Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, is a town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is around 60 km south from the city of Chennai. It is an ancient historic town and was a bustling seaport during the time of Periplus(1st century CE) and Ptolemy (140 CE). Ancient Indian traders who went to countries of South East Asia sailed from the seaport of Mahabalipuram. The bewitching Mahabalipuram beach is shored up by the Bay of Bengal along with the dreamy rock cut sculptures staggering to the eyes. Mahabalipuram beach captivates a large number of tourists every year due to its water sports activities like diving, wind surfing, motor boating and sunbathing. The beach offers a great chance to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city life. This beach also charms the visitors with its snake venom extracting centre, a crocodile bank, and a school of art and sculpture. There are large number of monuments, forts and other tourist spots that attract folks from all across the world. Dakshinachitra is a heritage centre where you can find traditional crafts showcased from South India. Cultural programs are also performed by folk artists highlighting its culture. Five Rathas – These five Monolithic temples are built in different styles and thus its formation is known as Pancha Pandava Rathas. Tiger’s Caves is an open air theatre located 4 km away towards the north of the main monument complex, where cultural programs are held. The caves are very close to the beach but you’ll find serenity and peace all around over here. Shore Temple is one of the oldest temples located in South India. This holy place has a structural architecture of the Dravidian style. The monuments that are placed inside become lively in the sparkling of the photofloods at night. Arjuna’s Penance is the world’s largest bas-relief formation that is 27 m tall by height and 9 m wide. It is one of the major attractions that hold the pride of Mahabalipuram. Its whale shaped rock has figures of God and Demigods, birds, beasts, which highlights the complete formation of the almighty.