Marina Beach, Chennai

Chennai's Marina Beach, stretching 13 km from Fort St George just short of Besant Nagar, is the longest urban beach in the country and the second such in the world. Discover its sands with AZHAR MOHAMED ALI and BIJOY VENUGOPAL.

Yahoo India's Great East Coast Road Drive, a live on-the-go web travelogue, explores the scenic ECR from Chennai to Rameswaram from August 2 to 13, 2013. Stay tuned for live updates

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This could be a scene out of a Ray Bradbury novel, or a Pink Floyd album. But it's only Marina Beach at sunrise.
Travel Great East Coast Road Drive Chennai Marina Beach
This could be a scene out of a Ray Bradbury novel, or a Pink Floyd album. But it's only Marina Beach at sunrise.
The flock takes to the air in a whirr of wings.
Travel Great East Coast Road Drive Chennai Marina Beach
The flock takes to the air in a whirr of wings.
It's a Hitchcockian moment on Chennai's Marina Beach at sunrise.
Great East Coast Road Drive Marina Beach Chennai Sunrise
It's a Hitchcockian moment on Chennai's Marina Beach at sunrise.
At Marina Beach, Chennai.
Travel Great East Coast Road Drive Chennai Marina Beach
At Marina Beach, Chennai.
Waking up to love and fresh air at Marina Beach, Chennai.
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Waking up to love and fresh air at Marina Beach, Chennai.
Up early in the season of prayer.
Travel Great East Coast Road Drive Chennai Marina Beach
Up early in the season of prayer.
A great time to plan the day ahead.
Travel Great East Coast Road Drive Chennai Marina Beach
A great time to plan the day ahead.
Follow in these footsteps.
Travel Great East Coast Road Drive Chennai Marina Beach
Follow in these footsteps.
The longest urban beach in India, and the second such in the world, this is the 13 km-long Marina Beach in Chennai.
Travel Great East Coast Road Drive Chennai Marina Beach
The longest urban beach in India, and the second such in the world, this is the 13 km-long Marina Beach in Chennai.
The coolest hour of the day is rapidly warming up.
Travel Great East Coast Road Drive Chennai Marina Beach
The coolest hour of the day is rapidly warming up.
Fixing their boats before another foray into the high sea.
Travel Great East Coast Road Drive Chennai Marina Beach
Fixing their boats before another foray into the high sea.
Balloons with no one to shoot at them add a spatter of colours on a grey evening.
Travel Great East Coast Road Drive Chennai
Balloons with no one to shoot at them add a spatter of colours on a grey evening.
An empty food cart on Chennai's Marina Beach, the longest urban beach in the country.
Travel Great East Coast Road Drive Chennai
An empty food cart on Chennai's Marina Beach, the longest urban beach in the country.
It's hard to see a public figure emblazoned so pervasively anywhere else in India.
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It's hard to see a public figure emblazoned so pervasively anywhere else in India.
MGR, still the most popular icon in Tamil Nadu politics, 26 years after his death.
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MGR, still the most popular icon in Tamil Nadu politics, 26 years after his death.
A tidepool near the sea.
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A tidepool near the sea.
An exquisite conch that Murugan was selling for just 150 rupees. The catch? It's not entirely legal.
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An exquisite conch that Murugan was selling for just 150 rupees. The catch? It's not entirely legal.
Murugan the fisherman makes an extra buck selling ornate shells fished from the sea and cleaned with acid.
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Murugan the fisherman makes an extra buck selling ornate shells fished from the sea and cleaned with acid.
You just can't leave Marina Beach without digging into a plate of malaga bajjis (chilli pakoras) at a proletarian Rs 30 per plate.
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You just can't leave Marina Beach without digging into a plate of malaga bajjis (chilli pakoras) at a proletarian Rs 30 per plate.
Deep heat? You bet. These chillies are ready to be dipped in hot batter and fried in a sizzling wok.
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Deep heat? You bet. These chillies are ready to be dipped in hot batter and fried in a sizzling wok.
Winding up an evening at the beach with fiery malaga bajjis (batter-fried chilli pakoras) followed by ice cream is the way to go.
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Winding up an evening at the beach with fiery malaga bajjis (batter-fried chilli pakoras) followed by ice cream is the way to go.
Ready to be eaten by the brave and the reckless. Be warned, it burns you twice!
Travel Great East Coast Road Drive Chennai
Ready to be eaten by the brave and the reckless. Be warned, it burns you twice!

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