Built in 7th century, 'Shore Temple' is one of the earliest structural temples in south India . It is called the shore temple as it stands at the shore and looks over the Bay of Bengal. In earlier days, it was also used as a landmark for navigation.This architectural beauty consists of three shrines of which the prominent once are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
Mahabalipuram is also famous for its panch rathas. Each ratha is dedicated to Pandavas and their wife Draupadi.This place is also a shelter to elephant# (vehicle of Indira), nandi (vehicle of Shiva) and lion (vehicle of Durga).
Some other placez to visit in mahabalipuram are
1.Krishnas butterball - no idea how that rock doesnt roll down
2.Descent of the Ganges
On the way to beach you can find the local mahabalipuram market and if you are staying there you shouldnt miss the sunrise at the beach.