Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) – Once a flourishing port of the Pallavas of ancient India, this monument centre is today a World Heritage Site and is renowned as a major beach resort/holiday centre in South India. The Pallavas have created many marvelous monuments with sculptural panels, caves, monolithic Rathas (Chariot) and temples. Shore Temple, one of the oldest in south dating back to 8th century AD is a good example faith first phase of structural temples constructed in Dravidian style. The Five Rathas, a group fo five monolithic temples, each created in different style. Krishna Mandapam, has a big base relief, notable for its realistic representation. The World's largest bas relief measuring 27m x 9 m, whale back shaped rock contains figures of Gods, demigods, men, beasts, birds and representation of the entire creation.
Kanchipuram - The city of thousand temples, Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India. A former capital of the Pallavas, it is famous for its exquisitely woven silk sarees. Most of the silk saree weavers work from their own homes which you must visit during your trip. Out of the remaining 126 temples in Kanchipuram, the most important are Ekambareswarar spread over in an area of 20 acres and has a tall 58m south gopuram adorned with beautiful sculptures, Varadaraja Swamy Temple, Vaikunda Perumal Temple, Kamakoti Mutt, Kailasanthar Temple, and Kamakshi Amman Temple.
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