Mahabalipuram, previously known as 'Mamallapuram', is 55
kilometers off to Chennai, the capital city of Tamil nadu.
Mahabalipuram, the magnificent city ashore Coromandel, was
once a trading port of the Pallavas. Pallavas were the first
Dravidic dynasty that ruled over the substantial portion of
the peninsular India. The Pallavas rulers were famous for
their appreciation and patronization of Dravidian art forms.
They were the one who commissioned the magnificent monuments
and temples of Mahabalipuram.
Mahabalipuram beach is famous for its marvelous monuments
that include sculptural panels, caves, Monolithic Rathas
(chariots) and temples. The
art at this place emphasizes robust earthly beauty, imbibed
with life.These monumental splendors and the sunny beach
resorts attract tourists from all over the world.
A crocodile farm, Snake venom extracting center, Schools of
art and sculpture and a wide choice of resorts along the
beach draw holiday-seekers all round the year. Mahabalipuram
beaches are a good place for sunbathing and other related
activities. The resorts that lay scattered all along the
Coromandel offers a range of leisure activities such as
diving, wind surfing and motor boating.