Reasons to Visit Mahabalipuram

For travel enthusiasts, Mahabalipuram makes the ideal destination as there is something here to interest every kind of tourist. The best part of this temple town is that it is relatively untouched by the vulgarity of commercialization and still retains its pure cultural heritage. The town is located about 60km away from the bustling city of Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal and makes an ideal weekend getaway for residents of the capital city. Mahabalipuram is located in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu and is well connected by a network of roads as well as by rail. The serene ambience, ancient temples, un-crowded beaches and a plethora of hotels and resorts make Mahabalipuram a great vacation destination. Here are some of the amazing places to visit while you are in Mahabalipuram:

The Beach

As always, the ocean works like a magnet for the visitors to come frolic in its blue waters. Surfing is great in this area and an exhilarating time-pass. Mahabalipuram offers a 20km-long coastline with two fabulous beaches to rejuvenate you from the inside out.

Arjuna’s Penance

This is one of the greatest artworks of Hindu mythology depicting a story on two monolithic rocks. The carving is about 43 feet high and 100 feet long. It’s an awe-inspiring depiction of Arjuna offering penance to Lord Shiva to get his celestial weapon.


This spectacular structure was created by the Pallava kings between the 6-8th century and is among the 108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Designed in the Dravidian style, the temple is a source of great sculptural beauty.

India Seashell Museum

Sprawling over almost 2 acres of land, this is the largest seashell museum in the world showcasing over 40,000 varieties of seashells and numerous fossils.

Shore Temple

This magnificent granite masterpiece is located close to the shore and a visual delight for all. It’s believed to be the only temple surviving from seven shrines which were lost during a tsunami. The golden glow of the granite looks so majestic with the blues of the sky and sea.

Pancha Rathas

This is another ancient feature resplendent in its architectural and sculpturing beauty. There are five skillfully-sculpted chariots here dedicated to the Pandavas of the Mahabharata epic. A hut-shaped temple is dedicated to Draupadi too. All, in all, an enchanting location!

Krishna’s Butterball

This hair-raising butterball is actually a gigantic 16-foot high granite boulder that’s been sitting on a slope without moving, for over 1200 years!

There are numerous other places to see and experience here too that will amaze you. Do pay a visit!