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.
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.
You can get your photo taken with a cardboard cutout of the celebrity of your choice.
Or a hand-powered merry-go-round. Or buy all sorts of street food, balloons, cheap trinkets, etc.
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!
Or watch the sunrise, play volleyball, ride a horse, go boating, or . . . .