Marina Beach is synonymous with Chennai, but now Pondicherry has its own Marina Beach. Pondy Marina Beach is a new tourist destination located near the new lighthouse at Dubrayanpet, 1.5 kilometres from Pondy’s White Town.
Pondicherry locals and visitors have enjoyed the promenade and rocky beach for years, but with little access to the water and shores. The recently-created Marina Beach provides an adequate length of sandy beach. Focusing on the theme of food, the stretch features as many as 34 outlets serving everything from kulfi and ice cream to burgers and biryanis. Don’t miss the bamboo biryani, spring potato and the many varieties of kulfi.
The artificially-created seashore is pleasant to stroll along and busy in the evenings. The sand is not as sticky as it is on other beaches, resulting in less mess. The waves are delightful in the morning, but the tides rise towards nightfall, making swimming unsafe.
An Added Attraction
Planning a trip to Pondy is not difficult for people from the south, and a weekend offers an opportunity to rest and revitalise oneself. The Pondy Marina offers a variety of activities for children, including horseback riding, mini boating and a kids’ arcade. ATV riding, parasailing, beach volleyball, and other adventure sports are being planned in the near future. On weekends and during festivals and holidays, many cultural programmes, martial arts demonstrations and other types of shows are organised.
Additionally, the government of Pondicherry is planning theme-based beaches in three places. Chinna Veerampattinam Beach will focus on leisure, the old Greco-Roman location of Arikamedu Beach will offer boating, and Chunambar Beach will centre around water sports.
Plan To Visit
The weather is most favourable from July onwards. April to June is hot, but evenings are usually pleasant. The beach is open on all days from 10 am to 11.30 pm, and entry is free.
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