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The Shore Temple

#Temple in Mahabalipuram

The structural temple built with blocks of granite is now standing as a testimonial to the rich heritage of India. It is well known for being the first stone structure constructed by the Pallavas. Unlike no other the shore temple is a 5 storied monolithic temple, serving as a landmark by the day and a beacon by night.

The work of art has 3 prominent shrines, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. True to its name, it overlooks the shore of the sandy beaches of Mahabalipuram. The exhilarating temple is an exciting combination of ancient history and natural splendor. The temple is the backdrop of the famous Mahabalipuram dance festival. It is also a dream world of Tamil arts and exhibits. You will see a stone carved sleeping Lord Vishnu in this temple. It is very peaceful and tranquil place.

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Tamil Nadu, India
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Ticket / Cost / Expenses
Time people usually spend here:
2 hours
Latitude / Longitude:
12.6164515°N, 80.1971434°E
Distance from Mahabalipuram to The Shore Temple
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Opening and Closing Timings:

Monday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Tuesday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Thursday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sunday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Read traveller's reviews about The Shore Temple..

Overall Rating:4.5

  '5' out of 5
"Temple by the shore! Its magnificent, a rock beauty which is sure to leave you spell bound. Situated by the shore as the name suggested, the journey to the temple in the compound fills you with lots of knowledge. Calm, quiet and serene are just some of the words which come to your mind when you see the temple. The cuts and the curves on the stone is something to look out for and the amazing rock cut sculpture paves way for beautiful pictures which translates into long lasting memories."
  '4' out of 5
"This is a great place, a UNESCO world heritage site that depicts the ancient, historical art on the walls near the Temple. The temple has very old statues of Hindu Lord Shiva, Goddess Paravti. It also has Lord Vishnu's giant size statue in sleeping posture. The beach area around is a bit dirty, hot and humid but don't miss the Temple. Awesome for History lovers."
  '5' out of 5
"A UNESCO World Heritage site, this is said to be the last of the 7 shore temples in this area. The carvings are intricate, the place is very clean and there are not too much of a crowd."
  '5' out of 5
"Visited many times. 7 pagoda temple referred by Marco Polo during the 7th century is awesome. Only one pagoda is left now and the rest under water. Well maintained and the beach is awesome too. It is. called shore temple and must visit if you are near by."
  '5' out of 5
"Excellent Marvel of construction dates back to Pallava's period, well maintained close to shore, but there is no entrance to shore from temple and you need to walk back completely come out of the temple premises to go to shore. There also pay and use toilets for both men and women for 5 rupees. The entrance fee for all monuments is 30 rupees for indian citizens and 500 for other citizens. "

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