Marina Beach is India’s longest beach, running from near Fort St. George in the north to Besant Nagar in the south, a distance of 13 km (8.1 mi), making it the longest natural urban beach in the country, and the  second longest in the world.

Photo credit: Fiver Löcker  (Creative Commons license)

Photo credit: Fiver Löcker (Creative Commons license)

This is not a beach for sunbathing in bikinis. Of course, some people undoubtedly do (though I didn’t see any when I was there recently), but it’s really not the place for it. On the other hand, Chennai women often go to the beach wearing clothes that seem incredibly fancy for the occasion. While most Indian women go in fully clothed, in Chennai, they often look quite elegantly dressed. While some of the younger girls roll up their pants a bit, ladies in saris often don’t lift the hem at all. Even the men tend to go in the water more or less fully clothed. Most Indians don’t know how to swim, so they just go wading and splashing around.

Rather elegant wading attire! Photo credit: Teri Tucker

Rather elegant wading attire! Photo credit: Teri Tucker

Photo credit: Fiver Löcker  (Creative Commons license)

Photo credit: Fiver Löcker (Creative Commons license)

You can get your photo taken with a cardboard cutout of the celebrity of your choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Lamentables (Creative Commons license)

Photo credit: Lamentables (Creative Commons license)

Or a hand-powered merry-go-round. Or buy all sorts of street food, balloons, cheap trinkets, etc.

Photo: JD Viharini

Photo: JD Viharini

Or get two names written on a grain of rice rather than the usual one. And you’ll meet again if you get your ears pierced here!

Photo credit: Thangaraj Kumaravel (Creative Commons license)

Photo credit: Thangaraj Kumaravel (Creative Commons license)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or watch the sunrise, play volleyball, ride a horse, go boating, or . . . .

 

 

 

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