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“Amazing sculptures !!”

Monuments at Mahabalipuram
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Private Day Tour of Mahabalipuram
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Owner description: Many interesting rock-cut temples and giant open-air reliefs from the 7th and 8th centuries.
Reviewed April 4, 2018

It is an amazing plethora of monuments with outstanding carving. The Arjun Penanace has almost the whole story of Arjuna carved out in stone.

The various caves - Mahishasuramardini, Varaha, Krishna mandapam etc are so well kept that it transports one back to the era when folks actually lived in caves!! The whole mythological story plays out in front of you as you hear the adventures of Pandavas.

The Krishna's butter ball of course, is a miracle to witness - how the several ton rock is balancing at the edge of the hill with no support. It seems so ready to roll at 45 degrees angle but has been in the same spot and position for the last 2000 years or more !!

A must see place. Do a day trip from Chennai if you are short on time !!

Thank GeetaDelhi
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

Perhaps you come for sun and sea but the monuments in mahabalipuram are very special.Espescially the transition in the templebuiding from rocktemple till the beautifull seashore

Thank utbanyan
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

Nyc place to visit, to understand the architectural details. Most of the time mahabalipuram is kind a sunny, use hat.

Thank jayavel97v
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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Closer to Chennai, historical plave.Nothing much but you can have cosy lunch with beer at mahabalipuram after walking around monuments.Not a must visit kinda place.

Thank amangesh
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Reviewed March 28, 2018

It was amazing that these monuments were buried under sand for hundreds of years and only excavated 200 years ago by the British. These granite sculptures were not completed after the death of Narasimhavarman I in the late 7th century and are not known to have any religious significance according to the guide. It was hot as it was summer when we visited and there is no shade.

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