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Mahabalipuram, India

From series “Famous Sunken Towns”
Many ancient cities, which have gone under water thousands of years ago, these days miraculously come back to life. These include the Indian city of Mahabalipuram; stories about it have been regarded as fiction just a few years ago. According to one legend, Mahabalipuram was so beautiful that caused unprecedented envy and wrath of the gods. They decided to flood the city, so one day the whole its territory went under water. In 2004, strong tsunami happened at the Coromandel Coast; as a result of the storm, the coastal territory cleared from the centuries old dust and opened unique archaeological artifacts, ancient temples and statues.

Mahabalipuram, India According to researchers, the age of these buildings is about 6,000 years. They have managed to survive to these days solely by the fact that many thousands of years the ancient city of Mahabalipuram had been flooded. Importantly, the city of the same name exists on the Coromandel Coast, and now its age is about 2,500 years. According to scientists, thousands of years ago the inhabitants of the beautiful city escaped and then founded a new settlement, which borrowed the main character of its predecessor, its name.

Despite the fact that in 2004 part of the buildings at the coast was reconstructed, the study of submarine areas hasn’t stop for many years. Scientists have discovered the ruins of massive prehistoric buildings that stretch for many kilometers inland. If you believe another beautiful legend, then 6 beautiful temples should be hidden under water. It’s is likely that modern researchers have found them. Next - St. Thomas


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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'SBI ATM' located in 0.61 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'South India Tour' is located in 0.42 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Indian Oil' in 1.95 km
Supermarket: 'TR Super Market' in 0.65 km
Parking: 'Panch Ratha Parking' in 1.12 km
Apotheek: 'Karthick Medicals' in 0.63 km
Police station: 'Thiruporur Police Station' in 12 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Sea Shore garden beach restaurant' in 0.4 km
Railway station: 'Thirumani Railway Station' in 23 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Chennai Airport MAA - in 40 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Mahabalipuram

Hotel Ramakrishna

Located in 0 km from Mahabalipuram
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Rooms: 35
The hotel is 25 km from Chengalpettu Railway Station and 45 km from the Chennai International and Domestic Airport. The Chennai Central Railway … More: photo, rates and booking
Chariot Beach Resort

Located in 1 km from Mahabalipuram
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Rooms: 70
Resort Chariot Beach is located 50 km from Chennai International Airport and 55 km from Chennai's city centre. Air-conditioned rooms feature wooden … More: photo, rates and booking
Golden Bay Resorts

Located in 20 km from Mahabalipuram
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Rooms: 34
Situated 80 km from Chennai International Airport, the property is 43 km from Chengalpattu Railway Station and 3 km from Kuvathur Bus Stand. The … More: photo, rates and booking
MGM Beach Resort

Located in 23 km from Mahabalipuram
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Rooms: 88
Tastefully decorated, the elegant rooms come with floor-to-ceiling windows that open out to the greenery. All the well-appointed units are equipped … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Hotel Guhantara
294 km - Hotel Guhantara
Tourists visiting Bangalore have an excellent opportunity to stay at the unique Hotel Guhantara. The hotel is characterized by the fact that it is carved in the caves. Guhantara looks very harmonious and has a cozy and harmonious interior. The hotel is particularly …
Chennai-Rameswaram Route
386 km - Chennai-Rameswaram Route
Not too far from the southeast coast of India lies Ramesvaram island, which can be reached by motor boat or by ferry. But it can also be done in a more extreme way – by Chennai-Ramesveram railroad, the road over the sea. The tiny island is of great interest to …
Carved Pillars Shravanabelagola
404 km - Carved Pillars Shravanabelagola
The tourists who want to see the unique buildings in India can visit the city of Shravanabelagola. There are several remarkable temples, whose main jewelery is the beautiful carved columns. The shape of the columns is peculiar. They were created more than a thousand …
Sri Lanka Meteorite
563 km - Sri Lanka Meteorite
Every meteorite fallen to the earth has not only unique outlines, but also the unique composition. The latter is highly esteemed by the researchers because the elements contained in the meteorite can be the proof of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations. A …
Lighthouse Kovalam
587 km - Lighthouse Kovalam
The Indian lighthouse "Kovalam" is well-known all over the world. It is located on the so-named island. This lighthouse is interesting from the tourist point of view. For tourists the entrance to the tower is free. Visitors can get there without any difficulty because …
Kotmale Oya Bridge
632 km - Kotmale Oya Bridge
There is an extreme bridge in Sri Lanka too. Kotmale Oya Bridge goes across the rough and muddy river of the same name. The bridge has been built long time ago, so wooden boards have decayed and impressive holes formed in between. The relative strength of the bridge is …

Top destination around Mahabalipuram - Chennai

The city, first of all is the largest industrial center, which attracts hundreds of business people from all over the world. In India Chennai is called the automobile capital of the country. Besides Indian companies here are located branches of such factories as Mitsubishi, Ford, and Hyundai. The largest factory that produces military equipment is also located here.

However, this city provides excellent opportunities for tourism. A large number of attractions make rest here interesting and informative. The unique music of Indian architecture can be seen here quite often. You will find, for example, an interesting building of courthouse with a beautiful dome, which once has been the location of a lighthouse. The Victory memorial is also made in the Indian-style. The history itself lives in St. George Fort, which houses a museum complex of East India Company. The temples of the city are also very interesting. Parthasarathy Temple was built by the representatives of Pallava dynasty approximately seven hundred years ago. The debates concerning the age of beautiful Kapaleeswarar temple don’t stop even these days. Of course, this fact doesn’t minimize the significance and beauty of this church that is also an important landmark of the city. Luz Church built in the twelfth century by the Portuguese is also worth attention. Finally, your visit to Museum of the Government is a great way to explore the ancient history of India.
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