Marina Beach Chennai
Marina Beach, a longest natural urban beach in India and the World’s first longest natural urban beach in the city of Chennai along the Bay of Bengal.
With the distance of 13 km, the beach covers Fort St. George from the North to Besant Nagar in the South. The beach is approximately 300m wide and the widest stretch is 437m.
The Marina is primarily sandy, unlike the short, rocky formations and bathing or swimming at the Marina Beach is legally prohibited because of the dangers, due to the turbulent undercurrents.
Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff, the governor of Madras built the promenade along the beach in 1884 and christened it as Madras Marina.
Marina is rich with sightseeing spots too, India’s first aquarium built in 1909, the Triumph of Labour statue and Gandhi statue as tribute Dandi March are some of them.
To mark World’s first Tamil Conference in 1968, statues of icons of Tamil literature including Avvaiyar, Tiruvalluvar, Kambar, Subramania Bharathiyar, Bharathidasan, Veeramunivar and the Europeans Bishop Caldwell, G.U. Pope were erected in Marina.
Anna memorial built in 1970, MGR memorial built in 1988, and statues of Kamaraj, Shivaji Ganesan etc. also add charm to Marina.
It is the most crowded beach in the country and attracts about thousands of visitors daily.