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Mahabalipuram Travel Guide

Situated in the state of Tamil Nadu, Mahabalipuram is situated right on the Coromandel Coast next to the Bay of Bengal. It was a well renowned sea port during the 7th and 10th centuries of the Pallava dynasty and has boomed accordingly.

This city was in reality the 2nd capital of the Pallavas. It was primitively called after the rude, cruel, and arrogant King Mahabali who was killed during a furious battle by Lord Vishnu at that position. It was identified by the people more out of gratitude that the hardhearted king was killed there than out of respect upon his death for his leadership.

During the reign of the Pallavas, new styles of art and architecture were initiated. Mahabalipuram is where they attempted and then demonstrated their new artistic and architectural creations. As a result, the area is brimful with rock-cut caves and numerous temples. In fact, this region is often cited to as an open museum. Some of the temples were even withdrawn of one enormous rock rather than simply built out of rock. Not much despoiling has occurred here over the centuries, since the wealth of the Pallavas was never flashed, so the temples are well maintained.

The architecture is not the only draw for holidaymakers in this city. The area is also cuddled in an especially impressive setting. Beautiful white sandy beaches are plenteous, as are the casuarinas trees that are found in copiousness there. Mahabalipuram is also famous for rendering a tremendous shopping experience. Dainty local handmade crafts are promptly available in the local shops.

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