15 Things to Do in Mahabalipuram 2020 (Starting from ₹695 Only)

Mahabalipuram is a city located near Chennai and some of the best things to do in Mahabalipuram include sightseeing. It is town located on a small strip of land on the Bay of Bengal and is an amazing place to visit. The town is not a very populous one but thousands of people visit the city throughout the year. The city is surrounded by water on three sides due to which it houses some outstanding beaches. The beaches of Mahabalipuram are one of the major tourist attraction of the city. Laying down on the sand to relax and enjoy the atmosphere at the beaches are one of the several things that one can do here. Mahabalipuram is a city which is known to culturally very rich. The city is considered to be one of the most spiritually inclined places in India.

The temples and religious places in Mahabalipuram speaks a lot about the culture and traditions of the people here. The Shore Temple is the most famous temple in and around Mahabalipuram. All the people living in the vicinity of the city come to the Shore Temple if they are in search of hope and want to find their spirituality. Caves of Mahabalipuram have also played a very important role in attracting tourists towards itself. The Tiger Cave is a cave which has carvings of Hindu Gods and is often considered as a temple. The Descent of the Ganges and the Pancha Rathas are other caves which along with being a tourist attraction for its beautiful bearing also serve the religious purpose of the people residing there. Mahabalipuram is the ideal town to spend one’s vacation as it is away from the noise of the city. People can have a really peaceful and amazing time in the city and return back to their normal life rejuvenated. So, come and explore the best things to do in Mahabalipuram.

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Beach Camping with Campfire in Mahabalipuram, Chennai
Beach Camping with Campfire in Mahabalipuram, Chennai

2D/1N

Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram, a beach town near Chennai is where this campsite is situated. The town is famous for its clean and quiet beaches and thus is perfect for camping on the beach.CampsiteThe campsite is situated on a crystal clear and quiet beach in Mahabalipuram, about 50 kms from Chennai. With the clear beaches and blue waters, the site promises to be your best beach camping experience. And with the bonfire by the quiet sea in the starry night, the campsite becomes another heaven.Activities The serine beach calls for a yoga session, and this campsite offers you one. Indulge in yoga and get your peace of mind. You can also go for swimming in the resort or in the sea if you wish. And with the bonfire in the starry night, no other activity will be needed.StayTents on double/triple/quadruple sharing basis are available for stay. The tens are well-maintained and well-equipped.MealsDinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 2 cooked in local style will be served.Tea/Coffee and snacks will also be served.How to reach?The campsite is located at an isolated beach in Mahabalipuram, about 50 kms from Chennai. You can easily get there by private or personal transport.Note: Travel Can Be Arranged Based on the number of people travellingCheck in: 5:00 PMCheck out: 10:00 AMMinimum people required to book: 1Max. booking capacity: 50
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Auto Rickshaw Ride to Kadumbadi Village, Mahabalipuram
Auto Rickshaw Ride to Kadumbadi Village, Mahabalipuram

2H

Mahabalipuram

On this nearly 1-2 hours’ tour, witness rural India with a trip into the heart of the country. Get a breath of fresh air as you drive away from the hustle and bustle of the city into the villages with open fields and coconut groves. Depart from Mahabalipuram in an auto-rickshaw; the most common mode of transport in the region, to reach the quaint Kadumbadi Village. Visit the Farmlands to see the country houses and the local people carrying out their daily life activities. On your way, stop at a coconut grove and have a sip of the relaxing coconut water and give wings to your photography skills. Get hands on experience of the Indian village life with a visit to a potter’s house and witness the indigenous art of pottery. Know more about the art and also try your hands on it. Discover the untamed and fascinating beauty of rural India as the guide takes you to experience the village life from the closest point. Within this tour, get to know their lifestyle and a chance to capture them in your photographs for a lifetime memory. Timing: One can join this tour anywhere between 8:00am-3:00pm
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Fishing Safari, Mahabalipuram
Fishing Safari, Mahabalipuram

