Group of Monuments

Located on the Coromandel Coast is a monument complex popularly called the Group of Monuments. Housed in Mahabalipuram, the place is situated close to Chennai in Tamil Nadu and is considered to be a distinguished UNESCO World Heritage Site. Constructed during the reign of the Pallavas, the monument complex includes the mantapas or cave temples, the descent of the Ganges, and the shore temples. Along with these ancient structures come the Pacha Rathas or the temples in chariot forms, namely the Bheema Ratha, the Dharmaraja Ratha, the Arjun Ratha, the Draupadi Ratha and the Nakula Sahadeva Ratha. The monument complex was named as the Seven Pagodas by the Europeans based on the seven pinnacles or stupas of the temples. While at the Group of Monuments, a visit to the museum of sculptures and seashells, showcases the architectural sculptures and pieces found at the site. These 7th and 8th-century architectural prowess make Mahabalipuram a renowned tourist hotspot. Founded during the Pallava sovereign in Madras, the harbour of Mahabalipuram was famous for its Brahmin temples and rock sanctuaries. Most of these rock-cut rathas and other sculpted scenes on the open rocks are attributed to the Narasimhavarman rule.

About Group of Monuments

Located on the Coromandel Coast is a monument complex popularly called the Group of Monuments. Housed in Mahabalipuram, the place is situated close to Chennai in Tamil Nadu and is considered to be a distinguished UNESCO World Heritage Site. Constructed during the reign of the Pallavas, the monument complex includes the mantapas or cave temples, the descent of the Ganges, and the shore temples. Along with these ancient structures come the Pacha Rathas or the temples in chariot forms, namely the Bheema Ratha, the Dharmaraja Ratha, the Arjun Ratha, the Draupadi Ratha and the Nakula Sahadeva Ratha. The monument complex was named as the Seven Pagodas by the Europeans based on the seven pinnacles or stupas of the temples. While at the Group of Monuments, a visit to the museum of sculptures and seashells, showcases the architectural sculptures and pieces found at the site. These 7th and 8th-century architectural prowess make Mahabalipuram a renowned tourist hotspot. Founded during the Pallava sovereign in Madras, the harbour of Mahabalipuram was famous for its Brahmin temples and rock sanctuaries. Most of these rock-cut rathas and other sculpted scenes on the open rocks are attributed to the Narasimhavarman rule.

Outstanding Universal Value

Mahabalipuram was established as a town by the Pallava kings in the 7th century. During the rule of Narasimhavarman, the structures and temples built between 630 and 728 AD became world-renowned. This era was considered to be the rock-cut architecture period, which included the construction of other temples in South India. During this time, the Dravidian architectural style was adopted. One of the most magnificent temples of Mahabalipuram is the Shore Temple that was constructed during the rule of another Pallava ruler, Rajasimha, in the 8th century. This was when structural temples gained more popularity over the rock-cut temples of monolithic time.

Monument Information

Address

Fisherman Colony, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104

How To Reach

  • Nearest Airport :Chennai International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station :Chengalpattu Railway Station
  • Nearest Bus Station : Mahabalipuram Bus Stand - Access buses to and from Pondicherry, Chennai and Kanchipuram

Opening Hours

  • Opening Time : 06:00:00 am
  • Closing Time :06:00:00 pm

Weather

  • Monsoon : Maximum: 25°C, Minimum: 21°C

    Summer : Maximum: 42°C, Minimum: 21°C

    Winter : Maximum: 25°C, Minimum: 16°C

    Recommended Season to Visit : Winter Season (November to February)

Facilities available At the Monument

Accommodation near the monument

Contact Details

  • Shri K. Lourdusamy
  • Phone: 91-25670396-97, 25679332(T-f), 8236252045
  • E-mail: circlechennai.asi@gov.in, circlechennai.asi@gov.in circleche.asi@gmail.com"

Museums near monument

Ticket Information

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • The Monument is open for visitors between sunrise and sunset.
  • Visitor shall be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.
INDIAN Visitor:
Total ₹ 40
₹ 40 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
FOREIGNER Visitor:
Total ₹ 600
₹ 600 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
SAARC Visitor:
Total ₹ 40
₹ 40 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
BIMSTEC Visitor:
Total ₹ 40
₹ 40 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax