Mahabalipuram Beach

Wanna enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of beach but can't decide the perfect destination? Come to Mahabalipuram (also known as Mammallapuram), an enchanting beach that is located on the east coast of India. Turned up at the distance of 58 km from Chennai, the golden sandy beach is a charming place encircled by the rolling hills and glittering sea. The beach is recognized as the pristine beaches of Tamil Nadu, which attracts thousands of tourists every year. It's an idyllic place for lazing around the vicinity and sunbathing. The bewitching Mahabalipuram beach is shored up by the Bay of Bengal along with the dreamy rock cut sculptures staggering to the eyes.

There are many breathtaking attractions and places offering an ideal spot for holidaying. Mahabalipuram is mostly known for its shore temples constructed by the Pallava king Rajasimha in the early periods. With its beautiful location on a rocky outcropping between the beach and a lagoon, this beach paradise is a pleasant combination of ideal beaches, history, and peaceful tourism. Despite the many travelers, attracted by the former Pallava dynasty town, Mahabalipuram is very friendly and secluded place, where the villagers are outstandingly unflustered by their throngs of visitors.

Accommodations Around Mahabalipuram Beach

A wide option of accommodation for staying are offered at various rates along the beach and this draw a large number of holiday seekers round the year. If you wanna stay nearby from the beach, you can find number of reasonable options located around the beach.

Some of the major lists of resorts and hotels include following:

  • Chariot Beach Resort
  • Silversands Beach Resort
  • Radisson Resort Temple Bay
  • Hotel Pallava Dynasty
  • Indeco Mahabalipuram
  • Hotel Vinodhara Guest House
  • Grande Bay resort and Spa Mamallapuram
  • Mamallaa Heritage
  • Janani Guest House
  • Hotel Sea Breeze
  • Ideal Beach Resort
  • Vinodhara Guest House

Things to Do on Mahabalipuram Beach

Mahabalipuram beach captivates a large number of tourists every year due to its water sports activities like diving, wind surfing, motor boating and sunbathing too. The beach offers a great chance to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city life. This beach also charms the visitors with its snake venom extracting center, a crocodile bank, a school of art and sculpture as well.

Places to Visit in and around Mahabalipuram Beach

There are large number of monuments, forts and other tourist spots that attract folks from all across the world. At Mahabalipuram, you can spend some time by visiting to some popular places, located in and around.


It's a heritage center where you can find traditional crafts showcased from the south India. Cultural programs are also performed by folk artists highlighting its culture.

Five Rathas

These five Monolithic temples are built in different styles and thus its formation is known as Pancha Pandava Rathas.

Tiger's Cave

It's an open air theatre located 4 km away towards the north of the main monument complex, where cultural programs are held. The caves are very close to the beach but you'll find serenity and peace all around over here.

Shore Temple

It's one of the oldest temples located in the south India. This holy place has a structural architecture of the Dravidian style. The monuments that are placed inside become lively in the sparkling of the photofloods at night.

Arjuna's Penance

It's a world largest bas-relief formation that is 27 m tall by height and 9 m wide. It's one of the major attractions that hold the pride of Mahabalipuram. Its whale shaped rock has figures of God & Demigods, birds, beasts, which highlights the complete formation of the almighty.

Best Time to Visit

For outing and sightseeing, September to November is the ideal season to visit Mahabalipuram and enjoy the beauty of all around. Well, you may also visit between December to January as this time the climate remains frosty and it's perfect for worshippers too. Or else, February to June is the peak time for all visitor activities in Mahabalipuram. So, if you looking for a perfect beach holiday with your partner or loved ones, choose the best deals available on holiday packages through Tour My India and escape to Mahabalipuram beach for a week.

How to Reach Fort Mahabalipuram?


The nearest airport is Chennai, which is at the distance of 58-km from the destination.


The nearest railheads are Chengalpattu (29 km) and Chennai (58 km), which is close to Mahabalipuram.


Regular buses are available from Kanchipuram, Pondicherry, Chengalpattu and Chennai to Mahabalipuram. Travelers can also hire taxi or cab to reach the destination.

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