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Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram is a town in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu. It is located at about 56km from Chennai. This town is famous for its stone carvings. Built largely between the 7th and the 9th centuries, this port city of Pallavas has been classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Shore Temple, Sculpture Museum, Krishnas Butterball, Five Rathas are few of the numerous attractions in Mahabalipuram. If you are planning a visit to Mahabalipuram from Chennai, heres how you can reach it. Also Read - Road Trip: Here's How You Can Reach Cuddalore From Chennai by Road
The drive from Chennai to Mahabalipuram through ECR (East Coast Road) is absolutely stunning. It’s a well-maintained road, surrounded by trees on either side of the road. It runs parallel to the coast of Bay of Bengal, making it even more breathtaking. One can reach Mahabalipuram in about 1 hour 45 minutes from Chennai. Also Read - Road Trip: Here's How You Can Reach Pulicat From Chennai by Road
Mahabalipuram is well-connected to Chennai by buses. One can board a bus from Koyembedu (CMBT) or Tiruvanmiyur. There are direct buses from CMBT. Else, you can also board a bus that has a board that reads ECR. However, one must note that many of these buses will drop you outside the town, on the main road.