Mythology and Modernity – Beaches in Tamil Nadu


Tamil Nadu is a land of many stories. The state is home to a number of ancient temples that convey anecdotes from a historical period. The land holds some enchanting hill stations such as Kodaikanal and Yercaud. These are perfect to hide away from the population and the pollution, and relax amidst the misty clouds. Tamil Nadu also has a good number of beautiful beaches that are lit every morning with the rising sun.
Indian’s eastern costal line begins with Tamil Nadu. Most beaches in Tamil Nadu are situated in Chennai, Rameshwaram and southern regions of the state. With Indian Ocean to the south and Bay of Bengal in the east, Tamil Nadu has a great many wonderful beaches. Some of the beaches in the state consist of popular pilgrimage destinations and a few others are well-known fishing spots. Along with the serene beaches that attract tourists from all over world, Tamil Nadu also has some of the deadly beaches like Cuddalore and Nagapattinam.

Mahabalipuram Beach

Mahabalipuram – also referred to as Mamallapuram is a historical town in Tamil Nadu. The town consists of ancient temples carved in the form of Chariots called Rathas or Mandapams (cave sanctuaries). Next to some of these architectural delights lay a blue carpet of the clear sea. The golden sand beach is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the state. Mamallapuram’s long, splendid beach buzzes with hundreds of tourists every day. Sunrise at Mahabalipur beach is a sight that’s too good to miss.
Mahabalipuram has many hotels along the beach that offer accommodation for a range of prices.

Marina Beach

Located in the Chennai city, Marina beach is quite crowded throughout the year. The urban beach is unsuitable for swimming but there’s an array of activities one can appreciate here. From enjoying local delicacies to pony rides for children, Marina beach has something for everyone. One can take a walk along the promenade and find fortune-tellers, fish markets, corn-roasters, and many local food stalls. Taking a lift up the Madras Lighthouse will gift one with a panoramic view of the beautiful beach and the city.
Various options are available for accommodation in Chennai city.

Elliot Beach

Situated to the south of Marina Beach, Elliot beach is less crowded and much tidier than marina. Elliot beach is home to Elite Society and Government bureaucrats. The beach is also known as ‘Bessei’ among the locals. It is a perfect place to get away from the city’s crowd and enjoy a silent evening beside the sea. Velankanni Church, Ashta Lakshmi Temple and the Arupadai Veedu Temple are some of the nearby attractions.
Various options are available for accommodation in Chennai city.

Covelong Beach

Covelong is a coastal village that is located at around 40 Km from Chennai. The white sand Covelong beach that’s lined up with palm trees is a true gift of nature. Also known as Kovalam beach, it consists of a historical fort built by the Nawab of Carnatic. Cavelong provides an opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of mundane lives and relax on the gentle beach. One can also enjoy activities such as swimming, surfing and other water sports here.
The previous fisherman village has been converted into a resort area. Many hotels and luxurious beach resorts are available for accommodation.

Kanyakumari Beach

Kanyakumari is the only place where the three great seas’ of India meet (Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal). The southernmost tip of India is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The beautiful beach is connected with stories from Mythology and has great religious and historical significance. The fishing port is a popular sunrise and sunset spot. On a full moon day, one can witness the magical sight of the sun setting and moon rising over the horizon at the same time. The market nearby sells colourful sands, accessories made of sea shells and every other kind of knick knacks.
Accommodations are available in plenty.

Rameshwaram Beach

Connected with stories from Ramayana, Rameshwaram beach is popular for a number of reasons. Named after the popular Rameshwara temple, Rameshwaram beach is a well-known pilgrimage spot in India. The calm beach is an excellent spot for swimming and sunbathing. Rameshwaram is home to many aquatic life forms such as marine algae, sea cucumbers, starfishes, sponges, crabs, dolphins, sea cows, and a variety of birds.
As a popular tourist destination, Rameshwaram has many options for accommodation.

Dhanushkodi beach

Declared as a Ghost town after the 1964 storm, Dhanshkodi has a small population of local fishermen. Dhanushkodi (literally means “tip of the bow”) is the merging point of Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. Being very close to Rameshwaram, Dhanushkodi is a popular tourist spot. The 15 Km long shore is suitable to enjoy beach bike rides and to play in the high tides.
Plenty of hotels are available for accommodation in Rameshwaram.

Kurusadai Island

A 4 Km boat ride from Mandapam near Rameshwaram will land one in the mesmerising Kurusadai Island. The enchanting Marine Biosphere is situated west of Pamban Bridge. Rich with scenic beauty and marine life, Kurusadai Island is a nature-lover’s paradise. Surrounded by corals, other ornamentals, and a variety of aquatic creatures, many of the islands are small and deserted. Permission must be taken from the fisheries to enter this place.
A number of budget hotels and luxurious resorts are available near Kurusadai Islands.
Most Tamil Nadu’s beaches have a rich cultural heritage and many others have interesting religious backgrounds. Along with the necessary relaxation, one also gets an opportunity to discover the ruins of a time long gone and learn about the land’s ancient history. All in all, Tamil Nadu’s beaches are apt for enchanting beach excavations.

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