Rank: Top 1000
Wonder Type: Cultural
Best of: Rock Art
This group of sanctuaries, founded by the Pallava kings, was carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries. It is known especially for its rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air reliefs such as the famous 'Descent of the Ganges', and the temple of Rivage, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva.
This article uses material from UNESCO World Heritage List article "Mahabalipuram", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 IGO License.