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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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