Discover ancient sites and other things to do in Mahabalipuram

At the Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram, you can enjoy a range of fun things to do, including archery, hobby classes, indulgent treatments at our Bodhi spa. You can also simply relax while soaking up the views from our restaurants and bars before strolling to several incredible, local sights. See centuries-old monuments like Arjuna’s Penance, a huge monolithic carving, and Krishna Mandapam, the largest rock-cut Hindu temple in Mahabalipuram. If time allows, take a day trip to other UNESCO World Heritage sites like Kanchipuram, approximately 40 miles (64 kilometers) from the resort, or Pondicherry, approximately 60 miles (96 kilometers) away.

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India Seashell Museum

1.1 mi / 1.77 km from the hotel
View this museum’s impressive collection of rare seashells and fossils, plus shark teeth and whale fins. Kids love the giant octopus sculpture outside.


35.66 mi / 57.39 km from the hotel
An ancient city dating back to the second century, Kanchipuram is known for its ancient temples, colorful temple festivals, and the famous Kanchipuram silk sarees.

Krishna’s Butter Ball

0.36 mi / 0.57 km from the hotel
Take a photo with this massive, precariously balanced boulder. Local legend says that even seven elephants were unable to shift this gigantic ball of granite.

Arjuna’s Penance

0.41 mi / 0.65 km from the hotel
This huge monument—approximately 100 feet long and 43 feet high—is thought to represent a scene from the epic Mahabharata. More than 100 figures, including gods and animals, have been carved into two boulders.

Krishna Mandapam

0.44 mi / 0.7 km from the hotel
Inside the large Krishna Mandapam, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, carvings depict the myth of Krishna safeguarding villagers and cattle from Indra.

Shore Temple

0.59 mi / 0.95 km from the hotel
Dating from the late seventh century, the intricately carved Shore Temple is the oldest freestanding temple in the Mamallapuram area. Inside the two-towered structure are shrines dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.