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Covelong Beach
About Covelong Beach

Covelong (Kovalam) is a fishing village in India, Covelong is about 40 kilometres south of Chennai, on the East Coast Road en route to Mahabalipuram. Covelong Beach is one of the attractive beaches around Chennai , it is located on the coast of Coromandel. Covelong was a port town which was developed by the Nawab of Carnatic, Saadat Ali.

Covelong is located at a distance of 40 km from Chennai, it is the chief beehive of fishing activity. This location was once a port of Nawabs of the Carnatic, which was set up by Saadat Ali. Over the years, the beach has become one of the perfect excursion locations around Tamil Nadu. Covelong beach is one of the few places in the East Coast where wind surfing takes place.

The Dutch built a fort in Covelong during the colonial times, which today has been made the Taj Fisherman's Cove, a private luxury beach resort. A perfect retreat in the midst of beautiful palm trees and white sand offers a beautiful sight of extensive Bay of Bengal.Covelong Beach offers a surplus of water sport activities such as fishing, swimming and wind surfing. Along with the coastal extends, there is an ancient fort in surrounding areas of Covelong Beach.Covelong Beach is located on the way to Mahabalipuram and it has transmogrified into an exclusive, stylish beach resort. It is located on the Coromandel Coast of Bay of Bengal, where the shining sun, calm sea and sparkling sand form a distinctive air of happiness and fascination.

On this beach, both, the sea and the surf are very serene and calm. Along with the beauty of the natural beauty of the beach, which attracts visitors from all over the world, the sparkling village of Covelong is well- known for its fishing activities and it attracts an amazing number of people. An excellent world of water sports including swimming, water surfing and many other exciting water games attracts thrill seekers to come and have a party of their own.In addition to all these the beach is embellished with an ancient Catholic Church; ruins, in the form of walls of a Dutch fort from the time gone by; and many other mosques, churches, forts, etc that portray the history of the city. After coming to this place, one will feel the history; calmness and the positive energy that enchant through body and soul and unwilling to leave.

The surroundings of Covelong Beach are pleasurable and charming and provides people with inner peace and happiness, away from the hustle and bustle of a routine. Flanked by attractive and inspiring palm trees and magnificent white sand with attractive and colourful sea-shells, the charming beauty of this place makes it a famous tourist destination and thus, every year, a large number of people comes to visit and enjoy their holidays on Covelong Beach.

There is a place called Mahabalipuram at a distance of 19 km near the Covelong Beach, which has exclusive shore temples from the 7th century, the architectural designs and carvings of which are really attractive. Apart from this, there is a Crocodile Farm, which is a vast place for reptiles breeding. Here one can closely observe crocodiles living in their homely environment. This charming spot is very well-connected and easily accessible from the capital city of Tamil Nadu.

History of Covelong Beach

Covelong is a wonderful beach between Chennai and Mahabalipuram about 40 kms from chennai on the East Coast Road and a small fascinating fishing settlement. Initially it was a port which was founded by Saadat Ali, Nawab of Carnatic and it was here that the French General Laboudonnais landed his troops in 1746. Then it was taken by Clive in 1752 and destroyed. The beach is separated from the mainland bythe canal running from Chennai to Mahabalipuram.

The beautiful village of Covelong is renowned for its fishing activities. In the fishing village the swaying palms and the striking beach attract people from across the globe. The environs, tranquility,ambience, peace, and the infrastructure at the Covelong beach come together to make it one of the most famous beach resorts on the Coromandel Coast. In the yester years Covelong was the renowned port of the Nawabs of the Carnatic. On digging the past it is revealed that Saadat Ali, Nawab of Carnatic, built the ancient port of Covelong.

Tourist Attractions in Covelong

Dutch Fort
The ancient Dutch Fort is one of the most frequented tourist spots in the region of Covelong.It was founded by the Dutch. The ruin of the fort, which was built by The Dutch East India Company. Dutch Fort is one of the preferred sightseeing attractions of the small hamlet. Along with the fort, there are several villas, sea view cottages and sea shore huts that grab attention of tourists.

Muttukadu Backwaters
Muttukadu Backwaters is one of the ideal tourist attractions of Covelong. Tourists can experience several activities such as boating, windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing at the spot. Muttukadu Backwaters are situated at a distance of 36 km from Chennai.Muttukadu Backwaters is one of the favoured locations of travellers who eager on spending a retreating weekend. The sight has evolved as a beautiful picnic spot and a centre for water sports over the years.The location becomes perfect spot of tourism during the month of February, when adventure seekers have an opportunity to engage various water sports. Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) has constructed a boathouse in Muttukadu with the view to develop tourism.Tourists can also have a chance to taste the flavour of regional delicacies such as Prawn and Jellyfish.

Fishing Activities
One can have lot of fishing activities at Covelong Beach, which is a treat for the eyes in such a calm setting. With fast pacing developmental activities, the Covelong Beach of Tamil Nadu has become a top beach resort in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is specially a must visit site for all the adventure seekers, who love to stay on roll. The beach provides a plethora of water sport activities, like swimming, wind surfing, etc.

Ancient Fort
There is also an ancient fort in the environs of Covelong Beach, which serves as a memoir of the yester years. To enrich one’s travel experience further, it is scattered with other historical monuments like mosques and churches. The ancient Catholic Church is a must visit place on the beach.

Old Dutch fort, a mosque and church
Other attractions of the breathtakingly striking Covelong Beach near Chennai are Old Dutch fort, a mosque and church. One can see the forts and other ruins of the historical structures around the Covelong Beach near Chennai. There are ancient Catholic Church, historical monuments, mosques only few yards away from the peaceful beach.An ancient Catholic Church, a Mosque and the Fort enclose this beach of Tamil Nadu. All these buildings are very old and historically significant. All these buildings are very old and historically important. The Church and the Fort are the ideakl places to walk around and visit for the tourists. The ruins and old historical structure on this Covelong beach near Chennai still stands erect to tell the tale of the historical past of Tamil Nadu. The Covelong Beach is easily reachable by excellent road network that connects the town with the nearby cities.

Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram
It is a structural temple which was built with blocks of granite, dating from the 8th century AD. It was built on a promontory sticking out into the Bay of Bengal at Mahabalipuram, a village south of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu in India.

How To Reach Covelong Beach

By Rail
The nearest convenient railway station is situated at Chennai.

By Road
The beach is located at a distance of 60-km from Chennai and 20-km from Mahabalipuram. It is an hour's drive from Chennai. There are regular buses from Mahabalipuram and Chennai to reach the beach. Tourists can also hire a taxi from Chennai or Mahabalipuram.

By Air
The nearest airport is at Chennai which is about 60-km away from Covelong.

Apart from this one can also go to this place by boat, along the seashore of Chennai or Chengalpattu.



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