The internationally acclaimed and globally renowned "Mamallapuram
Dance Festival" is organised by the Department of Tourism, Government
of Tamil Nadu every year in
Mamallapuram - the
renowned and ancient 7th century centre for Pallava culture and arts.
The Dance festival starts on the 25th of December every year and is conducted on all Saturdays and Government holidays, upto February first week. Dancers and musicians of repute from India and abroad thrill the crowds every year. Folk dances of India are an added attraction.
An Ancient Open Arena
Sit before an open-air 'stage' created 13 centuries ago, the incredible monolithic rock sculptures of the Pallavas, next to the sea in this ancient city of Mamallapuram. Lovers of dance will be treated to a very unique and unforgettably aesthetic event: Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Odissi , presented by the very best exponents of the art besides folk dances
(58-km) is the nearest airport with both domestic and international
terminus. Chennai is
connected with all the major places in India through the numerous domestic
flights. International flights operate from various parts of the world to
Rail: The nearest railway stations are Chengalpattu (29-km) and Chennai (58-km). From these stations one has to take road to reach the Mamallapuram.
Road: Buses are available from Pondicherry, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and Chennai to Mamallapuram daily. The road to Mamallapuram is good. Tourists can also hire a taxi from Chennai.
Accommodation is available at the resorts and lodges in Mamallapuram.