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Mahabalipuram, with its historical charm and pristine beaches, is a perfect destination for a rejuvenating getaway with family and friends. When staying at one of the resorts in ECR Mahabalipuram, the options for excitement and relaxation are aplenty.

From cultural explorations to thrilling water adventures, here are 10 exciting activities to plan around Mahabalipuram resorts:

1. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Deep dive into Mahabalipuram’s rich history through its iconic landmarks – marvel at the Pallava architecture embodied in the two-towered Shore Temple, witness the artistic brilliance of Arjuna’s Penance, a true masterpiece in stone, and explore the Five Rathas’s awe-inspiring structures meticulously carved from single colossal rocks.

2. Visit Krishna’s Butter Ball

Embark on an exciting family day out to Krishna’s Butter Ball, an iconic site in Mahabalipuram nestled amidst ancient sculptures and lush greenery that not only promises natural beauty but also a touch of intriguing history. Here, you will find a 16-foot-tall-rock perched on a slope that has been standing steadfast for more than 1000 years! Despite numerous attempts involving elephants trying to roll down this massive butterball, the rock remains resolutely in place.

Whether you want to enjoy a picnic lunch, play board games, or engage in storytelling sessions with the kids about the fascinating myth surrounding this natural marvel, a day spent at Krishna’s Butter Ball will be a memorable experience for all.

3. Visit the Crocodile Bank

For wildlife enthusiasts, a visit to the Madras Crocodile Bank is a must. A reptile ZOO & Herpetology research centre, it is located nearby to most Mahabalipuram resorts. Renowned as one of the world’s largest reptile zoos, sprawled across eight and a half acres of land, this conservation centre is home to many species of crocodiles and alligators. Apart from informative guided tours, the zoo offers a plethora of engaging activities to their visitors of all age groups – from customizable show & tell programs to virtual reality reptile shows, night safaris (priced at around Rs. 300 per person) to an opportunity to experience the thrill of being a zoo keeper for a day, a visit to the Madras Crocodile Bank is sure to be both an educational and a fun experience!

 4. Surfing

Renowned for its pulsating surf culture, Chennai offers a dynamic playground for surf enthusiasts of all levels, from beginners to seasoned pros. What sets Surfing apart from other water sports in this region is not just the thrilling waves but also the accessibility to excellent instructors. Safety takes precedence, with certified instructors providing expert guidance, ensuring a secure and enjoyable learning experience.

Mahabalipuram’s coastal location opens the door to a myriad of water adventures. Resorts in ECR Mahabalipuram often collaborate with local water sports facilities to offer activities like jet skiing, banana boat rides, surfing and parasailing with certified instructors who can train and guide you. So dive right in and make a splash during your stay.

5. Seaside Cycling Expedition

Rent a bicycle from your resort in ECR Mahabalipuram and embark on a scenic cycling expedition along Mahabalipuram’s coastal roads. Feel the gentle sea breeze as you pedal past historic monuments and beautiful beaches, embracing the laid-back vibe of the town.

6. Off-Road Sports

Engage in thrilling off-road sports adventures in Mahabalipuram where the rugged terrain provides the perfect backdrop for adrenaline-pumping activities such as ATV rides, dirt biking, and dune bashing with off-road vehicles. Whether you’re an off-road enthusiast or a beginner seeking an adventurous experience, Mahabalipuram offers a unique and exciting opportunity to explore scenic landscapes in an action-packed way.

7. Gastronomic Delights

Explore Mahabalipuram’s vibrant food scene with a culinary adventure. Indulge in fresh seafood, traditional South Indian delicacies, and international cuisines offered by the local restaurants and cafes. Don’t miss the chance to savour a seaside dinner experience at your resort in ECR Mahabalipuram, to enjoy the ocean breeze and exquisite flavours.

8. A Day Trip to Pondicherry

Plan a one-day excursion to the renowned tourist destination, Pondicherry, where you can delve into the spiritual ambience of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, discover the utopian community of Auroville, often hailed as the “City of Dawn,” and stroll along the picturesque promenade beach adorned with historic buildings and monuments.

9. Kancheepuram Temple Tour

If you have a couple of extra days to spare then a visit to Kancheepuram is a must! Located approximately 60 kms away from Mahabalipuram, this historical city unfolds a tapestry of ancient temples, each narrating a story of cultural richness and architectural finesse. Explore the renowned “Kailasanathar” temple celebrated for its exquisite stone carvings, the sacred “Ekambareswarar” temple that is believed to be the earthly abode of Lord Shiva and the historical “Varadharaja” temple that dates back to 1053 AD and is a fascinating silk weaving centre.

10. Yoga Sessions and Spa Retreats

Indulge in rejuvenating yoga sessions and immersive spa retreats, tailored to provide a holistic experience for mind and body. Many Mahabalipuram resorts offer yoga sessions with expert instructors, and rejuvenating spa facilities for a holistic and relaxing experience.

In conclusion, whether you’re an adventure seeker, a culture enthusiast, or someone yearning for a relaxing escape, the array of exciting activities around Mahabalipuram resorts ensures that your visit is nothing short of extraordinary.

Grande Bay Resort and Spa in Mahabalipuram helps organise and plan a plethora of fun activities for their guests, both inside and outside the resort. From family activities like history walks and night safaris at Crocodile Bank to adult activities like surfing and motorcycle tours, the resort’s front desk team provides their guests with the best recommendations ensuring that they have a personalized and unforgettable stay.