Marina Beach

Marina Beach, also known as the Pride of Chennai is a natural urban beach along the Bay of Bengal, part of the Indian Ocean. The beach stretches for about 13 Km from Fort St. George in the north to Besant Nagar in the south making it the longest beach in India and second longest in the world. This primarily sandy (white) beach is considered to be one of the busiest beaches in the country though the undercurrent is too strong for all but the strongest swimmers. Hence bathing and swimming are legally prohibited at the Marina beach.

Being one of the most prominent open spaces in Chennai the Marina beach is host to many important national and cultural events like the parades on Independence Day and Republic Day. The annual Chennai Marathon starts from Anna Square near Marina beach. The Pongal celebration in January attracts an estimated 150,000 people on the beach for the festivities.

The Marina beach is extremely popular with the locals and attracts about 30,000 visitors a day during weekdays and 50,000 visitors a day during the weekends and on holidays.The beach also has a skating arena, joggers track and aquarium. Pony rides, merry-go-rounds and giant wheels are also on the beach.

There is a 34 ft tall artificial waterfall that was installed in 2005 known as KamarjarSalai. There are many other statues near Anna Square dedicated to legends like Mahatma Gandhi, C N Annadurai and M G Ramachandran, popularly known as MGR.

The Marina used to be regarded as one of the cleanest beaches in India however since the middle of 20th Century, the beach and its water have become extremely polluted. In 2010, 18 percent of 5,000 respondents interviewed by a Tripadvisor Survey voted this beach as a dirty beach.

Travel Tips

The Marina Beach holds almost a hundred stall which sell handicraft items made from sea shells.The local craftsmen carve out ornaments and various souvenirs from the sea objects found in abundance at the beach.

When to visit

  • Jan
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Things to do

The Marina beach is a major tourist attraction of Chennai.The beach is extremely popular for its food and souvenir shops.Various stalls of food items including murukku, sundal, ice-cream and other South-Indian snacks are located in its vicinity to curb the cravings of the foodies.

Beach cricket and kite flying are popular activities on the beach. A giant chess board is a favourite with children. Since swimming is strictly prohibited near the beach there are two swimming pools along the beach - the Marina swimming pool and the Anna swimming pool.

An aquarium, situated near the beach, comprises of some of the most astonishing and splendid range of tropical sea and fresh water fish.  And then south to its location is situated the Ice House, which was used for storage of ice brought from great lakes in North America during the time of British.

Getting Around

The locals as well as tourists get around the Marina beach mostly by walking. However some locals might use a cycle in order to move around the long expanse of the sandy beach.

Places to Stay

Chennai offers several accommodation options to suit every budget. Most of the mid-range and budget hotels are situated in Mylapore and Egmore. Most of the five-star hotels are situated in Anna Salai.


Luxury Hotels - (5000 - 10,000 INR pernight):-

The Westin Chennai Velachery(154, Velachery Main Road,)

The Leela Palace Chennai (AdyarSeaface 175, M.R.C Nagar, R.A.Puram)

Park Hyatt Chennai (39 Velachery Road | Near Raj Bhavan)


Mid range Hotels - (2000 - 4000 INR pernight):-

Hotel Mount Heera(287, M.K.N. Road)

Hablis Hotel (19, GST Road, Guindy)

Hotel Maurya International (No.168/169, Arcot Road)


Budget Hotels - (900 - 1800 INR pernight):-

Chennai Residency (104, Chamiers Road)

Udipi Home (34, Police Commissioner_s Office Road,)

New Lotus Lodge (13, Nannain Street | Park Town)

How to Reach

  • Chennai is well connected to the world and most international airlines have flights to Chennai's Anna International Airport. Domestic airlines operate daily flights to all major cities of the country from the Kamaraj domestic terminal near the international terminal. Both air terminals are located at Meenambakkom about 20 km from the city.The airport is about 18 southwest of Marina Beach. Auto-rickshaws and taxis are easily available from Chennai airport to reach the beach.
  • Chennai is the headquarters of Southern Railway, a division of Indian Railway. Chennai is connected to many cities and towns by super-fast and express trains. The city has two main railway stations, Chennai Central which links north and west India and Egmore, which links South India. Railway stations alongside the beach include the Chepauk, the Tiruvallikeni and the Lighthouse MRTS railway stations.
  • Chennai is well connected to all the major cities of India by a network of highways and roads. Most government bus services for Tamil Nadu and other states now operate from the newly opened Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Salai, Koyembedu. It is claimed to be the largest bus station in Asia. Inter state buses operate at regular intervals from Chennai. Many private operators are also available for domestic and interstate transportation. Pre-paid taxis and airport coaches are available at airports and railway station. Besides NH-2, NH-8, NH-79A, NH-4, NH-7, NH-46 and NH-60 are some of the national highways connecting Chennai to major Indian cities by roadLocal buses and taxis can be taken to reach Marina Beach from the bus stand.

Surrounding Attractions

Sri Parthasarathy Temple is 0.7 Km from Marina beach.The temple also known as ArulmiguParthasarathyswamy, is a Vaishanavite temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna is hailed in the form of 'parthasarathy', the charioteer forArjuna in the Mahabharata war in this temple. The temple is most widely renowned as one of the 108 sacred places where Lord Vishnu is worshipped.

The M.A. Chidambaram is a cricket stadium in Chennai named after M. A. Chidambaram, the former President of BCCI and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. The stadium was formerly known as Madras Cricket Club Ground or Chepauk Stadium and was established in the year 1916 making it the oldest Cricket Stadium in India which is still being used.