Famed for its intricately carved rock cut temples, ancient monuments, royal forts, and beaches, Mahabalipuram is one of the oldest cities in India. Located on the coast of Bay of Bengal in Tamil Nadu, it was majorly build during the reign of the Pallavas. Shore Temple, Ganesha Ratha, Sthala Sayana Perumal Temple, India Seashell Museum, Karukathamman Temple, Seven Rathas and Karappakam Shivan Temple are among the popular architectural marvels in the city. The beaches in Mahabalipuram are its biggest attractions along with traditional South India cuisine - food in the city is a big delight! Be it handicrafts, antiques, decorative items, jewellery, seashells, silk sarees, paintings and sculptures, there is a lot you can shop for in the city. Mahabalipuram Dance Festival, Sthalasayana Perumal Temple Festivals and Pongal are the biggest and most famous celebrations in the region.