Located on the Coromandel Coast along the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram is a perfect getaway for spiritual seekers and beach lovers alike. The most popular tourist sight is the UNESCO World Heritage Group of Monuments that comprises several intricately carved temples and rock-cut monuments dating back to 7th and 8th centuries. The Five Rathas and the Shore temple are the major places of interest, and you should definitely see the carvings on them that continue to amaze visitors to this day. Another important sight is the Krishna’s Butterball, which is a huge natural rock that rests on a hillside, apparently defying all laws of gravity. After a day out sightseeing, head to the beach – a long stretch of white sand edging the calm waters, bookended by casuarina trees, making it a picturesque spot to spend a relaxing evening. Here, you can also get active with activities like water sports, including surfing, boat rides and deep sea fishing.
Distance from Pondicherry: 99.1km (61.5 miles)