Review: Chariot Beach Resort, Mahabalipuram

Review: Chariot Beach Resort, Mahabalipuram

If you are a history freak and looks for a relaxed vacation simultaneously, want to sleep in the private deluxe or seaside cottages with an Olympiad pool around, walk hand in hand watching the sunrise with your loved one on a private beach, then the Chariot Beach Resort, Mahabalipuram is the perfect place for you.


Recently, you might have seen our Instagram feed and Facebook feed loaded with lots of beach pictures giving you a perfect clue about our trip to the awesome Chariot property, and the fun we had while doing activities at chariot beach resort, Mahabalipuram. We were invited as guests to the #Chariot Bloggers Retreat.

We, a team of 16 bloggers from Delhi landed at Chennai Airport in the morning and were driven by the Chariot team Chauffer to the Chariot Beach Resort, Mahabalipuram. The resort is located at a distance of 60 km from the prime location at the shore. It took around 1:30 hr to reach the resort. As soon as we arrived, we were welcomed by the refreshing traditional South Indian coconut drink and seashell garlands. After a brief introduction and savory filling brunch, we were ushered towards our super deluxe villas.

Welcomed by Coconut Drink and Seashell Garland on arrival at Chariot Beach Resort

About The Chariot Beach Resort, Mahabalipuram

The Chariot Beach resort is stretched over 42 acres. There are 70 rooms and villas amidst the swaying coconut trees and beach at the end.

Open Lush green areas at Chariot Resort, Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram or earlier known as Mamallapuram is a UNESCO heritage site and has the history dating back to 6th century when Pallavas came from Sri Lanka to rule the place.

The Chariot Beach resort is a perfect destination to soak in the greenness and calm your senses at the beach.

Rooms at Chariot Resort

The resort has in total 70 rooms categorized into standard rooms, deluxe rooms & cottages (24), sea view cottages (4) and sea view suites (4).

The rooms, villas and the suites in the Chariot beach resort are crafted keeping in mind the simple logic Rest & Relaxation (R&R) and the gripping greenery and cold breeze of the ocean are enough to unwind one from its daily chores.

Super Deluxe Cottages at chariot Mahabalipuram
Super Deluxe Cottages

We stayed at Super Deluxe cottages, which is spacious and furnished in a way to house two queen size beds. And the other amenities like working table, Sofa, chairs, LED’s, minibar, coffee maker, weighing scales, washroom, and outdoor shower. The villa is hugged from all sides by tropical gardens and has huge windows for the direct sunlight. The room looks out to the patio which has a perfect sitting arrangement to enjoy some morning and evening filter coffee with the newspaper. The Super Deluxe Villas are apt for the families as well as the couples.

Super Deluxe Cottage Room at Chariot Beach Resort

Amenities in Super Deluxe Cottage of Chariot beach resort

There are few Sea view cottages and suites in the resort too. Everything in these is almost same except that from there patio and rooms, one gets direct views of the sea and its waves. The Sea View Suites too has a separate dining area within their rooms.

Sea View Suites at Chariot Beach Resort
Sea View Suites
Sea View from Sea view Cottages at Chariot Beach Resort
Sea View from Sea View Cottages

Restaurants at Chariot Beach Resort

If you are someone who is the foodie, can go gaga about the food, have strong taste buds and the aroma of the cooked food in restaurants can tease your hunger, then this is the place you should be for your weekend getaways. They offer you a variety of traditional South Indian Cuisine to North Indian food.

There are 3 restaurants and a Bakehouse at Chariot Beach Resort, Mahabalipuram.

Kapi serves multi cuisines, a la carte and buffet throughout the day for its guests. There are live counters to try some lip-smacking local delicacies.

Sweet Delicacies at Chariot beach Resort
Sweet Delicacies at Chariot Beach Resort

Panam is a bar to enjoy some good cocktails and mocktails with your family and friends.

Restaurant at Chariot Beach Resort

Coast actually lies on the sea coast with the wonderful sea views and cold breeze. The fresh seafood severed here is palatable and unforgettable. Chariot team too organizes dinner for family, couple and friends on the sea coast.

Coast Restaurant at Chariot Beach Resort

Bake House on the property is enough to keep your sugar and calorie level apt while enjoying the property. The team doesn’t forget to serve you a variety of desserts after every meal.

Apart from this, there are various shakes and juices to enjoy the day.

