Tej and I prepare to cycle to the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram

You Know What We Did This Summer? | Temple Bay Tales | Episode 1

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This is the first in series of my trip to Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay in Mahabalipuram. I challenged a North Indian friend, who said there’s nothing to do near Chennai in the summers. I told him I could transform his life through experiences on a Saturday and Sunday. Lets dive in to the series!

Reaching Temple Bay

I really did not expect Tej to take a flight and come here, but he did. I  took him from the airport right to Mahabalipuram, through the scenic East Coast road, after pondering a bit over driving on Old Mahabalipuram Road, getting lost around Medavakkam and Sholinghanallur. We finally veered off the junction at Mahabalipuram, and I found the resort, standing tall like a colossus. It was easier to discover it a few years back, since it was the only quality resort back then, but now quite a few other hotels have sprung up on the East Coast Road, but none of the hotels have as much space and tranquility as Temple Bay. I know this since, I have been to most of the hotels on the ECR stretch, during Alumni meets organised by my B-School

Garlanded and Well Rested

We entered Mahabalipuram soon enough and were garlanded by the staff, and were taken on a tour of the facilities, before we were shown our room. The garlands were made of a beautifully ornate collection of sea shells.

Looks like the hotel was also hosting a North India wedding, as the hotel seemed full, and also the ‘Buggy Rides’ were available only a few minutes later, since guests were being ferried in large numbers.

Sea Side Vibes

The hotel being next to the sea, had a steady stream of fresh breeze coming and were nature cooled by all the spread of greenery all around. Our room was closer to the pool side restaurant, so we had a bit of walking to do to get to the sea.  We briefly went to the sea side, and found a bunch of people playing cricket. After sitting for a while, we went back to the cycling and activities point for our first activity, as part of the Summer Chillers program that we had signed up for, was cycling from the resort to the Shore temple

Beach side cricket! CSK Anyone?
Beach side cricket! CSK Anyone?


We decided to skip breakfast, and do the ride first and then come back for the breakfast. That way we enjoy what we eat and can really relax in after some body activity!

Tej and I prepare to cycle to the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram
Tej and I prepare to cycle to the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram

Cycling seemed like a connect with child hood, and there was enough breeze for it not to feel like it was tiring. We crossed the beautiful round-about within the resort, and soon arrived at the gates of the resort, before we were stopped by the security.

Cycling from Temple Bay to Shore Temple
Cycling from Temple Bay to Shore Temple

We told them that we were guests and this was part of the program, and then they let us ride out of the resort. It impressed me that they took the security of guests as very important, checking everyone who came in or went out.  I will leave you with the sensory experience of what I have told so far on video, so that you can visually join us on our trip, or decide to copy the same things for your own trip!

Get your own trip!

Ask for the Summer Chillers program, to do the same things like we did. What more did we do? Do watch the rest of the series


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41 thoughts on “You Know What We Did This Summer? | Temple Bay Tales | Episode 1”

    1. Thanks Shreya! This actually felt nice since the garland they gave was made of sea-shells very well would up. Episode 2 coming up on Sunday night! Do tune in to the Blog or the Youtube Channel

  1. I love seaside hotels. All the wonderful activities can be had within easy reach — a luxurious refuge if you want to relax or an easygoing beach stroll if this is in your plan for the day. Haven’t been to a Radisson property though but I’ve heard they have good service.

    1. Most good hotels ace the service bit! Seaside hotels have their own added charms, apart from activities that help travellers bond with the elements of nature(surfing, pool, cycling etc)

  2. Wow, you guys seemed to have a great time. I love that the garland they have given you was made from seashells, which is very unique and nicely done. I love this place cause you get to experience the luxurious stay while enjoying all the beautiful view that it has to offer. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    1. In Chennai, the humidity, the increase in temperatures over the years, and human proclivity to air conditioning has made life tough on the coast during the summers! The AC helps you keeps your energy levels, otherwise I can keep the luxury out, as I am looking to connect with the elements of nature. This luxury property is great since it has very good food, and has a lot of trees and a huge pool!

