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A complex of stone temples are all that remain of the eighth-century Pallava dynasty that once thrived at Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram), on the coast south of Chennai. Learn the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit the charming town, and relax on a sandy stretch of shore—all accessible on a day trip from Chennai.

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Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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Mahabalipuram is an ancient port town known for its 6th-century rock-cut temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore exquisite stone statues on this exclusive city tour, which gives an in-depth overview of sites like the famous Five Rathas, a set of Dravidian rock temples, and the Sea Shore Temple, an 8th-century granite shrine facing the Bay of Bengal. Round out the day with visits to DakshinaChitra, a “living museum” dedicated to showcasing South Indian culture, and the Madras Crocodile Bank.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.00
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$41.00
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Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai with Guide & pick up drop

Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai with Guide & pick up drop

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Get a primer on Pallava-style architecture on this full-day private tour to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Benefit from personal attention and the ability to travel at your own pace while visiting the Ekambareswar and Kailasanathar temples, then a local saree weaver. Moving on to the port of Mahabalipuram, see the Five Rathas, the shore temple, and Arjuna's Penance, learning about them through guided commentary.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$140.00
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$140.00
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An extraordinary - UNESCO Monuments Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

An extraordinary - UNESCO Monuments Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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Travel by private, climate-controlled vehicle to Mahabalipuram, the seaside Tamil Nadu city famous for its UNESCO-listed rock-cut caves and monuments. See impressive, three-dimensional illustrations of the Mahabharata—India’s national epic—cut from colossal stones, and marvel at the ancient coastal Shore Temple. Tours include complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off in Chennai.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.00
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$43.00
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Mahabalipuram day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

Mahabalipuram day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

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The coastal town of Mahabalipuram makes an ideal day trip from bustling Chennai, but organizing admission fees and transportation to explore independently takes up valuable sightseeing time. On this tour, reach Mahabalipuram in comfort by private vehicle—with entry fees and round-trip transportation from your Chennai hotel included. Explore the Cave temples and rock sculptures with your guide to lead the way, and gain insight into Mahabalipuram’s fascinating 7th-century history.
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  • 7 hours
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$122.67
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Historical Walking Tour in Mamallapuram

Historical Walking Tour in Mamallapuram

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Go behind the scenes in the history-filled coastal city of Mamallapuram on this guided walking tour. Learn the mythological legends behind UNESCO-listed attractions like Arjuna’s Penance and the Five Rathas, which are based on stories from India’s national epic, the Mahabharata. You’ll also get a peek at the Shore Temple, a seaside Vishnu and Shiva shrine built in a Dravidian style.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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$35.00

Archaeologist curated Mahabalipuram Trip

Archaeologist curated Mahabalipuram Trip

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- Young Archaeologist curation, Mesmerising narration, unheard stories, unseen places. - 4 Dimensional perspectives covering History, Archaeological, Architecture & Mythological - Visiting 7th Century Built monuments & temples – Rock-cut architecture, Shore temple, Lighthouse, - Walking around 2004 incident unearthed 2000 years old Subramaniya temple excavated site - Looking at wonders of nature – Krishna Butter Ball, Sea Shell Museum - Shopping seashells, stone sculptures and handicrafts
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$73.66
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$73.66
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Chennai day trip to Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram

Chennai day trip to Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram

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Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram tour from Chennai is about the 8th century twin wonders of Pallava architecture. We will cover the magnificent temples of Ekambareswar & Kailashnath in Kanchipuram and then visit weavers of the famed Kanchipuram Silk Saree. After that we visit the ancient sea port of Mahabalipuram and visit the legendary rock cut structures lie Arjuna’s penance, Five Rathas and the iconic Shore temple which served literally as the beacon for sea farers from the 8th century onwards.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$144.00
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$144.00
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Mahabalipuram Temple and Beach Day Tour from Chennai

Mahabalipuram Temple and Beach Day Tour from Chennai

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A fun tour with a combination of temple run and refreshing beach. After exploring the temples and the Mahabalipuram beach, just relax at the beach and visit plenty of ancient temples which were carved out of large monoliths and an wonder of ancient Indian mastery over stone. Professional surfers can try surfing also as the waters are very rough, however it is on guests own endeavor and nothing to do with our tour.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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$39.52
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$39.52
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Online Live 1-Hour Guided Tour of Mahabalipuram World Heritage Site Near Chennai

