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Holidays in Marina Beach
Holiday Travel Guide

Marina Beach showing general coastal views as well as a large group of people
Relaxed walks, pretty sunrises, elaborate entertainment, traditional Indian street food and historical landmarks make this one of Chennai’s liveliest beaches.

Marina Beach is a fascinating combination of nature, architecture and entertainment. This long stretch of golden sand overlooks the Bay of Bengal, with glorious blue-green water lapping at its shores. Marina Beach presents a breezy respite from Chennai’s searing heat and is a place enjoyed by local residents and tourists alike. Come here to experience scenic sunrises, dip your feet in the ocean, try typical street food and spot architecturally impressive landmarks.

Escape the bustle of Chennai’s city streets, go for a stroll on the beach and feel the soft sand between your toes. Wake up early to marvel as the sun rises over the Bay of Bengal and casts a captivating light over the city. Watch as fishermen paddle out into the ocean on colourful wooden catamarans. Wade in the warm water, but avoid swimming as strong currents and rip tides are common.

In the late afternoon the beach becomes a hive of energetic activity. You’ll see countless games of cricket, kids flying kites, fortune tellers, tightrope walkers and stunt performers. Browse the fish markets and be sure to try classic Indian snacks. Enjoy roasted corn on the cob smeared with a dressing of lime and chili powder. Go to the southern end of the beach and climb to the summit of the lighthouse for sweeping city views.

Wander along Marina Beach Road (aka Kamarajar Promenade), a beachfront boulevard lined with monuments and striking buildings. Check out the Triumph of Labour statue, Annadurai Memorial and MGR Memorial at the beach’s north end. Look for statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Subramaniya Bharathiyar, a famous Tamil Nadu poet. Admire the 19th-century Vivekananda House, which puts on art and multimedia exhibitions.

Marina Beach runs south from Fort St. George. It’s about a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Chepauk, Thiruvallikeni and Light House train stations are all a short walk from the beach. Alternatively, take one of the city’s affordable taxis or auto-rickshaws. You might want to combine your beach time with a visit to nearby Chennai Citi Centre, a shopping mall with numerous fashion outlets and a large food court.

Relaxed walks, pretty sunrises, elaborate entertainment, traditional Indian street food and historical landmarks make this one of Chennai’s liveliest beaches.

Marina Beach is a fascinating combination of nature, architecture and entertainment. This long stretch of golden sand overlooks the Bay of Bengal, with glorious blue-green water lapping at its shores. Marina Beach presents a breezy respite from Chennai’s searing heat and is a place enjoyed by local residents and tourists alike. Come here to experience scenic sunrises, dip your feet in the ocean, try typical street food and spot architecturally impressive landmarks.

Escape the bustle of Chennai’s city streets, go for a stroll on the beach and feel the soft sand between your toes. Wake up early to marvel as the sun rises over the Bay of Bengal and casts a captivating light over the city. Watch as fishermen paddle out into the ocean on colorful wooden catamarans. Wade in the warm water, but avoid swimming as strong currents and rip tides are common.

In the late afternoon the beach becomes a hive of energetic activity. You’ll see countless games of cricket, kids flying kites, fortune tellers, tightrope walkers and stunt performers. Browse the fish markets and be sure to try classic Indian snacks. Enjoy roasted corn on the cob smeared with a dressing of lime and chili powder. Go to the southern end of the beach and climb to the summit of the lighthouse for sweeping city views.

Wander along Marina Beach Road (aka Kamarajar Promenade), a beachfront boulevard lined with monuments and striking buildings. Check out the Triumph of Labour statue, Annadurai Memorial and MGR Memorial at the beach’s north end. Look for statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Subramaniya Bharathiyar, a famous Tamil Nadu poet. Admire the 19th-century Vivekananda House, which puts on art and multimedia exhibitions.

Marina Beach runs south from Fort St. George. It’s about a 10-minute drive from the city center. Chepauk, Thiruvallikeni and Light House train stations are all a short walk from the beach. Alternatively, take one of the city’s affordable taxis or auto-rickshaws. You might want to combine your beach time with a visit to nearby Chennai Citi Centre, a shopping mall with numerous fashion outlets and a large food court.

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791 Cheap Hotels Near Marina Beach

Peace Inn
Peace Inn
3 out of 5
Old No: 164 / New No: 60, Big Street, Chepauk, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The price is AU$18 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Central Chennai, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Madras and Marina Beach. Consulate General of the United States, Chennai and ...
3/5 (16 reviews)
"Cleanliness of room was ok but no one ask for housekeeping.Very bad services.Breakfast was unhygine. No hot water .Ac was dripping.Location Was good as we had come for our business trip."

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2019

Peace Inn
Taj Connemara
Taj Connemara
5 out of 5
Binny Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$106 per night from 15 Jul. to 15 Jul.
Located in Central Chennai, this luxury hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Consulate General of the United States, Chennai, and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of ...
4.4/5Excellent! (249 reviews)
"Lovely hotel, Smiling staff and clean cool rooms,, A lovely place to stay. Dinesh was simply superb.. he took care of us so well."

Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2021

Taj Connemara
Classic Guest House
Classic Guest House
3 out of 5
New no.25, old no.11, sydoji lane, pycrofts road, triplicane, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Located in Central Chennai, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Madras and Marina Beach. Consulate General of the United States, Chennai and ...
3/5 (1 review)
"Hotel was ok Sheets could’ve been cleaner People were friendly, best thing walking distance to the beach. Regards, Mario Correia"

Reviewed on 27 Jan. 2019

Classic Guest House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Marina Beach Hotel & Accommodation Deals

SPOT ON 45468 Kumarans Inn
SPOT ON 45468 Kumarans Inn
2.5 out of 5
16,Cnk Road, Police Quarters, Triplicane, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The price is AU$16 per night from 16 Jul. to 16 Jul.
SPOT ON 45468 Kumarans Inn
Taj Connemara
Taj Connemara
5 out of 5
Binny Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The price is AU$106 per night from 15 Jul. to 15 Jul.
Taj Connemara
Classic Guest House
Classic Guest House
3 out of 5
New no.25, old no.11, sydoji lane, pycrofts road, triplicane, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Classic Guest House
Peace Inn
Peace Inn
3 out of 5
Old No: 164 / New No: 60, Big Street, Chepauk, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The price is AU$18 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Peace Inn
OYO 48057 Peace Inn
OYO 48057 Peace Inn
2.5 out of 5
Old No 164 New No 60 Big Strt Land Mark, Near M A Chidambaram Cricket Stadium, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
OYO 48057 Peace Inn
Le Stay Inn
Le Stay Inn
2.5 out of 5
#122 Bells Rd, Near Madras Cricket Club, Op. Government Kasturba Gandhi Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Le Stay Inn
OYO 1939 New Park
OYO 1939 New Park
3 out of 5
Plot No. 136,137, Bells Road,Near MAC,Chepauk, Chennai
OYO 1939 New Park
SPOT ON 49026 Ams Guest House
SPOT ON 49026 Ams Guest House
2 out of 5
64,O.V.M Street, Chepauk, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
SPOT ON 49026 Ams Guest House
Hotel Himalaya Residency
Hotel Himalaya Residency
2.5 out of 5
No. 91 Triplicane High Road, (Old No. 54), Anna Salai, Chennai
Hotel Himalaya Residency
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.