Beaches of Tamil Nadu

Pulicat Beach

It is saline shallow water spread formed by the confluence of Backwaters, Pullicat Lake and Buckingham Canal. The beach is situated on the northern end of Tamil Nadu. A Dutch cemetery of 17th century is located here.

Chennai Beach

It is the Gateway to the South, and is a 4.5 km long stretch. It is also called the Marina Beach. Anna and M.G.R. Memorials are situated nearby. It is also famous for the Indo-Saracenic buildings.

Dakhinachitra Beach

It is a new venture to show cause the South Indian heritage. A visit to completed first phase of Tamilian heritage is a must see. The complex also houses collections of various materials of arts and crafts of the State.

Muttukkadu Beach

It is locate at 36 km from Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. It is an ideal place for rides on motorized boats and wind surfing. It is also ideal for angling and fishing. Get set for a good catch.

Mammallapuram Beach

It is located at 58 km from Chennai; It was second capital of the Pallava Dynasty, Mammallapuram flourished during 7- 8th centuries. The pristine glory of the 8th century temple adds splendor to the beach. The monuments of Pallava and the Dravidian Temple Architecture are the main attraction. United Nations has declared Mammallapuram as one of the 'World Heritage' center.

Velankanni Beach

It is the most popular pilgrim center for Catholic Christians of Tamil Nadu. The Church of our Lady of Health is located here.

Kodikkarai Beach

It is situated South of Velankanni and is bounded by Bay of Bengal on the East and Palk Straits on the South. Kodikkarai Beach is also known as Point Calimere. The Wild Life Sanctuary here spreads 333 sq. km with 25 km of tropical dry evergreen forests. It has different kinds of landmass from marsh to wetlands and backwaters to lake. Many species of flora and fauna are found here.

Rameswaram Beach

It is an island situated off the mainland surrounded by Palk Strait and the Gulf of Mannar. Rameswaram is a pilgrim center. According to the epic Ramayana, Lord Sri Rama worshipped Lord Siva here before invading Lanka to redeem his wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana. It is believed that Lord Sri Rama constructed the mythological bridge to Sri Lanka.

Kurusadai Island Beach

This is an ecological paradise, and is famous for coral reefs and rare species of marine lives such as Dolphins.

Kaniyakumari Beach

KaniyaKumari or Cape Comorin, the multi coloured sand beach is the end point of India's land. Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea surround it. It is also called 'Thriveni Sangamam'. A breath-taking view of the Sun Shine and Sun Set can be seen from here. yet another unique feature of the Beach here. It is also famous for Gandhi Mandapam and Kanyakumari Amman temple. Amidst the sea of Kanyakumari, a small hillock houses the memorial of Swami Vivekananda.

Vattakotai Beach

Overlooking the sea, it is a circular serene tourist spot located 6 km from Kanniyakumari. It is a beautiful picnic spot and an ideal spot for relaxing with abundant coconut trees.

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