The Marina Beach, is located in the heart of Chennai and is considered to be one of the longest beaches in the world (The whole stretch from the harbor to Besant Nagar beach is around 14 KM). At places, the beach (filled with soft sand) extends over widths of even 300-400 meters. Marina Beach is one of the most popular (and crowded) tourist destination in Chennai, but it can accommodate all the people!
Actually I wanted to start early – I thought I could capture the beautiful sunrise in the early morning (along with the sea), but me and my cousins reached the place by around 11:00 AM!! You just can’t do such things in May in Chennai – By then, the sun had not only risen, but it was blazing hot. No wonder the beach was almost empty – except for us, that is! 🙂
When we were young, we would love to run on the sand of this beach removing our slippers. But thankfully, this time we decided against it. If the sun was radiating heat, the sand was reflecting it and we were caught in between! 🙂
The above picture shows the light house (Well, you need to look really carefully – its the red and white tiny structure far away). It is much taller than what appears in this photo, but I wanted to show the spherical balls along with the lighthouse (primarily to showcase my photographic skills), but in the process the lighthouse got diminished – well never mind 😉 Previously, it seems, they were allowing people to climb to the top of the light house to have an Ariel view of the beach – but now they don’t.
Many people might be surprised to know this – the beach is neat and clean. Before the modernization project was taken up a couple of years ago, this beach used to be quite – well, lets settle with ‘not so well kept’. But as you can see, they have spent a lot of money to modernize the beach and it has come out rather well.
In fact, the whole beach looks beautiful now. You can see the walkers lane and the stylish lampposts in the above picture, but there also another road, that runs parallel to the main road for about three kilo meters (on the right hand side of the above picture) in which we could drive with a bike/car. But surviving the new drivers who are learning how to drive & the fastest motor sport drivers (in their 100 CC bikes), in that lane is a skill that needs to be mastered!
You know when I got angry? When I saw the structure in the above photo. I agree, its been artistically done – The designer pillars, steel rods over them and all. But, we were roaming across the beach in mid-day sun, yearning for some shade and guess what we found – This roofless pillars!
It would have been sooooo cute in Ooty or Munnar – But they should have anticipated that some people go to the beach in the not-so-cool afternoons and covered this with some sheet (at least), to give some minimum shade. I slept for about six hours after coming back – I know it was my fault, one cannot blame the Government for everything 🙂