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Address: Kancheepuram District, Mahabalipuram, India
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914427442226
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Great sculpture

It's an UNESCO site which really worth visiting. The whole sculpture including five Rathas (not completed) was carved from one huge rock. I can't image how the people managed this... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's an UNESCO site which really worth visiting. The whole sculpture including five Rathas (not completed) was carved from one huge rock. I can't image how the people managed this marvelous work at that time. The only thing which is a bit unfair to foreigners is that you have to pay 500 Rupee for the ticket while the Indian only... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Best carvings done on the hard rock. These pancha rathas are carved from one single stone . Best sight for architectural students

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Kolding, Denmark
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This temple is really impressive and beautiful regarding details. Most popular photo spot are an stone elephant and stone lion. Children are running around with high speed enjoying the place - a lot of fun. Tickets to that temple is the same as to Shore Temple and again, not fair for foreigners who should pay 500 IRS instead 20 or... More 

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Vadodara, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After taking our lunch we visited Pancha Rathas : DRAUPADI’S RATHA This is located at the entrance gate , which is simple but most spectacular , shaped like a hut and dedicated to Goddess Durga . It is supported by four corner pillasters and has a niche crowned by Makartoranas on three sides while on the west it has two... More 

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Rewari, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It will take you maximum one-hour to watch and admire all the craftsmanship done in this place by workers of Pallava King. If you are visiting from Chennai, then it is located at the end of the town and you will be starting with shore temple first. If you are indian then you will need to buy a ticket of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazingly preserved, as they were hidden in sand, and just discovered by the British 200 years ago. A must see in the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mahabalipuram is famous for the Pallava kings architecture to honour the 5 Pandava kings during their penance in forests.

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Pune, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Pancha Rathas are monuments built by the Pallava kings and associated with the 5 (Pancha) Pandava brothers an their consort Draupadi from the great epic, Mahabharata. One can spend up to 30-45 minutes at this monument, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites at Mahabalipuram. If coming from Chennai, these are at the opposite end of the... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very close to mahabalipuram beach, good shopping area close to it. Good place for people interested in Indian sculpture

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Kolkata
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the must visit place in Mahabalipuram. weather is hot in every season. We have visited in December, even at that time it was very hot. Good architechture and sand stone work. good for 30m-1hr Visit. monument complex at Mahabalipuram, on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, in the Kancheepuram district of the state of Tamil Nadu,... More 

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