The glory of the Pallavas is evident when you take a walk down Mahabalipuram, where you get transported in time to the 7th Century. Its 40 ancient monuments and Hindu temples will leave you awestruck of the architectural skills and mastery they possessed at that time. The Adi Varaha Perumal cave is a rock cut cave and one of the oldest of them. The 100 foot long Descent of the Ganges or Arjuna’s Penance is one of the largest open air rock reliefs in the world. The Pancha Ratha, an architectural ode to the Pandavas, will leave you wondering how such structures were carved out of a single stone. And to top it all, the Shore Temple, the last of the 7 pagodas spared by the sea, is certain to blow you off your feet.
Legend has it that the Pallava King Narasimhavarman I was also called Mamallan, and that’s how the place earned its name. But the timeless proof of the mastery he has left behind is certainly bound to take your breath away.
UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Monument in 1984.