Tamil Nadu is known especially for its blue beaches and sunny
skies. Some of south India's nicest beaches dot Chennai's long seafront. The Marina
beach is a 12-km long stretch of fine sandy shore and is known as the Pride of Chennai,
the Kovalam beach is quiet and far away from the distractions of the city and the
Elliot's beach is the preferred destination for those with a clean atmosphere in
A short 20-minute drive from Chennai City, VGP Golden Beach Resort offers a serene
and relaxing atmosphere in today's stress-driven world. 58-km south of Chennai is
the Mahabalipuram beach, famous for its unique 7th century Shore Temple.
Marina Beach is located on the eastern side of Chennai, adjoining
the Bay of Bengal. Watching the sun set and rise from the beach is an enthralling
experience. Though bathing and swimming can be dangerous, as the undercurrent is
very strong, even then people come for swimming here. In the evenings, the beach
is virtually a fair ground with various kinds of entertainment and food stalls lining
With its natural sandy beauty and spacious promenade and beautiful gardens, the
beach is a major attraction for tourists visiting Chennai. It has acquired a South
Indian aura with vendors hawking wares ranging from shell and glass baubles to kites
and fruit juices. The Marina, however, is large enough to accommodate all visitors
as well as the hawkers and is often the venue for important state functions.
Elliot BeachThis beach is located in Besant Nagar. Formerly
a popular bathing beach, today, it is the favourite rendezvous of the younger generation.
Good roads, pavements, illuminated sands, makes a visit to this beach a real pleasure.
Kovalam Beach Kovalam or Covelong as it was known earlier is a
small fishing village located 40 kms from Chennai on the way to Mahabalipuram.
Now it is a luxury beach resort. There was a fort built by the Nawab of Carnatic,
Mamallapuram 58 kms, south of Chennai, has a beautiful beach
spanning a distance of over 20 km. An erstwhile port of the Pallava dynasty the
place abounds with stone carvings, caves, rock cut temples also attract tourists.
A crocodile farm, snake. venom extracting centre, schools of art and sculpture and
a wide choice of resorts along the beach draw holiday-seekers all round the year.
While travelling from Chennai to Mahabalipuram visit Dakshinachitra - a heritage
centre. Here traditional crafts persons and folk artists work and perform in the
reconstructed period settings of 19th century homes, streets and workspaces of the
Southern States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Beach At the southern most tip of India, where the Arabian Sea,
the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet, lies Kanyakumari, an important pilgrim
center. Kanyakumari is famous for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets, especially
on full moon days. The beach itself is a beautiful sight with multi-colored sand.
There is a lighthouse from where one can get a panoramic view. The Government museum
offers a good collection of sculptural art crafts of Tamil Nadu.
Poompuhar Beach Yet another beach resort
created in memory of erstwhile "Kaveripoompattinam", a legendary Port city, washed
away by the sea. The present complex was designed on the basis of the information
available in the Tamil epic 'Silapathikaram'.
The historical happenings depicted in Silapathikaram and the land marks mentioned
therein are brought back to life here in stone. The Department of Tourism offers
conch and shell type accommodation here.