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Krishna's Butterball in Mahabalipuram

·  Summer: March-May (21°C - 41°C)
·  Winter: November-February (17°C - 33°C)
·  Monsoon: June-September

Best time to visit:  November-February

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A smooth slope with a slippery hillside – the setting is perfect for anything to roll down. But not at Mamallapuram, where a giant boulder has been constantly disobeying the laws of Physics since centuries! Popularly known as Krishna’s Butterball, this balancing rock easily attracts flocks of tourists on everyday basis. According to the popular tales, even the elephants attempting to move the rock from its position failed.
Measuring about 5 m. in diameter, the rock forms an unbelievable 45 degree angle with the surface. It is indeed a great thrilling experience to enjoy sitting under its shade. The lush green surroundings add to the delight of being at this spot. Children can be seen sliding down the hillside starting near the rock. Don’t miss the opportunity to click some unusual photos posing near this nature’s wonder.


Road: Located amidst various popular monuments and close to the Shore Temple, this popular wonder can be easily accessed from the East Coast Road which connects the town with Chennai. The road trip is one of the most scenic journeys in the entire India.

Railway: Chengalpattu Railway Station is about 29 km. from the town of Mamallapuram. State transport buses connect the two places and tourists can also hire taxis and cabs from the station to reach this tourist spot directly.

Airway: Chennai International Airport (about 54km. away) is among the major airports in India with dependable air connectivity. Prefer to hire a taxi from the airport to continue your trip towards Mamallapuram.