Chennai to Mahabalipuram distance is about 50km (31miles). It is about 1 hour plus drive by road. You can take either of the two roads, the OMR (Old Mahabalipuram Road) or the ECR (East Coast Road / State Highway 49) to reach Mahabalipuram. The ECR as the name suggests runs along the coast. The travel distance for both the routes are comparable, the OMR route is a bit longer. The ECR is a toll road and preferred route between the two to reach Mahabalipuram. Both ECR and OMR roads proceed to Pondicherry which is about 100km (62miles) south of Mahabalipuram.

By the way you can catch a bus from Chennai's Koyambedu bus stand to Mahabalipuram. A taxi hire from chennai cost about Rs1700 including the waiting charges, toll fees and parking charges.

A milestone in Tamil language on the ECR showing distances to Pondicherry (101 km) and Mahabalipuram (5km)
East Coat Road

A milestone in Tamil language on the ECR showing distances to Pondicherry (101 km) and Mahabalipuram (5km)

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A milestone in Tamil language on the ECR showing distances to Pondicherry (101 km) and Mahabalipuram (5km)
East Coat Road
The ECR , that connects Mahabalipuram with Chennai and Pondicherry .
ECR
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Atiranachanda Cave
Atiranachanda Cave

Mahishamardini Cave
Mahishamardini Cave

Valayankuttai Ratha
Valayankuttai Ratha

Trimurti Cave
Trimurti Cave

Arjuna Ratha
Arjuna Ratha

Bangalore to Mahabalipuram
Bangalore to Mahabalipuram

Krishna’s Butterball
Krishna’s Butterball

This precariously balancing boulder is a curious tourist attraction. This located in sprawling area where most of the caves in Mahabalipuram are located.

Tiger Cave
Tiger Cave

Draupati Ratha
Draupati Ratha

Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram at a distance about 60km south of Chennai is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India.

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