Mahabalipuram, also called as Mamallapuram, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the second capital of the Pallava kings of Kanchipuram. This is one of the major places of heritage in Tamil Nadu and also one of the must visit weekend getaways from Chennai. Typically, 2 days is required to explore best Mahabalipuram tour packages. Mahabalipuram is known for its historical monuments, sculptures, scenic beauty, culture and tradition. Arjuna's Penance, Shore Temple, Mandapas/Caves, Panch Rathas and Krishna's Butter Ball are the top places to visit in Mahabalipuram. Mahabalipuram is also known for its Mamallapuram Dance Festival which is organized by the Department of Tourism every year during December - January.
Chennai, Pondicherry, Kanchipuram, and Vellore are also close to Mahabalipuram and 3-4 day trips can be planned to visit Mahabalipuram along with these places.