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Beaches of Tamil nadu

The south Indian state of Tamil Nadu is situated by the Bay of Bengal and is famous for its natural beauty especially for its chromatic beaches and clear skies. Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu has some of the loveliest beaches,ideal for a beach holiday on the coastal line of southern India. The Marina beach in Chennai is the second longest beach in the world. It has a wonderful golden foreshore and is known as the 'Pride of Chennai'. The Covelong
beach is quiet far away from the distractions of the city and the Elliot's beach is the favorite destination for those looking for a clean and peaceful atmosphere. After a short 20- minute drive from Chennai City, one reaches the VGP Golden Beach Resort that offers a tranquil and comfortable atmosphere, a respite from the hustle and bustle of the cities. The Mahabalipuram beach is situated around 60-km south of Chennai, famous for its unique 7th century shore temple and stone sculptures. All in all, the exotic beaches of Tamil Nadu are definitely a must visit.

 

Marina Beach

The Marina beach one of the most loveliest beaches in India, is located on the eastern side of Chennai nearby the Bay of Bengal. The sunsets and the sunrises at this mesmerizing beach are absolutely awesome. Though bathing and swimming can be dangerous, as the undercurrent is very strong, the beach attracts several visitors, who come to spend their holiday in the laps of natural beauty of coastal region. In the evenings, virtually, the beach becomes a fair ground with various kinds of entertainment and food stalls lining the beach.

Kaniyakumari Beach

The KaniyaKumari or Cape Comorin, is the end of the tip of India's land. This famous beach is an marvelous assortment of multi- hued sand. It is surrounded by Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. It is also called 'Thriveni Sangamam', where you can enjoy the breath-taking views of the Sun Shine and the Sun Set on your travel holiday in the region. It is also famous for Gandhi Mandapam and Kanyakumari Amman temple. Amidst the sea of Kanyakumari, a small hillock houses the memorial of Swami Vivekananda.

Mahabalipuram Beach

Mahabalipuram, also known, as "Mamallapuram" is situated 60-kms, south of Chennai, nestled on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. It was once a port of the Pallavas, who have created many marvelous monuments with Sculptural Panels, Caves, Monolithic Rathas (chariots) and Temples.

Rameswaram Beach

Rameshwaram is an island situated off the mainland surrounded by Palk Strait and the Gulf of Mannar. It is also a famous pilgrim center, where according to the epic Ramayana, Lord Sri Rama worshiped Lord Siva, before invading Lanka to save his wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana. It is believed that Lord Sri Rama constructed the mythological bridge to Sri Lanka.

Covelong Beach

The magical Covelong beach is located at a distance of 40 km from Chennai. It is a calm beach, far from the distractions of the cities, offering a perfect holiday beach destiantion in the scenic environment. One of the best weekend getaway, the salubrious Covelong beach is also famous for its fishing activities.

Pichavaram Beach

This is another fishing village, 16 Kms south of Mamallapuram. A ruined fort of Dutch origin near the beach houses tomb stones dating back to 16-17th century. If you are heading further down south, 75 kms away from Pondicherry you will reach Pichavaram. Mangrove forests could be seen with backwaters criss crossing the entire forest area. An ecological paradise, Pichavaram could
be visited throughout the year. Boating operations on backwaters and the simple accommodation on the bank are run by Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation. 16 Kms West of Pichavaram is Chidambaram, a town famous for the Lord Nataraja Temple, a sprawling complex with multiple gopurams. The presiding deity Siva is worshipped as the cosmic dancer. Various "Mudras" - gestures of the South Indian dance of Bharatanatyam, adorn the temple. The temple is a stupendous repository of art. Every year, a dance festival called Natyanjali festival is celebrated during Mahasivarathn period. Pichavaram consists of a number of islands interspersing a vast expanse of water and covered with green trees. The area is about 2800 acres and is separated from the sea by a sand bar, which is a patch of extraordinary loveliness.

To a botanist, rare species like Avicennia and Rhizophora will present a special attraction; to a zoologist, no doubt, the sight of numerous birds like Water snipes, Cormorants, Egrets, Storks, Herons, Spoonbills and Pelicans holds great interest. TTD offers boating facilities to the visiting tourists. Pichavaram can be visited at any time of the year.

Elliots Beach

Elliot's Beach is one of the cleanest beaches in the city of Chennai. It is located towards the south of Marina Beach and is an extremely calm and tranquil place. The beach is known as 'Bessei' amongst the locals. As the beach does not offer much activity, it is ideal for long walks. Moreover, the ones who want to soak their feet in the splashing sea water and lose themselves completely in the arms of the nature, head on. Elliot's Beach is quite a hit amongst both the tourists as well as the natives of Tamil Nadu.
It is also the favorite destination of foreign tourists for enjoying sun bath. Elliot's Beach offers very subtle activity, with only few food joints and restaurants. You can relish the mouth watering South Indian snacks and pamper your taste buds, here. Apart from this, there are some religious and historical monuments, to be explored, to add to your adventure. Ashtalakshmi Temple and Velanganni Church are some worth visiting places in the vicinity.

The Ashtalakshmi Temple is around 20 years old and has modern style architecture. It is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and appears different from the rest of the Temples in South India. On the other hand, Velanganni Church is more of a pilgrim place for the Christians. The structure is smaller than the one at Velanganni. In addition, there is the Schmidt Memorial, which is dedicated to a Dutch sailor, who lost his life while saving a drowning fellow. It is one of the most notable landmarks on the famous beach.