Besant Nagar Beach


14.2/5(90 Ratings)

Besant Nagar Beach Overview

Ranked 4 of 516 sightseeing in Chennai
Besant Nagar Beach also known as Elliot's Beach or 'Bessie' is a picnic spot located in Chennai. Besant Nagar a residential area is named after the famous lady theosophist Annie Besant and Besant Nagar Beach is the end point of the Marina beach shore.

A favourite spot for families and tourists alike, this beach is used by elders for morning and evening strolls and by children for various playtime activities as it is not as crowded as Marina beach. As there is no water-sports activities offered in this beach, it is an ideal spot for spending quality time with family and friends.
The other attraction located close by includes The Theosophical Society of India, Church of Velankanni, Ashtalakshmi Temple and the dance school 'Kalakshetra'.
The main attraction of the beach is 'Karl Schmidt Memorial', built in memory of a Dutch sailor who lost his life while saving the life of a drowning swimmer in the beach. This is a preferred hangout by youngsters. There are many eat-outs close to the beach serving varieties of food from different parts of the country and the world.
As the Besant Nagar bus terminal is close by, the beach is easily reachable by bus.

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What travellers are saying about Besant Nagar Beach

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  • Excellent 13
  • Average 4
  • Good 4
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  • Poor 0
  • Below Average 0
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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunset
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Reviews and Ratings

Ashish Sehgal

Ashish Sehgal5.0/5

120 reviews

Cleaner Beach

This was a much cleaner beach and the number of visitors were also lesser as compared to Marina Beach. This place was visited by me in the evening hours and I enjoyed the visit and was able to enjoy the sea breeze and overall environment.

Gopi S

Gopi S4.6/5

7 reviews

Family tour

Very nice place for spending valuable time with your family .. Here beach with temple both together .. So very happy to spend time in this place. Small area cover in sea land. So you can see and enjoy

Viraj Shah

Viraj Shah2.9/5

8 reviews

Pleasant beach

This is a pleasant beach which gets really crowded in the evenings. They have made efforts to keep it clean but more needs to be done. The restaurants and food options by the beach are really good.

Maneesh kumar

Maneesh kumar3.6/5

13 reviews

A good beach to relax with tasty food

A good taste of food at beach with relaxation of mind. With the breeze of seashore find out the restaurant near it with perfect match of your taste. It take 40 mins from Chennai central station and 1 hr approx from Pallavaram.Mahalakshmi temple at seashore attracts most of the tourists.

Devabrata sanyal

Devabrata sanyal4.3/5

5 reviews

Clean beach, decent crowd

Nice pathway along the beach at an approximate distance of 200ft from the water, properly tiled and with high curbs for seating. Footpath level difference from the road stops people from jumping in anywhere, and wide road all along the footpath provides ample parking space. Nicely maintained and clean walkway in spite of having lined up with eateries ... Feels really good :)

Vivek Vinod

Vivek Vinod4.3/5

6 reviews

Calm Beach

A really great spot to hangout with friends. It's well maintained. Visited here early morning for the amazing sunrise. The other side of the beach features a lot of eateries.

Sudhakaran Subramanian

Sudhakaran Subramanian3.6/5

1 review

Feel happy

It's. Too beautiful. Toall the people. Who are all wantk enjoying. With family. Members. And couple. And its mysterious place to me in my life and most. Of the. Tonight im feeling for my x love why she's leaving from me

Vamsi Krishna k

Vamsi Krishna k3.6/5

7 reviews

Beach to visit once

If you have time to visit only one beach, then I would suggest you to go to this place. Its comparatively clean than other popular beaches. You can find both high class shops to street food here.

Jaya Kumar

Jaya Kumar4.3/5

1 review

Also known as Elliots Beach

Also known as Elliots Beach is one of the clean beach in Bay of Bengal. The locality in which it is placed makes it a good holiday spot. Sunday is the right time to visit because many roadside shows are conducted.

Vandana Khabiya

Vandana Khabiya5.0/5

3 reviews

One of the best beach in Chennai

Besant Nagar Beach is one of the best beach in Chennai and also clean. We have a place there Broken Bridge, wonderful place to go and look there. We need to walk like 2 to 3 km to reach the place from beach.

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