Marina Beach in Chennai is the opening scene in tons of Tamil movies and is a place of iconic significance. The seaside avenue is one of the busiest and is home to offices like the Commissioner’s Office, All India Radio, Doordarshan and landmarks like Chepauk stadium, Queen Mary’s College and more. The place is buzzing with people throughout the year and is also one of the most secure places to be in. With a coastline of over 600 kilometers, the natural beach is the world’s second largest urban beach. It is sandy and one of the most visited places in Chennai. During weekends, the beach attracts over 50,000 visitors per day which increases during summers, when over 2,00,000 people visit the place daily. This is the place perfect for morning walks, jogs, exercising, and a hot cup of filter coffee after that. The entire avenue with the lighthouse in its proximity is a heritage and probably one of the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu.
It’s long coastline, food stalls, buzzing tourists and safety
How to Reach
You need to be in Chennai to visit the Marina Beach. There are local trains, taxis and buses that commute frequently from all corners of the city to Marina beach. While local trains can cost you approximately less than Rs. 10 per person, buses can cost you approximately Rs. 15 per person and cabs depending on meter charges and distance from your accommodation.
Though 24 hours, visitors are not allowed stroll after late evenings. Regular police patrolling will ensure you move out of the shore and spend time on the food stalls set up at a short distance from the shore.
Overlooking the Bay of Bengal, the sea breeze starts in the evening, however leaving traces of salinity in your skin. Apply sunscreen and wear light when you visit and wear flipflops. Swimming and getting far into the ocean are legally prohibited and cops on horses will consistently check and pull out visitors attempting to do so.