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Picturesque Mahabalipuram

                         Mahabalipuram also known as 'Mamallapuram', located at a distance of 50km from Chennai on East Coast Road is one of the best weekend destination and also a must visit place in Tamilnadu. Listed as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, Temples & monuments in Mahabalipuram were built in 7th century and considered as one of the earliest structural temples in South India. The main attractions in Mahabalipuram are The Shore Temple, Five Rathas, Arjuna's Penance, krishna Mandapam, Varaha caves  and beach . Shore temple in Mahabalipuram   History of Mahabalipuram:                                      The name Mamallapuram is believed to have been given after the Pallava king Narasimhavarman I, who took on the epithet Maha-malla (great wrestler), as the favourite sport of the Pallavas was wrestling.  It is also known by several other names such as Mamallapattana and Mamallapuram. Another name by which Mahabalipuram has been known

Places of Interest in Chennai

Chennai is a gracious city that has a clear skyline, long sandy beaches, parks, historic landmarks and tourist facilities which make it a convenient entry point or base to start your tour of Tamil Nadu and South India.   (Source:               Except weather, Chennai is a very good place in terms of tourism and Tamilnadu Tourism is taking all the steps in preserving the beauty of Chennai and also other tourist places in Tamilnadu. In this post i'm going to give you a brief introduction about all the best places of interest in Chennai. I will update this post frequently with new places of interest and also will include new categories. Chennai Adventure Destinations: Try  Scuba diving, surfing and diving courde @ Pondicherr y. Started by two Australians,  Padi Dive Centre  has recently opened in Pondicherry. The idea is very new, as both diving and surfing appeared recently in the Bay of Bengal (south east coast), contrary to the we