The second longest beach in the world and the longest in Asia is one of the South Indian Beaches,that is,Marina Beach and is known for its golden sands,good surfing opportunities and blue sea.
The 12 km stretch of the beach is one of the major tourist attractions today.
It was in the 1880's that Governor Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff noticed the beauty of this place adjoining Bay of Bengal in Chennai and turned it into one of the most desirable holiday spots in India.
The sunrise and sunset here have a charm of their own among the South Indian Beaches.Due to strong undercurrents, bathing and swimming here is not so safe But still people come for swimming here.
Among the Tamil Nadu Beaches,this beach offers a lot of water sports opportunities, like, para-sailing, gliding, windsurfing, cruising, etc.
The evenings at the beach are a gala event with various types of entertainment activities and delicious food joints that are comparable to a colorful fair among the South Indian Beaches.
Along with soft white sands, spacious boulevards and beautiful gardens, the beach has acquired a typical South Indian aura.
Vendors can be seen with beautiful shells and glass trinkets trying to sell their wares.
The beach is also one of the popular venues to hold important state functions and stately buildings of University of Madras, Senate-House, Chepauk Palace, Presidency College and Ice House, all grace the beach drive with their looming presence.
The new lighthouse of the beach is an attraction it itself.There are several statues of Tamil scholars that are worth a look on the way, especially those of the Victory of Labor and the Mahatma Gandhi, the sculptural delights.
While at the beach, one can also pay a visit to the Aquarium nearby with its most exotic collection of aquatic life including tropical sea fishes and fresh water fishes.This is not available in most of the Beaches in Tamil Nadu.
The memorials of the most popular,former Chief ministers of the state, Anna and MGR Samadhis, are also located on the beach.A walkway along the beach bordered with a green lawn entices you to go on a leisurely stroll.
The tsunami that struck the southeastern coastline of India battered the Marina Beach and giant waves came onto the road and some areas of the city leaving behind considerable damage and destruction to life and property.
More great destinations can be found in the Explore Beaches in India page.