Best Luxury Hotels In Mamallapuram

Dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries, this coastal town in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu was once a bustling port city of the Pallava dynasty. The town’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Group of Monuments showcases remarkable stone carvings, cave temples and intricate bas-reliefs that narrate tales from Hindu mythology. Visit the Shore Temple with its Dravidian architecture beside the Bay of Bengal; the Five Rathas, a group of monolithic rock-cut temples that resemble chariots; the Descent of the Ganges, a massive sculptural panel carved into a rock face; and Pancha Pandava Rathas named after the five Pandava brothers from the Mahabharata epic.

Kaldan Samudhra Palace

Stretching 10 acres along the Bay of Bengal, this palatial residence is a wonderful example of Rajasthani architecture. Kaldan Samudhra translates as “an immortal place in paradise” and was opened in 2021, after several years of work by the country’s top builders, sculptors and artisans. 106 bedrooms have a regal style, reflecting a traditional aesthetic and range from deluxe twins to three-bedded villas with private pools. The grounds incorporate a long pool meandering past the hotel buildings and a private beach where you can practice sunset, as well as soak up some rays.

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Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram

The 44 acres owned by this Radisson Blu Resort overlook the sea and incorporate a 27,000-square-foot outdoor pool spa with mini palm tree-planted islands to swim past. There’s much to do onsite, with the resort offering ATV rides, boat adventures, scuba diving, bicycle rental, archery, indoor games and canoeing, as well as spa treatments. 157 suites, chalets and villas have private patios or balconies, work desks and TV with casting capabilities. Guests can dine at the family-friendly Waters Edge Café with pool and sea views, or the fine dining establishment, Wharf 2.0.

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