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Besant Nagar Beach, Chennai

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Favored by local families and college students, Besant Nagar Beach offers a range of restaurants and cafes. Visit the most prominent landmark of the area, a memorial to a Dutch sailor who gave his life saving a drowning swimmer. If you get tired of swimming or lounging on the clean sand, drop by the nearby temple, dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi. Arrange to visit Besant Nagar Beach and other attractions in Chennai using our Chennai journey planner.
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  • Great place to visit with family and friends it's very much cleaned and well maintained place. best time to visit in early morning or in evening.....  more »
  • Very nice and clean beach , you can have a long nice walk in evening,good eatery and restaurant are in vicinity. Very nice shopping lane also there where you can pick up something trendy .  more »
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  • Great place! Also known as Elliot's beach. Best known as couple spot. Best place to enjoy your weekend with your loved ones and also suitable for morning and evening walks. Restaurants with balcony view are also nearby so that you can have a wonderful time.
  • Best place to visit Many shops available for shopping and fodies. Can spend your family time there. About Besant Nagar Beach Besant Nagar Beach also known as Edward Elliot's Beach in Chennai is one of the cleanest beaches of India. Embellished by golden sand beaches, curling waves and limitless stretch of sea, the beach entices tourists from different parts of the world. The serene and tranquil nature of the beach uplifts the human spirit and refreshes the mind and soul. You can witness the amazing sunrise and sunset at the beach, with the sky being painted by the golden rays of the sun. The beach is named Edward Elliot's Beach after the famous chief magistrate and superintendent police of Chennai, Edward Elliott. But it is popularly known as Besant Nagar Beach since it is located in the city of Besant Nagar. The city of Besant Nagar was originally named after the famous social activist Annie Besant, who had an immense contribution to the development of India during the British rule. It is said that once a Danish sailor, Karl Schmidt, sacrificed his life while saving a man from drowning in the sea. A monument has been constructed in his honour at the beach and named as “Elliots”. Several multi-cuisine restaurants and street side cafes adorn the shores of the beach. Sea foods are one of the key attractions of the beach where you can enjoy the fried fish delicacies with the South Indian dishes. You must also not miss out on some of the beautiful old temples and churches located near the beach. The pristine beauty of the beach serves as the perfect weekend getaway, offering a plethora of activities like surfing, boating, sunbathing and relaxing at the seashore. It is amazing to watch the twinkling stars and the moonlit sea waters at night.

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