by Wojciech Fedoruk - 2 years, 8 months ago
Mahabalipuram is a group of monuments from the 7th century, located near Chennai and, in my opinion, more interesting than that big city. In 1984 Mahabalipuram was nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I visited Mahabalipuram in the first day of my visit in India in March 2015. I went there by taxi from Chennai airport (approx. 2200 INR for return trip to the city center), but there is a very good system of cheap public buses from Chennai.
The site itself was nice but, comparing to other World Heritage Sites in Southern India, not so deligthful. The site is not big, but there is some distance from the Shore Temple to Five Rathas. The latter I liked the most, especially because there were a lot of school children in uniforms, running and climbing the stairs and statues. The surroundings of the Shore Temple were, to my regret, not so beautiful and the beach was full of litter.