Activities at Chariot Beach Resort Mahabalipuram

There are a plethora of activities to choose from and enjoy within the premises of chariot Beach resort. There is a separate 5 acres neighborhood activity zone to rush your adrenaline levels. To name few others there is Zip lining, Burma Bridge, ATV ride, Cricket zone, Table tennis, Olympiad size swimming pool, private beach, Catamaran ride and Ayurvedic Spa zone.  You can read about these in detail here.

Watching Sunrise on private beach of Chariot Beach Resort
Watching Sunrise on private beach at Chariot Beach Resort


The Chariot beach resort, Mahabalipuram has three Banquet Halls named as Orchid, Marigold, and Frangi Pani. These can house 60 to 400 people during conferences and other events.

Besides, this the Chariot Team organizes personal as well as corporate parties at their Rock garden, pool, and private beach, only on prior request.

Bar in rock garden of Beach Resort
Bar in rock garden at Chariot Beach Resort

Walking/ Cycling at Chariot Beach Resort

Disregard all this, walk or cycle around the whole property in the early morning. There is silence, soothing birds chirping and a whiff of cool fresh ocean air brushing against your skin and soothing your inner soul.

Our Experience at Chariot Beach Resort

So, from all this review you can clearly make out that the Chariot Beach resort has some or other thing for everyone. We could relax and rejuvenate here, away from the mundane city life. The place is a perfect example of peace and tranquillity. One can calm down and detox himself/herself in the perfect environment here.

Sea Views at Chariot Beach Resort

Other must-visit Attractions in Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram is a UNESCO heritage site dating back to 6th-7th century, so make sure to dwell yourself on the history of Pallavas dynasty. The Chariot Beach resort organizes a half day walking heritage tour of the Mahabalipuram city on prior request. The places which are must see and included in the tour are – Shore temple, part of submerged shore Temple, Krishna’s Butterball, Arjuna’s Penance, Old and New Lighthouse, 5 Ratha’s, and Seashell Museum. We will be covering all the details about these in our next post.

How to reach here

The Chariot Beach resort Mahabalipuram is just 60 km from Chennai. It takes around 1hr 30 minutes, maximum to reach.

Address: Five Raths Road, Behind Five Raths Monument, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104



AllGudThings was invited as a guest for the Chariot Bloggers Retreat, 2017, but the views expressed here in the post are completely ours. Special Thanks to Mr. Anand Chandershekar, for arranging everything so nicely and taking good care of all the bloggers.

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Chariot Beach Resort

40 thoughts on “Review: Chariot Beach Resort, Mahabalipuram”

  • The Chariot Beach Resort looks like a great place to get away from the din of Urbania. The fact that it is situated right next to the beach makes it an ideal place to relax. Also what is great for us is the fact that it is near some of the most historic and exquisite temples of India, the temples of Mahabalipuram. This is really a very good weekend getaway to rejuvenate in body, mind, and soul.

  • What a stunning looking place. I think I could happily settle in for a while! The scenery is gorgeous and the room look so pretty and comfy. I’d love to visit the UNESCO heritage site but would find it hard to leave that beautiful resort!

  • I’ve been to the heritage site at Mahabalipuram, which is amazing but stayed in Chennai (I remember the traffic getting back to the hotel!). I did visit another beach resort on the same trip but didn’t get much of a chance to see the beach. It looks beautiful and the Chariot beach resort looks very well managed.

  • I love that there is so much history in this area – the fact that it dates back to the 6th century is wonderful. Bake House sounds like my kind of place to eat! It sounds like this area has something for everyone with its adrenalin activities to relaxing catamaran rides. A great place to refresh, unwind and have fun!

  • Wow, that beach looks lovely and pristine — great to hear the resort invited you to visit! 🙂 It’s definitely my kind of place too — since you not only did you get to hang out at the beach, you also got to visit an amazing UNESCO World Heritage site! Even better that the resort arranges the tour for you by request. 🙂

  • Looks like a really amazingly relaxing resort to stay in after the adrenaline activities to get you through the day. Unfortunately I’m on the shoestring budget side of traveling so this may be out of my range, Love the history of the place and how they recognize it.

  • Loved the photos guys. I was actually there a year ago. It was just the beginning of winter. I mean winter by Chennai’s standards. the beach was pretty nice. My son freaked out building the sand castles!

