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Flow with the waters in Chennai

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Last Updated on January 17, 2022 by Journal Fact

People go to many places and explore various things during their vacation time. However, Chennai is a well-known place for its beaches. There are several good tourist attractions in Chennai which can be visited by people when they are on tour in the city. It also has a couple of beautiful beaches which add beauty to the beauty of the city. You must book a resort with Hyatt regency Chennai for a comfortable vacation. Some of these beautiful beaches are listed here:

1) The Marina Beach

One of the most popular tourist attractions, Marina beach runs from near Fort St George to Foreshore Estate. This beach covers an area about 14 kilometres long and around half a kilometre wide. It is one of the hottest spots in Chennai where several people converge at night times especially on weekends and public holidays. Several gardens have been added to this beach to make it more beautiful. The garden in the middle is called Kamrajar Salai, Nehru park at one end of this is famous for its lighthouse which can be seen from a long distance both by day and night.

This place has many food stalls all around where you can enjoy your lunch or dinner sitting on the sand. There are various rides for children including small slides. As the name suggests, this place has a long shoreline stretched up to 13 kilometres and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Chennai due to its picturesque view and calm and clean surroundings. It was developed by filling up 100 acres of land from Dr Radhakrishnan Salai (also known as “seashore”) to make it another prominent centre where large gatherings can be held. This place also has two statues – one is The George V equestrian statue which originally stood in Delhi but was, later on, moved here in March 1959 and the other is Bharat Ratna Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya Memorial statue.


2) Elliot’s Beach

Elliot’s beach lies just next to Besant Nagar beach and is surrounded by greenery on three sides and the sea on the fourth side making it an ideal picnic spot. This place is named after Mr David Elliot who was a collector of Madraspatnam during the 18th century and was fond of spending time here. This beach is also famous for its lighthouse which has been renovated recently and equipped with multicolour LED lights, making it a popular evening strolling destination.

3) Covelong Beach

Another famous beach in Chennai is the Covelong beach situated 30 kilometres from the city. This place is named after a fort called Kole Kwtt which was built by a Muslim ruler named Kuli Khan in the 16th century. It has a 1000 feet temple constructed on this fort known as “Kotpuli Narsimha Swamy Temple”. Besides being just a beautiful location, tourists can learn surfing from the expert surfer couple who have developed this place into one of the most renowned surfing spots in South India.

4) Santhome Beach

Santhome beach is one of the lesser crowded beaches located in the city. This place has a beautiful church known as Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health built by Portuguese traders in the 16th century. The lighthouse situated here is an added feature that makes it more beautiful for tourists.

5) Besant Nagar Beach

Besant Nagar was earlier called Elliot’s beach, but later on, named after Dr Annie Besant who studied abroad to become a famous political activist during British rule who provided leadership to the Indian freedom movement along with Mahatma Gandhi. Besant Nagar beach lies next to Elliot’s beach and also has many food stalls all around which are frequented by the local people of the area.

6) Thiruvanmiyur Beach

To get a clear picture of Chennai, you should visit the Thiruvanmiyur beach which is one of the most beautiful beaches in Chennai where you can find interesting rocks, shells and corals. This beach was earlier known as “Madras beach” but later on called after a famous saint who did penance here during the 17th century.

8) Mamallapuram

This town is well known all over the world as it has various temples, monuments and rocks with well-defined sculptures which depict the ancient history of India. It was once a seaport during ancient days but now this place is just like a museum mainly consisting of seven pagodas located near the shoreline and has many rocks around called Arjuna’s penance, Krishna’s butterball etc., each having different mythological tales behind them.

The main highlight at this beach is the Shore temple constructed by Pallava king Narasimhavarman II in the 7th century AD who ruled here as his capital. This place also has a lighthouse at the end of the beach which is open for tourists during nighttime.

This place is situated at the centre of a beautifully landscaped garden having rare species of plants and trees which are also listed in some botanical books. It has a building built by Henry Steel Olcott who used to reside here along with Madame Blavatsky who was known as the founder of Theosophical Society in India during 1882. This society became popular after they published their ideas about philosophy, religion and science through a monthly hardbound periodical called “The Theosophist” from this very society. They even started a school here to provide free education for children leading to its popularity among the public due to their noble efforts till today.


These are some of the most attractive places which you can visit when you plan a trip and stay with Hyatt Regency Chennai. Make sure that you check out all these places as each one is unique and quite different from others in terms of natural beauty, architecture etc. so that you enjoy your vacation trip to the fullest by exploring several new things here.

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