World Heritage Site Mamallapuram to host Modi, Xi

Mamallapuram is known for its unparalleled works of architecture

The historic coastal town of Mamallapuram on the scenic East Coast Road in Tamil Nadu is the venue for the second India-China informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, scheduled in October 2019.

Mr. Modi will host Mr. Xi for two days — October 11 and 13 — in Mamallapuram. Arrangements are being supervised at the highest levels of the Central and State governments.

Mamallapuram, about 50 km from Chennai, was popularly known as "Seven Pagodas" to European travellers of the 16th century. It is known for its unparalleled works of architecture: rock-cut temples built by the Pallava rulers. The monuments can be grouped under four categories: rock-cut caves, monolithic structures, open air bas-reliefs and structural temples.

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