Situated in the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Marina Beach is a natural urban beach along the Bay of Bengal. The beach is stretched out to a distance of 13 kilometres making it the longest natural urban beach in the country, second largest in the world and also the most crowded beach in India with almost 30,000 visitors a day. With a white sandy shore that looks as though extending to infinity, the landscape of Marina Beach is a mesmerising and serene sight to behold.
Breezy Beach lays in the remote and serene neighbourhood of Valmiki Nagar in Chennai. Being smaller and less polluted, its a perfect getaway for anyone looking for a peaceful evening. This beach is not as popular and known as the Elliots beach, and is hence more quiet and peaceful. Evenings are very pleasant and breezy here, and in the recent years, lots of tourists have been attracted towards this beach for its beauty. Those looking for an amiable, refreshing and breezy place to chill out and have fun, the Breezy beach of Chennai is the place to be.
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). It has the Velankanni Church and the Ashtalakshmi Kovil in the vicinity. The mesmerising beach is one of the cleanest beaches in the city of Chennai. Located towards the south of Marina Beach, an incredibly calm and tranquil place, it does not offer much activity hence, is an ideal spot for long walks.
Considered as one of the cleanest and beautiful beaches in Chennai, 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. This mesmerising beach is an appealing part of the Bay of Bengal, with its smooth and silver sand situated on Marina, the second longest beach in the world. The surging waves of the beach and the swaying wind are like music to ears adding to the charm and beauty of this place.
One of the must-visit attractions in Chennai is Guindy National Park. Ranked as the eighth smallest National Park in India, Guindy National Park is spread over 2.70 km square in the Protected area of Tamil Nadu, Chennai. These protected areas are maintained by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. You must also know that this is the only park which is located inside a city. Before the park came into existence, this space was considered as an extended part of the Guindy Lodge which is presently referred to as the Raj Bhavan, the Governor of Tamil Nadu’s official home.
Also known as Adyar Poonga or Adyar Eco Park, Tholkappia Poonga is an ecological park established by an initiative of the Tamil Nadu government. Situated in the Adyar estuary of Chennai, the park has over 160 species of trees and is visited by tourists and localites alike.
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Opened in November 2010, Semmozhi Poonga is the first botanical park of Chennai. Boasting over 500 species of plants, the collection includes herbs and medicinal plants as well. The entire park has been divided into 8 zones with an individual theme. The park is one of the most popular tourist spots of the city owing to it's charm, beauty and bounteous nature.
Under the administration of the Chennai Port Trust, Royapuram Fishing Harbour is one of the most popular fishing grounds in Chennai. Located in a region which is famous for seafood, this harbour surely has its name among the busiest fishing hubs of Tamil Nadu. If you visit the Royapuram Fishing Harbour, you will almost always find the place crowded with different types of fishing vessels. From the full length, 45 feet boats to the smallest of catamarans, you will see them all.
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This pretty beach is found on the way to Mahabalipuram, just 37km from Chennai. Also referred to as Covelong Beach, this quiet little fishing village turns into a full blown party during the Covelong beach festival which is a surfing, music and yoga festival. It is much cleaner than most of the beaches in Chennai. Keep that in mind if you don't want plastic flying into your mouth when you're grabbing a bite of that delicious sandwich.
Best Time: September to March
This backwater lake is located near Mahabalipuram on the East Coast Road (ECR), 35 kilometers from Chennai. It is famous for the Muttukadu boathouse where you can enjoy a boat ride or indulge in watersports. The boathouse is maintained by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation and they ensure that the place maintained at the highest of standards. The boathouse is operated from 9 AM to 5 PM and the best time to visit the place is in the cooler months, which is from September to March.
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