Mahabalipuram (or Mamallapuram) is an encient port-town of Kancheepuram district in Tamil Nadu. This port was once used by the Indian traders who sailed to countries of South East Asia. The historic port-town along the Coromandel Coast became important to Pallava Kings and by 7th century Mahabalipuram became a very useful seaport of the region.
Mamallapuram, now UNESCO heritage project, is a tourist town and one of the vital attractions rounding Chennai. The city is famous for the oldest remaining examples of Dravidian (South Indian) architecture during 7th to 9th century under Pallava dynasty.
It has a group of 7th and 8th centuries rock cut monuments like rathas, mandapas, temples, sculptures etc.
Mamallapuram dance festival is celebrated every year during the period between December and January in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu.
The nearest mejor airport is in Chennai at a distance of 58 km.RAIL
The nearest railway station at Chengalpattu (Chingleput), 29 km away.ROAD
Numerous daily buses ply to and from Chennai, along three different routes: via Kovalam, Thirupperur and from airport (49km). There are many buses running to Kanchipuram. The bus stand is in the centre of the village.