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Also known as Mamallapuram, Mahabalipuram is a coastal town in eastern Tamil Nadu famous for its lengthy stone-carving tradition. Between the fifth and ninth centuries AD, during the Pallava dynasty, it was a major port though there is little evidence of seafaring bustle now. Instead, its fame has arisen from its granite monuments that were carved during the latter half of the Pallava period. Collectively, these monuments have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. This stone-carving custom is still going strong today, with sculptors providing a soundtrack of chip-chip-chipping throughout the town.
The closest train stations are Chengalpattu (29 kilometres) and Chennai (aka Madras) (58 kilometres).
A taxi from Chennai (aka Madras) will take 1-1.5 hours and cost about Rs600 (Feb 2006).
Mahabalipuram is small enough that all its sights are accessible on foot.
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|Chariot Beach Resort||Five Rathas Road, Near Five Rathas Monuments||Hotel||-|
See also International Telephone Calls
India Post is the national postal service of India, and on their website you find details about prices to send postcards, letters and parcels, both domestically and internationally. For most postcards to send internationally, it is better to visit the post office before writing on the card as you may need quite a few stamps. Parcels must be taken to a tailor, he will then sew it up in white linen. Make sure he seals it with red wax, otherwise the post office may refuse to send it or try to get you to pay them to do it. Sewing up a parcel should only cost 50rs to 200rs. In general, post offices are open from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm in most bigger towns and cities, though there are regional variations and some might keep longer hours or be open during (part of) the weekend as well. Ask around.
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