Around 58km south of Chennai, nestled by the shore of the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram Beach lies as a spectacular landscape and is one of the most visited beaches in the state of Tamil Nadu. Also known as Mamallapuram Beach, Mahabalipuram beach attracts many tourists from all over India for its scenic beauty and the many sculptures and temples around its coast. From the Shore Temple on its seashore to the rock-cut structures like the Panch Rathas, Mahabalipuram beach has charmed its way into the hearts of people.
This charming place is perfect to take a sunbath on the loungers while admiring the extravagance of the place. Furthermore, if you are one of those adventure lovers, don’t hesitate to try windsurfing and swimming into the high waves and splash some water onto your companions. If you don’t want to indulge in water activities, then strolling along the shore of the beach is always a good option to enjoy the view and relieve your stress.
The fun doesn’t end here though. Just a few kilometers away from the beach is a crocodile bank and a snake venom extracting center that are a must-visit place and are of interest for visitors of any age or gender. What makes the Mahabalipuram beach so interesting is the dance festival that is hosted every year in November and December which is why the beach sees a huge surge in the crowd in these two months. Dance your heart out and enjoy the delicious snacks that are sold in many food stalls. However, if you would like to explore more of Mahabalipuram, then do visit the alluring temples and pilgrimages that envelope the beach and make your holiday memorable.
Swim along in the crystal blue cool waters of the Bay of Bengal and even if you don’t know how to swim just splashing and playing with the water is all that one needs to unmind themselves and relieve that stress out of your mind.
Mahabalipuram beach has windsurfing provisions available where you can enjoy the rush of cool wind on your face and weave through the lashing waves of the sea. It is a once in a while experience which must be enjoyed and cherished to the fullest.
Bask in the warmth of the sun while relaxing on a lounge chair with the soothing sound of the waves lashing on the shore, birds chirping, and the aroma of the delicious street food on the beach making it even more rejuvenating and relaxing.
The soft sandy stretch of the beach is perfect for beach exploration on a bicycle. Ride from one end to another of the beach and feel the cool wind grazing your face and you can even ask your buddies to snap a picture of you while riding.
The dance festival in Mahabalipuram is held every year in November and December. If you are here in these months, then witnessing the grandeur of this festival must be on your to-do list.
1. Shore Temple
2. Tiger’s Cave
3. Crocodile Bank
4. Snake Venom Extracting Center
5. Arjuna Penance
6. Pancha Rathas
After enjoying your day on the beach, its time to fill your tummy and quench your hunger with some delicious and lip-smacking flavors of different cuisines served in the restaurants that surround the beach or are just a few km from the beach.
1. Bob Marley Cafe and BeachHouse
2. Searock Restaurant
3. Kalo’s Beach Cafe and Rooms
5. Blue Elephant
Being one of the most prominent tourist locations in Chennai, Mahabalipuram sees a horde of visitors throughout the year. But the ideal time when the crowd is at its peak is from November to February when the weather is pleasing and favorable. You can also visit the beach during other times of the year but the summers in Chennai are scorching and you won’t be able to enjoy the beach in the afternoons. The monsoons are heavy so going to the sea is risky but other than that the rain-washed city looks exquisite and you can visit other tourist spots as well.