While at Chennai, we made plans to visit Elliot’s Beach Chennai, which was about 60 km from Chennai city. We reached the beach in the evening and saw many tourists walking around. It is one of the calm and quiet spots in Chennai, and is regarded as the cleanest beach in South India. It is a perfect place to sit and relax with friends and spend some quiet moments. The beach does not offer you any water sports as available in other beaches, but you can sit on the sands, gazing at the sea and enjoy the cool breeze that blows from the sea.
We sat for a while on the beach and then walked by the side of the sea. I could see many college students and foreign tourists in the beach enjoying a dip in the sea and the food served in the restaurants near the beach. In fact, one of the main reasons for visiting the beach was that I had heard a lot about the restaurants near the beach, some of the most popular ones in Chennai. As a chef, I wanted to taste the different food items that were prepared here and if possible, get some local food recipes that I did not know. These restaurants have attracted a lot of visitors to the beach, who are passionate for foods.
On the southern end of the beach are located the Velankanni Church and the Ashtalakshmi Temple.
The church is dedicated to the Lady of Health and is believed to have great healing powers. It is a pilgrim center for the Christians, as well as people from other religions. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi. There are also many other temples in the vicinity.
One of the prominent landmarks in the beach is the Karl Schmidst Memorial, which is built after the Dutch sailor who lost his life while trying to save the life of a drowning person. After spending some time on the beach, we went to the restaurant and had some of the popular local food prepared by experienced chefs. I even managed to get some recipes that I did not know, and decided to try it once I came back home!