Lying on the Coromandel Coast, the city of Mahabalipuram nestles on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. The city is studded with both, natural and ancient beauty. It has the honour of being home to a group of monuments which are acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The grandeur architecture of the Shore temple, Panch Rathas, and Descent of the Ganges 1s endearing. And the glittering Mahabalipuram beach provides for all kinds of beach activities attracting thousands of tourists. Other major attractions here are the luxurious beach resorts, the crocodile bank, snake venom extracting centre, schools of art and sculpture.