India Seashell Museum, Mahabalipuram

4.3
#4 of 44 in Museums in Tamil Nadu
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India Seashell Museum houses over 40,000 species of rare shells organized in several exhibits, with an aquarium area where you can see how shells coexist with other natural marine life. The official guides can explain the displays, giving the learning experience a personal touch. The museum shop sells souvenirs, like pearls and objects made entirely of seashells. To visit India Seashell Museum and other attractions in Mahabalipuram, use our Mahabalipuram trip itinerary builder.
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  • A very good place to visit which has an amazing collection of seashells. Avoid buying anything in the shop as they are overpriced. The shells they sell do not look real.  more »
  • This museum houses a lot of seashells that was collected by a diver during the course of his diving thoughout his life as told in the museum.Varied seashells are on display. There is an aquarium also ...  more »
  • We went there at around 6 p.m. Interesting layout. Full of seashells as the name implies. A railway engine, boat, car, and plane mustv'e taken some doing to get done. Impressed. The pedicure offered b...  more »
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  • Should be in you must see list if you have toddlers or kids who love the sea world. It has lot of sea shells collected by a single person , aquarium with lots of fishes ,and a virtual reality show .loved it .The people showing around were also very friendly .
  • Kids and all age groups can enjoy seeing the great collection of shells. Also excited very much to see live star fish and other species in the aquarium. Also few more entertainments are available to enjoy. Don't miss it when going to Mahabalipuram.
  • This is one of it's kind. You will find varieties of seashells in this museum. It's a life time effort ones collection. You must visit this if you love to see seashells
  • Its ok-ok place. Nothing much interesting other than the Aquarium. Ticket Price is too high for this place. Cleanly maintained.
  • This is India's first and Asia's largest seashell museum.. This place has huge collections of seashells...Ticket price is average but you need to pay extra for photography..this place is unique and having collection of fishes too..u can also have fish pedicure which is really cool and have a shop too...

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Where to stay in Mahabalipuram

Given the importance of its major attractions, Mahabalipuram offers a good number of accommodations across its main urban area. Thanks to the popularity of its coast, it has a large number of accommodations by the beach, too. Choose between the backpacker-friendly area around Othavadai Street, where budget hostels and boutiques provide the main options, and the massive resorts along the beach. Alternatively, Chennai lies just two hours away by bus, so many travelers choose to stay in the large city to the north and simply take day trips Mahabalipuram.
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