THINGS TO DO IN MAHABALIPURAM
SEE SIGHTS LIKE SHORE TEMPLE AND ARJUNA’S PENANCE NEAR OUR MAHABALIPURAM HOTEL
Set aside a day to explore all the things to do around the Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram. History buffs shouldn’t miss attractions like Arjuna’s Penance, a huge monolithic carving, and Krishna Mandapam, the largest cave-cut Hindu temple in the city. If time allows, take a day trip to UNESCO World Heritage sites like Kanchipuram, 66 kilometers away, and Pondicherry, 98 kilometers away. Of course, on-site activities like archery and amenities like Bodhi spa provide plenty of fun options for those who want to relax at the resort.
- Maritime Heritage Museum and Lighthouse Heritage Museum - 1.1 km
These small museums pack a wealth of information on everything from the first ships that reached Mamallapuram by sea to the lamps that once warned sailors of rocky shores.
- India Seashell Museum - 2.3 km
From conch shells to oyster shells, this fascinating museum displays a collection from more than 40,000 different species.
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- Arjuna's Penance - 1 km
Dating back to the mid-seventh century, this carving is approximately 30 meters long by 15 meters high and is thought to represent Arjuna, the hero of the Mahabharata.
- Krishna's Butter Ball - 1 km
Snap a photo at Krishna’s Butter Ball, a large boulder that seems to be precariously balanced on a small hill.
- Krishna Mandapam - 1 km
Dedicated to Lord Krishna, Krishna Mandapam is a UNESCO World Heritage site that displays a shallow cave carved into a rock face.
- Shore Temple - 1.5 km
Visible from several areas of the resort, the intricately carved Shore Temple is the region’s oldest temple.
- Five Rathas - 2.5 km
Named after the five sons of Pandu, these five Dravidian monuments were sculpted out of pink granite and resemble a chariot.
- Tiger Cave - 6 km
Most likely constructed during the sixth or seventh century, this rock-cut formation displays giant tiger heads. The well-maintained grounds that surround the carved temple are a great spot for kids to burn off some energy.
- Kanchipuram - 66 km
For a fun family outing, head to this city known for its ancient Hindu temples and beautiful setting on the banks of the Palar River.
- Pondicherry - 98 km
Sometimes referred to as Pondy, this colorful city is a treasure trove of colonial architecture. The city also boasts a thriving food culture represented by French, Italian, Mexican and other cuisines.