Online Live 1-Hour Guided Tour of Mahabalipuram World Heritage Site Near Chennai

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Traveling and exploring new places need not stop during Covid times! The live online tour of 8th century world heritage site is an experience of Mahabalipuram, from the comfort of your home. Our guide will be at the venue and you will join the live and interactive tour via video call over phone. Over the next 1 hour we will travel back to the 8th century to marvel at the rock cut sculptures of Arjuna’s Penance, one of the largest bas-relief masterpieces in the world, the gravity defying Krishna’s Butterball and the magnificent Shore Temple. Since our guide will be at site, he will answer your questions and it will be an interactive tour.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.00
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$20.00
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2 Day Royal Enfield Motorcycle tour from Chennai to Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram

2 Day Royal Enfield Motorcycle tour from Chennai to Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram

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We ride along coast on Royal Enfield Classic Motorcycle to explore World Heritage site of rock cut monuments in Mahabalipuram and French heritage at Pondicherry. An escort rider ensures ease of navigation through the traffic.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$266.67
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$266.67

Top guide in mamallapuram

Top guide in mamallapuram

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Dear Travellers and backpackers this is Sankaran Kumar I am from India I live in Mamallapuram I work tourist guide 30 years my grandfather is tourist guide my father is tourist guide my family live in Mamallapuram more than 100 days my mother is to give rooms for all the traveller Sun backpackers and I learn different language prove that happiness and learn many different culture around the world people I love my work very much I love you help all the traveller you need my help I work as a tourist guide in Mamallapuram Pondicherry Tiruvannamalai Kodaikanal Munnar Kollimalai if you want visit very important culturally temple site seen for village culture meet local people site seen or you want to see only the matches very peaceful place you want to visit mountain or forest or Jungle I can help you out it's my pleasure to help you out find the best way to make your travel easy thank you very much sincere tour guide Sankaran Kumar learn lot of things in South India and Burn with guide
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  • 1 day 4 hours 15 minutes
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$57.65
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$57.65
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15 days culture tour of South India in private car & flight with guide & hotels

15 days culture tour of South India in private car & flight with guide & hotels

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In this South India tour over 15 days, guests will experience the unique culture of the 3 South Indian States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. We will explore the architectural marvels built by patron Kings over the last 1000 years. We will also unravel the mysteries behind colourful rituals in magnificent temples. World heritage monuments of Mahabalipuram, Brihadeswar temple as well as Hampi will be the key highlights. The tour also includes a blissful 24 hours on a house boat in Kerala over the backwaters of the Arabian Sea!
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  • 15 days
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$2,613.34
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$2,613.34
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Private Tour to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram from Chennai

Private Tour to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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Expore the Pallavas Grand architectural masterpiece on this full day tour from Chennai. Kanchipuram is a spectacular temple city known as city of thousand temples which reflects the Glorious Traditions of South India with its noted temples. Then experience UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mahabalipuram group of Monuments, which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel Coast in the 7th and 8th centuries rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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$60.00
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$60.00
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Motorcycle tour to Pondicherry as a day trip from Chennai

Motorcycle tour to Pondicherry as a day trip from Chennai

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The tour is conducted on a Royal Enfield Motorcycle which is the best way to explore these parts of India. An escort rider ensures ease of navigation through the traffic.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$138.67
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$138.67

Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram in a day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram in a day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

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You can easily spend a full day exploring Kanchipuram and Mamallapuram's marvellous temples, caves and rock carvings. Most were carved from the rock during the 7th-century reign of Pallava king Narasimhavarman I, whose nickname Mamalla (Great Wrestler) gave the town its name. Official Archaeological Survey of India guides can be hired at sites.
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  • 12 hours
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$153.60
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$153.60
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8 days Motorcycle tour from Chennai to Coromandel Coast on Royal Enfield

8 days Motorcycle tour from Chennai to Coromandel Coast on Royal Enfield

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India is best explored on a Royal Enfield motorcycle with its legendary thump. The tour is fully guided and comes with an escort rider to help you navigate through Indian traffic. Our escort rider is a cultural evangelist who will ensure you have an immersive cultural experience of India
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,472.00
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$1,472.00

