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SIGHTSEEING IN TAMILNADU BEACHES


THIRUCHENDUR MURUGAN TEMPLE

COVELONG BEACH

An ancient Catholic Church, a Mosque and the Fort surround this beach of Tamil Nadu. All these buildings are very old and historically important. Take a walk around the Church and the Fort if you could spare some time from sunbathing. One can have lot of fishing activities at Covelong Beach, which is a treat for the eyes in such a serene setting. However, with fast pacing developmental activities, the Covelong Beach of Tamil Nadu has become a top beach resort in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is specially a must visit site for all the adventure seekers, who love to stay on roll. The beach provides a plethora of water sport activities, like wind surfing, swimming, etc. Apart from this, there is an ancient fort in the vicinity of Covelong Beach, which serves as a memoir of the yester years. To enrich your travel experience further, it is dotted with other historical monuments like churches and mosques. The ancient Catholic Church is a must visit place on the beach.




Yathothkari Temple

ELLIOTS BEACH

Elliot’s Beach of Tamil Nadu is one of the cleanest beaches in the city of Chennai. It is located towards the south of Marina Beach and is an extremely calm and tranquil place. The beach is known as 'Bessei' amongst the locals. As the beach does not offer much activity, it is ideal for long walks. If somebody wants to soak their feet in the splashing sea water and lose themselves completely in the arms of the nature, head on. Elliot's Beach is quite a hit amongst both the tourists as well as the natives of Tamil Nadu, n Elliot’s Beach



Varadaraja Perumal Temple

KANYAKUMARI BEACH

Kanyakumari Beach is in the southernmost tip of India, Cape Comorin Beach or Kanyakumari Beach is the place where tourists love to see Sangam (the confluence point) of the three seas - Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean it is also a lagoon where steps lead you into the waters to bathe at once, all merging into blue waters of a huge water body surrounding this important pilgrim center on three sides. Beach of Kanyakumari has a breathtaking sight with multi-colored sand lapped by the outreaching ocean waves. You may not find the golden sand to laze around while you sunbathe, but the beauty of colorful sands all over has their own aesthetic appeal. The alluring sunrises and enchanting sunsets of the place, especially on full moon days, are enough to cherish a person to live here forever. The awesome multi-colored sands of this beach are unique, though the beach is not exactly the one to sunbathe on soft golden sands or go frolicking in the sea waves as the seashore is rocky and dangerous and people are regularly warned not to venture further than the manmade wall running along the beach to mark the limits. However, the Lighthouse Beach offers some of the most delightful views of the surroundings.Kanyakumari beach of Tamil Nadu is a seashell collector's delight. However, some of the greater highlights of the beach are Vivekananda Rock, a huge stone rising out of the sea, believed to be the seat of meditation of the great saint, Swami Vivekananda.




Ekambareswarar Temple

MARINA BEACH

Marina Beach of Tamil Nadu is the longest beach of India is Marina Beach, comprising of golden sand, good surf and a shimmering clean blue sea. It is counted among one of the longest beaches in Asia. Marina beach is located on the eastern side of Chennai, adjoining the Bay of Bengal. Watching the sun set and Sun rise from the beach is a fascinating experience. This Beach of Tamil Nadu is 12-km long stretch was made beautiful by the wonderful facelift given by Governor Mount Stuart Elephantine Grant Duff in the early 1880's, and is Chennai's major tourist attraction today. Close to the Marina beach is the aquarium, which has some of the most exotic collection of tropical sea fishes and fresh water fishes. This Marina Beach aquarium gives a chance to have a closer look at the aquatic life. The Ice House, which was used to store ice brought from Great Lakes in North America, is south to the Aquarium. The Marina Beach of Tamil Nadu India is surrounded by buildings that date back to the British Raj - The Senate House of the University of Madras and the office of the Director General of Police Look from Marina Beach and you will find the famous Presidency College and Chepauk Palace. Though bathing and swimming can be dangerous, as the undercurrent is very strong, even then people come for swimming here. In the evenings, the beach is virtually a fair ground with various kinds of entertainment and food stalls lining the beach. Marina Beach with its natural sandy beauty and spacious promenade and beautiful gardens, the Marina beach is a major attraction for tourists visiting Chennai. One can even shop around the beach, with local vendors hawking wares ranging from shell and glass baubles to kites and fruit juices. The Beach of Marina is however, is large enough to accommodate all visitors as well as the hawkers and is often the venue for important state functions. There are also facilities of pony rides at the beach site, which attract the children's .




