Beach lies in a picturesque village on the State Highway
that joins Chennai to the temple town of Mahabalipuram. This
is one of the most beautiful and virgin beaches of India and
adjoins a small but charming fishing village on the coast of
the Bay of Bengal.
The present Covelong beach is located on the site that was
developed originally as a port by Saadat Ali, Nawab of
Carnatic. The port was constructed purely for political and
strategic purpose. It is the same place where the French
General Laboudonnais anchored his navy unit in the year
1746. The port fell to Lord Clive in the year 1752, during
the Carnatic War,
promptly destroyed to stop further French onslaughts. The
beach is separated from the mainland by the canal that runs
parallel to the Bay of Bengal.
From a sleepy fishing village till early nineties, Covelong
has turned itself in to a famous picnic and excursion spot.
Among others, the place offers facilities like Wind Surfing,
Water surfing and Swimming. An ancient Catholic Church, a
Mosque and the Fort surround the beach. All these buildings
are very old and historically important. Take a walk around
the Church and the Fort if you could spare some time from