Away from the bustle of the city, Marina Beach is the perfect get away for city residents and tourists alike. Golden sands and the beautiful Bay of Bengal’s waters merge as the smell of pakodas and other fried treats waft and mingle with the salty ocean air. Children flying kites, couples strolling and history buffs ambling around the promenade gazing at historical monuments erected there can all be seen by those who visit this beach.
Marina Beach is said to be the second longest natural urban beach in the world, running from Fort St. George in the north down to Besant Nagar in the south, a total distance of 13 kilometers/ 8.1 miles. The average width of the beach is 300 meters/ 980 feet, the widest part being 437 meters/ 1,434 feet. The ocean is rich with fauna and the beach serves as the nesting place for an endangered species of sea turtle call the Olive Ridley turtle. In recent years the government has initiated environment protection oriented schemes to keep plastic and other waste off the beach and to preserve the sanctity of the turtles nesting areas.
The beach itself is covered in soft sand and peppered with over 500 food stalls. Unfortunately, swimming is prohibited in the ocean as the undercurrents in the ocean are tumultuous and could prove treacherous to even the best swimmers. Instead there are two swimming pools along the stretch, the Marina swimming pool, which is 100 meters long and 30 meters wide, and the Anna swimming pool. The jogger’s track and the local lover’s spot are popular amongst all age groups. There are facilities for pony rides and like on any beach, beach sports are popular. An aquarium is another point of interest.
The promenade of the beach is covered in statues of historical figures such as Mahatma Gandhi, Robert Caldwell, Subramaniya Barathiyar, Subhas Chandra Bose, Swami Vivekananda and many others, as well as memorials for two chief ministers of Tamil Nadu. Across the beach road are numerous buildings such as the M.A. Chidambaram Cricket Stadium, University of Madras, Vivekananda House, the Inspector General of Police HQ and the Forensic Science Department. At the northern end of the beach is the Victory War Memorial, a memorial for the warriors who perished in the World Wars.
Being the largest available public area, Marina beach is also a hub of activity during national holidays and special occasions like Independence Day and Republic day. Fireworks and air shows light up the sky and parades take place. Several marathons and walkathons take place throughout the year for various public causes. The beach is very crowded during weekends, so visiting during a weekday is perhaps more advisable for tourists new to the city. The salty food and saltier air, mixed with exuberant people and a beautiful sight of the sun setting into the Bay of Bengal make Marina beach one of the city’s loveliest attractions.
When you’re in Chennai, there’s no other way that you’ll miss out on visiting the popular Marina Beach. The scenic beach is an ultimate getaway for every tourist who visits Chennai. Even though you don’t require any Marina Beach tickets, still you can opt for the Marina Beach tours. Buying the Marina Beach tour tickets will help you in getting a guided tour of the attraction and will definitely add up to the overall experience.
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