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Covelong Beach

Covelong Beach Merely, 40 kms away from the hustle and bustle of Chennai, Covelong is a dreamy village. But it is brisk with fishing activities. The sea and the surf here are gentle. The charming spot of Covelong is at a distance of forty kilometers from the capital city of Tamil Nadu Chennai. The tourists and the travelers throng the quiet village. The vivacious village of Covelong is renowned for its fishing activities. In the fishing village the swaying palms and the beautiful beach entice people from across the globe. The environs, ambience, peace, tranquility and the infrastructure at the Covelong beach come together to make it one of the most popular beach resorts on the Coromandel Coast. In the yester years Covelong was the renowned port of the Nawabs of the Carnatic. On digging the past it is revealed that Saadat Ali, Nawab of Carnatic, built the ancient port of Covelong. In the year 1746 Covelong was taken over by the troops of the French General Laboudonnais and in 1752 destroyed by Clive.

For all the adventure seekers the breathtakingly beautiful beach of Covelong has an amazing world of sports activities like windsurfing, swimming and other water sports. The gentle sea and surf add to the charm of Covelong. The beautiful beach of Covelong lies in the lee of an ancient Dutch fort. A few walls of the fort remain in the form of ruins. Thus, besides the beauty of nature, the captivating destination of Covelong is adorned with the historical monuments likes forts, churches, mosques et al. thus the secular nature of the area. In its own way Covelong reveals the history of the state of Tamil Nadu. The ancient Catholic Church is a must visit amongst the many religious monuments at Covelong.

Covelong Beach Mystical excursions !

Close to Covelong is the exquisite Mahabalipuram, nineteen kilometers to be precise. While visiting Mahabalipuram it is simply impossible to miss out on the unique 7th century shore temples. Then there is the Crocodile farm, which is a large, and successful reptile breeding venture that invites you to view the crocodiles from close quarters.

In terms of accommodations enough options are available at Covelong that suit various budgets. The hotels at Covelong, Chennai as well as Mahabalipuram may fulfill your needs.

Accessibility !

The embracing destination Covelong is well connected and easily accessible. The airport at Chennai at a distance of sixty kilometers caters to the needs of the air transport to Covelong. Similarly the railhead at Chennai takes care of the tourists traveling to Covelong by train. The excellent road network link Covelong with Chennai and Mahabalipuram well. There are regular bus services from Chennai to Covelong though for more comfort you may even hire taxis. In terms of water transport Covelong may be reached by boat along the seacoast of Madras or Chengalpattu.

Marina Beach

Marina Beach - Chennai Marina beach situated to the east of Chennai (Madras) at Kamarajar Road, 3 Km away from the city centre. The beach covered with the silver sands is said to be the longest beach in India and one of the longest in Asia, extends to a length of 13 Km, from Fort St. George all the way to Mahabalipuram. There is a drive along the beach circumscribed with palms and casuarinas running the whole length of Chennai.

Silver sands, an excellent surf and a shimmering clean blue sea, this in a nutshell, is Marina beach. This beach is acknowledged as one of the longest beaches in Asia. It's 12 km-long stretch is the second longest in the world. It is located on the eastern side of the city adjoining the Bay of Bengal. To behold the sun set and rise from the beach is an enthralling experience. Though bathing and swimming can be dangerous as the undercurrent is very turbulent, even then people dare to swim here.

Twilight magic


As the sun comes down in the evenings, the beach is blessed with vividness as a fair ground with various kinds of entertainment and food stalls lining the beach. Close to the Marina beach is the Aquarium which has some of the most exotic collection of Tropical sea fishes and fresh water fishes. The Aquarium gives a opportunity to have a rendezvous with the aquatic life. The Ice House, which was used to store ice brought from great lakes in North America, is South to the Aquarium.

Statues on the beach !


Marina Beach - ChennaiA stroll circumscribing the beach bordered with a green lawn entices you to go on a leisurely walk. At the conjunctions of this promenade stand beautiful statues of Tamil scholars, patriots, and noted personalities. Of these, the Statue of Labour is a splendid sculpture an evidence of the industrious team of labourers who are at strenuous, manual work. The sea in this region is not considered safe for swimming, as the currents are turbulent.

Regional access !


The Kamaraj Domestic Airport and the Anna International Airport are located at Meenambakkam about 20 kms from Chennai city. The airport can be accessed either by road or by sub-urban trains for which the alighting point is at Tirusulam, about 1 km from the airport. Many major international airlines have synchronized direct flights to Chennai. Domestic airlines function daily flights to all major cities of the country from the domestic terminal. Chennai is connected by rail with all major towns and cities in India. Major Railway Stations: Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore. Trains operate from Egmore Junction to various parts of the state while interstate trains originate from Chennai Central Station.Chennai is connected by good network of roads with all important places in Tamil Nadu and other parts of India. Many private operators are available to render there keen services for domestic and interstate transportation. The distances from Chennai to other cities Bangalore (334kms), Calcutta (1678kms), Hyderabad (704 kms), (790kms).

Mahabalipuram Beach

Mahabalipuram BeachMahabalipuram, also known, as "Mamallapuram" is located 58-km, south of Chennai, nestling on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, offers many breath-taking monuments with Sculptural Panels, Caves, Monolithic Rathas (chariots) and Temples.