Mahabalipuram Trip with Archaeologist

Mahabalipuram Trip with Archaeologist

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- Mesmerising narration by an young Archaeologist, unheard stories, unseen places. - Perspectives covering History, Archaeological, Architecture & Mythological - Visiting 7th Century Built monuments & temples – Rock-cut architecture, Shore temple, Lighthouse, - Walking around 2004 incident unearthed 2000 years old Subramaniya temple excavated site (Optional) - Looking at wonders of nature – Krishna Butter Ball, Sea Shell Museum (Optional) - Shopping seashells, stone sculptures and handicrafts
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$206.24
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$206.24
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Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram Day Tour

Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram Day Tour

We are providing a private tour to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram in a single day. We are providing the best among all with experienced guide and drivers. We are not commercially oriented and only focus on satisfaction of the customers.
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  • 13 hours
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$162.05
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$162.05
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Poetry in Stones - Day Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

Poetry in Stones - Day Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

There is no reason or season to experiences the extraordinary sculptural creations of poetry in stone that stands testimony to the unique Dravidian architectural monuments at Mahabalipuram.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$40.00
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$40.00
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Bicycle tour in Mahabalipuram with transport from Chennai,lunch & guide

Bicycle tour in Mahabalipuram with transport from Chennai,lunch & guide

Mamallapuram (also called Mahaballipuram) is about an hour's drive from Chennai on the East Coast Road. It was the second capital and seaport of the Pallava Kings who ruled in the 5th century. Local legend has it that there was once a beautiful city here with seven temples, which the Gods submerged under the sea in anger.until in 2002, an Indo-British team of divers discovered a series of man-made structures under water, covering an area of several square miles.Today at Mamallapuram, you can see the famous Shore Temple, the only surviving temple out of the original seven (the rest have sunk under the sea). The Shore Temple is among the oldest temples of South India and represents the final flowering of Pallava art. Arjuna's Penance, one of the world's biggest bas-reliefs depicts the story of the descent of the River Ganges from Heaven to Earth. Cave temples and massive monolithic sculptures (carved from a single large block of granite) make Mamallapuram a place to remember.
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  • 7 hours
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$133.34
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$133.34
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Jewel of South India, 4 days Royal Enfield Motorcycle tour from Chennai

Jewel of South India, 4 days Royal Enfield Motorcycle tour from Chennai

An escort rider who is also a cultural evangelist navigates the Indian traffic for you so you can enjoy the experience with peace of mind.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$528.00
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$528.00

Day Trip to Mahabalipuram (Curated Private Sightseeing Experience)

Day Trip to Mahabalipuram (Curated Private Sightseeing Experience)

Experience the popular gateway Mahabalipuram’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites near to Chennai, known for its picturesque beauty, carved temples and rock-cut caves, heritage and culture on this guided day trip to Chennai's most perennial favorite gateway.
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  • 10 hours
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$132.58
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$132.58
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Full Day Excursion to Dakshinachitra and Mamallapuram from Chennai

Full Day Excursion to Dakshinachitra and Mamallapuram from Chennai

On this day-excursion from Chennai visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mamallapuram. Situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, the site has a fascinating collection of ancient cave and rock temples and sculptures dating back to the 7th and 8th century. En route stop at the village complex of Dakshinachitra. Overlooking the Bay of Bengal, this is a living arts and crafts museum where you can also see artisans and craftsmen at work. Highlights • Living museum of Dakshinachitra • Five monolithic stone chariots • Shore temple • Cave temples • Sculpture of ‘The Descent of the Ganges’
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  • 7 hours
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$253.00
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$253.00
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Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

Mamallapuram (also called Mahaballipuram) is about an hour's drive from Chennai on the East Coast Road. It was the second capital and seaport of the Pallava Kings who ruled in the 5th century.The Shore Temple is among the oldest temples of South India and represents the final flowering of Pallava art. Arjuna's Penance, one of the world's biggest bas-reliefs depicts the story of the descent of the River Ganges from Heaven to Earth. Cave temples and massive monolithic sculptures (carved from a single large block of granite) make Mamallapuram a place to remember. DakshinaChitra is an exciting cross cultural living museum of art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India. The main mission is to exhibit, promote and preserve aspects of the broader, more inclusive cultures of the states and to bring these arts to the public in a participative, enjoyable and engaging way.
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  • 9 hours
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$190.84
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