Mahabalipuram is an ancient city near Chennai that is widely
known for its amazing ancient architecture and sanctuaries. This group of
sanctuaries, mostly carved straight out of granite, is considered a UNESCO
World Heritage Site and attracts visitors from all over the world. If you are a
fan of ancient architecture, intricate carvings, and ancient art, this is one
place that is unlike any other place in the world. It is a great place to visit
with friends and family, and will provide you with enough photo opportunities
to make your head spin!
Rent a car from Zoom and arrive in Mahabalipuram with ease! The best way to get there is via AH43/NH7. Follow this road until you reach AH45 and take it to SH58A. Continue to follow SH58A until you reach Kancheepuram-Chengalpattu Road and follow it until you reach your destination. The entire trip is roughly 350KM and should take about 6 hours, but if you get lost our GPS can guide you the entire way! Get there faster than with a bus or train and stop at your own convenience.
Rent an SUV if you have a big group or rent a sedan such as the Vento or Ford Figo if you have a smaller group or are with your significant other.
If you don't own a car or don't want to take your own car, then Zoom has several options for you to consider:
Hatchback : Take our Ford Figo ZXI for flexibility in your travels. The Figo gives you freedom to explore Mahabalipuram however you want.
Sedans : Zoom with Volkswagen Vento or BMW 320d if you want to ride around Mahabalipuram in style. These cars are great if you have a small group or are with your significant other.
SUV : If trekking is what you crave, the mighty Scorpio is all yours to explore the unexplored. No need to worry about steep uphill climbs or rough terrain, the Scorpio can handle it all. The Scorpio is especially good if you are with a large group of people.
All Zoom cars come with the following: -
- All-inclusive tariff which includes fuel, comprehensive insurance and taxes.
- A 3G enabled tablet, which makes navigation a breeze.
- No deposit required to Zoom off.
order to get the most out of your experience, rent a car from Zoomcar self drive cars so that you
have the freedom to explore Mahabalipuram as you please. No need to negotiate
with rickshaw drivers or walk for kilometers, you can drive however and
wherever you want.
Here are some places nearby Mahabalipuram:
Shore Temple: The oldest structure in the area, this temple is over 1400 years old! It is not the most impressive architectural feat of the surrounding area, but the combination of age and wind/water erosion adds to its antiquity. The area around the temple is a well-manicured park that provides opportunities for picnics and relaxation.
Five Rathas: This site contains five “rathas” or chariots that date back to the 7th century. Enormous stone animals, including elephants, snakes and more, also surround them!
Bike Trip: If you would like to see as many sites as possible while getting some exercise, make sure to check out the bike trips! Tours can be arranged at a minimal price in the town center, but make sure to negotiate, as prices are never fixed!
Insiders Tip: Keep your eyes open for Stone Carving classes!
The best time to visit the Mahabalipuram is from October to March.