Monday, 15 April 2013

M --- Marina Beach!

Marina Beach in Chennai is the 2nd longest beach in the world. Having a total length of about 13 kms, it is a prominent destination for Chennaites and also tourists from the world. Compared to the Elliots beach (another beach in the southern part of city), this beach is even more popular among the common people and it is more of a family-liked place. But still, children and youngsters play cricket here and even couples hang out. The Marina beach has a long promenade and serves as a good spot for the morning walkers.

Image source: wikipedia
There are many landmarks located along the stretch of the Marina such as the Lighthouse, MGR memorial and Annadurai memorial. Several statues can be spotted along this stretch including Gandhi. Apart from the beach itself these statues serve as good locales for capturing pictures.

The Marina is primarily a sandy beach and that's what I like about it. Walking in it, with the sand crushing mildly on and under your feet is awesome. There are many shops located in the beach selling from candy to coffee to hot soup to juice.

During Kaanum pongal (source: thehindu)
Now you must really be surprised by seeing the beside picture. This is how, Marina looks during the festival of Kannum pongal, a Tamil festival celebrating harvest of crops by farmers, where people go out somewhere on this day. About 150,000 people visit the Marina on this day, not only from Chennai but from other towns too. No wonder, the place is a mess the next day.

Though the Marina is a relatively clean beach than its counterparts in the country, it still has miles to go. The government is taking steps to maintain it. But it also lies in the way we people treat it. With greater awareness created by college students, including me, Yeah, I once took part in a cleaning campaign in the Marina through my college, we can educate the people on not to litter the place. But otherwise the place is a real beauty. :)


  1. It sounds like a wonderful place to relax! It takes all of a community working together to keep places like that beautiful.
    Nice post!
    and nice meeting you from A to Z!

  2. This sounds like a relaxing place to visit. I am a 100% beach girl. Hi, I am your newest follower from the A to Z challenge. I am number 528 on the list

  3. Chennai sounds so interesting. Between this long beach and all those restaurants, it seems like a lot of fun. I love the beach but I don't like crowded ones. I guess I'd have to visit on some day other than the festival.

    Have fun with a-z. :)

  4. its almost going to be a year i went to Marina.. :(

  5. Nice post. World's second largest urban beach and the country's largest, Marina Beach is a popular hangout of humans and sea-animals alike in Chennai. If you are planning a visit to Chennai, then check out these Chennai hotels available in various price ranges.


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