Have you ever had a travel experience where you felt accomplished because you ticked marked all the boxes? You actually don’t regret having to miss anything, because turns out you managed to explore the best of both worlds.
If you’re reminiscing a getaway like that, yay! But if you still haven’t experienced a trip like that, you’re going to love what we’re about to tell you…
Remember our trip to the beautiful Chariot Beach Resort in Mahabalipuram? If you don’t, here’s a quick recap: The sprawling 42 acres property hosted us in its vintage fashion cottages overlooking the private beach view! Perhaps now you recall which property are we addressing? (Yes, the one featuring spa with a view.)
While the lounge recliners overlooking the beautiful beach make it a tough call to move away from admiring the beautiful sunrise and sunset, the town had a lot to offer and turns out the route is right by the beach! Confused? Read on as we experienced the best of both (Beach and Heritage) worlds at Mahabalipuram with Chariot Beach Resort…
Due to its coastal surrounding, Mahabalipuram is naturally on the brighter side of the horizon. The tropical weather has many begin their day as early as 5.30 am. As we had told you the last time, on a Catarmaran ride at 6 am we witnessed the tip of the submerged temples, the exciting experience got the wanderer within us to take the town by foot along with the bloggers contingent to explore the historical monuments in Mahabalipuram that have years of history and fascinating stories behind its establishment and standing.
After waking up before the sun (A rarity in our day-to-day lives) we admired the sun paint the sky slowly with its hues and then all of a sudden fill light in town, we walked down the beach to lead to the market of Mahabalipuram, where vendors and shopkeepers were running business in full power at 6.30 am! Of course, the pedestrians and shoppers were spotted in abundance too.
A few minutes from the market lane and touristy moments later, we found ourselves at our first heritage spotting, Shore Temple.
The magnificent architecture of the temple is not just of a boss of the shutterbug’s frame but it is also strong against the odds, did you know that this temple built during the Pallava dynasty withstood the torrential Tsunami of 2004?
It is also popularly said that the Shore Temple is one of the seven Pagodas (5 of which are submerged in the sea, we witnessed them a day earlier on our Catarmaran ride.)
After experiencing the grandeur of this UNESCO heritage, we walked our way to Arjuna’s Penance to explore the stories echoing in the rock structure. The Descent of Ganges or the open-air rock relief canvases the tale which celebrates the victory of Hindusim.
Next up, we walked our way to our personal favourite monument, Krishna’s Butterball (Isn’t that an interesting name?) or Vaan Irai Kal which is gigantic granite ball resting on a slope at the same position for 1200 years! Despite attempts to move it, the historical monument is said to be unmoved.
After a guided tour of this quaint town offering stories and warmth to take back, we headed to our haven in Mahablipuram, Chariot Beach Resort and took unwind by their Olympic size pool.
If you too want to experience the best of both worlds at Mahabalipuram, you know where to stay in Mahabalipuram next. And as always, we want to make it easier for you to book, all you need to do is, head to http://www.chariotbeachresorts.com/ and use the code Seema500 to avail a discount!
P.S: Before we conclude this beautiful walk to remember, a huge shout-out to Anand Chandrasekhar from Chariot Beach Resorts for being such a hospitable host. While you plan your perfect getaway to this beautiful resort, until next time, #StayCurious 🙂