Travelers are voting Muttukadu Backwaters as the best backwater near Mahabalipuram. There are 2 backwaters near Chennai a city just 32 km from Mahabalipuram and 1 backwater near Viluppuram which is 65 km distant. The most popular of these are Muttukadu Backwaters near Chennai and Chunnambar Backwater in Viluppuram. You can find 2 backwaters in Tamil Nadu and 5 backwaters in the country of India. Our members favorite in Tamil Nadu is Pichavaram and Kerala Backwaters is the top pick in India. Want more? Check out our map of backwaters near Mahabalipuram.