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Marina Beach

Relaxed walks, pretty sunrises, elaborate entertainment, traditional Indian street food and historical landmarks make this one of Chennai’s liveliest beaches.

Marina Beach is a fascinating combination of nature, architecture and entertainment. This long stretch of golden sand overlooks the Bay of Bengal, with glorious blue-green water lapping at its shores. Marina Beach presents a breezy respite from Chennai’s searing heat and is a place enjoyed by local residents and tourists alike. Come here to experience scenic sunrises, dip your feet in the ocean, try typical street food and spot architecturally impressive landmarks.

Escape the bustle of Chennai’s city streets, go for a stroll on the beach and feel the soft sand between your toes. Wake up early to marvel as the sun rises over the Bay of Bengal and casts a captivating light over the city. Watch as fishermen paddle out into the ocean on colorful wooden catamarans. Wade in the warm water, but avoid swimming as strong currents and rip tides are common.

In the late afternoon the beach becomes a hive of energetic activity. You’ll see countless games of cricket, kids flying kites, fortune tellers, tightrope walkers and stunt performers. Browse the fish markets and be sure to try classic Indian snacks. Enjoy roasted corn on the cob smeared with a dressing of lime and chili powder. Go to the southern end of the beach and climb to the summit of the lighthouse for sweeping city views.

Wander along Marina Beach Road (aka Kamarajar Promenade), a beachfront boulevard lined with monuments and striking buildings. Check out the Triumph of Labour statue, Annadurai Memorial and MGR Memorial at the beach’s north end. Look for statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Subramaniya Bharathiyar, a famous Tamil Nadu poet. Admire the 19th-century Vivekananda House, which puts on art and multimedia exhibitions.

Marina Beach runs south from Fort St. George. It’s about a 10-minute drive from the city center. Chepauk, Thiruvallikeni and Light House train stations are all a short walk from the beach. Alternatively, take one of the city’s affordable taxis or auto-rickshaws. You might want to combine your beach time with a visit to nearby Chennai Citi Centre, a shopping mall with numerous fashion outlets and a large food court.


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Taj Club House ¥7,925
Taj Club House

Taj Club House

No 2 Club House Road, Off Mount Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Chennai hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Spencer's Plaza Shopping Mall and Consulate General of the United States, Chennai. Marina Beach and Fort St. George are also within 3 mi (5 km). LIC Metro Station is 7 minutes by foot and Chennai Chintadripet Station is 25 minutes.

    Hotel Savera ¥4,523
    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.

      ibis Chennai City Centre - An AccorHotels Brand ¥4,524
      ibis Chennai City Centre - An AccorHotels Brand

      ibis Chennai City Centre - An AccorHotels Brand

      690 Anna Salai, Mount Rd, Near US Consulate, Thousand Lights, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Royapettah, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Spencer's Plaza Shopping Mall and Consulate General of the United States, Chennai. Raja Muthiah Hall and Music Academy are also within 1 mi (2 km). LIC Metro Station is 16 minutes by foot.

        Taj Connemara ¥8,916
        Taj Connemara

        Taj Connemara

        Binny Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Central Chennai, this luxury hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Consulate General of the United States, Chennai and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Madras and Marina Beach. St. Mary's Church and Madras High Court are also within 3 mi (5 km). LIC Metro Station is 7 minutes by foot and Chennai Egmore Station is 23 minutes.

          Hyatt Regency Chennai ¥7,143
          Hyatt Regency Chennai

          Hyatt Regency Chennai

          365 Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Chennai hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Consulate General of the United States, Chennai, Express Avenue, and Spencer's Plaza Shopping Mall. Marina Beach and Kapaleeswarar Temple are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Clarion Hotel Chennai ¥4,532
            Clarion Hotel Chennai

            Clarion Hotel Chennai

            25, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Mylapore, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Music Academy, Marina Beach, and Chennai Citi Center Mall. Consulate General of the United States, Chennai and Kapaleeswarar Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km). Chennai Light House Station is 10 minutes by foot and Chennai Thirumayilai Station is 17 minutes.

              Classic Guest House
              Classic Guest House

              Classic Guest House

              New no.25, old no.11, sydoji lane, pycrofts road, triplicane, Chennai, tamil nadu
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Central Chennai, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Madras and Marina Beach. Consulate General of the United States, Chennai and Chennai Citi Center Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km). Chennai Thiruvallikeni Station is 8 minutes by foot and Chennai Chepauk Station is 10 minutes.

                The Leela Palace Chennai ¥10,642
                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.