Pulicat is 60 km north of Chennai on national
Highway No.5.A saline shallow water spread formed by the confluence
of backwaters. Pulicat Lake and Buckingham Canal are situated
on the northern end of Tamil Nadu is an ideal picnic spot.
A catamaran ride on the shallow water spread and a visit to
Bird Sanctuary are two most anticipated activities. A Dutch
cemetery of 17th century is located on shore.
It is 36 km away from Chennai. This is an
ideal picnic spot. Tamil Nadu Tourist Development Corporation
runs a Boat House, where facilities for boating and wind surfing
A picturesque village on the way to Mamallapuram
is a fine beach resort, 40 km away from the hustle & bustle
of Chennai. It is brisk with fishing activities. The sea and
surf here are gentle. For accommodation contact Taj Fisherman's
Cove, Tel :- (04114)-44304.
Golden sands, a good surf and a shimmering
clean blue sea, this in a nutshell, is Marina beach. This
beach is counted among one of the longest beaches in Asia.
It's 12 km-long stretch is the second longest in the world.
It is located on the eastern side of the city adjoining the
Bay of Bengal. Watching the sun set and rise from the beach
is an enthralling experience. Though bathing and swimming
can be dangerous as the undercurrent is very strong, even
then people come for swimming here.
In the evenings, the beach is virtually a fair ground with
various kinds of entertainment and food stalls lining the
beach. Close to the Marina beach is the Aquarium which has
some of the most exotic collection of Tropical sea fishes
and fresh water fishes. The Aquarium gives a chance to have
a closer look at the aquatic life. The Ice House, which was
used to store ice brought from great lakes in North America,
is South to the Aquarium.
Mamallapuram , a tiny seaside village is
situated in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is world famous for
it's shore temple. Mamallapuram art divides into four categories:
open-air bas-reliefs, structured temples, man-made caves and
rathas (chariots, carved in situ from single boulders, to
resemble temples or the chariots used in temple processions)
The famous bas-reliefs, Arjuna's Penance and Krishna Mandapa,
adorn massive rocks near the center of village, while the
beautiful Shore Temple towers over the waves behind a protective
breakwater. Accommodation is available at Hotel Tamil Nadu
(Beach Resorts Complex), Hotel Tamil Nadu II Camping Site
and other beach resorts and lodges.
This is a small fishing village , 16 kms
south of Mammallapuram. A ruined fort of Dutch origin near
the beach houses tombs tones dating back to 16th -17th century.
It ranks among the most exquisite scenic
spot with abundant and varies tourism resources. The backwaters
offer abundant scope for water sports. The Pichavaram mangroves
are considered among the healthiest mangrove occurrence in
the world. Pichavaram consist of number of islands interspersing
a vast expanse of water and covered with green trees. TTDC
offers boating facilities for tourists. TTDC's Arignar Anna
Tourist Complex houses, cottages, youth hostel and a restaurant
cater to needs of tourists. Pichavaram is 16 km from Chidambaram.
It is 75 kms to the south from Pondicherry. It could be visited
throughout the year.
Rameshwaram is the sacred island, off the
mainland surrounded by Palk Strait and the Gulf of Mannar
connected by longest ever constructed bridge on sea in India.
It is a major Hindu pilgrimage site. The maximum temperature
varies between 28-31 degree Celsius, while minimum temperature
is around 25 degree. Between January and March is the best
time to visit Rameswaram. The population size of Rameswaram
is 32,700. The serene beach and shallow water here are ideal
for swimming and sunbathing. The island on which the temple
stands is covered in low acacia shrubs, coconut palm and pines.
For accommodation contact Hotel Tamil Nadu, Tel :- (04573)-21277.
There are numbers of lodges, cottages, Dharamsalas and a Youth
It is the main land linking the island of
Rameshwaram. It is also known as the gateway to myriad islands
and is bestowed with a quiet beach for sun and surf. Rameswaram
is 18 km from Mandapam
It is an ecological paradise situated off
Mandapam. It is notable for coral reefs and rare species of
marine lives such as dolphins., but can only be visited after
due permission from Fisheries department in Chennai.
The circular serene location is situated
6 Kms from Kanyakumari, overlooking the sea. It is a fine
picnic spot , with abundant coconut trees. The sea near here
is calm and is an ideal spot for relaxing.
It is 40 km from Chidambaram. The Cauvery,
merging with the bellowing sea, was known as Puhar but to
the exquisite beauty of the port town, it came to be called
as `Poompuhar'. Another name of Poompuhar was Kaveripoompattinam.
A fine beach and calm water offer good bathing. The Department
of Tourism offer shell shaped cottages to the Tourists in
the poompuhar Tourist Complex, at a moderate tariff. This
complex was designed on the basis of the information available
in the Tamil epic "Silpathikaram". The historical happenings
depicted in the epic and the landmarks mentioned therein are
brought back to life here in stone.