Mahabalipuram Tourist Attractions

Mahabalipuram Tourism

Tiger Cave - Mahabalipuram

Tiger’s cave, located about 4 kms north of the main monument complex in Mahabalipuram, was an open-air theatre where cultural programs were held during the Pallava period.

Open Air Museum - Mahabalipuram

Open air museum has been newly set up in Mahabalipuram with sculptures and monuments that represent the cultural heritage of the Tamil people from the pre-Sangam days. 


Krishna Butter Ball - Mahabalipuram

Krishna’s butterball, another tourist attraction of Mahabalipuram, is a huge boulder near the Ganesha Ratha that rests precariously on a narrow rock base.


Varaha Cave - Mahabalipuram

Varaha cave is a rock-cut mandapam in Mahabalipuram that has four panels of fine looking door-keepers and four interesting bas-relief. There are some impressive carvings in the cave including that of Vishnu, Gakalakshmi, Trivikama and Durga.

Shore Temple - Mahabalipuram

The Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram is one of the oldest Dravidian style temples in South India dating back to the 8th Century A.D. The central building of the temple holds a Shiva lingam.

Arjuna Penance - Mahabalipuram

Arjuna Penance, one of the most famous tourist attractions of Mahabalipuram, is world's largest bas-relief measuring 27m x 9m. Arjuna Penance is a huge whale-back shaped rock contains figures of gods, demigods, men, beasts, and birds.

Five Rathas - Mahabalipuram

The Five Rathas of Mahabalipuram are five rock-cut temples constructed from monolithic rocks with each temple created in a different style.


Krishna Mandapam - Mahabalipuram

Krishna Mandapam is a cave near Mahabalipuram with a big bas-relief, notable for its realistic representation with stories of Lord Krishna.

Mahabalipuram Caves

Mahabalipuram is home to nine rock-cut cave temples. Mahishasuramardhini cave is most famous cave among these caves.


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