The Monolithic Monuments at Mahabalipuram

With so many amazing sites all around India, Mahabalipuram often gets overlooked. Home to a number of stunning monolithic carvings – get off the beaten path and head to the south of India!


Walking through different parts of the city you can still hear the distinctive clink-clink of stonecutters carving out small statues to sell. The tradition of carving still runs strong in Mahabalipuram and visiting their workshops is to watch artisan craftsmanship in the flesh.

The Pristine Pancha Rathas

Cut from one single piece of stone, this temple dates back to the 8th Century. The intricate designs and architecture have stood the tests of time and make for a delightful visit.

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Descent of the Ganges

The ornate carvings date back an incredible 1300 years and really highlight the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the early Indians.

Krishna’s Butter Ball

This absolutely huge rock has been perching on the slope, perfectly balanced for over 1400 years. It is a popular tourist destination and many people come to ogle at it as it seemingly defies gravity.


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