Other cities may have a Beach. Chennai has Beaches! Yes, you read right.
Of course you’ve heard of Marina Beach, I mean who hasn’t?
Marina Beach is the longest Urban Natural Beach in the country. At a stretch of 13 km, including a 6 km promenade, it is also supposedly the 2nd longest Urban Beach in the World.
This beach is THE tourist destination for anyone visiting the city and has a lot going on, with something for every age group.
Take a long walk along the Promenade, flanked by The Bay of Bengal on one side and historical buildings across the road on the other side.
Food stalls serve the famous ‘Thenga Manga Pattani Sundal’ (Boiled Chickpeas with chopped Onion and Raw Mango bits) Bhajji’s (Bhajia’s) Cut Fruit, the crazily popular Boiled Sweet Corn and the usual beach fare, Candy Floss, Ice Cream and the like.
Food Trucks serve fresh Sea Food, so you could end your beach visit with a Meal.
Kids and Adults could indulge their love for Horse Riding, participate in Yoga, Martial Art and Dance Classes that take place here. The beach also has a Swimming Pool.
For those who love photography there is a photo opportunity at every step. From the Red and White Chennai Light House looming over the Beach to the Mahatma Gandhi Statue taking the next step. Glorious Sunrises and Sunsets make for great photographs.
Admire the Mounted Branch of Greater Chennai City Police patrol the beach on trained horses.
Sitting high on their horses these fit and smart Police look out for mischief makers and people venturing too close to the water. They also handle crowds and look for missing children, guiding them back to their parents.
Elliot’s Beach ( also fondly reffered to as, ‘Bessie’ as it is in Beasant Nagar)is probably the cleanest of all the beaches in the city. Here is where the famous Ashtalakshmi Temple is.
Santhome Beach is the lively one. Food Vendors, Fish Vendors selling the catch of the day, vegetable vendors line the side of the road flanking it.
Head to Thiruvanmiyur Beach, if you’re looking for some peace and quiet as it is mostly empty. It is slightly cooler than other beaches too, so it’s the ideal place for your morning or evening walks
Breezy Beach, is less crowded and known for its horse rides.
Neelankarai Beach is where the Turtle Walk takes place(more on that later)
VGP Beach is a private Beach and you pay a small entry fee to go there. Which is why it is still clean and peaceful.
These are just a few of the beaches I’ve listed. There are more! Life is surely a Beach , in Chennai at least!
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