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Tiger’s Caves:

Tiger’s Caves is located in the vicinity of the coastal village of Salurankuppam. It is only 5 kilometers from Mahabalipuram and is a famous picnic spot with many sights at caves. It houses a temple dedicated to goddess Durga. One can find some Statuette near the caves. It is a much admired picnic spot as well.


Krishna’s Butterball:

This huge ball shaped rock seated on a huge rock is a great sight Mahabalipuram offers to its visitors. The spot is ideal for a great click.


Arjuna’s Penance:

Arjuna’s is a majestic rock sculpture explaining several chronicles of Indian history. Carved on the rear side of a whale shaped rock, the sculpture is 9 meters tall and is extended to 27 meters. There are several figures of gods, animals and demigods carved here. The figures carved in this sculpture not only look pragmatic but also amusing. The effort and talent engaged in making such a wonderful cultural mark is truly worth admiring. The Open Air Dance Festival held here annually gathers huge crowds. Performances of several traditional dance forms like Bharat Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Odissi etc by renowned artists are staged in open air stages.


Shore Temple:

This temple on the shoreline was built during 7th century and is one of the oldest temples found in South India. Featured according to the Dravidian form of architecture, the temple complex comprises of two shrines-one of Shiva and one of Vishnu. Previously there were 7 such temples, but only two remains now. The temple with its awe inspiring intricate carvings is ranked as one of the world heritage sites.


Five Ratha’s:

Five Ratha’s is a set of 5 rock temples. It is also known as Pancha Ratha’s and is a great instance of Dravidian style of architecture. All the temples of Five Ratha’s are identical and resemble a Buddhist monastery by its pagoda shape and ambience. A lot of carvings can be found on the temple exteriors.


Crocodile Bank:

Located at 14 kilometers from Mahabalipuram, the crocodile is a great spot for wild life lovers. The bank houses several species of crocodiles and alligators in open pools that look like their natural dwelling place. There is also a snake park close to this place. It is interesting to note that the snake catcher tribes- Irulas of the place make their living by extracting snake venom.



This is a beautiful beach resort encompassed with green casuarinas groves. Located 13 kilometers from Mahabalipuram, it offers peaceful moments in silvery beach sands and several water sports. There is a ruined Dutch Fort and a cemetery.



This small fishing village close Mahabalipuram is now a top beach resort in India. The beaches here are famous for their pristine nature as well as cleanliness. The old sea port can be seen still here. There are ample water sports available in the beaches here.  


Tirukazhukundram Hills:

The Thirukazhukundram Hills is renowned for Rudrakoteeswarar Temple. Located about 15 kms from Mahablipuram town, this temple is housed in a picturesque spot. The temple is equally famous for its architectural grandeur.


Dakshina Chitra:

This famous centre for performing arts is at a distance of 12 km from Cholamandal village.


Cholamandal Artist’s Village:

Spread across 8 acres of landscaped compound, the Cholamandal Artist’s village located about 38 kms from Mahabalipuram is known as the artistic haven, of Chennai. The places house several art exhibitions by renowned artists.  


Vedanthangal Bird Sanctauary:

This abode for several exotic migratory birds is about 55 kms from Mahabalipuram. Several birds like the sand pipers, garganey teals, pintails, shovellers, stilts, coot, moorhens and terns can be spotted here.



A visit to Mahabalipuram is incomplete without Chengalpettu. The village houses several ruins of which that of the Vijayanagar Fort are an oft visited. The nearby Kolavai Lake offers boat rides and water sports facilities.


Nithyakalyanaperumal Temple:

Located at 16 km from Mahabalipuram, this temple dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi is fanmous for its pompous festivals.