Mamallapurum’s Five Rathas

The Rathas were a short walk south of Mamallapurum and although they supposedly resembled a chariot, my imagination missed this interpretation. While these seventh century structures were well preserved, they did not deviate much from what I had already seen.

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Five Rathas, Mamallapuram

My advice if you’re heading to this beachside town, visit the main heritage site in the centre of Mamallapuram and forget the rest. I don’t understand why this amazing ancient site was free whereas it cost 250 rupees to visit the shore temple and the five rathas that didn’t come anywhere near the free site’s splendour.

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