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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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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 Kapaleeswarar Temple are also within 3 miles (5 km). Chennai Thiruvallikeni Station is 8 minutes by foot and Chennai Chepauk Station is 10 minutes.

    SPOT ON 44153 Annai Guest House
    SPOT ON 44153 Annai Guest House

    SPOT ON 44153 Annai Guest House

    22, Old No. 17, Sydoji Ln, Police Quarters, Triplicane, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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

      Peace Inn Rs1,500
      Peace Inn

      Peace Inn

      Old No: 164 / New No: 60, Big Street, Chepauk, 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 Kapaleeswarar Temple are also within 3 miles (5 km). Chennai Thiruvallikeni Station is 9 minutes by foot and Chennai Chepauk Station is 11 minutes.

        OYO 48057 Peace Inn
        OYO 48057 Peace Inn

        OYO 48057 Peace Inn

        Old No 164 New No 60 Big Strt Land Mark, Near M A Chidambaram Cricket Stadium, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
           
          2.5 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 Kapaleeswarar Temple are also within 3 miles (5 km). Chennai Thiruvallikeni Station is 8 minutes by foot and Chennai Chepauk Station is 10 minutes.

          Le Stay Inn
          Le Stay Inn

          Le Stay Inn

          #122 Bells Rd, Near Madras Cricket Club, Op. Government Kasturba Gandhi Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
             
            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. Consulate General of the United States, Chennai and Fort St. George are also within 3 miles (5 km). Chennai Chepauk Station is 10 minutes by foot and Chennai Thiruvallikeni Station is 11 minutes.

            OYO 1939 New Park
            OYO 1939 New Park

            OYO 1939 New Park

            Plot No. 136,137, Bells Road,Near MAC,Chepauk, Chennai
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Central Chennai, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Anna Salai and Marina Beach. Consulate General of the United States, Chennai and Fort St. George are also within 3 miles (5 km). Chennai Thiruvallikeni Station is 11 minutes by foot and Chennai Chepauk Station is 11 minutes.

              SPOT ON 49026 Ams Guest House
              SPOT ON 49026 Ams Guest House

              SPOT ON 49026 Ams Guest House

              64,O.V.M Street, Chepauk, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Central Chennai, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Anna Salai and Marina Beach. Consulate General of the United States, Chennai and Fort St. George are also within 3 miles (5 km). Chennai Chepauk Station is 11 minutes by foot and Chennai Thiruvallikeni Station is 12 minutes.

                Hotel Himalaya Residency
                Hotel Himalaya Residency

                Hotel Himalaya Residency

                No. 91 Triplicane High Road, (Old No. 54), Anna Salai, Chennai
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Royapettah, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Madras and Marina Beach. Consulate General of the United States, Chennai and Kapaleeswarar Temple are also within 3 miles (5 km). Chennai Thiruvallikeni Station is 11 minutes by foot and Chennai Chepauk Station is 13 minutes.