MahabalipuramApprox. Time: 4 hours
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate

Also known as the Seven Pagodas, Mahabalipuram is a pleasant seaside resort 61 km from Chennai. Todat the principal attraction for tourists lies in the wonderful monolithic monuments and stone sculptures for the ancient Pallava dynasty of kings who ruled much of the territory now known as Tamil Nadu, from the 16th century AD.