Vaikuntha Perumal Temple

MAHABALIPURAM BEACH

Mahabalipuram Beach also known as Mamallapuram Beach this beach on the shores of the Bay of Bengal has a coastline spanning a distance of over 20 km with beautiful beaches. It is located 58km from Chennai on the Mahabalipuram road, the golden sandy beach is a picturesque place bounded by the shimmering sea and rolling hills. This Beach is identified as the most pristine beaches of Tamil Nadu; the beach attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year. The beach is an idle place for sunbathing and lazing around. The sea is rough and swimming is not recommended. Mahabalipuram beach also has some ancient historical monuments in its close proximity and this is the main reason of attraction of this beach. Mahabalipuram is famous for its shore temples in South India built by the Pallava King Rajasimha in the early 8th century and the world's largest bas-relief, the 'Penance of Arjuna', which is 96ft long and 43 ft high, the five rathas and the tiger's cave along the beach. On the way to Mahabalipuram Beach is Dakshinachitra, 28 km from Chennai, a heritage space with exhibitions and workshops of the arts and crafts including traditional home architecture and performing artists of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. During the month of January and February of every year Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu hosts a Dance Festival at Mahabalipuram. The festival which lasts for a month has exponents of both classical dances and folk dances in an open air stage against the magnificent backdrop of the Pallava rock sculptures. Wide choices of accommodation for longer stays are provided at various rates along the beach draw holiday seekers all round the year. Other worth visiting places are crocodile farm where about 5000 crocodiles of 6 different species, alligators and other reptiles are bred in captivity, kept in open, marshy enclosures, snake venom extracting centre and a school of art and sculpture. Snake venom extracting center, Schools of art and sculpture and a wide choice of resorts along the beach draw holiday-seekers all round the year. Mahabalipuram beaches are a good place for sunbathing and other related activities. The resorts that lay scattered all along the Coromandel offers a range of leisure activities such as diving, wind surfing and motor boating. The magical land of Mahabalipuram is probably one of the finest un-spoilt beaches in India on the coastline of Tamil Nadu. On the shores of the breathtakingly beautiful Bay of Bengal Mahabalipuram is truly alluring




Vaikuntha Perumal Temple

RAMESHWARAM BEACH

Rameshwaram is one of the most popular pilgrimage centers of South India. The sea here is also home to rare sea species and coral reefs. Remarkable variety of marine life-algae, starfish, sea cucumber, crabs, sponges and the sea cow are found here. One may also sight some dolphins playing in the serene waters of Rameshwaram Beach. The serene beach with shallow waters makes an ideal site for swimming and sunbathing. Surrounded by Palk Strait and the Gulf of Mannar, it is a major pilgrimage centre for both Salivates and Vaishnavaites, as it was here that Lord Rama offered thanks to Lord Shiva. At the town's core is the Ramanathaswamy Temple, one of the most important temples in southern India. Rameshwaram beach promises to satisfy both pilgrims and tourists alike. Near the beach is the Ramanathaswamy Temple, one of the most important temples in southern India. It was built in the 17th century and is famous for its 1200 gigantic granite columns. The 54 meter tall gate-tower, called ‘Gopuram' and 1220 meters of magnificent corridors attracts even foreign tourists to this temple. Another belief is that Lord Sri Rama earlier constructed a mythological bridge to Sri Lanka from this Rameshwaram beach. Another important tourist spot in Rameshwaram is Agnitheertham, which is just 100 meters away from the temple. It is believed that this is the place where Rama worshipped Lord Shiva, and asked forgiveness for killing Ravana. The benevolent sea inhabits the rare sea species and coral reefs. Exotic variety of marine life-algae, starfish, sea cucumber, crabs, sponges and the sea cow are found here. The clean beach and shallow water here are an ideal destination for swimming and sunbathing. This is the only place in the region where one could swim in the sea day and night. An enjoyable sight is frolic of dolphins in the water.




