Krishna's Butterball

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Krishna's Butterball


Situated on a hill slope near the Ganesh Ratha is a massive natural rock boulder in a shape of huge ball, precariously balancing on a smooth slope. Known as Krishna’s butterball, this colossal boulder, which is about five metres in diameter, is perilously resting at an angle of 45 degrees. The rock boulder is surrounded by lush greenery that immediately has a calming effect on one’s senses.

This huge rock boulder is quite popular with locals and tourists alike as it makes for an interesting backdrop for some whacky photographs. Brave-hearts may sit under the cool shade of the rock and can have their photographs taken. One of the most common sights is of visitors placing hands under the stone posing for pictures, which looks as though they are holding it. Children can enjoy sliding down the hillside as it is a great natural slide.

Located at a short distance from Krishna’s butterball is the Ganesha Mandapam – a temple that has been carved out a single rock. All in all, Krishna’s Butterball is a serene and peaceful sight where you can relax with your family.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Krishna’s Butterball in Mahabalipuram is between November and February when the weather is pleasant enough to enjoy the serenity of this place.

Since it is an open air attraction and afternoons can get sultry it is advisable to carry sunshades, hat, sunscreen lotion, and of course a bottle of drinking water. Also wear comfortable walking shoes and dress according to the weather.


Interestingly, Pallava kings tried to move this huge rock boulder with the help of their elephants but they failed in their attempt.


There are no particular timings to visit Krishna’s Butterball as it is out in the open anyone can visit it anytime.

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