The spectacular beach of Mahabalipuram attracts thousands of tourists all through the year. While at the beach you may sun bathe, relax and unwind yourself. At the same time you may explore the magnificent monuments besides the beautiful beaches. The dreamy rock cut art is an amazingly extravaganza. For the more ecclesiastical tourists there are the temples besides the shores, rathas, Arjuna's penance that are exclusive to the region. A crocodile bank, snake venom extracting centre, schools of art and sculpture and a wide spectrum of resorts along the beach entice holiday-seekers all round the year.

Mahabalipuram may be easily reached. Mahabalipuram is well linked through air, rail and road networks. The nearest airport of Chennai connects Mahabalipuram with the other main cities of India and the world through frequent air flights and trains. In terms of the road transport buses knit the terrestrial network Pondicherry, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and Chennai et al ply to Mahabalipuram.


Connectivity


Air : Chennai (58-km) has the nearest airport with both domestic and international terminus. Chennai is connected with all the important places in India through the numerous domestic flights. International flights operate from various parts of the world to Chennai.

Rail  The nearest railway stations are Chengalpattu (29-km) and Chennai (58-km). From these stations one has to take the terrestrial route to reach Mahabalipuram.

Road  There are buses available from Pondicherry, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and Chennai to Mahabalipuram regularly. The road to Mahabalipuram is well connected to other major roads. Tourists can also hire a taxi from Chennai to reach Mahabalipuram.

Accommodation options


Various types of accommodation options, from economy to luxury, are available in Mahabalipuram. The best option is to check into one of the several beach resorts Mahabalipuram encompassing the town. However, it is necessary to have prior reservation in most of the cases. Mahabalipuram Resorts provide excellent accommodation options for the tourists.

Kanyakumari Beach

Kanyakumari BeachKanyakumari is often referred as the 'Land's End' of India. Here, the Bay of Bengal confluences with the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea and, at Chaitrapurnima (the Tamil name for all full moon day that generally falls in April), it is possible to enjoy the unique experience of seeing the sunset and the moon rise over the ocean simultaneously.

Kanyakumari (also spelt as Kanniyakumari) district is contoured by Tirunelveli district in the north and northeast, by Kerala state in the northwest and confluence of Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean in the west and south. The coastline is almost regular except for some points of land projects into the sea at Cape Comorin. Kanyakumari is the district headquarters of the district of the same name. At the southern most land tip of India, where the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet, lies Kanyakumari, an important revered pilgrim centre.

Sun rolls in the sea !

Kanyakumari is famous for its beach and the magnificent sunrises and emotive sunsets, especially on full moon days. Kanyakumari is also popular for its vast foliar stretches of paddy fields, rich forests, coconut groves and mineral sands. The Kanyakumari beach has an overwhelming sight with the sand which has played with the colours of the sky. The beach here does not usually offer one the opportunities to sunbathe on soft silver sands, either to frolic in the waves or in the sands. The seashore is rocky and dangerous, and there is a manmade wall running along it. People are warned to stay off the rocks, and when if someone moves out of bounds, he or she is quickly and severely admonished by a watchful policeman. There is a lighthouse from where one can get a panoramic view. The sea is fairly rough, so it is entertaining to watch it beat itself against the rocks and then subside, before it gathers itself up for another attack. With long stretches of sands of many hues, the beach welcomes you to capture the waves of change. A spectrum of shells are on sale on the Kanyakumari beach.

Best time to visit :

Due to it's friendship with the sea, Kanyakumari enjoys a pleasant climate and can be visited throughout the year. However, the most enjoyable season to visit this place is between October and March. During summers, the temperature can elevate to a high of 34.8C while it can dip to a low of 20.4C during winter


Rameshwaram Beach

Rameshwaram Beach

The Marine Fauna : The benovolent sea inhabits the rare sea species and coral reefs. Exotic variety of marine life-algae, starfish, sea cucumber, crabs, sponges and the sea cow
are found here. The clean beach and shallow water here are an ideal destination for swimming and sunbathing. This is the only place in the region where one could swim in the sea day and night. An enjoyable sight is frolic of dolphins in the water.

A leisurely drive along the Dhanushkodi road is a pleasant experience. The clear sea, backwater edged with waving bulrushes, surrounds the road. Stretches of virtually untouched beach sparkle in the fading light and it is from here that you get a spectacular view of the sunset. Towards the end of the road a few transient settlements of fishermen can be seen in the fishing season.

The main attraction


The main attraction of the island, the Ramanathswamy temple is spread over 151 acres and is a magnificent example of Dravidian art. This temple took about 350 years to take its present form various release having contributed to its construction at different times from the 12th century onwards. Parakrama Bahu, the ruler of Ceylon guilt the sanctum sanctorum. The corridors and other vast structures of the temple and the Gopurams were built by the Sethupathis, rulers of Ramanathapuram since 12th century. The temple has two Gopurams at the eastern and western entrances, 130 feet and 80 feet high, respectively. The sanctum sanctorum is built of polished granite stone.

The presiding deity at the temple is Lord Ramanathaswamy and his emblem, the Ramalinga, is said to have been installed and consecrated by Lord Rama and Sita.


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