Vaikuntha Perumal Temple

MUTTUKKADU BEACH

The “Muttukkadu” Beach of Tamil Nadu is one of the most exciting and thrilling tourist destination of India. Amidst the picturesque landscape of the place, the Muttukkadu beach is known for the calm and serene backwater of the sea and the natural estuary which adds to the beauty of the place. The natural scenic beauty of this Beach captures the imagination of a poet. The backwaters provide an excellent view of the sunrise and sunset which attracts many local tourists as well. This beach of Tamil Nadu offers a wide range of leisure time activities. The rich aquatic life of the sea along with the historicity of the place is very appealing to the tourist. The beach resort of Muttukkadu reminds one of the legendary cities of “Kaveripoompattinam” which was submerged under the sea. The new town of Beach of Muttukkadu is modeled after the informations in the Tamil literary creation of “Silapathikaram”. Major attraction of Muttukadu Beach is windsurfing regatta. You can also take the pleasure of some sculptures, handicrafts and the likes in the village Dakshinchitra. Dakshinchitra is a handicraft village nearby Muttukadu Beach. The village is an example of the 19th century style. It makes excellent pieces of sculptures, ceramics and glass objects. Also you can find there a superb restaurant and crafts shop. The MGM DIZZEE World is an amusement park offering various experience like different rides, water spots etc. This amusement park is excellent for kids.




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POOMPUHAR BEACH

This Beach of Tamil Nadu is also known as Kaveripoompattinam and is about 40 km from Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu. The Cauvery River drains into the Bay of Bengal at Poompuhar. Poompuhar Beach is an ancient historic town situated in Sir kali Taluk of Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu. An archaeologist delight, Poompuhar is a town for those who like to wander amidst history and take a stroll through time. It was once a major port during the reign of Cholas. Poompuhar Beach is filled with black sand and is an ideal picnic spot. It has a monument engraved with a bathing scene, which adds to its uniqueness. The beach is unsuitable for swimming because of the roughness of the sea. The major attraction of Poompuhar Beach is the Silappathikara Art Gallery, which is a seven, tired classically built building, which highlights the history of the place. Another important attraction is the Zion church, which was built by the early Dutch settlers. Along with the church, Poompuhar also has many other Dutch architectural monuments such as the fort and the town gateway. Visit the number of temples that are found in Poompuhar and around it such as the Thiruppallavaneeswaram temple, which is an ancient structure. The place Poompuhar is also a gateway to Thanjavur and other places nearby.




Vaikuntha Perumal Temple

THIRUCHENDUR BEACH

This Beach of Tamil Nadu is 85km from Kanyakumari and the temple which lies on the shores of the sea is an inspiring sight. The surging fresh tide of the sea washing the feet of the temple is a lovely sight to behold. The sea is believed to have miraculous benefits for those who dip in it before praying at the temple




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VELANKANNI BEACH

This Velankanni beach of Tamil Nadu is located at Tamil Nadu India. Velankanni beach is 350 kilometers away from Chennai. Sobriquet name of this beach is Lourdes of the East as both the places experience a large number of pilgrims on an annual basis. There are a couple of festivals that go on in the months of August and September. These are major tourist attractions of this Beach. A major tourist attraction of Velankanni beach is the Velankanni Church of our Lady of Health. This beach is small hamlet on the sandy shore of the Bay of Bengal. Towards the south of the Velankanni village flows a small tributary of the Cauvery River.The sacred place was once a port and people of this region traded with countries like Rome and Greece, which was the ancient commercial center of the western countries.It is a center of pilgrimage for Catholic Christians in Tamil Nadu. It is visited on a regular basis by people from various faiths apart from Christianity.Velankanni Church: The Velankan ni Church is in honour of the Lady of Health popular as the Madonna of Velankanni. Devotees to the church believe that the Lady of Health possesses miraculous powers. The Church is located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal more particularly at the Eliot's beach in Besant Nagar. Completely dedicated to virgin Mary and the Heavenly Mother.Nearby Attractions of Velankanni BeachSri Rangam Temple: This Temple of Tamil Nadu is in Trichy, it is the first of the Vaishnava temples in south India, the Sri Rangam temple is the premier amongst the 108 Vaishnava divyadesas. The Vaishnava Acharyas made it the head quarter of the Vaishnava movement. In present times the temple is well managed by the Vaishnava Acharyas from the place Nathumani. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the entire Universe.




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VATTAKOTTAI FORT

This Tamil Nadu Beach is a solitary beach destination located in Tamil Nadu. Specially known for the 18th century citadel, the place is also called as the Vattakottai Fort. Bearing the imprints of past rulers, the granite Fort is the prime attraction of the place. An asset of the Indian archeological department, Vattakottai Fort was once the dwelling ground of the Pandya rulers. With the fading streamline of a small river flowing by the side of the Fort, there are visible evidences of the existence of a canon in the ancient times. Protected by the 25-26 feet high surrounding walls, the Fort has an extension that touches the waters of the sea.