Besant Nagar beach is also called as Edward Elliot’s beach or Adyar beach and it is the second most popular beach in Chennai. Besant Nagar beach is an important tourist destination within Chennai (Its near Adyar) and it is one of the longer and more neatly kept beaches of Chennai. I have visited this beach more often than the very popular Marina beach. While the Marina beach looks neat now (after the recent renovation), this beach has always been neat.
The above solitary structure in the center of this beach is called as the Karl Schmidt memorial. It is named so in the honor of a Dutch sailor who lost his life while saving a drowning swimmer in this beach (long time back). Of course, this memorial is not in its best shape (its pretty much broken from all sides), but maybe that adds a bit of romanticism to it!
Earlier, this beach was relatively free of vendors, but looks like there are many shops at some places in this beach too. The sundal (with mango pieces), roasted corn and various bajji’s are very popular in Chennai beaches, but now all kind of eateries are available. I even saw a baloon shooting game (seen only in Marina beach earlier). This beach is mostly visited by families and its located in a relatively posh region of Chennai.
There are some important landmarks around this beach as well. The Velankanni Church (smaller one is in Chennai, larger one is in Velankanni town) and Ashtalakshmi Temple are very famous landmarks nearby. There is also a Planet Yum (which is an assortment of various eateries) and various other restaurants/ coffee shops/ garment shops surrounding this beach. There is a mini lane along this beach and a two lane road outside it. If you go through the Theosophical society road, the journey will be as good as the destination 🙂
This time, I have made a small movie (video – 40 sec) of Besant Nagar (Elliot’s) beach in Chennai. Any suggestions for improvement are welcome in the comments section. Below is the embedded Youtube video for the same.