Full Day - Mahabalipuram Trip from Chennai

Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Chennai


Mahabalipuram well known as Mamallapuram is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city characterizing innumerable imposing rock-cut sculptures and temples which allures everyone.

So plan a one day tour of Mahabalipuram from Chennai and dive into the historical soul of South India lying out with old temples, rock cut caves and temples. The major attractions of a full-day trip of Mahabalipuram are: Dakshinachitra Village, Five Rathas, Arjuna Dhabas, Krishna Mandap, Krishna Butterball and Shore Temple.


  • Delve into a traditional Dravidian (South Indian) Dakshinachitra village and wander on its museum and art workshops to take a rare vision into local customs.
  • Observe South Indian culture through architectural and religious heritage of Mahabalipuram.
  • Explore the admirable examples of Dravidian architecture in Five Rathas, Arjuna Dhabas, Krishna Mandap, Krishna Butterball and Shore Temple.

Day Wise Itinerary

Day 1 : Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Chennai

Early morning you will be pickup from your hotel and proceed toward the Dakshinachitra village by vehicle which is almost 18 miles (29 km) away from Chennai. Expend approximately 45 minutes in Dakshinachitra noted as “A Picture of the South” which conserves the traditional Dravidian way of life.

Here watch traditional Indian homes, uncover the open-air museum and visit the artisan workshops to review about the Dravidian crafts of various regions in South India including Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh – a considerable activity for kids. Here, you may watch traditional theatre performances as well as local craftsmen making pottery and baskets, weaving silk and building puppets.

Then, drive approximately 14.5 miles (23.3 km) to Mahabalipuram which is full of rock-cut monuments and wonderful examples of Dravidian architecture.

On reaching, with your guide visit various cave temples and sculpted respites including Five Rathas, Arjuna Dhabas, Krishna Mandapam, Krishna Butterball and Shore Temple. On the way your guide will point out the Buddhist elements of these exclusive structures and analyse the historical significance of the sites you pass.

In between sightseeing, enjoy a pure Indian lunch at a nearby restaurant in Mahabalipuram. In the evening after your full-day tour you’ll be proceeding toward Chennai.

Excellent examples of Dravidian architecture in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Mahabalipuram, featuring countless impressive rock-cut sculptures and temples. Private air-conditioned transportation and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.

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