Located on the eastern side of Chennai, adjoining the Bay of Bengal is the most loveliest beach of India - Marina Beach. 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, the beach is visited by several visitors for its natural beauty. In the evenings, the beach is virtually a fair ground with various kinds of entertainment and food stalls lining the beach.
Kanyakumari is the southern most tip of India. It is the place of union for the three oceans - The Arabian sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian ocean meet here. Kanyakumari is an important pilgrimage center, attracting several thousand pilgrims to its surroundings. Sunrise and sunset are spectacular, especially on full moon days. The beach is a beautiful sight with multi-coloured sand, but it does not really offer one the opportunity to sunbathe on soft golden sands, or to frolic in the waves either. Its beauty and charm offers a welcome change to the tourists and pilgrims. A variety of shells are on sale on Kanyakumari beach.
Mahabalipuram, also known, as "Mamallapuram" is 60-km, south of Chennai, nestling on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, was once a port of the Pallavas. The Pallavas have created many marvellous monuments with Sculptural Panels, Caves, Monolithic Rathas (chariots) and Temples.