2H

Mahabalipuram

About the Activity:Starting from Mahabalipuram, the tour takes you to a small coastal fishing village where you get to witness the life of a fisherman ­for around 2 hours. Get involved in the daily routine of the fishermen as you step into their shoes and experience their hospitality. On your arrival at fishing village, enjoy a welcome drink amidst the warm hospitality of the locals. Post this, attend the briefing session, get geared up with the lifejackets and board the fishing boats. On the way, learn about the tips and tricks involved in fishing in the open sea. On arrival at the ideal spots, help the fishermen in throwing and pulling their nets. Be a part of the enthralling journey and if luck favours, boast of your catch of the day. After spending around 1 hour in the sea, return to the village and embark on a local tour. Interact with the villagers, know more about their lives, fishing culture and before winding up the tour, you can spend time with the school children. You can also participate in teaching few lessons to these children. Timing: Anywhere between 9:00AM – 3:00PM 
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28 Ratings

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28 Ratings

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INR 1,850

INR 1,650

Crocodile Bank and Tiger Cave Tour, Mahabalipuram
Crocodile Bank and Tiger Cave Tour, Mahabalipuram

1D

Mahabalipuram

About the destination: Visit the fascinating Crocodile Bank, experience these gigantic reptiles close at hand, feed them and also witness poison extraction from venomous snakes! Also, within this 2-2.5 hours tour, plan a picnic to the Tiger Cave, a sacred rock-cut Hindu temple near Mahabalipuram. Explore the gardens surrounding the mandapa, as you take a break to spend some quality time with family, friends or other co-travellers. Starting from Mahabalipuram, anywhere between 8am-3pm, drive down in an auto-rickshaw to the Crocodile Bank, one of the renowned crocodile breeding centres in the world. Spreading over an area of 3.2 hectares and established as a research location for the study of crocodiles, the bank is housing more than 2,400 crocodiles of 14 different species. Spend around 1-1.5 hours learning about the different stages of their breeding and also visit the snake breeding and poison extraction centre within the bank. The poison extracted here is sent worldwide for medicinal research and use. The Tigers Cave is situated at Salurankuppam,at around 5km from Mahabalipuram. It got its name from the numerous tiger head carvings at its entrance. On the way to the temple, enjoy a revitalizing tender coconut drink. Dedicated to Goddess Durga, this mandapa is surrounded by scenic gardens and serves as a popular picnic spot. Explore the vicinity for around 30 minutes and with the completion of your visit, depart the temple site and get dropped back at Mahabalipuram. Duration: Around 3 hours
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Winter Stay at Chariot Beach Resorts, Mahabalipuram
Winter Stay at Chariot Beach Resorts, Mahabalipuram

1D/1N

Mahabalipuram

About the activity: Indulge in a one of a kind resort stay at Chariot Beach Resort, MahabalipuramLounge beach side and enjoy a panoramic view of the bay frontThis elegant landscaped resort offers sea facing rooms, cottages open to sky showers and a sprawling swimming poolEnjoy a day of fun activities like cricket, volleyball and more. Meal Details: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Accommodation Details: Standard and deluxe rooms on double occupancy Activities : Cricket, Volley Ball, Shuttle Cock, Basketball, Football, and Swimming Pool
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Chennai to Mahabalipuram Tour Package 2020 | Flat 20% off New
Chennai to Mahabalipuram Tour Package 2020 | Flat 20% off

