Relax on the beach, wander colonial streets or savor the historic architecture with these extraordinary gems in South India.
A magical realm of historical beauty Virtuous Mamallapuram’s claim to fame lies in the exquisite Pallava architecture seen in its temples, caves, rathas and monuments along with unspoiled sunny beaches, casuarina trees and handmade crafts. The famous Dance Festival is conducted every January and February.
City Highlights in Mamallapuram: Tour the stunning Shore temples dedicated to Lord Shiva; visit the temple of Anantasayana or ‘reclining Vishnu’; see Arjuna’s Penance, Pancha Pandava Rathas, the Varaha Cave, Krishna’s Butterball; Relax by the beach.
Visit to Dakshinachitra: A visit to the living museum of Dakshinachitra provides an insight into the architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India. Tour the 10acre campus which is recreated to depict 4 South Indian states – Kerela, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andra Pradesh. Explore heritage houses, interact with village artisans, witness folk performances and participate in activities like bead making, basket weaving, pottery, palm leaf carving, paper craft, shell craft and glass painting.