The second largest beach in the world Marina Beach extends up to 13km. Marina Beach is on of the major tourist attractions in Chennai. Marina Beach is a place on earth with heavenly beauty. Governor Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff further enhanced the natural beauty of the Marina Beach in early 1880's. The view on the beach at sunset and sunrise is absolutely delightful. In the evenings the place becomes lively with the children playing at the golden sand and hawkers selling snacks, balloons, toys etc.
Marina beach is a very significant place in Chennai. Generally all the important state level functions are organised here. Some of the important buildings of the state like Senate-House, Chepauk Palace, Presidency College, P.W.D office and Ice House are located on the beach drive. There are several statues of the Tamil scholars and the sculpture of the Victory of Labour and Mahatma Gandhi.
Samadhis of two highly respectable souls, among the people of Tamil Nadu late chief Ministers Dr. C.N. Annadurai and M.G. Ramachandran are located alongside the Marina Beach road. A large number of people visit every day to pay their respect to the noble souls.