Krishna’s Butter Ball

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    Location: E Raja St, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India.

    Visiting time: 1 hour.

    Phone number not available

    Krishna’s Butter ball is a massive granite rock that sits on a little hill in Mamallapuram, a historic seaside resort town in Tamil Nadu, India. Vaan Irai Kal and Krishna’s Gigantic Butterball are two more names for it.


    This massive rock, which stands around 16 feet tall, is one of Mamallapuram’s most popular tourist attractions. The rock is almost as wide as it is tall, and while it is rounded at some angles, it isn’t completely spherical. It now proudly serves as a tourist attraction in Mamallapuram, confounding visitors with its logically contradicting equilibrium. This legendary boulder attracts visitors from all around the world.


    A close up shot of Krishna's Butter Ball at Arjuna's Penance Mahabalipuram.

    The Pallava ruler Narasimhavarman tried unsuccessfully to lift the boulder as well. The Indian Tamil ruler Raja Raja Chola was inspired by the equilibrium of this large stone rock, which led to the development of Tanjavur Bommai, or never-falling mud dolls, which have a half-spherical base and tend to return to their original position when pushed. Due to safety concerns, the city’s then-governor, Arthur Havelock, attempted to move the boulder using seven elephants in 1908 but was unsuccessful. During their second “informal summit,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held hands in front of Krishna’s Butterball on October 12, 2019.

    Inside/Outside Views

    Balancing big rock boulder named _Krishna´s Butter Ball_ in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, South India on cloudy day.

    The boulder is around six meters (20 feet) tall and five meters (16 feet) broad, with a weight of roughly 250 tons (250 long tons; 280 short tons). It tends to hover and barely stands on a 1.2-meter (4-foot) high plinth, which is a naturally eroded mound that has remained in the same location for 1,200 years. A section of the boulder on the top back has worn away, giving it the appearance of a half-spherical rock from the rear, but round from the other three sides.

    Opening Hours

    6 am to 6 pm every day.

    Entry & Others Fees

    INR 40 for Indians and INR 600 for foreigners.

    How to Reach

    By Air: Chennai International Airport is the nearest airport to Krishna’s butterball.

    By Rail: The nearest railway station to the Descent of the Ganges is Chengalpattu Railway Station which is Chengalpattu Railway Station which is 25km away.

    By Road: Visitors may easily access the site of Krishna’s Butterball because of a well-established link between highways and trains. Many local jeeps and vehicles are available to get you to the spot quickly.

    Tips for Travellers

    • Mahabalipuram has a hot climate throughout the year. Cotton clothing and flat shoes are recommended.
    • Use the services of a licensed guide to fully comprehend the monument’s complexities.
    • Don’t forget to capture the mesmerizing monuments.


    Que: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: Yes, this place is safe to visit.

    Que: Is photography allowed in this place?

    Ans: Yes, photography is allowed.

    We wish you all the best for your journey. Happy Travel!!!

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