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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.

Give yourself heaps of time at Marina Beach. Below are the top activities:

Why don't you consider purchasing a Day Tour of Kapaleeshwarar Temple & Marina Beach in Chennai? It's one of the most interesting activities available here.

For more activities, take a look at our Chennai things to do page.


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Taj Club House ¥8,223
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.

    The Leela Palace Chennai ¥12,404
    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 and Chennai Trade Centre are also within 9 mi (15 km). Chennai Mandavelli Station is 29 minutes by foot.

      Hotel Savera ¥5,867
      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.

        New Regency ¥748
        New Regency

        New Regency

        No 2, CN Krishna Swami Sai Road, Chepauk, Chennai
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Central Chennai, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Anna Salai and Marina Beach. Chennai Citi Center Mall and Fort St. George are also within 2 mi (3 km). Chennai Chepauk Station is 9 minutes by foot and LIC Metro Station is 19 minutes.

          ibis Chennai City Centre - An AccorHotels Brand ¥4,302
          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 ¥7,654
            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.

              Clarion Hotel Chennai ¥5,215
              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.