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India Seashell Museum
India Seashell Museum, an exclusive and pioneer museum has been set up in the coastal town of Mahabalipuram to conserve and document marine life, particularly seashells and their biodiversity. It’s a biggest museum in South Asia for shells founded by K Raja Mohamed is a recent tourist attraction spot in Mahabalipuram.
An amazing collection of shells exhibited here showcases the 33 years of a man life dedicated to collect shells. The museum is located just opposite the Five Rathas, is a must visit. A giant octopus hovering atop the museum is now home to about 40,000 types of shells collected over a period of 33 years from different sea beds of Indonesia, Philippines, Australia and Japan.
The rib cages of whales and teeth fossils of sharks have also been preserved in the museum which is now a hit with tourists. The museum with expensive pearl varieties and rare exhibits from different parts of the world is highly informative. The museum is now open to the public at a nominal charge.