Unwind at Mahabalipuram
If you want to enjoy the beach atmosphere but can’t get to the west coast of India, Mahabalipuram, Mammallapuram as is locally called is the pick of the beaches on India’s east coast. About an hour’s drive South of Chennai, Mahabalipuram has got a thriving backpacker scene.
Though the beach isn’t particularly special, it gives an opportunity to completely unwind from the weary and tiredness of the city life. Indulge in one of the many natural therapies on offer around town. The town is full of interesting temples, including the windswept Shore Temple right on the water’s edge. Mahabalipuram is also known for its stone sculpture industry and rock cut caves.
For delicious food try the family run, airy rooftop Gecko Cafe or Buddha Cafe for a beer in the heart of Mahabalipuram’s lively backpacker district on the way to the Shore Temple.