When we think of holidaying at a beach, all that what comes into our mind is Crystal blue water, sandy land, calm weather, picturesque landscape with natural and scenic beauty. Chennai’s Marina Beach gives you all that you expect from a beautiful beach. Chennai’s Marina Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in India. It is the longest beach in India and the second longest beach in the world.
Primarily a sandy beach, Marina beach stretches over 12 KM of the coastal region along the Bay of Bengal from Fort St. George in the north to Besant Nagar in the South. Located in the eastern region of Chennai, Marina beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India.
Marina Beach main Attractions
The beach gives a clear and beautiful view of sunrise and sunset. The palms and casuarinas on the sides of the beach provide a calm and relaxing shade. You can get panoramic views of the city from the lighthouse, which is located in the southern part of the beach.
This beautiful beach is also a popular spot for activities like kite flying, fishing, Sunbathing, windsurfing, and beach volleyball. This is an excellent picnic spot for both children and adults. Horseback rides have become a very popular activity with both children and adults.
The beach might not be suitable for swimming and bathing because of strong underwater currents but there are many other things for you to enjoy. There is an artificial fountain, a swimming pool, a park and a huge aquarium for you to visit. There are many famous sculptures of famous personalities like Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Mahatma Gandhi, Kamaraj, Sir Thomas Munro, Swami Shivanand, Bharathidasan, Thanthai Periyar, Tiruvalluvar and the Statue of Labour.
The aquarium which is there at the Marina beach has got some of the best tropical and freshwater species of fishes. There are also Samadhis(memorials) of the former Chief Ministers namely M.G.Ramachandran and C.N.Annadurai.
The beach is also a perfect spot for food lovers. There are many food stalls near the beach that provide sundial, murukku, ice-cream, and many more famous South-Indian snacks. Some major buildings of Chennai like Senate House, Chepauk Palace, Ice House, Presidency College, University of Madras, etc. are there on the beach drive.
How to Reach Marina Beach?
Here we are discussing some of the easiest routes to reach the Marina beach.
Reach by Train
Local trains will connect Chennai to all its constituent parts. Traveling through a local train is an easy option for you to reach Marina beach. Reach the Central railway station of Chennai. Then, you have to reach the Park station from where you can frequently get local trains for the Beach Station. After reaching the beach railway station, you can easily reach the Marina Beach by crossing a road.
Reach from Chennai Airport
If you want to reach Marina beach from Meenambakkam Airport of Chennai, then get out of the Airport, and reach the Meenambakkam railway station by crossing the road. Then, get a train to the Central railway station and then follow the route as said above.
Best Time to Visit?
The beach is open for the tourist all around the year. It remains open on all the days of the week. The best time to enjoy the holidays at the Marina beach is during the winter months of November – February. The weather during these months is excellent and best for you to enjoy your holidays at the beach.
Try to reach the beach early in the morning hours of the day before the weather gets too humid. Carry sunscreens and wear comfortable clothes. You don’t need to carry extra clothes as swimming is not allowed on the beach due to strong undercurrent.
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Visiting Marina beach with your friends and family can be a very good option for you to enjoy your holidays at India’s longest beach. If you are a nature and fun lover, you must go there. Walking by the beach is an amazing experience. Explore the statues situated on the beach and enjoy delicious lip-smacking south Indian dishes on the beach.
You can buy attractive artifacts and handcraft materials and ethnic jewelry from the beach shops. It is also a perfect destination for adventure lovers. Flying kites and windsurfing are very popular and don’t forget to have a pony ride.
So, don’t think much and plan a trip to the world’s second-longest beach – Marina Beach.
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