Marina Beach, Chennai

Marina Beach thumbnailEnjoy these Stunning Marina Beach Pictures, which is a popular urban beach in the city of Chennai,  India along the Bay of Bengal. The beach runs from near Fort St. George in the north to Besant Nagar in the south, a distance of 13 km (8.1 mi), making it the longest urban beach in the country and the world’s second longest.

Bathing and swimming at the Marina Beach are legally prohibited because of the dangers, as the undercurrent is very turbulent. It is the among the most crowded beaches in the country.

Attractions in the Beach

Marina beach is a major tourist attraction of the city. People visiting Chennai make a point to visit the beach. It is also the main place for the local people to escape from the summer heat.The beach is popular for its shops and food stalls run by about 500-odd vendors. The memorials and statues, morning walk, joggers’ track lovers’ spot, aquarium, and the like make it a hangout for people of all ages. Kite flying and beach cricket are common sports at the beach, and there are also facilities for pony rides. The sea is generally rough and waves are strong. There are fishermen colonies present at both ends of the beach.

marina beach sunrise

Marina beach beauty

The Broken Bridge

Marina Beach Bird

Walking Path

In 2009, a 4.5-km-long stretch along the beach was announced plastic-free zone, prohibiting the sale and use of plastic. In November 2010, the corporation imposed a fine of 100 on the usage of plastic items that are less than 20 microns thick on the entire stretch. Within a couple of years since the ban, the use of plastics on the beach was reduced by 70 per cent.

In 2012, the government allotted 89 million for the renovation of the memorials of Anna and MGR. This include 12 million and 43 million towards renovation of Anna Memorial and MGR Memorial, respectively, 34 million towards additional construction at the MGR Memorial

Walkin path

 

 

Riding in your Bikes

Events

Being the most prominent open space in the city, the Marina Beach hosts several events throughout the year. The annual Independence Day and the Republic Day ceremonial parades and air shows are held along the promenade along with the unfurling of the national flag in the Marina. The annual idol-immersion event following the Hindu festival of Vinayaka  Chathurthi takes place at the beach where most of the idols of Lord Ganesh kept on display during the festival in the city is immersed into the sea. The event occurs in the month of August–September. The beach is also the venue for several marathon and walkathon campaigns throughout the year conducted for various cause.

Fun with Family

 

Little kids

Enjoyment

 

Sunset

48 comments to Marina Beach, Chennai

  • Bala

    Nothing spectacular. Needs to maintained better. Other beaches around the world score much higher in terms of beauty.

  • Mohd. Ahsan

    All the pictures are very good!

  • ISMAIL DAMDA

    THE MOST DIRTIEST BEACH OF INDIA

  • Visitor

    I agree with Mr.Damda that Marina is now very very dirty. The DMK and our politicians’ efforts towards misconceived populism is said to be responsible for this. I remember the days when Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, C.P.Ramaswamy Iyer and several other local and national dignitaries used to take walks in the morning on the Marina and almost all of Madras used to reach Marina in the evening to enjoy its salubrious climate. Now it is also being used as a burial ground for the dravidian leaders.

  • maya

    there are many beautifulbeaches in world better than this…i dont see any beauty here

  • Deiary

    I’m Deiary from Kurdstan/Iraq.I’ve been into Marina beach in Chennai/ India. It’s really a nice nature and people there are lovely but I feel pity why the goverment is not planning to arrange that nice place to be attractive by both local population and tourists as well?!

  • arun mehta

    Only urban beach in the world you have to roam with your nose covered.Poor upkeep !

  • Susanta Naskar

    awesome incredible india

  • N. K. Bahri

    The beach is as I visited in 1975. Calls for improvement.

  • elias

    all the natural sceneries are very good.

  • Vikram

    Cute photos. But We have to accept that, “lot to improve”

  • layaa

    wonderful… my younger days are lingereing on my mind…

  • Praveen

    Hey,
    just now read all the entries. everything was superb.
    But the sad thing is that, you have covered most of the hill stations and prominent spots in India, which one can get info from Google.

    With my knowledge, lot of unknown and little explored tourist spots of TN,
    Satyamangalam
    Tanjore
    Rameshwaram
    Courtallam
    Papanaasam
    Coimbatore
    Vellangiri, Coimbatore
    Nagercoil
    and many more…

    Thanks :)

  • satheesh

    yes its the world’s second largest beach.. still we ppl dont know the value of it and show no care to maintain it. i wil not blame the government its just we who ruin the beach.. i hav seen comparatively smaller beaches being more beautiful than marina.. as writer sujatha said india s like a cricket team, its not enough tat the captain alone plays good.. everyone has to do his role better to develop the country.

  • S.Jayaseelan

    Why are we always negative in our approach. Is there any relevence to show a lady washing clothes. Tamil Nadu has eveything but there is no infrastructure to facelift as in Hyderabad or in Kerala.

  • Jitin

    Really, this beach needs lot of improvement.

    See beaches of Maharashtra, Goa or Kerla. They have best tourist oriented beaches

  • Bangalore

    it’s a hell of a beach, chennai and belongs to ….

  • gold

    this our chennai.

  • PeeBee

    Nothing but PhotoShop touch ups on these pictures . In truth, the beach, water, & even clouds are grey , dark & dirty.

  • Murugan

    Its amazing… very nce pictures

  • JAYANT SHENOLIKAR, PUNE.

    Marina Pictures at Chennai , brought nostalgic memories for me.
    In 1969 or so , I was personally responsible to execute Pile-
    Foundation for the Tower erected in the fond memory of Beloved Late
    Anna Durai , the then Chief Minister of TamilNadu ,at the burial
    place, on Marina, on the occasion of his first death anniversary.

