All Neemrana properties are ‘non–hotel’ Hotels, because they were originally built for other purposes. All efforts have been made to maintain the old charm of The Bungalow on the Beach while ensuring more than the basic comforts that have come to be associated with the changes in lifestyle since the 17th century. The Bungalow on the Beach offers a unique experience of seeing and ‘living’ history along with a range of local excursions that help our guests discover South India. Nothing about the Neemrana experience is ordinary. Soak in the sun. Feel the sea breeze as the magical night lazily settles in. Watch the stars overhead and the sea below. Our hotel in Tranquebar also hosts anniversaries, birthdays and other memorable occasions.
The Shore Temple's
As guests embark on their heritage journey from Chennai Airport to the 17th c. Neemrana's Bungalow on the Beach in Tranquebar, a stopover is recommended at the 725 AD Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram which is a captivating midway pause, bridging the gap between the bustling city and the tranquil coastal retreat.
Located 60 kilometers south of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, this structural temple, crafted from granite blocks, offers a profound glimpse into India's heritage. As part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram since 1984, it stands as one of Southern India's oldest structural stone temples.
The temple was once referred to as the "Seven Pagodas" by Marco Polo and European merchants. It served as a vital navigational landmark for seafarers due to its pagoda-like appearance.
The Shore Temple's architecture is a testament to ancient craftsmanship, with finely cut local granite forming its pyramidal structure. Inside, the Dharalinga, a Shivalinga in Rajasimha style, stands at 6 feet tall, exuding a sense of divinity. The Somaskanda panel, a carved stone depiction of Shiva, Parvati, and Kartikeya, adorns the temple walls.
Wandering through its chambers, one encounters sculptures of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva as Tripurantaka, and Durga. A circumambulatory passage allows visitors to pay homage in a clockwise direction.
Intriguingly, this temple, like Neemrana's Bungalow on the Beach, preserves India's architectural and spiritual heritage, making it an ideal stopover for travelers embarking on a voyage through time, from ancient India to the 17th century, all while witnessing the serenity of Tranquebar's shores.