Mahabalipuram Beach

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The ancient port town of Mahabalipuram is also recognized as Mamallapuram is at a drive of 58 km from south of Chennai, nestles on the coastline of Bay of Bengal, sprawling over 20 km of length along with exquisite beaches. The golden sands in the beach render an incredible view with its milieu of scintillating sea and hovering hills.

The Beach is considered as the most pristine and pure beaches in the state of Tamil Nadu; frequented by the tourists throughout the year. The golden sands of the beach pave an opportunity for sunbathing and basking in the sun. However, the water in the sea is violent, thereby swimming is highly restricted.

The beach also holds some prehistoric monuments in its close proximity which adds grace to the glory of the beach making it a prime source of attraction in the state. Mahabalipuram Beach is popular for its shore shrines along with its scintillating waters and shimmering sands. One such temple is built by the Pallava King Rajasimha in the early 8th century which is considered as the worlds largest bas-relief, the Penance of Arjuna, having its length 96ft and height 43 ft. There are five rathas and a tigers cave along the beach.

On the way to Mahabalipuram Beach, there also lies Dakshinachitra, 28 km from Chennai, a traditional space which is known for its exhibitions and workshops of the arts and crafts that includes traditional home architecture and performing artists of the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.

There is another attraction within the region that is held annually in the months of January and February. The event is hosted by the Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu. The festival lasts for a month and indulges the participants of both classical and folk dances, who perform in an open air stage against the magnificent backdrop of the Pallava rock sculptures.

Other nearby tourists attractions are crocodile farm where about 5000 crocodiles of 6 different species, alligators and other reptiles are bred in captivity, kept in open, marshy enclosures, snake venom extracting centre and a school of art and sculpture.