Mahabalipuram is a coastal town in North Tamil Nadu near Chennai. A favorite weekend getaway for Chennai residents, it attracts visitors from all over the world. The stone sculptures created over a 1000 years ago by the Pallava rulers have stood the test of time. Arjuna Penance, Shore Temple, Cave Temples, Pancha Pandava Rathas and Tiger Cave are some of the major attractions in Mahabalipuram. It also has two offbeat attractions in the form of a Danish fort in Sadras and a seaport in Alamparai.The white sandy beach adds to its appeal as a tourist destination. Mahabalipuram is best visited from July to February when the weather is pleasant.