A Long Stretch Of Coastal Delight
Golden sand, good surf and a shimmering clean blue sea, this in a nutshell,
is Marina beach. This beach is counted among one of the longest beaches in
Asia. Its 12-km long stretch was made beautiful by the wonderful facelift
given by Governor Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff in the early 1880's,
and is a major tourist attraction today.
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 the beach.
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.
Attractions of Marina Beach
Some of the most beautiful buildings in Chennai such as the University of
Madras, Senate-House, Chepauk Palace, Presidency College, P.W.D office and
Ice House are located on the beach drive. At the other end of the beach is
the new lighthouse. In between, sentinels on the promenade, are several
statues of Tamil scholars and two splendid bits of sculpture- the Victory of
Labour and the Mahatma Gandhi.
Places to stay in Marina Beach
- Aquarium : Close to the Marina beach is the
aquarium, which has some of the most exotic collection of tropical sea
fishes and fresh water fishes. The aquarium gives a chance to have a
closer look at the aquatic life. The Ice House, which was used to store
ice brought from Great Lakes in North America, is south to the Aquarium.
- Anna And MGR Samadhis : Situated on the beach,
the Anna and MGR Samadhis, which are the memorials of the most popular,
former Chief ministers of the state, attract good crowd everyday.
Being a capital city of the state, Chennai is well equipped with various
kinds of accommodation options, varying from economic class to luxurious