Chennai Beaches : Santhome Beach
The southern part of the Marina Beach is referred to as the Santhome Beach.
The Santhome Church is built here which is a religious place for the Catholic Christians. Santhome Cathedral Basilica as the church is referred to, got its name from St Thomas, a follower of Jesus Christ, who came to Chennai in 52 AD.
The saint was killed on a mount on the outskirts of the city where a church was built in his memory. In 1606 the church was rebuilt as a cathedral and later as a basilica. The cathedral has a three feet tall statue of Virgin Mary which is said to have been brought from Portugal.
There are several malls, restaurants and theaters near the Santhome Beach where one can enjoy after a day of relaxing at the beach.
The Vivekananda House & Museum is another imposing structure here which is also known as Castle Kernon and stores ice blocks imported from the United States.