Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard. ~ Psyche Roxas-Mendoza
The gods must have read my mind and decided to be kind on me for last couple of months, as I got these series of unplanned long weekend getaways of R&R coming my way in between the hectic work travels. Particularly, last month I was craving for a bit of sun & sand kinda break and I get this invite from Chariot Beach Resort in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu for a weekend Bloggers Retreat – A long weekend getaway combining stunning heritage and the sea, I was like yeah!! It was quite the sunny beachy long weekend break that my body &mind much required and I absolutely loved my time at Mahabalipuram.
Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu is a special destination for me, as it combines my two travel loves – Heritage and Beach, and this was my second time there. I was there couple of years back but it was a half day trip driving from Pondicherry to Chennai on my South India road trip (see here my first travel experience of Mahabalipuram). I was quite excited to be spending a long weekend here and the Social Media Manager at Chariot Resort gave all of personal attention inspite of being a big group of 35. The staffs at Chariot Resort were really sweet and I noticed that all the guests were given prompt attention; there was a genuine concern & care for every guest.
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The long weekend was spent lazing by the beach, followed by lazing by the pool, followed by partying in evenings on a loop! It was absolutely perfect as far as I was concerned. I especially loved the large pool at Chariot Beach Resort and spent considerable amount of time in it (and have a good tan to show for it!). The chariot beach resort is beach front property and has 2 km of private beach to it, which made for great moments at sunrise and early part of morning by the beach.
One morning we got up really early and went for a catamaran ride into the sea; it was quite an experience going into sea in a catamaran and watching the sun rise up into the sky, viewing the UNESCO heritage site of Shore Temple from the sea; I think watching it from the sea is an unique experience and I would recommend this to everyone who is visiting Mahabalipuram for UNESCO world heritage. The knowledgeable boatmen and the Chariot staff also took us near the submerged temples in the sea; we could only make out the top of the submerged temples where the waves were breaking.
We went for a heritage trail to the UNESCO world heritage sites of Shore. UNESCO has categorized Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, in the World Heritage list and they comprising mainly of Shore Temple, rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air reliefs such as the famous ‘Descent of the Ganges’, and the temple of Rivage, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. The UNESCO has recognized the Mahabaliuram group of monument as world heritage in 1984 and it was one of my childhood travel wishlist to visit these. So visiting here for the second time was as special for me as the first time around, as I was on my own (i.e. no family to tag along) and visited the monuments which I had missed out first time around.
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A heritage Sunday morning by #UNESCOworldheritagesite Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu | It feels incredibly humbling & thankful to be living in the present, with an opportunity to experience our rich past and also be in the tide of humanity's great sides into the technological future. I strongly believe that the way we conserve our heritage is the way we will march into our future. . . Read my #travelogues on www.myunfinishedlife.com #linkinprofile —————————————- #unescoworldheritage #shoretemple #heritage #loveheritage #doyoutravel #womenwhotravel #skygram #makeheritagefun #Mahabalipuram #tamilnadu #explorer #exploretheglobe #journey #wanderlust #templesofindia #temple #traveldiaries #mobilephotography #iphonephotography #travellingthroughtheworld #exploreindia
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Care for some peanuts South Indian style! I had these delicious curry toasted spicy peanuts by the roadside at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India. . . Read my #travelogues on www.myunfinishedlife.com #linkinprofile —————————————- #peanuts #streetfood #foodandstories #foodandtravel #foodietravel #traveleat #Mahabalipuram #streetfoodindia #indianstreetfood #southindia #pixelpanda_india #desitraveller #desi_diaries #incredibleindia #indiapictures #inspirioindia #indiagram #desitraveler #streetfoodlover #fooddiary #eatandtravel #travellingthroughtheworld #doyoutravel
The long weekend was a balm to my body & soul and I came back from it a rejuvenated ( and well tanned) self. I would totally recommend a long weekend getaway at Mahabalipuram for those who are looking for quick getaways from Chennai, Bangalore and other parts of South India.
Note: I was hosted by Chariot Beach Resort as part of their Bloggers Retreat. The views, however, are my own and not sponsored a part of the activity.