Marina Beach –World's second largest beach
Marina Beach is a typical holiday spending destination located in the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. Marina beach is known as India's longest urban beach. It is also declared as the world's second longest beach. Starting from the St. George Fort in the north, Marina stretched over a distance of 13 km, ending at Basant Nagar in the south. This wonderful beach is a must visit destination for those who are travelling to Chennai. According to estimates, Marina beach gets the footfalls of 30,000 visitors everyday during weekdays, and this figure increases to 50,000 during the weekends and holidays. However, it is advisable for the visitors not to swim here as the undercurrent of the water is strong here. A fierce Tsunami devastated the beachfront having businesses, constructions, residential places etc. in the year 2004.
Marina beach is frequented by the tourists and the locals mostly during the summer evenings to get a relief from burning temperature. There is an abundance of shops and food stalls which are thronged by tourists. For the adventure lovers, the facility of horse riding is also available here. People also play cricket at the beach. You will find lots of fishing nets lying at both ends of the beach as the fishermen live there in their colonies. Altogether, the beauty of the Marina beach is superb.
The popularity of Marina beach started rising up after the establishment of Madras Harbour in 1881. Since then, this place started gaining attention and finally turned into a hot tourist destination of Chennai. During the 2nd decade of the 20th century, a newspaper by the name of 'New India' was run by the Great Irish woman Annie Besant, the President of Theosophical Society of India. On the edition released on 6th October 1914, Annie Besant described Marina beach resort, penning down as "One of the chief attractions of Madras is undeniably its Marina.
There is nothing in all of India to match this long and pleasantest of promenades that runs by the side of the foam-crested surf from the southern extremity of the Fort to Santhome." The Marina is certainly a cap of this 'city of magnificent distances'. An old promenade, popularly known as 'Cupid's Bow' which lies to the south of the fort now hides her head in shame besides her statelier and more favoured sister.
There are some statues and structures of the great souls and remnants of some incidents of the past just near the beach. The statues along the promenades are – Triumph of Labour, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Swami Vivekananda, Annie Besant, Subramaniya Barathiyar, Mahatma Gandhi, Kannagi, Thiruvalluvar, George Uglow Pope, Bharathidasan, Awaiyar, Robert Caldwell, Thanthai Periyar, Constanzo Beschi, Kamarajar and Sivaji Ganesan. There are many historical institutions and buildings located here such as Vivekananda House, University of Madras – Chepauk Campus, University of Madras – Marina Campus, Lady Wellington School, PWD Complex, Queen Mary's College, All India Radio of Chennai, Forensic Science Department and MA Chidambaram Cricket Stadium. These are some of the memorials located at the Marina beach.