ECR, also known as the East Coast Road, is a picturesque state highway in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is often used as a synonym for the well-maintained two-lane State Highway (SH) 49, which links Chennai to Cuddalore via Pondicherry, all the way along the beautiful Bay of Bengal coast. Even if one takes an ECR bus from Chennai for Mahabalipuram, he or she will witness the magnificent blue sea accompanied by the golden sands and the green trees throughout the journey. Scenic villages in the midst of greenery and estuaries are other attractions. Chennai is the major city along the ECR.
Places to Stay
The best place to put up for the night is Mahabalipuram, famous for its seashore temple. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the town. Some of the options which are worth a try are Lakshmi Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 600), RamaKrishna Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Joe Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Blue Breeze Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 750) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. English is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September , Diwali in October-November, the month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Places of tourist interest mostly lie in the coastal temple town of Mahabalipuram, the most famous among them is the Seashore Temple. Chennai and Pondicherry with all their shares of beautiful beaches and tourist attractions are pretty nearby too at distances of 60 and 90 km (from Mahabalipuram) respectively.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chennai International Airport at a distance of 66 km (from Mahabalipuram).
Chennai Central Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 65 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect the town to different cities in the region. Parveen Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Volvo bus booking through bus booking websites like TicketGoose.com is very convenient.