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Address: Kancheepuram District, Mahabalipuram, India
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Monolithic Carving

The five structures here are cut from a single gigantic dome of rock and the uncleared areas of rock can still be seen. Sadly the work is incomplete as King Narasimha Varman died... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bengaluru, India
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The five structures here are cut from a single gigantic dome of rock and the uncleared areas of rock can still be seen. Sadly the work is incomplete as King Narasimha Varman died in 668 AD. They're called rathas or chariots as they resemble temple chariots and were never consecrated as temples, although the presence of various animals suggests that... More 

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Haywards Heath, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The site was amazing and I am really pleased that we took the time to look at it. We hired a local guide from near the ticket office who really explained everything and the history, which helped bring it all to life. When he finished we let him go and we stayed to take pictures and look a bit closer,... More 

Thank beckylou7575
Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

On the road south to Pondicherry, our family stopped to see Pancha Rathas, the amazing 1400- year old temples, each carved out of one rock in different architectural styles. The carvings on the buildings are intricate Outside the buildings are stone animals. I particularly liked the elephant. The temples relate to the Hindu epic of five brothers and a princess.... More 

Thank alliharper
Surbiton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Want to create an exquisitely carved temple or perhaps a beautiful elephant? First start with a very large granite boulder... This fascinating group of temples and sculptures are all carved from single very large rocks and were experimental! The technique and skill of the carvers was extraordinary. Try and get there early to miss the crowds. When we went there... More 

Thank StuartVine
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Contrary to popular perceptions this has nothing to do with pandavas. it is set of five temples dedictaed to five gods ie Durga, Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma and Indra with their mounts. Craved out a single monolithic rock,

Thank Kingshuk2872
Mainz, Germany
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide headed for this site first thing after breakfast when the school classes and large coachloads of tourists hadn't yet arrived. With his specialist knowledge small details, which would normally have escaped our eye, gained importance and we came to realize the skill and thought that had been taken to create these mini temples and figures so long ago.... More 

Thank colinson
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely worth visiting although the entrance fee is expensive (considering the entrance prices for the other temples). Watch out for fake guides at the entrance.

Thank Steffi S
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good place. Archeological site. Need better planning. No toilet facilities. Visit if you are nearby area.

Thank AmitChheda
Stockton, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The fact that these were carved out of humongous rocks is impressive to say the least. We wandered through the statues and temples, but be warmed, it was HOT. Have plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat, especially for younger children with sensitive skin.

Thank Buhrdy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unbelievable -five small temples near one another that keep your eyes wide open.All in different styles...

Thank Vesna J

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