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Discover a land of archaeological wonders, open-air granite sculptures, and world listed heritage temples with a day trip toMahabalipuram - also known as Mamallapuram, thistown inTamil Nadu was once a busy seaport during the dynasty of the Pallavas. Uncover the past glory with visits toDakshinChitra Craft Foundation and Cholalmandal Artists Village along with the main town area.
At around 10:00 am, get picked up from your hotel in Chennai and commence the hour-long journey by car. A well-informed guide will accompany you to this historical south city where the first stop will be the famous Shore Temple, which is among the oldest temples of South India and is carved from a large block of granite. A short distance from this temple is Descent of the Ganges and Arjuna's Penance monument which is one of the world's biggest bas-reliefs depicting the story of the descent of the River Ganges from Heaven to Earth.
A visit to stone carvers, who continue to preserve the traditional craft of stone sculpting, is possible at a school of sculpture where you can even buy some of the crafted figurines. On the way to Mamallapuram is DakshinChitra where traditional homes from various parts of South India have been transported and re-built, offering you a genuine insight into the lifestyles of the diverse people of South India.
Cholamandal Artists' Village, the largest artists' community in India, is also included in the tour where you can view and buy paintings, sketches, terra-cotta/stone/metal sculptures, batiks and handicrafts made by the artists living the village.
Duration – 8 hours
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