Top 5 Reasons why you should visit Mahabalipuram
1. One of the largest temple complex in the world
There is no denying that Mahabalipuram draws millions of tourists from across the globe due to its rich ancient heritage. It houses monuments dating back to the 7th-century which includes Ratha temples, Mandapa temples, cave temples, and the world’s largest open-rock relief. A site mostly crowded by history buffs and archaeological enthusiasts, it is a must-visit destination for exploration.
2. Crocodile Farm
There is one thing renowned in the town of Mahabalipuram - Crocodiles. Locally known as ghariyals, these exotic creatures thrive in the well-conserved Madras Crocodile Bank. It not only preserves crocodiles but other reptiles such as turtles and snakes. Quite popular among kids and tourists alike, it is the largest and the only reserved habitat for reptiles in India.
3. Mahabalipuram Beach
A trip to Mahabalipuram would be incomplete without visiting its serene beach front. Scenic landscape facing the Bay of Bengal, the beach attracts a huge crowd and offers various water activities including surfing. You can take a boat ride and watch the picturesque view of the sunset.
4. Krishna’s Butterball
Apart from the ancient monuments standing intact in Mahabalipuram, this incredible place will truly leave you in awe. A large boulder, about 16 feet, stands erect on a steep landscape. No one knows of its origin or the fact that it defies gravity all around. A must-see spectacle, this boulder is believed to be standing for the last 1000 years.
5. The lighthouse
A popular tourist attraction, this lighthouse is witness to trading system taking place for so many centuries. Original a temple was perched at the top whose lamps guided ships, it is now replaced by a much modern building.