12H

Mahabalipuram

A treasure trove of art and architectural masterpieces and home to many rock-cut sculptures and majestic temples, Mahabalipuram is a beautiful heritage site located in the heart of Southern India. A Chennai to Mahabalipuram tour package will make sure that you enjoy and explore a wide variety of attractions, that too in a single day.Get picked up from your stay in Chennai, followed by a transfer to Mahabalipuram. The sightseeing will start by visiting the Mahabalipuram Seashore Temple. This is one of the oldest granite stone temples in Southern Asia and exhibits the ancient finesse of art. The next stop of the day will be Dakshinachitra, followed by reaching Arjuna’s Penance. This site is believed to be the place where Arjuna performed some spiritual rites to obtain the weapon of Shiva. Once the sightseeing is done here, the Chennai to Mahabalipuram package will take you to Covelong beach, where after some fun you can indulge in local foods and seaside activities.Once you have done your lunch, you will be taken to Pancha Rathas. This rock-cut architecture exhibits the brilliance of ancient Indian architecture, and the complex here displays many engraved sculptures and wall paintings.The next stop today will be the Crocodile bank - a reptile zoo, followed by visiting the Muttukadu beach. Once the activities on the beach are over, you will be taken to the ISKCON Temple of Chennai - a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna.The day will end by being transferred back to your stay.
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Kadumbadi Bicycle Tour, Mahabalipuram Featured
Kadumbadi Bicycle Tour, Mahabalipuram

3H

Mahabalipuram

On this 2-3 hours bicycling tour of the Kadumbadi Village, witness rural India at its pristine best. Ride through the country roads and explore the local life, enjoy the serene and rustic atmosphere of the village. Assembling anywhere between 8am-3pm, one can undertake this tour and discover the beauty of the village. Following your arrival in Mahabalipuram, attend a small briefing session about the tour and get prepared to pedal towards Kadumbadi Village. Ride through the country roads, witness the locals carrying out their everyday duties and tasks. Discover the pristine beauty and the pleasant breeze flowing through the narrow country roads. While pedalling, enjoy a delightful coconut drink and give wings to your photography skills. Visit the local potters and learn the art of pot-making from them; you can also try your hands on the wheel and shape up your imaginations. Within the 2 hours of cycling, discover the rural beauty of India and get acquainted with its life and culture. On completion of the tour, ride back to the meeting point in Mahabalipuram and with this, your cycling tour comes to a pleasant end. Joining Time: Anywhere between 8:00am-3:00pm
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26 Ratings

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Ideal Beach Resort Chennai Day Out, Flat 20% off Featured
Ideal Beach Resort Chennai Day Out, Flat 20% off

1D

Mahabalipuram

Location: Mahabalipuram, ChennaiTimings: 09:30 AM - 06:00 PMEnjoy a joyful day out to the fullest at the Ideal Beach Resort in Mahabalipuram with your friends and family! The day outcomes with the best scope of letting you feel the fun with the serenity of the most beautiful sceneries all around. You get to enjoy the lush greeneries of the surroundings along with a private beach at Ideal Beach Resort Chennai. Besides, the package offers personalized service, traditional Ayurvedic massage, mouth-watering lunch, and hi-tea experience along with a relaxing pool. You would also receive a relaxing welcome drink on reaching the location. Enjoy a wide set of indoor-outdoor activities such as shuttle, beach volleyball, beach cricket, tennis court, and many such delightful activities. Don't miss out on the chance of enjoying the perfect day out with your friends and family!Suitable For: All age group, Family and Corporate OutingHow to reach Ideal Beach Resort Chennai: The best way to reach the resort is by own transport or any public transport.Package Offered:Click on 'Book Now' to find the following option:Day outing at Ideal Beach resort: Includes a day out session with Lunch and Hi-Tea, Welcome Drink, and Swimming pool access. It also includes indoor-outdoor activities.Note:Kids below 6 years are complimentaryKids age 6-12 will carry a child's charge. Above 12, will be counted as adults.
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Day Out with Adventure Activities in Mahabalipuram Flat 20% off Featured
Day Out with Adventure Activities in Mahabalipuram Flat 20% off