  • Sounds like a wonderful spot for a short vacation. I’d love to explore the menu from South to Northern cuisines. Fun to hear about the catamaran and other adrenaline diversions too. Wish I’d been a Delhi blogger along for the trip!

  • Reading second post on this resort in as many weeks. Looks stunning. Pool side view is enough for me to opt for this resort during my visit to Mahabalipuram which has alot to offer as an UNESCO world heritage site. I am sue it would be a great weekend gateway to run from mundane urban life.

  • This place looks incredible! I love that it’s luxurious and well-maintained, but also right near some amazing heritage sites – sounds like the perfect balance for a getaway. Plus, the food sound delicious. The more I see from India, the more I feel like I need to start planning a trip! Great, crisp writeup. Thanks for the info!

  • Not going to lie, you had me convinced I needed to visit with the first photo of that serene looking pool of the ocean, before I’d even read a word. And if that wasn’t enough, I’ve always wanted to take a horse ride across a beach!

    Chariot Beach resort sounds incredible – I love that the villas are so encompassed by the jungle, but have a lot of sunlight. It sounds like the perfect place for some serious R&R. And it sounds like you might need some extra days exactly for R&R after working your way through their action packed activities! Love the balance – sounds like they have pretty much everything!

  • Great combination of luxury and heritage. This combination is a dream come true and you don’t always find it.
    Loved that penultimate photograph that looks like a Komodo. Was that taken from the new lighthouse?

  • Wow, that stone-carved temple in Mahabalipuram is unbelievable! So much amazing history in this region, it’s incredible. The Chariot Beach Resort looks quite lovely as well. The sunset photo is gorgeous.

  • There are so many places we need to go to in India. We were there sadly only for 10 days back in 2015. I think we need to come back for a year to really see India. We’ll put this hotel on the list, looks the perfect place to rest our heads.

  • I love resorts like this that are laid out like you’re living in a village! It looks so relaxing! Love how you can see green almost anywhere! A couple of days here sounds really amazing.. I wouldn’t say no to a Burma Bridge, ATV ride, for sure! The temple on your photos is truly unique, btw… It does look like a Komodo Dragon from your viewpoint. 😉

  • At 42 acres, the Chariot Beach Resort must be incredibly spacious – something I look for when I travel with my children. I didn’t realize that it was possible to access such a tranquil beach-side resort in only 60 minutes from Delhi. Chariot Beach Resort looks like a wonderful property with a diverse selection of activities for guests, everything from historical tours to active adventure! I’m impressed 🙂

  • The Chariot Beach Resort looks phenomenal – really nice done and sympathetic to the local environment which is what I love from hotels. I’d never heard of this area, but then I haven’t visited this part of the world before but it certainly seems like there is so much to do. I love the idea of visiting Mahabalipuram.

  • I am definitely history buff and still love a relaxed vacation – and this resort looks just right for me! Since after two or three days doing nothing on the beach and getting pampered at a nice hotel I need to do something, I would certainly enjoy very much the walking tour to Mahabalipuram city that the resort offers. Certainly I would need a looong walking tour after enjoying their deserts – they look just fantastic.

  • Thank you for introducing me to Mahabalipuram – I have never heard of this stunning temple before and now I am utterly intrigued. Looks like Chariot Beach resort is the perfect place to stay when visiting the site. Your pictures of the beach and the resort gardens are soooo inviting! Great post!

  • Looks like a peaceful resort to visit. Love the big rooms and beds look comfy! The beach looks nice and natural and I have a sweet tooth so, you had me when you said there are lots of desserts!

  • I never had that much desire to visit India but know there is a Chariot resort. I can’t wait. I love the idea of watching a sunset and rising horseback on the beach.

  • I could definitely get down with a retreat here. That horseback riding at sunset sounds absolutely romantic and exhilarating. Not to mention its proximity to the amazing Mahabalipuram heritage site. You’ve convinced me that this has to be on my list!

  • For me, the most significant attraction of this resort is its location. The beach is what I am always after. It is so relaxing to walk along the water, watch sunsets or lazily seat on sand half sleeping half dreaming. Perhaps, staying in a sea view cottage would be my preference just to top up the experience with relaxing sound of waves.

  • Chariot Beach resort looks amazing. Love those cute little cottages, too. Only they’re not really little, are they? Quite spacious actually! I was curious about one of your photos will little red clay pots lining the walkway…were those lanterns? It all looked so wonderful and romantic too. The pool is to die for!