Ideal Beach Resort

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Mahabalipuram, Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, 603 104, India

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    Stayed there for 2 days in August. I have to say it's a nice place worth spending time and conveniently located just outside Mamallapuram. Great time in the pool. Strongly recommend for families and those with kids. Gorgeous breakfast!

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John Boetes and his Universal Peace Park

by muddybok

John Boetes, 67, a Dutch artist is walking by the beach of Mamallapuram heading towards his usual breakfast place (Ideal Beach Resort) which is more than 5KM away from his workshop. As any ang-moes will normally do, he will greet people morning and even more so when he is such a prominent ang-mo figures in the town of Mamallapuram.

He was talking to us and checking where are we come from and later we're found out that the reason why he approached us was due to the fact that we are carry some complex looking, big cameras. He taken out a piece of paper from this regular maroon color pouch and telling us that he has a workshop in town and wanted us to visit and our first impression was he is going to sell us something.

He handled us a photocopy of The Hindu article featuring him & his weighty mission as described by the writer. We didn't read the article until we're done with the sunrise photo shooting and we're still aren't sure whether he is some kind of con men that we always run into when we're on trip.

After getting our moped renting from Moonrakers Restaurant, we were hitting out to 5 Rathas and we suddenly remember John's invitation to his workshop and we vaguely remember he said after 5 Rathas, go further straight and turn into first right junction, go further and soon we will see a different workshop on our left hand side. The different is because you don't see the workshop making the regular Hindus idols or the Ganesha, but you're see Princess Diana, Marilyn Monroe, Barbra Streisand and many more non-Hindu goddess kind of sculptures.

So, we went and we were truly surprise that he really didn't mean to con us to visit his workshop and he even informed one of his supervisors to host us if he ever sees 2 Chinese visit the workshop with big cameras.



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Tastes good AND looks good !!Tastes good AND looks good !!

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beaches in tamil nadu

by kennethharvey

hello everybody,i am flying to tamil nadu for about a month in june to jully i think but knowing from past india trip,just dont hange on to any plan!!does anybody know of a good quite beach,i am not a raver(to old)so nay info about hotels beaches etc would be verry welcome thanks kenneth

Re: beaches in tamil nadu

by ElCordobez

Mamallapuram, about 50km south of Chennai is not too bad.
Ideal Beach Resort is a very nice place to stay on the beach.
Check their website...

Re: beaches in tamil nadu

by abi_maha

Hi Kenneth
Mahabalipuram is great, most resorts have their own private beach and hence it is ideal to stay here. I personally like the Temple Bay, however it is a little steep. Otherwise you can head to pondicherry, Kailashnath Resorts there is also nice and quaint and a very good value for money deal.
Hope this helps.

Re: beaches in tamil nadu

by vpas

If budget is not a problem,stay at Fisherman's cove which is five star and run by the Taj group of hotels.I have stayed there and they have weeklong as well as weekend packages.
You could also head to Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram.There are quite a few choices there.The shore temples as well as the caves are worth a visit and the beaches are good.
There are also a few guest houses along the ECR(east coast road)on the way to Mahabalipuram. I like this place called Uthandi and another one called Thiruporur.these are two small villages that are not at all crowded.the beaches are good.On the way is also the crocodile bank which is a crocodile sanctuary;Mutthukadu where there is boating on the backwaters.
Hope you have a good time,

Re: beaches in tamil nadu

by vpas

Are you going only to Chennai or to other places in Tamilnadu as well?If so,then you could also check out Pondicherry.

Re: beaches in tamil nadu

by travellingtechie

I have been to Pondycherry and it is a beautiful place to be in....I went there only for a day but the beaches are pretty good....I would very strongly recommend Pondycherry to you.

Re: beaches in tamil nadu

by skumar27

In Tamilnadu, if you are landing thru Chennai..Then the suggested places to visit are 'Marina' beach(Near Triplicane)'Beasant nagar Beach(Near Adayar), Best hotels are GRT Grant Towers,Lee meridian, Park Sheraton, Ramada Raj park, Rain Tree , and Lemon tree hotel. If you are interested about hotels, let me know the Cuisine you prefer...i will post those details...

Travel Tips for Mamallapuram

More than one year after Tsunami

by bradbeaman

Here is a fishing village at Mamallapuram one year after the Tsunami. Before the Tsunami they lived on the other side of the trees on the beach. They are in temporary shelter one year later. You will see these temporary shelter villages along the coast.

Jody Lee Universal Peace Park

by muddybok

This is not another Peace Park that someone is trying to compete with John, but this will be the name of the Universal Peace Park that John Boetes is going to make it happen.

Boetes plans to name the park after his daughter, Jody Lee, who made a miraculous recovery after being in a state of coma for nearly six years, following a bike accident. "While recuperating, she asked me whether she would find peace in life. I promised her I would give her a peace park," he said.

"A peace garden will help countries come together. We have come into this world with nothing and we will leave with nothing. All there is to share is love, peace and harmony," added Boetes. (text from The Hindu Article)

The park is a promise from a dad to his daughter, and John is not driven by the monetary gains that he might enjoy from the opening of the park. Where will the park be? John will pick the best offer from people interested to help him to realize his park & deliver his promise to his daughter. Please bear in mind that this project of his is totally charitable and John foresees that the money collected from the park might be put into wrong use, so he is intended to open some hospitals that might be fully financed by the incomes from the park.

Reclining Vishnu at Shore temple.

by radz

This pic is inside of Shore temple sanctum sanctorum ,idol of "Lord Vishnu".There is small dark rectangular room,inside can see, beautifully sculpted Vishnu reclining
statue eight or 7 feet tall,looks like that giant figure in small room.
For other than structual famous,for hindus its one of scared temple place,
thats is one of Divyadesam.Here Vishnu is called "Sthalasayana Perumal". This is one rare pic to see Lord "Vishnu "without his usual weapons in his hand,the Sanku and the Chakra, and his bed "adi seda"(Snack curled bed),lord looks humbling pose.

Here lying on the ground ,with his hand support its rare pic of him.Why he is here like this ,goes back story. Now no poojas are performed here.
Now the present town near bus stand Sthalasayana Perumal temple is there.
This shore temple is ninth century A.D,after 500 years later,in the 14 th century
the Lord is said to have appeared in a vision to the rulers of Vijayanagar and commanded them to build a temple for the Lord here away
from the eroding waves of the sea.

P.S.Divyadesam means special towns,where in India 108 temples of Vishnu
glorified by the Tamil saints.

The Arjuna Ratha

by cadzand

The Dharmaraja Ratha is dedicated to Shiva. It's a miniature version of the Dharmaraja ratha, and a true picture of dravidian style of architecture

The shrine seems to resemble a small palace or pavillion, with sculpted pilasters, miniature roof shrines, and an octagonal dome.


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Address: Mahabalipuram, Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, 603 104, India