8H

Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram resort gets you the best opportunity of experiencing the most amazing sceneries with the peace and beauty of village culture. The availability of the swimming pool and the set of adventurous activities along with friendly hospitality makes this spot ideal for a perfect trip to enjoy and cherish. Activity The activities package at Mahabalipuram Resort begins with a refreshing welcome drink which is followed by a peaceful swimming pool session along with access to the theatre styled conference hall.You are provided with a chance to go through active gaming sessions such as outdoor chess, caroms, badminton, cricket, football, with access to the lawn for team building and group activities. Later you shall be provided with a hi-tea session with wholesome snacks and vegetarian lunch.The Mahabalipuram Resort activities also include other exciting paid activities such as the ATV rides, mechanical bull, mechanical surfing, paintball, archery, and obstacle courses that certainly guarantee a great fun time for you and your companions. Paid Activities that you can avail: Atv Ride Mechanical Bull Ride Mechanical Surfing Paint Ball Shooting Air Skating Obstacle Course599 / Person    MealsThe Multi-Adventure Activities Package In Mahabalipuram Resort includes meals for you that is will be served as Welcome Drink, Lunch, Hi-Tea with Snacks for the day. Check-In: 10:00 amCheck-Out: 6:00pmHow to reachThe activities location is based in Mahabalipuram (55 Km from Chennai) The destination can be reached via private and public transportation.Maximum bookings available: 30 Pax Minimum number of people req: 1
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26 Ratings

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INR 990

Chennai One Day Tour Package | Book Online & Save 15% Featured
Chennai One Day Tour Package | Book Online & Save 15%

1D

Mahabalipuram

Location: Mahabalipuram, Tamil NaduActivity Timings: 10:00 AM to 06:00 PMBook with the chennai one day tour packages and explore a variety of places in and around Chennai, so that you can get the true taste of nature and culture in its best form. Be it a tour of the famous temples like Tanjore Belt or the Balaji Temple at Tirupati or Thiruvannamalai Temple or the beautiful Golden temple at Vellore, there are delights for you everywhere! On availing the chennai one day tour packages, you can visit the famous Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple at Madurai or Chidambaram Temple/ Kamakshi Amman temple at Kanchipuram or any other temple of your choice. The places shall be finalized on the basis of your preference and you have a splendid tour filled with surprises for your memories album.The chennai one day tour packages includes travel in A/c vehicle (Sedan or SUV car depending on group size) for 4 people. Places covered will be Museum, Ashtalakshmi Temple, Marina beach, Anna square, M.G.R. square, Vivekananda ashram, Kapaleeswarar temple, Snake park, Children’s park , Valluvar Kottam, Art gallery, High court, Burma bazaar, light house.Suitable for: All age groups, friends, family and corporate outingsHow to Reach:The meeting point shall be conveyed to you on successful booking by our travel partner and you can easily reach with the help of private and public transportation.Note:Minimum 2 persons are required to book the package.
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Day out at Esthelle Resorts, Mahabalipuram
Day out at Esthelle Resorts, Mahabalipuram

1D

Mahabalipuram

A day out at Esthelle Hotel and Resorts located along the the IT corridor in ECR, Chennai promises to be an unforgettable one. The resort lies sprawling over 30 Acres of land area which means you can stay in utmost peace and quietness. Get away from the city for a while and revel in the lavish green surroundings where you will be spoiled at Nature's lap! The gardens are beautified with more than 5000 trees. The resort is also an impeccable venue for events like wedding, engagement and other celebrations that can be carried out in astounding fashion! Esthell The Village Resort is 30 sections of land of boundless fun! A day ou at the  Esthelle Hotel Resorts will open you up to the relaxation of taking a dip in the flawless swimming pool, or simply challenge each other to a game of carrom or volleyball and even cricket. Take pleasure for granted at this stunning resort! Meal Types: Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian
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People Also Ask About Mahabalipuram Things To Do

  1. Which are the activities that I can do in Mahabalipuram?

    Mahabalipuram is a city located on a strip of land on the Bay of Bengal. It is a beautiful place to visit and one can several things here. The best activities to do in Mahabalipuram are:

