India Seashell Museum, Mahabalipuram

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 on your trip to Mahabalipuram, use our Mahabalipuram tour planner .
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  • This is Asia’s largest sea shell museum which houses approximately 40,000 seashells & marine fossils from around the world collected by a single person Mr Raja Mohamed for 33 years. There are 4 galler...  more »
  • India’s only seashell museum which having 40000 seashells. Biggest is 35cm seashell. . Collection of seashell all over the world by an individual Mr Mohamed and his collection growing continuously. In...  more »
  • The India Seashell Museum is a unique experience. Rarely would you get to see thousands of sea shells at a single place and that too in all sorts of shapes, colors, sizes, and from all parts of the wo...  more »
  • Amazing collection of seashells. I think one of the biggest collection of shells in entire Asia. Mr Raja has done a tremendous job in collecting these shells from all across the globe. They have a small canteen which offers some snacks and drinks at a reasonable price. Another attraction is the fish feeding in their open air aquarium. Kids will love this activity. While you are there don't miss the aquarium section where they have have really exotic species on display. They also have a shopping arcade where you can buy souvenirs made out from sea shells. In all a beautiful place to spend your couple of hours.
  • Very different experience this place gives to you with so diverse and variety of shells from all over the world and the great part is that all the collection is made by single person. This place has infinite no. of shells which gives you sea of knowledge. There is a small aquarium to see different fishes inside the complex and also a shopping place to buy yourself some souvenirs. Overall a great and a must visit place.
  • Amazing collection of shells with about 10,000 of them. The owner of this museum has worked really hard and is very passionate for the collection of rare seashells. He has a rare shell of which only 4 have found it. He has also collected the World's smallest shells. Amazing person!!
  • An absolutely stunning place with thousands of varieties of sea shells in the seashell museum. Never seen anything like it. Information/visual overload infact. Sure shot visit. Apart from this the fish world , although small has a decent variety of fishes to view as well. The Maya bazaar offers shopping for visitors including exotic sea shells, bags and handicraft items.
  • Thousands of sea shells. Some of them sliced from the middle to show you the inside. Some of the shells are bigger than what one could imagine to exist. Fee is Rs. 100. There's also an aquarium which is also good. Fee of Rs. 50. There's a virtual reality room. The person shows a short VR demo for free and on payment of Rs. 50 shows the full demo and another short action video. It's a nice experience. Then there's a shop where one can buy some pearl jewellery and shells and lots of other things. There's also a cafe which didn't look great. And there were a few blocks still under preparation.

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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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