The beaches of Tamil Nadu are very beautiful and the state which lies in the southern part of India has a vast coastline. Dotted with many beaches, Tamil Nadu has some of the beaches on the east coast of India. Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu is itself a beach city with Marina beach and numerous other beaches to interest visitors. Apart from Chennai, there are many other popular beach destinations in Tamil Nadu, including Mahabalipuram which is also a temple town and Kanyakumari which is the southernmost tip of India.
Here is the list of 16 Beaches of Tamil Nadu For A Perfect Beachside Vacation
Kanyakumari has been a town since the Sangam period and is a popular beach in Tamil Nadu and is situated at an average elevation of 300 metres. Contrary to the popular belief that Kanyakumari lies at the meeting point of three bodies of water, it borders only one, the Laccadive Sea to the southwest, south, and to the southeast. It is the confluence of the Western Coastal Plains and Eastern Coastal Plains.
Quaint and calm, Velankanni beach in Tamil Nadu is a little hamlet tucked away on the coast of Bay of Bengal with pristine beaches. It is a famous Roman Catholic pilgrim centre and is visited by thousands of devotees for its shrine of "Our Lady of Good Health" aka Mother Mary. Inspired by the Lourdes in France, Velankanni is also known as the "Lourdes of the East". It has become one of the vital Marian sanctuaries of the world.
Considered as one of the cleanest and best beaches in Tamil Nadu, VGP Golden beach is one of the most sought-after destinations in the area by family and friends. This beach is a part of the VGP Universal Kingdom, which is a famous amusement park and lies on the East Coast Road.
The Sothavilai Beach is one of the best beaches in Tamil Nadu that can be found in the entire district of Kanyakumari. The beach stretches to over 4 kilometres, which makes it one of the longest natural beaches in Tamil Nadu, and the views that this attraction offers cannot be put into words. This beach is an offbeat attraction, which means that many people do not know about it, but the beach does deserve more attention than what it gets.
Sadras is an exquisite beach resort that has taken full advantage of the beautiful landscape. The beaches in Tamil Nadu that surround Mahabalipuram are beset by beautiful, green casuarinas groves. This beach resort is located 13 kilometers outside of Mahabalipuram. There is an old ruined Dutch Fort and a Dutch cemetery with finely embossed headstones.
The shaanor amour-propre of Chennai, the famous Marina Beach in Tamil Nadu, has been acclaimed as the second-longest beach in the world with a white sandy foreshore that looks as though extending to infinity. You could take a walk along the Marina beach with your near and dear ones or even all alone and enjoy the cool evening sea breeze along with a hot plate of crispy sundal and murukku. Watching the sun crawl upwards into the sky or even disappear into the ocean from the beach, is an awe-striking and enchanting experience.
Auroville Beach, also known as the Auro Beach is located in Pondicherry, which is a union territory. It is a part of the Auroville Ashram and is situated about 10 kilometres away. The beach is about 12 kilometres away from Pondicherry and lies on the right-hand side of East Coast Road and is considered to be among the most quaint beaches in Tamil Nadu.
A beach in Tamil Nadu showcasing beauty, calmness, serenity and everything that signifies nature at its best, Elliot's beach cannot be forgotten by anyone who has visited it once. Elliot's Beach aka "Besant Nagar Beach" or "Bessie" is located in Besant Nagar, Chennai. It forms the end-point of the Marina Beach shore and is named after Edward Elliot (who was once the Chief Magistrate, Superintendent of Madras and Governor of Chennai during the British times).
Sunny days, sandy beaches and a rich history almost sum up Mahabalipuram in its entirety. The Mahabalipuram beach is one of the best beaches in Tamil Nadu on the shore of Bay of Bengal and comprises of some rock-cut sculptures which are pleasing to the eyes. Mahabalipuram is beautiful, white and clean, and can be enjoyed abundantly by tourists. Also known as Mamallapuram by locals, the Mahabalipuram Beach is situated at a distance of 58 km from the Chennai city in Tamil Nadu. The beach lies
Located about 20 km away from Dhanushkodi, this island is another called the Pamban Island. The deep blue sea island is yet another spectacle and is considered as one of the most beautiful islands in the region. Travellers can go there by crossing the Pamban Bridge. If you are searching for a quiet recluse away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Pamban Island is your go-to place. One of the luxurious beaches in Tamil Nadu and with a skyline dotted with tall coconut trees, this little island lies between the Indian peninsula and Sri Lanka. It forms the Rameshwaram taluk of the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu.
The village of Kovalam was once upon a time a small fishing village that was located 15 kilometres from Mahabalipuram. Today, that fishing village is still there but has also expanded to become one of the most exotic and spectacular resort beaches in Tamil Nadu. Located on the coastline of the Bay of Bengal near the village Covelong, Kovalam Beach was given the name 'Covelong' by the British due to their inefficiency of pronouncing "Kovalam". A perfect retreat amidst palm trees and silver sand, Covelong Beach was once set up as a port by Saadat Ali for Carnatic Nawabs.
Sanguthurai Beach is one of the calmest yet cleanest beaches in Tamil Nadu that you should go to, during your visit to Kanyakumari. Sanguthurai Beach is located in the southernmost part of India, and you can feel the fierce power of the Indian Ocean there.
Coming across a city like Tuticorin is not common. It is a beach town, also one of the busiest ports, has a wildlife sanctuary, houses numerous temples and churches and tens of other monumental sites. Although Tuticorin has so much more to offer than just the beach, it still is a beach town and not going to the beach might make you miss out on the fun.
Nettukuppam is the northernmost tip of Chennai and has a beach which is yet not tarnished by encroaching crowds. It is a solitary retreat for those who seek to enjoy the raging sea up close but in a peaceful environment. The place is an ideal place to spend quiet time as it is still not on the radar of the maddening tourist crowd.
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