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Tamilnadu Beaches

Tamilnadu Beaches

Azure beaches and clear skies are synonymous with the 900 km long coastline of the state of Tamil Nadu. Dotted with countless palm trees, the golden beaches are undoubtedly the most picturesque destinations in Tamil Nadu. The state possesses some of the best beaches in India along with the second longest beach of the world, i.e. Marina beach. You can find ample opportunities for recreation and relaxation on these beaches. Sun Bathing, beach volleys, and even fishing – everything is a pleasure here. The beaches of Tamil Nadu are the most exquisite natural gifts, which are blessed with silvery waters, rocky shores, gentle breeze and green palms.

Marina Beach

Adjoining the Bay of Bengal, the Marina Beach is undoubtedly the loveliest in India. If you wish to enjoy the sunrise/sunset view or go for bathing/swimming or even taste the authentic seafood delicacies – Marina is incomparable. Lying to the east of Chennai, the beach extends to a length of about 55 km (from Fort St. George to Mahabalipuram), and boasts of being the longest beach in Asia & the second longest in the world. Kite flying is a common sport with the children at the beach.

Rameshwaram Beach

Rameshwaram is a hot spot for adventure seekers, nature lovers, honeymoon couples and religious minded people as well. The waters here are shallow in nature, that is why it is an ideal destination for swimming. One can also go for dolphin spotting trips here. All the religious minded people can visit the renowned Ramanathaswamy Temple and the holy site 'Agniteertham'. The entire beach is surrounded by Palk Strait and the Gulf of Mannar. This is the place where Lord Rama worshipped Lord Siva before invading Lanka to redeem his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana.

Kanyakumari Beach

It is the meeting point of the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal (Triveni Sangam). Kanyakumari also serves as a renowned pilgrimage centre. Devotees visit the beach to take a holy bath that promises the purgation of your past sins. The prominent tourist attractions at the Kanyakumari beach are the Vivekananda Rock Memorial (built in 1970), Gandhi Memorial and the Guganatha Swamy Temple. Also known as Cape Comorin, this multi coloured sand beach is the last destination of India.

Mahabalipuram Beach

Popular as Mamallapuram, this beach is a perfect hangout destination to unwind and relax. It offers a number of tourist attractions including Arjuna's Penance, Monolithic Rathas, the Shore Temple etc. All such elements make it a significant pilgrimage site.

Covelong Beach

Located 40 km from Chennai, Covelong is a relaxing place far away from the hustle bustle of urban life. It serves as a nice weekend getaway and an excellent destination for fishing activities. Tourists also flock to this beach to try out the rarest of adventure sports like wind surfing, kayaking, parasailing etc.

Pulicat Beach

Formed by the confluence of backwaters, Pullicat Lake and Buckingham Canal, the beach offers saline shallow waters and a good place for spending quality time in peace. The beach is located on the northern end of Tamil Nadu and a Dutch cemetery is a popular attraction here.

Dakhinachitra Beach

It is a perfect place to get a glimpse of the South Indian heritage. People love to visit the completed first phase of Tamil heritage complex that houses various materials of arts and crafts of the state.

A few other popular beaches in the state of Tamil Nadu are:

  • Muttukkadu Beach
  • Velankanni Beach
  • Kodikkarai Beach
  • Kurusadai Island Beach
  • Vattakotai Beach

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