Day 03: A day in Mahabalipuram for visits
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, proceed for the sightseeing tour of this temple town. The things to visit here are:
Carved in relief on the face of a huge rock, Arjunas Penance is the mythical story of the River Ganges issuing from its source high in the Himalaya the panel depicts animal, deities and other semi-divine creatures, fable from the Panchatantra, and Arjuna doing a penance to obtain a boon from Lord Shiva.
The Shore Temple:
This beautiful temple, ravaged by the wind and sea, represents the final phase of The Pallavas art and was built in the late 7th century during the reign of Rajasimha. It is believed that at one point in time there were seven such temples, six of them were victims to the natural elements of erosion. This temple has three shrines; one dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the other two to Lord Shiva.
See the eight mandapams shallow, rock-cut halls) scattered over the main hill, two of which have been left unfinished. They are mainly of interest for their internal figure sculptures. On the hill rests a dangerously balanced boulder named Krishnas Butterball after his legendary affinity for fresh butter.
See the architectural prototypes of all Dravidian temples, demonstrating the imposing gopurams and vimanas, multi pillared halls and has sculptured walls which dominate the landscape of Tamil Nadu.