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This 8th-century temple is so named because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal. This is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site because of its architecture, history, and heritage.

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Descent of the Ganges

Descent of the Ganges

0.74km from Shore Temple

Descent of the Ganges is a huge rock monument located on West Raja Street in Mahabalipuram. Carved in the 7th century during the Pallava reign on the face of an enormous boulder, this along with the adjacent carving, Arjuna's Penance, is one of the largest open-air rock sculptures in the world.

Krishna's Butter Ball

Krishna's Butter Ball

0.81km from Shore Temple

A gigantic granite boulder resting on a short incline in the historical town of Mahabalipuram. The boulder is approximately 6 meters high and 5 meters wide and weighs around 250 tons.

Mahabalipuram Light House

Mahabalipuram Light House

0.81km from Shore Temple

It is open to tourists since 2011. It is closed in 2001 due to the LTTE attack. This is one of the Indias oldest lighthouse.

Mahishamardini Rock Cut Mandapa

Mahishamardini Rock Cut Mandapa

0.85km from Shore Temple

A 7th-century Indian rock-cut sculptures Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa is located in Mahabalipuram. The temple is part of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site inscribed in 1984.

Pancha Rathas

Pancha Rathas

1.35km from Shore Temple

UNESCO world heritage site. Pancharathas is a monument complex in Kanchipuram. The pancharathas is a five rock marvels in the complex. It is known for its monolithic architecture.

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology

This is to promote the conservation of the reptiles and amphibians and theirhabitats through education scientifc research and captive breeding.

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Kanchipuram

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Nithin Mathew

Nithin Mathew

2018-06-16

Shore temple, overlooking the bay of Bengal was built in the 7th centuary AD. It is built with granite blocks and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The temple is beleived to be the last of a series of temples existed in the area and the fact is supported by the appearance of its sister temples off the cost during the 2004 tsunami which stuck the coastline. The tsunami exposed an old collapsed temple built entirely of granite blocks. This renewed speculation that Mahablaipuram was a part of the Seven Pagodas described in the diaries of early European seafarers, of which six temples remain submerged in the sea.

The temple complex consists of three temples, two dedicated to Shiva and one to Vishnu. The main, large temple is facing the east and while we were there, construction works were going on around. The smaller one facing the west was open to the public and it was possible to visit the sanctum inside. The third temple too was unaccessible due to ongoing works. The entire complex lies extremely near to the beach and the ground is filled with sand. Since Mahabalipuram in general is extremely popular, expect huge crowd all the time. While we were there, atleast 500 people were inside the temple compound.
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