Surfing in Chennai, India

Chennai, India is a big bustling city but not far away are some fun and exotic surf spots.  This report is for Mahabalipuram which is about an hour from the Chennai airport.

Surf

Break Type:  Beach

Gear: Trunks

Ambience:  The beach is tucked right next to the town.  There are a temple at the end of the beach.  The beach is not the cleanest I've been too and the water is a little polluted but not terribly so.  Just try not to swallow too much of it.  Definitiely travel with some Imodium or your preferred diarrhea medicine.

Main Surf Spot:  Mahabalipuram

Link to current conditions: Surfline

Logistics

Public Parking:  Street parking.

Public Showers:  No.  

Public Restrooms:  No. 

Transportation:  Do yourself a favor an get a driver.  The streets are very crowded and I don't recommend driving.  If you stay in the resort here, take a tuk-tuk to Mumu Surf School.  Put in here are surf back to the resoirt.  You can do this all day!

Nearest Airport:  Chennai (MAA).

Alternative Surf Spots

Kovalam Beach - about 20 minutes to the north.

Area

Lodging:

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram

Food:

Many options in town.  Go for grilled fish prepared simply.