsimhavaram I of the Pallava Dynasty, who was one of the greatest warriors and his name was retained because of his numerous accomplishments. Countless historical monuments will amaze you.
Here are the top 10 things to do –
World Heritage Site – This is merely enthralling to visit the place that has its own ancientness and significant sculptures, temples, and historical monuments that depict the historical traditionally will come to know more about the Dravidian civilization in Mahabalipuram.
The Shore Temple – The main attraction of this place is the Shore temple that is devoted to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. It’s known for its beautiful craftsmanship, embellished motifs, and intricate carvings.
Five Rathas Site – Huddled together near the southern end of the Mamallapuram, this Five Rathas appear like buildings to people. Surprisingly, though, they were all engraved out of single enormous rocks. All these temples from the seventh century are dedicated to the Hindu Almighty and named after Pandavas.
Mahabalipuram Beach – On sunny days and sandy seashore, you can explore your adventurous side on the beaches of Mahabalipuram. You can enjoy your days over here, and people from all over the world come to this place in search of serenity and gain knowledge about various world-historic
Tiger’s Cave – Tiger’s cave is close to the coastal villages of Salurankuppam, which is just five km to the north side of Mahabalipuram. Most of the huge, impressive figures are positioned on the front side of the caves. As many carvings have a story to tell. One of the incredible picnic spots is The Tiger’s Cave.
Arjuna’s Penance – Arjuna’s Penance is considered as much-admired rock carving, which showcases stories out of the country’s wisdom. It’s carved into the backside of a whale formed rock. Several demigods and gods have been intricately carved into the statues, along with people and animals. The hard work and pain that went into the creation of these outstanding sculptures are quite apparent and deserve respect. These characters appear both humorous and realistic.
Crocodile Bank – The crocodile Bank is situated 14 km from Mahabalipuram. This was established in 1976 by Romulus Whitaker, the herpetologist. It holds a variety of species of African and Indian alligators and some crocodiles. They are contained in open and manufactured pools in a way that looks like a natural environment.
Alamparai Fort – It is located around 50 km away from Mahabalipuram close to Kadappakkam village, Alamparai Fort is mainly in ruins now, though, and it’s yet fantastic This fort is one of Tamil Nadu’s most unexplored and remarkable locations. This place is built at the Mughal time in the seventeenth century. This fort of Alamparai, previously used for commercial purposes for spices, salt, ghee, and cloth, was typically exported from this fort.
Mahishamardini Mandapa – Mahishamardini Mandapa is engraved and carved from various rocks with outstanding scenes from Puranas. The left side panel displays Vishnu sleeping and right side you can see Goddess Durga astride her lion while killing the demon buffalo Mahisha. Inside inner shine, the Murugan is shown sitting among his parents Parvati and Shiva. You can explore various historical and prehistoric monuments at this place
Vedagirishvara Temple – Around fourteen km west from Mamallapuram in Tirukkalikundram, the VedagirishvaraTemple hilltop is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
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