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Marina Beach

History

Located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, the Marina Beach is the second longest beaches of the world that covers a distance of about 13 km along the eastern coastline of India, in the Bay of Bengal, in the Indian Ocean. The beach runs from Fort St. George stretching all the way down to Mahabalipuram.

The Marina beach was just a strip of mud, before the Madras harbor was built in 1884. Mount Stuart Elphinstone Grant Duff, the governor of Madras from 1881 to 1886, was captivated with its beauty and had the whole area layered and modified to form a promenade and called it Madras Marina. Due to the constant erosion, the area of the beach has increased to its present day size. Because of the increased tourist activities along the years, the beach once popular for its exclusivity and pristine beauty is now unfortunately polluted and dirty.

The sandy Marina Beach is a very famous tourist attraction for anyone visiting Chennai, because of its vast area that is spread along the coast and for its various beautiful gardens. The main road running alongside the beach, Kamarajar Sali, houses a lot of other very popular tourist spots along its length, opposite the beach. Some of the buildings dotted opposite the beach are from the time of the British rule, with the construction and the architectural style and this area contains some of the oldest and beautiful looking buildings, including Victory War Memorial, Chepauk Palace, University of Madras, Fort St. George Complex built by the East India Company and the 19th Century Presidency College.

The roadside along the beach is also decorated with a lot of statues, including Mahatma Gandhi, Triumph of Labor statue, Sir Thomas Munro, Bharathidasan, Awaiyar and other Tamil heroic figures. At one end of the beach lies Anna Square, where the former chief minister of Tamil Nadul, Dr. C N Annadurai is buried, and next it is beautiful park, where lies the MGR Samadhi (tomb), a memorial of Dr. MG Ramachandran, another former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

Best time to visit

Chennai experiences a warm climate all through the year, however the month between October to March are comparatively pleasant, making it a good time to visit the famous Marina Beach.

Trivia

The Marina Beach is increasing by 40 sq. meters everyone because of the heavy erosion.

The Marina Beach is the second longest beach in the world.

There is a lighthouse built 40 meters from the beach.

Timing

The ideal time to visit the beach is early in the morning or late in the evening, when tourist activities are to the minimal, and you can enjoy and absorb the serene and calm atmosphere.

However, if you want to enjoy the hustle-bustle and the wide range of activities and entertainment you can visit the beach anytime during the day.

Sunday is a good day to visit the beach as its bustling with activity and most of the important functions also take place here.


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