Located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) outside of central Chennai, Covelong Beach offers visitors a cleaner, quieter alternative to the urban Marina Beach. The beach is named after the small fishing village where it’s found and occupies the former site of a Dutch fort by the same name.
Today, Covelong Beach is one of the few on the eastern coast of India to offer wind surfing, as well as regular surfing, swimming and a variety of other water sports. Like Marina Beach, it’s also an excellent place for sitting back and people watching, as you’ll often see locals playing cricket, collecting sea shells and bringing in their fishing boats after a day on the water.
If you want to enjoy the beach in peace, you can do so at the main resort occupying the former site of the fort, which has its own private stretch of beach.