Besant Nagar Beach in Chennai

One of the hangout areas for youngsters in Chennai...

One of the hangout areas for youngsters in Chennai... | Photo credit: Sridharan Chakravarthy/wikimedia

Besant Nagar Beach Overview

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Elliot’s beach or Besant Nagar Beach is located in Besant Nagar and forms the south-end of the Marnia Beach. It is one of the most happening places for youngsters in Chennai. To assure safety and prevent drowning cases, the beach also has a police outpost.

The beach boasts of the famous landmark called the Karl Schmidt Memorial, a gate-like structure made from bricks. Legend says that this landmark was built in the memory of a Dutch sailor who lost his life while saving a girl from drowning. However, owing to the salt in the sea water, the landmark has been corroded and is not in a good condition anymore. Despite that, a lot of locals prefer Besant Nagar Beach as it is not as crowded as the other ones.

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6th Avenue, Besant Nagar, Chennai 600090