Muttukadu is situated on the eastern coastline of Tamil Nadu, facing the Bay of Bengal. The Uthandi Beach is one of the prime attractions near the town, which has a resort and guest-houses for tourists. Dakshinachitra Heritage Centre which showcases the culture, cuisine and artefacts of South India, dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries is one of the popular attractions.
The Thirukadalmallai temple and Thiruvidandai temple are the two important Lord Vishnu temples constructed by the Pallava Kings. The Tiger Cave, Trimurti Cave temple, Varaha Cave temple, Mahishamardini Cave, Dharmaraja Cave and Five Rathas are some of the main rock-cut temples built during the reign of Pallava Kings. The Sculpture Museum is known for around 3,000 collections of sculptures of Gods and Goddesses.
The Shore Temple, Covelong, Arjuna's Penance and Cholamandal Artists' Village are the other major attractions in Mahabalipuram, near Muttukadu.