The Indian peninsula hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. In addition, the beaches offer a unique perspective into the life of the communities that reside by the sea.
Today, we visit the sandy shores hosted by North Kerala on the Western Coast of the Indian sub-continent.
Tamil Nadu’s 1076 kilometres coast line is the second largest coast line in India. Most of this coastline is lined with sandy beaches. Some of the beaches have elaborate water sports activities and others are aligned with exotic attractions like Monuments, Fort, popular Temples and Churches.
With the clear waters of the Bay of Bengal, Tamil Nadu is home to some of the most tranquil beaches of India. Also at its southern tip one can witness the three major water bodies of Bay of Bengal, India Ocean and the Arabian Sea merging into each other and becoming one.
These are some of the best beaches this state has to offer.
Colachel beach is about 30 km from Kanyakumari. It is tucked away in a breath-taking natural setting of plunging ravines of red soil and lush green scrubs. A lone lighthouse stands sentinel over the bay, adding to its scenic beauty.
The famous beach at Muttom is located about 16 kilometres from Nagercoil and 32 kilometres from Kanyakumari. Muttom is famous for its beautiful landscaping and high rocks dipping into the sea at the beach-side.
Muttom has a century old lighthouse built by the British, due to which its presence is recorded in the international shipping chart. The terrain of this village and its surroundings is. The village offers panoramic views of both sunrise and sunset.
The main beach in Kanyakumari acts as a gateway to the two famous monuments of this city, the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the Thiruvalluvar Statue. These monuments are a short boat ride away from the mainland.
While the sunrise and sunsets are a splendid sight, people like careless strolls along the shore. The light house on the beach offers a panoramic view of the beach that forces you to adhere to the shore.
Uvari a small fishing village is famous for the St. Anthony’s Church located on the beach. Lot of people from around the country come to this church seeking release from sickness and other ailments.
Tiruchendur is famous for the temple to Lord Murugan. The temple is right beside the beach. The sea waves of this beach lap against this ancient temple.
Set in the Gulf of Mannar, Tuticorin is a well-known port city of global importance. Situated on the east-western side of international sea passage, the place has a separate identity for its pearl harvesting industry.
Located at the south-eastern tip of Pamban Island, the town was once a thriving tourist spot. But in the December of 1964 a cyclone wreaked havoc on this coastal destination turning it into the ghost town it is today.
Pristine blue waters, white sands that stretch undisturbed for miles, breath-taking sunsets and sunrises all on a quiet stretch of beach that feels like your very own paradise. Although said to be haunted at night, it is extremely safe in the day and is visited by a few tourists and locals.
It is also widely known as Trankebar (or Tranquebar in Danish). The popular Sri Masilamaniswara Temple is sited in Tharangambadi, which carries inscriptions from the Chola period. The temple is located right next to the sea and is being gradually eroded as well. It is a beautiful place to sit and enjoy the waves pounding the stones along the coast.
Poompuhar Beach is a popular beach located at a distance of 40 kilometres from Chidambaram. It is located close to the spot where the river Cauvery flows out into the sea. This ancient port city earlier called as Cauvery Poompattinam, served as the Capital of early Chola rulers.
Silver Beach, is situated in the eastern side of Cuddalore and is visited by a number of travellers. The beach provides tourists an opportunity to indulge in various activities such as horse riding and boating. Moreover, the beach also houses a boat house and a children's play area. It is the second long beach on Coromandel Coast and is considered to be one of the longest sea beaches in Asia.
Situated at a distance of sixteen kilometres from Mamallapuram, the tiny hamlet of Sadurangapattinam offers one with the most enchanting and exotic view of nature. Inhabited mostly by fishermen, this village of Sadurangapattinam casts a magical spell on the tourist with its natural and scenic beauty which is very appealing to them.
The region is very rich in flora and fauna which is another attraction of the village. The small village of fishermen bears resemblance to the rich cultural and architectural history of the by gone days.
Kalpakkam boasts some of the best non-rocky, sandy pristine beaches that have not been invaded by the masses. It is an excellent place to go swimming in the ocean since there are no rocks in the vicinity. There are also a few parks and gardens sprinkled inside the township, including a memorial park for the victims of the 2004 Tsunami.
Mahabalipuram Beach is located in the old port town of Mahabalipuram also known as Mamallapuram on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, has a coastline spanning a distance of over 20 km with beautiful beaches.
Identified as the most pristine beaches of Tamil Nadu, the beach attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year. The beach is an idle place for sunbathing and lazing around.
Mahabalipuram beach also has some ancient historical monuments in its close proximity. There is one of the oldest shore temples in South India built by the Pallava King Rajasimha in the early eightth century and the world's largest bas-relief, the 'Penance of Arjuna', which is 96 feet long and 43 feet high.
The city of Chennai is famous for its proximity to the sea. The people of the city head to the beach to enjoy the cool evening breeze after a hot and humid day in the city. Covelong, Elliot and Marina are some of the popular beach destinations for the people of this city.
Covelong Beach is one of the most captivating and beautiful beaches which in the past was the most prominent port of the Nawabs of the Carnatic. The beach is situated about 40 kilometres from the city. Flanked by attractive and uplifting palm trees and glittering white sand with fascinating and colourful sea-shells, the picturesque beauty of this place makes it a well-known tourist destination.
Marina Beach is one of the most renowned beaches of Tamil Nadu and is also said to be the longest beach in India. The beach is a favourite hangout for the people of Chennai and lined with a huge number of stalls selling anything from murukku, sundal, ice-cream and other South-Indian snacks.
Located a little south of Marina, Elliot's Beach is the cleanest beaches in Chennai. There is a relaxed ambience to the beach. This is a beach to sit back and enjoy the surf and play in the sand.