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Shore Temple

Overlooking the shore of the Bay of Bengal, Shore Temple is considered to be one of the significant and earliest structural temple in Southern India. Built in the 7th century, it portrays the architectural marvel of the Pallava dynasty. This landmark of the region is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tourists never miss to get a glimpse of this aesthetic excellence of the region.

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Shore Temple

Overlooking the shore of the Bay of Bengal, Shore Temple is considered to be one of the significant and earliest structural temple in Southern India. Built in the 7th century, it portrays the architectural marvel of the Pallava dynasty. This landmark of the region is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tourists never miss to get a glimpse of this aesthetic excellence of the region.

Muttukadu Boat House

An exciting water sports facility on the East Coast Road (ECR), Muttukadu Boat House offers rowing, wind surfing, water skiing etc. Operated by the Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC), this place is a major tourist attraction frequented by an average of over four thousand visitors every weekend. It takes less than half an hour to drive from Mamallapuram to this backwater area of the Bay of Bengal.

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Muttukadu Boat House

An exciting water sports facility on the East Coast Road (ECR), Muttukadu Boat House offers rowing, wind surfing, water skiing etc. Operated by the Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC), this place is a major tourist attraction frequented by an average of over four thousand visitors every weekend. It takes less than half an hour to drive from Mamallapuram to this backwater area of the Bay of Bengal.

Vandalur zoo

A must go place in the list of wildlife enthusiasts, Vandalur zoo (also known as Arignar Anna Zoological Park)sprawls on a mammoth one hundred and seventy acres with over hundreds of birds, animals and reptiles. The enoromous size of the zoo enables the visitors to see animals in their natural habitat. Located at about an hour’s drive from Mamallapuram, the zoo attracts tourists all year through.

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Vandalur zoo

A must go place in the list of wildlife enthusiasts, Vandalur zoo (also known as Arignar Anna Zoological Park)sprawls on a mammoth one hundred and seventy acres with over hundreds of birds, animals and reptiles. The enoromous size of the zoo enables the visitors to see animals in their natural habitat. Located at about an hour’s drive from Mamallapuram, the zoo attracts tourists all year through.

Pancha Pandava Rathas

A fine example of monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture, the Pancha Pandava Rathas meaning "five chariots" are associated to the great epic of Mahabharata. Carved over a single long stone or monolith of granite, each of the five monuments in this monument complex resemble a chariot.

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Pancha Pandava Rathas

A fine example of monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture, the Pancha Pandava Rathas meaning "five chariots" are associated to the great epic of Mahabharata. Carved over a single long stone or monolith of granite, each of the five monuments in this monument complex resemble a chariot.

Covelong

Developed as a port town centuries ago, Covelong is famous for its fishing activities and draws many tourists from across the globe. It also offers a lot of other leisure activities apart from fishing. This place is now a famous hub for surfing enthusiasts and a number of surfing schools could be seen encouraging the newcomers as well as the tourists who wish to surf. Located 23 kilometers from Mamallapuram, Covelong rightly fits a leisure itinerary.

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Covelong

Developed as a port town centuries ago, Covelong is famous for its fishing activities and draws many tourists from across the globe. It also offers a lot of other leisure activities apart from fishing. This place is now a famous hub for surfing enthusiasts and a number of surfing schools could be seen encouraging the newcomers as well as the tourists who wish to surf. Located 23 kilometers from Mamallapuram, Covelong rightly fits a leisure itinerary.

Krishna’s Butter Ball

Resting precariously on a narrow rock base, this huge spherical monolith known as Krishna’s Butter Ball defies gravity. Over 20 feet in height and its width approximately equalling it, this 250 ton rock stands on less than 4 feet base on a slippery slope.

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Krishna’s Butter Ball

Resting precariously on a narrow rock base, this huge spherical monolith known as Krishna’s Butter Ball defies gravity. Over 20 feet in height and its width approximately equalling it, this 250 ton rock stands on less than 4 feet base on a slippery slope.

Dakshina Chitra

Dedicated to South Indian heritage, DakshinaChitra ("a picture of the south") is a cross cultural living museum depicting the art, architecture, crafts, lifestyle and performing arts of South India. The museum preserves and promotes varied cultures of the states in an engaging way. Located on the East Coast Road (ECR) at Muttukadu, 23.3 kilometres from Mamallapuram, the museum houses Craft corner, amphitheatre, art gallery open air folk performances and many more aspects of interest.

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Dakshina Chitra

Dedicated to South Indian heritage, DakshinaChitra ("a picture of the south") is a cross cultural living museum depicting the art, architecture, crafts, lifestyle and performing arts of South India. The museum preserves and promotes varied cultures of the states in an engaging way. Located on the East Coast Road (ECR) at Muttukadu, 23.3 kilometres from Mamallapuram, the museum houses Craft corner, amphitheatre, art gallery open air folk performances and many more aspects of interest.

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