Half way between the cities of Chennai and Pondicherry, in Tamil Nadu, sits Mammallapuram (also known as Mahabalipuram).
Famous for its grand stone carvings and structures, this town dates back to the 7th/9th century and it’s one of the oldest examples of South Indian architecture within the Dravidian style.
This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but truth be told, the crowds, lack of maintenance of the surrounding areas and usual businesses that concentrate around such touristic spots, do take out from the sense of care and preservation a place like this should be immersed in. I guess all of that confusion is part of the Indian experience and, as such, should be embraced with an adventurous spirit.
Still very much worth a visit, this is what Mammallapuram and the areas around it look like:
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You should know one thing guys – I’m a big fan of UNESCO World Heritage Sites so I’m adding this place to my bucket list, thank you!
Glad to read that and hope you make it to South India sometime.
The whole state of Tamil Nadu has plenty of interesting things to see and do!
That is so beautiful! I really want to visit India. Thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome Andy!
And yes, India well deserves a visit sometime! :)
Visited there in 1999
As was everywhere else we went
My husband and I were
In India for 4 weeks total
2 week tour in north
2 weeks in south on our own
Best way I can describe India is
It’s like an IMAX movie
Sometimes you’re watching the movie
And sometimes you’re in the movie
Would love to return