  3. well another tale is up and i am looking forward to it , though initially i thought that you were gonna go off the beaten path on your own but looks like Temple Bay seems quite an add on

    1. Well one can, if there is more time than just a weekend. If you are looking to do all of the activities in one spot, Temple Bay works best. There is a separate series coming later in the year, on places you could drive to for an offbeat weekend away from Chennai on the east coast, but that’s a drive where you just eat at highways and sample food. No activity apart from playing in the sea though.

    1. Hey Karolina! The resort is a very nice place to unwind as its close to the beach and there are enough trees and greenery in the property. Cycling is not so tough!

  4. Ahh whenever I see posts where in travellers take up cycling I feel so jealous, I wish I knew how to cycle. Its the most fun and convenient way to explore a city

  5. I had been to Temple Bay Radison Blu as a part of a team outing. The resort is set in a very tradition fashion. I particularly liked their swimming pool and the plantations around which give a typical tropical vibe. And then access to the sea is a total win win. Did you happen to see the submerged temple in the sea?

  6. Wow! Seems like you guys had a great time! Mahabalipuram is so fascinating and the perfect stay is definitely a sea side resort. We haven’t checked Radisson Blu but it looks like a great property for a vacation.

    1. Sure! There are now many sea-side resorts, but out of the lot, I would rate Temple Bay better than most, as the others are bad when it comes to service and class. Also the food, maintenance of the resort is a huge factor. Temple Bay scores very well on all of these factors than the other resorts.

  7. It was great that your friend came all the way to Chennai so that you could take him to Mahabalipuram. The east coast road is extremely beautiful and Chennai to Pondicherry by this road is one of my favourite road trips.

    1. East Coast Road is beautiful, but unfortunately its not regulated or maintained as well as it should be. Weekends are a mess! But as you say its worth doing the great coastal drive!

  8. I like that you offered to disprove a friend’s impression of a place and he was open to be proven wrong. You even made it more fun by using bicycles. You sure weren’t deterred by the hot weather, if it were me, well, I wouldn’t last haha.. By the looks of it, it seems like you have succeeded in your effort. By the way the hotel looks amazing especially the swimming pool, my oh my it’s huge!

    1. The hotel and the pool are very large. The meandering pool is about 225 metres or so. I hope I have created a better impression of this part of the country to my northern brethren 🙂

  9. mahabalipuram is one of my favourite destinations. The shore temple particularly is one of the most beautiful monuments in the entire country. You cycled all the way from temple bay to shore temple – that must have been a terrific experience.

    1. I think its a beautiful coastline. Staying in Chennai, I have still not explored Mahabalipuram fully. The cycling was okay since it was for about half an hour. I was in energy conservation mode for most part.

  10. Wow! This sounds like an amazing experience. Cycling is a great way to explore a city and yes I agree it refreshes the childhood memories. The resort is lovely and luxurious. I like their hospitality and the way they take care of their guests by being vigilant about the visitors entering and leaving the gate.

  11. Temple Bay Resort in Mahabalipuram is a lovely property. We had an opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of the team GRT last year. You are sure to get pampered there. And of course the activities and the sprawling grounds are sure to blow you away. Loved watching the video, so well made.

    1. I too like the property. The only thing I mildly found tough was the fact that the resort is big, and incase there is a wedding happening at the same time, its very tough to commute on the buggy, as its full. Maybe if they had an app for calling your buggy, it would be fun 😉

    1. Hi Lord. I use a S7 Edge for most of the shots. When I need some action/wide-angles I used a Go Pro and for aerial shots, I use a Spark. No SLR used on the trip at all

  12. I have been to Mahabalipuram and its nearby beaches but never did a night stay. But this Temple Bay resort looks like a beautiful option for staying as they welcome their guests in very grandly. Also it is situated near the beautiful beach which makes it more favorable for staying here. Loved your cycling ride.

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