Built largely as the port city of the Pallavas, Mahabalipuram is a living tribute to Dravidian architecture, breathtaking in both its scale and craftsmanship. Once an active hub of global trade, it now entertains visitors from many parts of the world, who fill its narrow streets with conversations, flavors and colors.
They flock to visit the “sea temples” carved from sandstone more than 1,500 years ago, with prominent Buddhist elements of design. They’re also amazed by the vibrant dance festival set against this magnificent backdrop of the ancient stone temples. They take in the sheer brilliance of skill represented by weavers, potters and other artisans. Most notable are the sculptors who are seen everywhere with their angle grinders and power chisels making ever more statues of the Gods and Goddesses!
Nickname: Mamallapattana, Mamallapuram. Ancient mariners knew the town as “Seven Pagoda”.