Tamil Nadu, the land of Tamils as it translates to in the local language, lies towards the extreme south of the Indian Peninsula. Facing towards the Bay of Bengal on the eastern side the state has a coastline of 910 km. With the clear waters of the Bay of Bengal, Tamil Nadu is home to some of the most tranquil beaches of India. Also at its southern tip one can witness the three major water bodies of Bay of Bengal, India Ocean and the Arabian Sea merging into each other and becoming one. The state hence holds a beautiful coastal perimeter of India that beckons every beach lover. Here is a list of top 10 beaches of Tamil Nadu.
1. Covelong Beach
Covelong or the Kovalam Beach is situated on the East Coast Road on the way to Mahabalipuram. Covelong is one of the most serene beaches of the state and is famous for its fishing activities. The beach attracts tourists to indulge into water sports such as mid-sea dive, surfing and swimming among others. A major attraction on the beach is a catholic church. The sands and the waters magnetize the people to come and spend time here.
2. Marina Beach
Marina beach lies at the Coramandal coast in Chennai and stretches for a length of 13 km making it the second longest urban beach of the world. It has very calm and fresh surroundings. Apart from being the best urban beach of the country the place is famous for its cleanliness. The rows of palm trees parallel to the shore line of the beach makes careless strolls exhilarating and rejuvenating. The stretch is a jogger’s love and along the beach are statues that can be seen while exploring the shoreline.
3. Kanyakumari Beach
The rocky surface of the Kanyakumari Beach might make it hazardous for swimming and bathing but its multi-coloured sand makes it popular amongst the people. If you want to enjoy the music of the rappelling waves and sit by the shore to watch the waters crashing and withdrawing back, Kanyakumari Beach is the place you must seek. While the sunrise and sunsets are a splendid sight, people like careless strolls along the shore. The light house on the beach offers a panoramic view of the beach that forces you to adhere to the shore.
4. Rameshwaram Beach
Rameshwaram beach is usually draws the pilgrims as Rameshwaram is one of the four major pilgrimage destinations of the Hindus. The place has a charisma that draws tourists to come and spend some time here. The waters here on the coastline are shallow and hence make it apt for bathing and taking walks along the shore line. This beach is also famous for the longest bridge that has ever been constructed over the sea. The beach here is serene and has an aura to catch anyone’s attention.
5. Elliot Beach
Gaining the reputation of being the cleanliest beach of Chennai, Elliot Beach lies towards the southern end of Chennai. It is a serene beach with tranquil waters and a charm that will connect you with nature at the first sight. A location so poised where the coastal line stretches along the Bay of Bengal and offers the most splendid sunrises and sunsets. If you want to take a carefree walk along the shore or just enjoy the ocean waves splashing on your feet while gazing the horizon, Elliot Beach is the place where you can find your solace.
6. Mahabalipuram Beach
Lying in the historic town of Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram, the beach is southwards to Chennai. Though there are not many activities to indulge in while at this beach, with the beauty that encompasses the beach makes each moment spent here worthwhile. With the historic monuments in the background the beach speaks volumes about the history of India.
7. Silver Beach
The Silver beach extends for about 57 km along the Bay of Bengal on the south-eastern coast of India. Apart from being the second longest beach on the coast of Coromandel it is hushed from the hustle-bustle of the city. The quiet secluded beach of Tamil Nadu is famous for its water sports. It is separated by the backwaters on the southern end making it appear to be a separate island increasing its beauty multiple times.
8. Golden Beach
Golden Beach is one of the private properties in Chennai and is a part of the Marina Beach. This beach is a beach-cum-amusement-park in Chennai and hence is one of the favourite destinations for the people. It is also ideal for swimming and relaxing after the exciting yet tiring rides of the amusement park. This is also the sole beach resorts in Chennai and hence is visited by the tourists and the locals often.
9. Dhanushkodi Beach
Dhanushkodi is one of the most important beaches in the Indian Mythology as it is believed that the Ram-setu or the Adam’s Bridge was constructed at this particular place by Lord Rama to connect to Sri Lanka. Due to its mythological importance people often come here. Also at this place one can see the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean combining to form one. Since the waters are tranquil and shallow one can also witness coral reefs here.
10. Muttukadu Beach
At a small distance from Chennai is the Muttukadu Beach that is a part of the small town called Muttukadu. The coastline of the city is shared with Bay of Bengal and hence the waters on the beach are calm and shallow. The beach is secluded and is a paradise for the peace lovers that want to be undisturbed by the city affairs. Spending some lone time on the beach is what magnetizes people.
Tamil Nadu is famous for its coastal line and houses some of the most beautiful beaches of the country.