Elliot`s Beach is built at Besant Nagar, which is just sixty kms away from the city of Chennai
and is widely popular as `Bessie`. It is also referred to as the `Besant Nagar Beach`, due to its location. Elliots Beach has been named so after the Governor of Madras, Edward Elliot. During the era of the British
Raj in the country, this spectacular beach was a favourite haunt of the British ex-patriates. Innumerable tourists visit this beach for seeking respite from the monotony of daily urban lifestyles of the Chennai city. Elliot`s Beach is situated to the south of the Marina Beach
where the visitors can spend hours enjoying the sandy beaches
and also relishing a sun bath under the sunny shades. There is ample scope for tourists to make sand palaces and they can also take a leisurely stroll around the beach.
To make commuting easy, special arrangements have been made by the concerned authorities. Elliot`s Beach 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.
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
, 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. Elliot`s Beach is also a favourite haunt of foreigners where they can peacefully take their sunbath.