Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman's Cove

Mahaballipurum, Tamil Nadu, India

At a Glance

  • Modern facilities offering a sleek minimalistic style

  • Great hotel for a couple of nights on the coast in Tamil Nadu

  • Indian and European cuisine in the hotel’s two restaurants

  • Beautiful tropical gardens spanning 22 acres

  • Jiva Spa offering traditional Indian treatments

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The climate in southern India shows only slight seasonal variations unlike northern India. Temperatures and humidity remain relatively high all year round in Tamil Nadu, but the best time to usually visit is from November until March. Please note that rainfall is common at any time of the year but the monsoon season has only marginally more precipitation than at any other time.

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Insider's View

Stay in one of the sea view villas and while away the afternoon lazing in the hammock on your private lawn

Have dinner at Upper Deck filled with hanging lanterns, featuring an open kitchen serving up delicious bistro food with a European flair

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Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman’s Cove offers a modern and luxurious beach stay near Chennai. Dating back to the 18th Century when it was a Dutch Fortress, here escape to this quiet retreat surrounded by 22 acres of tropical gardens for complete relaxation.

Once a Dutch Fortress dating back to the 18th Century, Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman’s Cove is a perfect destination to unwind and take in the panoramic views of the Bay of Bengal. Here guests can discover the traditional Indian rituals of the Jiva Spa which offers a fabulous range of signature treatments in a natural setting.

Located near to the once small fishing village of Covelong, guests visiting Fisherman’s Cove have an array of activities to choose from including turtle walks on the shore, trying their hands at the various water sports or working out in the exclusive fitness centre. For those who want to relax in this tranquil setting, there is even access to the private library where guests can enjoy their holiday reading.

In contrast to its historical setting, Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman’s Cove boasts a modern décor. Sleek and minimalist, it sits within 22 acres of tropical gardens and beach waiting to be discovered. The hotel has 88 rooms in five categories, assigned to different wings in addition to several cottages around the grounds for those who wish for more privacy. Many are sea facing, where you can wake up to the sound of waves lapping against the shore and feast on the fabulous breakfast menu. After discovering the delights of Tamil Nadu, Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman’s Cove is the perfect place to cool off in the pool with a drink from the decadent Sunburst bar.

The hotel’s three restaurants excel at mixing traditional Indian flavours and modern cuisine. Seagull is known for its infamous Sunday brunches and offers a popular international menu with a mixture of European gastronomy as well as sourcing local ingredients. Guests can also sit back by the pool with a cocktail and indulge themselves at the Anchor-Bar. Bay-View equally presents an exquisite seafood dining experience overlooking the beach, whilst Upper-Deck specialises in a selection of mouth-watering Mediterrenean dishes.

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Fisherman’s Cove offers 88 rooms, each tastefully decorated. We recommend the rooms with sea views, the Premium Temptation Villa offers both privacy and views over the Bay of Bengal.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman’s Cove but please be aware there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel.


Facilities at Fisherman’s Cove include a fabulous outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre where you can also practise yoga, Jiva Spa, business centre, souvenir shop and two restaurants serving dishes from India and the Mediterranean.


For those interested there are many water sports and tennis/badminton courts available nearby.

Spend a day exploring the ancient monuments of Mahabalipuram situated just 60km south of Chennai. A World Heritage Site, here you will be amazed by the stunning stone carvings of the Shore Temple and the Five Rathas.



Leonora McNabb (Staff)

Vivanta by Taj Fisherman's Cove is a truly beach front resort, great for visitors wanting to explore Tamil Nadu. The Premium Temptation Sea View Villas are spacious and comfortable offering unrestricted views onto Covelong Beach. Guests can sit out in a hammock in their private garden after a day exploring the Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram or the temples of Kanchipuram.

Location & directions

Mahaballipurum, Tamil Nadu, India

Fisherman’s Cove can be found 34 km south of the bustling city of Chennai in the region of Tamil Nadu. It is situated on the Covelong Beach and the 60km north of Mahabalipuram.

How to get there

Fisherman’s Cove is a 10-hour international flight to Chennai International Airport, followed by a 34km car ride down the coast.

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