What Makes the Architecture of Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram Special?

The first stone structure that the Pallava dynasty started working on was the Shore Temple. There are many amazing structures in the region, but what makes the Shore Temple special is its rock-cut structure. The five storied temple is still one of the most landmark places of South India and is amongst the earliest temples of the region. Recently, stone walls have been built surrounding the temple to protect the structure from getting eroded.

The temple is about 60 feet high in its pyramidal structure and is suspended on a square plinth that measures 50 feet. One simply cannot miss the eclectic mix of history and engineering of this splendid work by the Pallava dynasty.  

Mythical Connect
For those who are interested in the Hindu mythology, they will find the place even more interesting as the temple has a strong connection with King Hiranyakashipu and his son Prahalada. It is believed that after Lord Vishnu killed Hiranyakashipu, Prahalada becomes the king. According to the legend, Prahalada’s son, Bali founded Mahabalipuram.

Quick Facts

 The timing of the temple: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

 Best time to visit: The best time to visit the temple is during the dawn or dusk when the place looks most charming. This is a loved place for the shutterbugs who can capture the emotions of nature with the Shore Temple in focus! The entry ticket counter closes after 5:30 pm.

 Visit duration: You need to spend around two hours to have a complete tour in and around the temple complex.

 Tour guides: You can find the local tour guides who can help you understand the legends linked with the place.

Entry Fees
•  For Indian Citizen: Rs. 10
•  For Kids: Free Entry (for those below 15 years)
•  International visitors: US $5

Things to Do
•  The place is one of the finest options for spending a relaxing weekend with your friends and family
•  Mahabalipuram beach offers interesting activities such as swimming and more
•  There are many popular festivals such as the Indian Dance Festival when there is a huge gathering of tourists

How to Reach
•  By air – Chennai (Madras) is the closest airport from Mahabalipuram and is approximately 60km (37mi) away. You can find the connecting flights to all major cities in the country.
•  By rail – Chengalpattu is the closest railhead to Mahabalipuram and is about 29km (18mi) away from the city. You can find connecting trains to all major South Indian cities.
•  By rail – The distance to the main points from the city are – Mamallapuram is 57km (35mi), Kanchipuram 69km (43mi), Tirukkalikundram 15.2km 9.4mi), and Pondicherry 95.6km (60mi).

Other Places of Nearby Attraction
•  Tirukkalikundram (about 15.2km)
•  Nithyakalyanaperumal Temple (about 16.7km)
•  Chengalpattu (about 30km)
•  Cholamadal Artist’s Village (about 35km)
•  Mudaliarkuppam (about 38.2km)
•  Sadras (about 52km)

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