Besant Nagar Beach is also widely known as the Elliot’s Beach or Bessie. The beach gets its name from the famous theosophist Annie Besant, who also played an important role in India’s freedom movement. The beach is in Besant Nagar in Chennai and starts from the point where the Marina Beach ends.
Some famous tourist attractions near the beach are the Ashtalakshmi Kovil and Velankanni Church. A hard to miss landmark near the beach is the Karl Schmidt Memorial built in the memory of the Dutch sailor who drowned while saving the life of a non-swimmer. The beach is very popular among the tourists as well as the local population.
In fact, many youngsters have chosen the Besant Beach as their favourite hangout place. You will find lots of school and college going students on the beach during weekdays. During weekends the beach is populated by families who wish to spend quality time with their loved ones. The place is an ideal picnic spot as well because of many good restaurants that line the shores of the beach.