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Lying on the Coromandel Coast of Tamil Nadu, the historical town of Mahabalipuram is known to have been established as a flourishing sea port by the Pallava kings during the period from 7th to 10th century. The city was crowned as the second capital of the Pallava dynasty. Most of the temple was built during this time.
The ancient name of the city was ‘Mamallapuram’ which was later changed into Mahabalipura during the reign of King Narsimha Varman I. A very interesting history is associated with the name of the town. It is said that the King Narsima was awarded with a title ‘Mamalla’ meaning ‘the great wrestler’. It was from this title that the name of the city was derived.
The Pallavas ruled here from the 3rd to the 9th century and during this time many saints and poets were born here. The period from 650 to 750 AD is considered to be the most glorious years of the Pallava rules, as during this time the rulers were the most powerful. Since then the city slipped into oblivion and was revived only in the year 1827, by the British who laid the foundation of the modern city of Mahabalipuram.
Travel within city
There are many modes of transport available within the town of Mahabalipuram, and some of these are buses and rented motorcycles.
You can also opt for buses that ply around Mahabalipuram. These buses are mainly tourist buses from Chennai
and other nearby locations. Government run buses from Chennai and Bangalore are also available and these can help you travel around local destinations as well. Bus fares will range between Rs 10 and 30.
Cabs can be taken from the city of Chennai to Mahabalipuram, although no cab agencies are centered around Mahabalipuram per se. Cab charges will range around Rs 1000 to 2000.
Rented motorcycles are also available in Mahabalipuram, and these are quite famous among tourists. You can rent out a motorcycle from one of the rental agencies present in the town, and charges will vary around Rs 300 to 350, depending on the type of motorcycle that you go for.
Mahabalipuram is a very small town, and all major places of interest are located quite close to each other. You can thus travel to all the major regions in Mahabalipuram through foot. This can help you cut down on your transport expenses, and also help you take in the beauty of the region gradually.
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