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About Marina Beach

Do you know India has the world’s second largest natural urban beach? And yes, it is none other than Chennai’s Marina Beach. Stretching for 13 kms from St George’s Fort to Besant Nagar in the South this sandy stretch is also a highly popular tourist place. Situated on the Coromandel Coast on the Bay of Bengal, the width of the beach varies from approx 980 feet to 1440 feet. The beach is mostly milling with crowds and it is a very touristy place with lots of things to do. You can enjoy pony rides, view the numerous historical monuments and memorial statues, find plenty of food joints and vendors, visit the aquarium or let the children enjoy themselves on various amusement rides available here. However the waters are rather rough and turbulent and swimming or bathing is not recommended. There is also a beautiful 34 foot high rock fountain, which was built as a Government initiative in 2005 and is worth seeing. The best time to visit the beach is between November to February.

Historical Context: Governor Mountstuart Elphinstone Grand Duff in the 1880’s took measures to convert this sandy stretch into a tourist spot. Much of the credit for this beach being a prime attraction goes to him.
Pro Tip: Avoid swimming or bathing here. As the waters are turbulent and rough.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stall, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family
  • Allowed Camera, Video, Footwear

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