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Next to the group of Mahabalipuram ( UNESCO ) monuments !

The beach area to the north of the Sea Shore temple at Mahabalipuram is more interesting. To the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
SharadSud-Gurgaon
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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Good heritage place to visit. Has some history. It was too hot in the afternoon. Quite a clean... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Anilsinghi
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Mumbai, India
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Stayed at TTDC hotel. Sea facing rooms . Nice to watch the sea from balcony or walk just 100 yards to step into the waves.
However the Hotel to improve amenities to guests. No kettle in rooms or tea bags. Can make stay more comfortable.

Thank shashiramachandra59
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Reviewed 1 week ago

with its shore temple on headland, this is a wild surf beach with fishemen and the shore temple of course

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The beach area to the north of the Sea Shore temple at Mahabalipuram is more interesting.
To the south , there are no shacks etc but a couple of hotels.

The hustle bustle of restaurants, fisherman etc are towards the north.
You can partly see the Sea shore temple from here as well.

There is 1 restaurant on the beach while the others are along a line a little off shore ( 50m from the beach water)

Great place to unwind !

Thank SharadSud-Gurgaon
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Its mid October and we are on the way to Mahabalipuram.
You reach it by travelling down from Chennai along a sparsely populated wooded isthmus. The taxi driver said the trees were planted after 2004 to protect Chennai from another Tsunami.
And here lies Mahabalipuram out on a limb, a “wild east“ town in the buffer zone between the Indian Ocean and the sprawling city.
This is a westerners eye view but it seems like this fishing village has been left to its own devices. Why should central government invest in an area which will be washed into the sea? But the fishing has been happening here and will be for longer than any government, dynasty or invader has held sway. Longer than the Pandyans, Pallavas, the British Raj or Modi.
The beach here is good. It could be excellent but why change its vast wilderness expanse for the high rise abominations of Europe. It suffers as do all beaches now from the consequences of our human incontinence.
It is split north and south by the beach temple compound, a fenced off area where you can pay 600 rupees to look at the ancient weathered carved stone temple. It draws hundreds of tourists during the off peak weekends and thousands in high season. This garden compound is surrounded by stalls and kiosks selling snacks and tat, non of which could tempt me.
The southern wide beach is endless and if you have the energy to walk in the baking heat it will reward you with a quiet spot of your own.
We saw surfers here in the morning before the heat chased them away.
Be warned! The sea is potentially dangerous. The waves are strong and incessant with a heavy undertow. If you stick to the shallows you will be ok otherwise Strong swimmers and supervised children only. There are no life guards here, nor are there beach huts or shacks with shaded sun beds. We were lucky that our lovely host at the wonderful Blue Moon guest house loaned us a beach umbrella but we still managed to get sunburn. This is off peak remember.
The northern end of this beach is the Fisherman’s quarter. It’s a utilitarian work place littered with boats and nets and the detritus of this mornings catch. Food for the ubiquitous dogs, crows and the odd cat. It is not for the faint hearted traveller, the squeamish or the snowflake. A pungent aroma but walk 100 meters northwards in front of the Radisson Blu holiday camp and you have the beach to your self. Heavenly.
The towns main attractions are the stone carvings. You can see the temple and exquisitely carved monuments in a day. The monuments have free entry. During this tour you will be assailed by hawkers, self appointed guides and dubious sculptors whose charm offensive knows no depths. These people will never be your friends. They are desperate to sell. Politely refuse then assertively resist or you will end up broke.
The town is not noted for it’s cuisine but fish dishes are the specialty and the Searock Restaurant is a good place to start as is Le Yogi. The Bob Marley Cafe is ok and is the hot spot for young Chennaians at the weekend.
Mahabalipuram is a passing through place but deserves respect. Embrace it. I for one will fondly remember the experience.
With sensitive investment this fishing village would be a jewel in the necklace of India’s resorts but that’s not going to happen. In the meantime Mahabalipuram is doing alright for itself in it’s raw isolation, albeit the Tamil way.
Farewell Mahabalipuram

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good heritage place to visit. Has some history. It was too hot in the afternoon. Quite a clean place. From Chennai one can visit once.

Thank Anilsinghi
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Reviewed September 29, 2018

Its the best beach to visit if you are in Chennai. Very clean and well maintained. Lot of shopping joints are around the place.

Thank nageswararao g
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Reviewed September 25, 2018

The waves in Bay of Bengal of usually larger than seen in west coast of India. And thats the reason this beach is so scenic. In fact you can see a lot of foreigners and local surfers surfing here.. the views are splendid specially during the sunrise. But there is an issue too with this beach. Since the fishermen colony is close its not unexpected to see faeces on the beech. I happen to have such dirty encounters and that almost spoiled the mood.

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Reviewed September 23, 2018

I wanted to see sunrise and went there early in the morning. It is dirty and smelly. I took stroll around the temple outside its protective fence.. What a mistake. Tamil Nadu Govt should create more toilets around these monuments to sway away locals and tourists using these beaches as their personal toilets.

Thank Krishn_Chicago
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Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

Food no problem, affordable rooms are there for stay.

Start your trip as early as possible.

Early Morning sunrise at beach, then Light house, Have a breakfast.

Then look around other areas.

Went to see sunrise, didn't succeed.

Enjoyed the weekend.

Thank Gunaseelan87
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

The Mahabalipuram Beach is a nice beach. The sand and the water seem quite clean, though the sea seems quite rough. It's a nice place to relax and walk. From the beach you can take a glimpse of the Sea Shore Temple.

Thank Komator
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