Mahabalipuram is famous for its beautiful stone carvings and Dravidian temple architecture in huge granite beds. These pieces of sculpture were manifested between the 7th and 9th century CE during the Pallava rule. The Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas, Varaha Caves, or Decent of the Ganges are some popular tourist attractions of the town.
Krishna's Butter Ball of Mahabalipuram extends to around 5 meters in diameter, and rests at an angle of 45º on a very small base. The giant rock appearing to roll down any moment, surprisingly, defies gravity and precariously sits still atop the hill balancing itself. Although the formation of this rock that weighs around 250 tons is not known, it is believed to be a natural marvel, and not a human creation.