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Since time immemorial, India has been famous for its legacy left behind the great kings and saints in the form of its culture, beliefs and stunning architecture. 

And Tamil Nadu being the part of this ancient land is no less charming; sprinkled throughout with temples and several other historic monuments makes Tamil Nadu worth your time and energy. A sojourn here will leave you craving for more with a sumptuous mix of sweet and joyful memories to look back to and relive. 

One of the highlighting elements of this region is the events and festivals happening annually which are so impressive that it won’t be wrong to give them the status of being cult. One such amazing festival is the Mamallapuram Dance Festival. Celebrated for a period of about twenty days, it is organized at the Arjuna’s Rock Sculpture in Mahabalipuram where a great number of locals and tourists gather to witness the incredible performances pulled-off by the artists. 

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This dance festival was first celebrated in the year 1992. From the beginning, it has been organized by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Department with the support of the Union Ministry of Tourism.

So, if you consider yourself to be a travel aficionado and a dance lover in any remote way, then the Mamallapuram Dance Festival is something that cannot be missed out upon. Mamallapuram Dance Festival 2020 will be celebrated from December 25, 2020, to January 15, 2021. However, due to the COVID situation going on, the celebrations might be curtailed. Talking about the ticket price for the Mamallapuram Dance Festival, it usually costs you between INR 100-200.

Major Attractions of Mamallapuram Dance Festival 2020-2021

1. An Ode to the Age-Old Dance Forms

Needless to say that the Mamallapuram Dance Festival is a kind dance festival of Tamil Nadu where you get to witness performances that are a true blend of sophistication, precision, and enriching emotions. For experiencing the festival in all its glory, people from all across the nation gather here annually and enjoy the rhythmic flow of the artistry poured on stage by the performers. What’s more is that through these performances, the audiences also get to relate to the feeling of ‘unity in diversity’, as it is an amalgamation of several dance forms right from Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Kathakali, Odissi, and Mohini Attam.

2. Arjuna’s Penance

A giant rock-cut relief, Arjuna’s Penance is also referred to as the ‘Descent of the Ganges’. It is here that an open stage is set up for all the performances during the occasion of the Mamallapuram Dance Festival. Due to its overall historic significance, this place seems to be of great interest among history lovers. 

How to Reach Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram is located at a distance of about 2,270, 1,339, 1,747, 346 km from major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here are the details on how you can reach here by the following means of public transportation. 

By Air. Deboard at the Chennai International Airport (MAA) which is situated at an approximate distance of about 50-60 km. As you reach the airport, consider booking a cab or some other means of public transport to reach your respective destination. 

  • From Pune - Board Spicejet, Go Air, AirAsia flights from Pune Airport. The airfares start from INR 4,000-5,000
  • From Coimbatore City - Board Spicejet, IndiGo flights from Coimbatore Airport. The airfares start from INR 3,000-4,000
  • From Kochi - Board AirAsia, IndiGo, Spicejet flights from Kochi International Airport. The airfares start from INR 2,000-3,500

By Train. You can consider deboarding at the Chengalpattu Railway Station or Chennai Central Railway Station. From the station, the overall connectivity via road is quite good, thus, you won’t find any kind of problem continuing your journey further by any public means of transportation.  

  • From Bhubaneswar - Board SRC CEN AC SPL from Bhubaneswar Railway Station and deboard at the Chennai Central Railway Station
  • From Bengaluru - Board SBCMAS SHATABDI from Bengaluru Railway Station and deboard at the Chennai Central 

By Road. Depending upon your location, you can also consider travelling to Mahabalipuram via road networks. From the nearby regions, you can easily book buses, cabs or if you want to travel at your own pace and convenience then you can also self-drive here. 

  • From Vellore City - 140 km through Vellore-Chennai Road
  • From Madanapalle - 249 km via NH42
  • From Dharmapuri - 300 km via NH48

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here.


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