Beaches in Tamil Nadu
, popularly called as the land of Tamils is located in the southernmost part of the Indian Peninsula. The southern state of Tamil Nadu is the proud home of some of the most remarkable beaches in the country. As the eastern part of the state is bordered by Bay of Bengal, nature is too generous that Tamil Nadu is dotted with a lot of beautiful beaches that receives visitors from all over the globe, throughout the year.
Tamil Nadu has a total coastline of about 910 km which is regarded as India's third longest coastline. Among the never ending list of beaches in Tamil Nadu, most of them are treated as ideal tourist sites, many as fishing trade centers and a few as religious sites.
Some of the most notable names in the list of Beaches of Tamil Nadu include
Esteemed as one of the important landmarks of the southern metropolis Chennai, Marina Beach
is one among the most popular beaches in Tamil Nadu. Basically, a natural urban beach that extends from near St. George Fort (White Town) in the north to Besant Nagar to the south, a length of almost 8.1 mi, which makes it as the longest natural beach in India and the scond longest urban beach in the world.
A beautiful sandy beach, Marina houses a lot of illustrious monuments and heritage structures and offers several exciting things to do options like horse riding, balloon shooting, small eateries and so on.
Also read: Beaches in Chennai
Formerly called as Cape Comorin, Kanyakumari is the utmost end of the Indian subcontinent. Kanyakumari beach is unique in its own way that it is fenced by three seas Bay of Bengal in the east, Arabian sea in the West and Indian Ocean in the South. As a matter of Fact, Kanyakumari beach is an exclusive site in the world where three seas meet one another.
It is important to note that Kanyakumari is regarded as one of the best place in the country to witness the sunrise and sunset. Besides, the beach is the home of several renowned tourist attractions that include Vivekananda Rock Memorial
, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Gandhi Memorial, Thanumalayan Temple and so on. Also read: Beaches in Kanyakumari
Also known as Mamallapuram, the beach of Mahabalipuram charms every holidaymaker with its pleasing and likeable beauty. Mahabalipuram is situated just 60 km away from the city center of southern metropolis Chennai. It is important to note that the antique urban centre of Mahabalipuram was the birthplace of the famous Pallava Dynasty and had functioned as a crucial port during the domination of Pallavas.
The Mamallapuram Beach extends a fascinating view of Mother Nature that occupies the holidaymakers with a feel of joy and admiration. The bluish waters together with the aureate sandy beach make the place a real paradise. Furthermore, the Mahabalipuram Beach offers spectacular sun rise and sun set views. Some of the other attractions of Mahabalipuram include several ancient sculptures, temples and so on.
Poompuhar historically called as Kaveripoompattinam and is located at a distance of forty kilometers from Chidambaram in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The holy River Kaveri merges with the Bay of Bengal at this historic place. Poompuhar is situated in Sirkali Taluk of Nagapattinam district. Basically as archeologist paradise, Poompuhar is a small town for people who prefer to roam amidst rich heritage and have a deep look through history. During the sovereignties of Cholas, Poompuhar was an important port.
Poompuhar Beach is filled with black sand and is a perfect location for picnic lovers. It houses a massive monument inscribed with a bathing panorama, which makes this location even more special. Swimming is strictly prohibited in this beach due to the rough waters. Some fo the other popular attractions of Poompuhar Beach include Silappathikara Art Gallery, Zion church, Dutch architectural monuments and so on. Also read: Beaches near Chidambaram
Covelong Beach (Kovalam)
(Source: Flickr Prateek Rungta)
Located just 37 km away from Chennai, Kovalam is also called as Covelong. Basically a small fishing town, Kovalam beach is far-famed for adventure sports that include wind surfing, Snorkeling and many other water sports. Some of the must-visit attractions of Covelong Beach include Dutch fort, ancient Catholic Church and ancient walls. Due to its close proximity with Marina Beach in Chennai, it is convenient for the visitors to catch the beauty of both the beaches in a single day.
One among the most frequented beaches in Tamil Nadu, Muttom Beach is located just 16 km away from Nagercoil and 32 km from Kanyakumari. The beach is celebrated for its beautiful landscaping and high rocks dipping into the sea at the beach-side. The sun set view point at Muttom Beach is one of the most exclusive view points in the state. The beach houses a century old beacon light established by British people. Nonetheless, this beach has always been unsafe for the tourists since the rocks on which tourists go to enjoy the view are slippery, and a number of fatal accidents have occurred over the past few years.
Located just 75 km away from the temple town of Kanchipuram, Muttukadu Beach is distinguished for its serene and astonishing backwater of the sea and the terrific natural estuary which takes the beauty of this place to a whole new level. In addition, Muttukkadu Beach is also famous for its sunrise and sunset views. The beach offer a lot of thrilling things to do options that include Row Boat, Wind Surfing, Kayak, Canoe and Pedal Boat. The plenteous aquatic life of this beach together with rich history is certainly charismatic to the holidaymakers. Muttukadu boat house, Dakshinchitra - handicraft village, MGM amusement park are some of the most important tourist attraction in this region that receives thousands of visitors all throughout the year.
Located in the Ramanathapuram district, Rameswaram Beach is regarded as a sacred site that it receives equal esteem as that of the holy river of Ganga. People from all over the world visit this beach to perform various poojas and other religious formalities. The specialty of the Rameswaram Beach is that beach is sported with no waves at all.
As a matter of fact, the sea waves of Rameswaram Beach rise to a maximum height of 3 cm and the panoramic view of the beach looks will certainly give a look of a big river. Some of the other popular beach located in Rameswarm includes Mandapam and Kurusadai Island.
Best Sunset points in Beaches in Tamil Nadu
Get your DSLR and SLR ready to capture the best sunset photographs in the beaches of Tamil Nadu!
Sunset in Kanyakumari
Sunset in Covelong
Sunset in Marina Beach
Sunset in Mahabalipuram
Top Beach Resorts in Tamil Nadu
Nothing can be an enthralling vacation than the one in a beach resort
and Tamil Nadu has some of the country's best beach resorts to unwind!
Mamalla Beach Resort
108, Kovalam Road (East Coast Road),
Mamallapuram Postal Code 603104,
Tamil Nadu, India.
Tel: + 91 - 44 - 2744 - 2375
+ 91 - 44 - 2744 - 2475
Ideal Beach Resort
East Coast Road, Devaneri Village, Mahabalipuram 603104, India
6/112 B, Beach Road, Near Sunset point
Kanyakumari - 629 702. INDIA
Tel: +91 04652 - 247041 / 42 / 43
Fax: +91 04652 - 247051
Hotel Golden Sun
59, Kovelong Road, Mahabalipuram.
Phone : +91-44-27442245 / 27442246 / 27442946
Seashore Garden Resort
No.169 Fisherman Colony, Mahabalipuram 603104, India