Apr 5, 2011

Sunrise at Marina Beach

Chennai's Marina Beach is the second longest beach in the world. This photo was taken about 5:30am in that twilight between full dark and real sunrise on the Bay of Bengal.  This is not a swimming beach by any stretch of the imagination.   It's too close to the port of Chennai, has a steep drop-off very close to the shoreline and has a dangerous undertow.  The other reason nobody swims here is because the locals don't really swim in the sea.  A million folks may come down to stand at the water's edge for the experience of a sea breeze, but actually getting in the water to swim isn't very popular.  The brave souls who actually try remain full dressed in their streets clothes.  You will not see a bikini anywhere in Chennai on this beach.