(Last Updated on : 12/06/2010)
The Elliot`s Beach is built at Besant Nagar, which is just sixty kms away from the city of Chennai. The Elliot`s Beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Thousands of people used to visit there seeking respite from the busy urban life of Chennai city. Elliot`s Beach is situated to the south of the Marina beach where any one can spend hours enjoying the sandy beaches and also taking bath under the sunny shades. There is ample scope for tourists to make sand palaces; otherwise they just stroll around the beach. To make commuting easy, special arrangements have been made by the concerned authorities Elliot`s Beach is also a favorite haunt of foreigners where they can peacefully take their sunbath.
Elliot`s Beach is widely popular as `Bessie`. It is ideal for swimming, hanging around and resting. It is also an ideal picnic spot. There is also a stone memorial of a Danish sailor, namely, Karl Schmidt, who sacrificed his life in order to rescue a drowned person. It is also a key attraction for the tourists.
Elliot`s Beach is set in the midst of serene and sparkling surrounding. Elliot`s Beach near Chennai is quite clean and tidy with a wide-ranging choice of restaurants and fast food stalls for any tourist to enjoy while watching the sea waves. In fact, quite a number of restaurants have been, built. Some of the famous restaurants include Ponnuswamy restaurant, Karaikudi restaurant etc.
Apart from the coastal beaches, the Elliot`s Beach has special treats for the tourists, all set in the surrounding areas. . These are namely Ashtalakshmi temple, and also the twenty- years old Velanganni Church. Consecrated to the Hindu deity, Lakshmi, Ashtalakshmi temple is quite diverse from any of the typical temples of South India. Since this temple is not even twenty years old it has the touch of modern day techniques of building temples or any other building. Velanganni Church is a key attraction among the tourists; it is a replica of the original church, situated at Velanganni; it is quite worth to pay a visit.