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.
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 - 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.
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
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).
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)
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.
» 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
» 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.
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 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
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 34.8°C while
it can dip to a low of 20.4°C during winter
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
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
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.