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Elliot's Beach

Enjoy relaxed walks on a golden-sand beach, watch a picturesque sunrise, sample traditional Chennai beach food and visit architecturally impressive landmarks.

Look out across the attractive and sun-drenched Bay of Bengal from laid-back Elliot’s Beach. This wide and clean stretch of golden sand is a favorite gathering spot for families, groups of friends and tourists alike. It’s a place to escape the heat of Chennai and linger amid scenic natural confines. Stroll along the soft sand and dip your feet in the warm blue-green water. Watch locals play games of cricket or wake up early and marvel as a spectacular sunrise over the bay signals the dawn of a new day in Chennai.

Check out the Karl Schmidt Memorial, which stands at the heart of the beach. This humble monument pays homage to a Dutch sailor who lost his life while trying to save a drowning swimmer. Join other photographers snapping shots of the beach with the monument as the foreground. Scattered around the beach are several food stands. Sample customary South Indian beach snacks such as a bhajji platter, a mix of deep-fried vegetables seasoned with chili and coriander.

Be sure to check out the beachfront boulevard, Elliot’s Promenade. Find an assortment of Indian restaurants, which serve typically spicy Tamil Nadu cuisine, as well as famous international fast-food chains. At the southern end of the promenade is a simple yet lively fish market, where local residents come to bargain for freshly caught fish and seafood.

Elliot’s Beach is home to a fascinating collection of architecture too. Visit the colorful Ashtalakshmi Temple. This Hindu place of worship overlooks the southernmost point of the beach and has shrines dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi. Check out the Rajaji Bhavan, a complex of government buildings.

The beach is about a 40-minute drive from Chennai Central Railway Station. The most convenient way to get here is to take an affordable taxi or auto-rickshaw. If you are arriving via rented car or private driver, use the parking available on Elliot’s Boulevard.

Lifeguards and police patrol Elliot’s Beach. Although it is safe to wade in the water, swimming is not recommended because of strong currents.


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The Leela Palace Chennai ¥11,084
The Leela Palace Chennai

The Leela Palace Chennai

175 Sathya Dev Avenue Extn, MRC Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Chennai hotel is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Kapaleeswarar Temple and Marina Beach. Phoenix Market City is 5.7 mi (9.2 km) away. Chennai Mandavelli Station is 29 minutes by foot.

    Hotel Savera ¥4,500
    Hotel Savera

    Hotel Savera

    No.146, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Mylapore, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Music Academy, Consulate General of the United States, Chennai, and Chennai Citi Center Mall. Marina Beach and Kapaleeswarar Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km). Chennai Thirumayilai Station is 21 minutes by foot and Chennai Light House Station is 23 minutes.

      Hostel11 Elliot's Beach ¥2,938
      Hostel11 Elliot's Beach

      Hostel11 Elliot's Beach

      55 Annai Velankanni Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Mylapore Tiruvallikk, this hostel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Elliot's Beach and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Old Mahabalipuram Road. Theosophical Society Headquarters and Marundeeswarar Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km). Chennai Indira Nagar Station is 29 minutes by foot.

        Royal Grand Days ¥2,118
        Royal Grand Days

        Royal Grand Days

        1, First Avenue, Besant Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Mylapore Tiruvallikk, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Elliot's Beach and Old Mahabalipuram Road. Kapaleeswarar Temple is 3 mi (4.8 km) away. Chennai Indira Nagar Station is 27 minutes by foot.

          Somerset Greenways Chennai ¥7,125
          Somerset Greenways Chennai

          Somerset Greenways Chennai

          No. 94 Sathyadev Avenue, MRC Nagar, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Chennai aparthotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of San Thome Cathedral and Kapaleeswarar Temple. Marina Beach and Chennai Citi Center Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km). Chennai Mandavelli Station is 26 minutes by foot and Chennai Greenways Road Station is 30 minutes.

            Edition O 30035 Esthell near Malar Hospital ¥8,740
            Edition O 30035 Esthell near Malar Hospital

            Edition O 30035 Esthell near Malar Hospital

            1,Besant Ave Rd, Padmanabha Nagar Royal Enclave, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Adyar, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Theosophical Society Headquarters and Old Mahabalipuram Road. Kapaleeswarar Temple is 2.5 mi (4 km) away. Chennai Kasturba Nagar Station is 24 minutes by foot and Chennai Kotturpuram Station is 30 minutes.

              OYO 10356 Hotel Nachiappa Adyar Inn
              OYO 10356 Hotel Nachiappa Adyar Inn

              OYO 10356 Hotel Nachiappa Adyar Inn

              4, 5th street, Padmanaba Nagar, Adyar, Chennai
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Adyar, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Theosophical Society Headquarters and Old Mahabalipuram Road. Kapaleeswarar Temple is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) away. Chennai Kasturba Nagar Station is 20 minutes by foot and Chennai Kotturpuram Station is 26 minutes.

                Hotel esthell
                Hotel esthell

                Hotel esthell

                No.1, Royal Enclave, Adyar, Chennai
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Adyar, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Elliot's Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Anna University and Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Chennai Kasturba Nagar Station is 18 minutes by foot and Chennai Kotturpuram Station is 24 minutes.