    • Fishing Safari- Mahabalipuram is city located on a strip of land and is surrounded by water on three sides. Fishing is a common occupation here and many tourists go on fishing expeditions here.
    • Surfing- Being a coastal town, Mahabalipuram has beaches where one can do surfing. Surfing is an exciting activity but is advisable to people who know swimming well.
    • Boat Rides- Boat rides are a lot of fun in Mahabalipuram as it is not everywhere that people can go on boat rides in a sea.
  2. Which are best places to explore in Mahabalipuram on a cycling trip?

    Cycling is an activity which is a lot of fun. It is probably the best way to keep oneself fit. Mahabalipuram is a town which is toured by many people throughout the year. The city has many places where one can visit on their vacation. Cycling tours are the best way to explore the as one gets to enjoy the rides of a cycling along with it. The most famous places to visit on a cycling trip are:

    • Crocodile Bank
    • Tiger Cave
    • Kadumbadi Village
  3. Which are some famous locations for sightseeing in Mahabalipuram?

    Mahabalipuram is a town which is very rich in its culture. The city hosts thousands of tourists throughout the year and there are many places, in Mahabalipuram, which one can visit during their stay here. Some of the famous locations for sightseeing are:

    • Shore Temple- it is the place every person in the vicinity of Mahabalipuram come to this temple to find their spirituality.
    • Tiger Cave- The Tiger Cave is a major tourist attraction of Mahabalipuram. It is a Hindu temple carved in the rocks of the cave.
    • The Descent of Ganges- it is a monument located on the Coromandel Coast. The monument is amongst the world heritage sites of UNESCO.
  4. Which are some famous temples to visit in Mahabalipuram?

    Mahabalipuram is a town which is very rich in its culture and heritage. People of the city are very religious and they take a lot of pride in their religions. The religious places of Mahabalipuram speak a lot about the culture of the people here. The city has many pilgrimage spots in it. There are numerous temples present in the city. The temples of Mahabalipuram holds a lot of importance in the history of the place as well. Some of the most famous temples to visit in Mahabalipuram are:

    • Shore Temple
    • Pancha Rathas
    • Descent of Ganges
    • Varaha Cave Temple
  5. Which are some famous caves to explore in Mahabalipuram?

    Cave tours are very interesting expeditions. The natural formations which take inside a cave are quite intriguing. Touring caves are not an easy task as one has to have proper training or traveling in a cave before entering one. Mahabalipuram has several caves in it and the caves present in the city are very important for the city. The caves in Mahabalipuram are important as they hold a lot of religious value for the people residing in the city. The carving on the caves here are also very interesting and it is difficult to caves of the same kind anywhere in the country. Some of the best caves to visit in Mahabalipuram are:

    • Tiger Caves
    • Descent of Ganges
    • Pancha Rathas
    • Varaha Cave Temple
  6. When can I visit the crocodile farm in Mahabalipuram? What are the timings and charges?

    Crocodiles are one of the most intimidating animals in the world. They can be very friendly as well as very scary at the same time. Mahabalipuram has a farm which is filled with crocodiles. The crocodile farm of the city is a major tourist attraction of Mahabalipuram. One can visit the farm any day except for Monday. The farm is open from 8:30 am to 5 pm and the charge for a single person is Rs. 35.

  7. Which are best places to see wildlife in and around Mahabalipuram?

    Mahabalipuram is a city which has a pleasant weather throughout the year. The city has the ideal weather for the animals to thrive. Many people, from all over the country, come to Mahabalipuram to get a glimpse of the wildlife animals here and capture a moment of these creatures in their camera. There are many sanctuaries and national parks located in and around Mahabalipuram which help in providing a natural habitation to the animals here. Some of the best places to see the wildlife in and around Mahabalipuram are:

    • Crocodile Farm
    • Agumbe Rainforest