  • Shah Madhusudan

    after reading the comments of people who have visited Marina, I have decided not to visit it. Thanks all for the warrnings.
    madhusudan

  • Thimmaiah J.N.

    OH’ GOD, PLEASE FORRGIVE US. WE DO NOT (WANT TO) KNOW WHAT WE ARE DOING.

  • Badri

    I wish somehow they ban human waste along the beach.. It losses all the charm as a tourist spot.

  • vigneshvar

    Marina is good beach but poorly maintained. Till this “Dravida” political parties rule tamilnadu there is no way to improove.

  • Nikhil

    Indian beaches are dirty, so are Indian cities

  • DEBASHISH KUMAR CHOUDHURY

    MARINA BEACH OF TAMIL NADU MADRAS IS A GOOD PLACE TO VISIT ,ONCE I HAD BEEN THERE ,I ENJOYED THE PLACE VERY WELL – D K CHOUDHURY

  • vaidya

    THNKS,FOR GETTING BACK THE MEMORIES OF MY YOUNG STUDENT LIFE,WHEN WE FRIENDS,GOES ALMOST DAILY TO THIS GREAT BEACH, WITH A PIECE OF RAW MANGO
    PURCHASED TO BE SHARED WITH ALL.AND THERE IS ALWAYS, READY HOT
    COCANUT+MANGO+GRAIN PATTANI= SUNDAL AVAILALBE FOR A RUPEE FROM THE BOYS
    WHO LIVE ON THE SALE DAILY.
    MARINA BEACH STILL REMAINS ON THE BIGEST BEAUTIFUL SECOND IN THE WORLD.
    AND EVERY INDIAN BE PROUD FOR THE NATURE AND FISHERMEN WHO LIVES ON DAILY
    CATCH.
    AND PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE TAKE THE MORNING STROLL WALK FOR 3 KMS
    FROM SOUTH TO NORTH DAILY. T S VADIAYRAMAN SYDNEY 8 3 2012

  • Chandu

    Hi Freinds,

    Every one commenting who will take action dont worry who are indians dont tell any comments badley if you are doing neet and improvement first yourself you do correct way then only you comment others dirty comments.

    To The chennai government not required to chage that place as a world tourism center at chennai. How many comments you give that is no use only your time west so dont do unnecessary comments of cilly comments of dirty beach.

  • kiruthika

    All the pictures are very nice and quite realistic

  • Radharaopv

    We Indians should be proud of this though dirty
    radharao

  • Google Boy

    its really amazing one…

  • vineet goel

    one of the dirtiest beach in India

  • MURUGAN KA

    All the area in this beach is durty in nature. Maintenance is much more/care

  • Aasif K Farooki

    Sunrises are beautiful on this beach. But not kept well. Local govt. bodies failed to keep it clean. people… in particular youth (students) should get organized to fight with the corrupt system which has neglected the cleanliness of this beach as well as other place of interest. They should hold awareness programs often. What else they do apart from studies ?? Let them do this for the betterment of society.

  • mohan

    this is our pride but we have to use it in clean way

  • Jagan Sharma

    Beach, as a natural gift is beautiful, no doubt about it. It is we as individuals, as society, as government who are dirty and irresponsible. As individuals we litter it with garbage. As society we care two hoots to
    use our technology and knowledge to beautify it. As a government we are too busy pampering the politicians, indulging in corruption and fooling the people and fleecing the tourists by advertising false claims and luring them to such places only to expose our poor sanitary and dirty state of affairs at the beach. Ask any visitor, Indian or foreigner to give his views after the visit and there is either the word “dirty” or ” poorly maintained” on their lips. We cannot fool visitors by beating drums of advertisement to make it beautiful but as an individual, as a society and as a government we should do something at our respective levels to make it beautiful, JAI HIND

  • rajanikanth

    Dear All

    Instead of commenting in net start protesting against Government to keep our property (India) clean.

  • ashish

    ya it’s fun to be there

  • Dinesh

    Thats Nice Images

  • Nizam Hm

    Its very difficult to maintain a 14 km beach without support of the public. They who make dirt without sense. And not know the value of the nature.

  • Asuri Sundararajan

    Marina Beach pours a negative vibe, which can reduce our mental prowess so much so that we shall accomplish meager results, even if concentrated will power is focused. There are many historical / political instances to prove this. When MGR was told of this negative side of Madras Marina, he at once decided to change the Capital to Madurai or Trichy. That is the genius loci of present Chennai even to date.

  • thivya

    I am from malaysia and have been to Marina Beach a couple of times. Have to admit there have been changes but insufficient. I am unsure how much of these writers comments are given credence by The Govt of Tamil Nadu and Chennai City Council.And the people of Chennai are not proud of what a great beach they have. Hopefully by my next visit,i will be able to enjoy this beach much more. regards

  • Ramamurthy M

    The photograph of a woman washing clothes near the shore does not enhance the beauty of the beach-The surroundings of Gandhi statue ,the imposing I.G.office buildings or colleges on the road across have not been shown.The govt.should improve and showcase it as a major attraction by infusing necessary funds.

  • Jay

    When i was in Madras with some visitors from Germany, they looked at it from a distance and were thrilled and wanted to swim. they brought the swimming gear and all went near the shore. They were shocked to see the people using it as public-open-air toilet. Hundreds of people were sitting there along the shore.
    The German tourist were shocked and ran back. This is Marina.
    The politicians who are swindling lakhs of crores of money, could spend few lakhs of rupees to build toilets, so this can be avoided.

  • NISHA

    THE GOVT WILL TAKE ACTION TO IMPROVE THIS BEACH.

  • shubhaprada

    I love marina beach but when i go i cannot see it because of many things like traffic and rains.I wish one day i can see marina beach.

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