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Krishna's Butterball


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Krishna's Butterball Overview

Ranked 11 of 22 sightseeing in Mahabalipuram

Krishna's Butterball is a large rock balanced on the hillside on the other side of the Mahabalipuram beach. It is a huge boulder located on a hill slope near the Ganesh Ratha. The rock is around 5 m in diameter and is resting on 45 degree angle and is famous spot among tourists.

It is said that the Pallava rulers tried to move the boulder with elephants but failed to do it.

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Monday - Friday:
7:00 AM -7:00 PM
12:00 AM -12:00 AM
7:00 AM -7:00 PM
Public Holidays:
7:00 AM -7:00 PM

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Ruby Singh

Ruby Singh3.6/5

28 reviews

Defying Gravity at Krishna's Butter Ball Mahabalipuram

Krishna's Butter Ball is an intriguing tourist attraction in Mahabalipuram. It is a giant granite rock which is located on a smooth slope. This huge rock is resting at a good 45 degrees and yet defies all the gravitational force on this earth. There is no outer force to balance this rock and it is here all the laws of physics goes for a toss. It opens a bundle of amusement and you cannot help but wonder how on God's green earth it is standing still.There are many interesting stories around the formation of Krishna's Butter Ball. Everyone has their own versions of it but there is no concrete proof for any of them. Locals associate this attraction with lord Krishna's insatiable love for butter. Lord Krishna used to steal butter and sneak out to relish it with his friends. The locals have related this to the ball of butter that lord Krishna used to steal and hence it is named as Krishna's Butter Ball.Another interesting story around Krishna's Butter Ball is that the Pallava kings tried to move this huge boulder with the help of their powerful elephants but all in vain. Center of gravity is also believed to be on of the reasons why it be moved. But well lets just not talk about gravity here. Head spins, like literally :-PKrishna's Butter Ball is not just popular among tourist it is equally loved by the locals. It is a very popular photography site for pretty much everyone. It is quite impossible to get a frame of just the Butter Ball. People come here to click all sorts of fun and wacky pictures. The main attraction is surrounded by a greenery and trees which makes it idle for a walk and picnic.Getting around Krishna's Butter BallKrishna's Butter Ball is a free attraction. You can walk in whenever you want and have a look at the amazement. There much to do there so it won't take a lot of your time. It is located very close to the main road and Arjuna's Penance. Just like Pancha Rathas there is no documentation of the stories around the Butter Ball. It is all about believing, just like we sayToh bhagwan na mano toh pathar".

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Jagdish Raval

Jagdish Raval3.9/5

415 reviews

A wonderful scene

Krishna's butter ball is just ahead of Ganesh Temple. We were surprised to see a beautiful balance of large rock. It is a huge boulder located on hill slope. A surprising scene made by nature. This is must visit place at Mahabalipuram.
  • A wonderful scene

Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Rizwanuddin Rafiq5.0/5

3023 reviews

A Natural Boulder

The unique monuments in Mahabalipuram depicts a fusion of religion, culture and legends, all related to Hindu Mythology. Archaeologist of antiquarian art rediscovered them in the 19th century, and it became a major tourists attraction. Lord Krishna's Butter Ball, a natural boulder settled on a slope hesitatingly, which is the central and significant attraction.

Vishnu Kumar

Vishnu Kumar4.6/5

6 reviews

Realistic carvings

This is one of the oldest and largest cave-cut temples that is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The sculptures of lord Krishna, Lord Indra and various other wild animals are depicted in the most realistic forms showcasing the times of Southern India.
  • Realistic carvings

Subha Sreenivasan

Subha Sreenivasan3.2/5

21 reviews

It's a marvel

Located adjacent to the site, 'Arjuna's Penance', this place is close to the Shore Temple and the adjoining shopping areas. It's a huge round rock, tilted dangerously, apparently. Finely balanced on an incline, it's a marvel! We saw couple of people seated in the shade, comfortable, just beneath the mammoth rock.

Photos of Krishna's Butterball

Krishna's Butterball, Mahabalipuram

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Ronit Gaikwad

Krishna's Butterball, Mahabalipuram
Krishna's Butterball, Mahabalipuram

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Krishna's Butterball, Mahabalipuram
Krishna's Butterball, Mahabalipuram

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At the Balancing Rock
Krishna's Butterball, Mahabalipuram

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Jagdish Raval

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