Mahabalipuram on the Bay of Bengal was once the main harbour and naval base of the great Pallava emperors with its capital in glittering Kanchipuram- the Golden City. Kanchipuram was known to the Phoenicians, the Greeks and Arab traders.
Mahabalipuram was established by Narasimha Verman nicknamed Mamalla or great wrestler. Hence the original name, Mamallapuram. The Pallavas have left here an astonishing legacy of unique monolithic rock-cut temples, caves, massive bas-reliefs and a lonely Shore Temple. The place offers tourists a superb of monuments and a fine beach resort.
Five monolithic temples named after the five Pandava brothers known as the five chariots, open air rock sculpture known as Arjuna's penance, Mahishasura Mardini caves and Mandapams and few rocks cut temples enlighten the tourists.
'Vedanthangal' 60 Kms from Mahabalipuram is the bird sanctuary where thousands of water birds congregate every year during November. 15 Kms from Mahabalipuram is the crocodile farm where one can see Crocodiles of all sizes.
Important Tourist Places in Mahabalipuram: