Mamallapuram Dance Festival

In the midst of every winter, Mahabalipuram, a coastal town in South India attracts numerous history, culture and dance lovers! They all come to be part of the legendary Mamallapuram Dance Festival. This vibrant event is a bouquet of colors, moves, gestures, moods, rhythm, devotion, joy, storytelling, acrobatics and musical ecstasy. The best dancers perform classical and hundreds of folk and tribal dances during the whole festival month.

Dance is a rejuvenation of mind, body and soul. And dance performance live in the backdrop of artistically carved and magnificently lit temples and monuments is a surreal experience.

The festival venue is a cultural heritage site with more than 2000 years of history. One witnesses the best of Indian dancers performing on an open-air platform, which is 1300 years old. This place is also the site of Arjuna’s penance; a bas-relief sculpted on two enormous adjacent rocks. It’s a magnificent backdrop with an artistic touch that adds to an exquisite atmosphere of the Mamallapuram Dance Festival.

Come join us and experience the festival vibrancy!

Tamil Nadu, India

Mamallapuram Dance Festival takes place in an ancient town of Mahabalipuram on the coast of South East India. This town has a long history and was once the capital of the Pallavas, Cholas and Rajas of Vijayanagar kingdoms. Now the town is popular among travelers who come visit its UNESCO World heritage site. Various monuments of Mahabalipuram were carved out of rock along the Coromandel Coast in 7th and 8th centuries. The monuments are especially valued for its Mandaps (cave sanctuaries) and Rathas (temples in the form of chariots). One should also not miss the Shore temple and giant open-air reliefs such as ‘Descent of the Ganges’.

Besides this antique place, the state of Tamil Nadu has a lot more to offer. One can choose to stroll on the world’s second largest beach in Chennai or visit amazing temples in Kanchipuram. And of course, one should immerse in the special atmosphere of the coastal town of Pondicherry, still preserving the French touch!

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Day 1

 Chennai! We greet you at Chennai airport and bring you to the hotel.  We will provide you a welcome briefing that covers various aspects of the tour. In addition, we will distribute the India travel kit containing all relevant documents of your trip (air/rail tickets, hotel vouchers, transport, guide, sightseeing vouchers, writing pads and other travel related documents).

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Day 2

 Chennai! We will visit various attractions of Chennai and explore the market. We will visit monuments such as the ancient Shiva Temple at Kapaleeswar and Santhome Church. If you wish, you may spend the evening at Marina Beach.

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Day 3

 Festival day! In the morning, we travel to Kanchipuram, one of the seven sacred cities of India. There, we visit the famous temples of Kallasanatar and Ekambaranatar. After lunch, we arrive at the World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram and visit impressive monuments carved out of the rocks in the 7th and 8th centuries. In the evening, we will join the dance festival organized at the backdrop of the impressive ancient Arjuna penance monument.

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Day 4

 Festival day! After breakfast, we will explore World Heritage Sites of Mahabalipuram such as the Shore temple and the Five Raths. We can also visit an amusement park, VGP golden beach, which is a popular venue for shooting South Indian movies. In the evening, we will again experience the dance festival.

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Day 5

In the morning, we travel to Pondicherry, a former French territory. After the arrival, you may relax in the hotel. Later, we will explore this cute coastal town and visit some of the interesting places such as Aurobindo Ashram and Botanical gardens.

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Day 6

After breakfast, you will still have some free time to enjoy the sights. Later, we will drive back to Chennai. Your trip with us ends, we bid farewell to each other with a goodbye.

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