Sunset at Broken Bridge

Broken Brdige near Besant Nagar beach is one of the lesser known places in Chennai. Not many people visit this place, thanks to the slums blocking the way. But once you cross the slum. its worth it. Here are some photos of the Sunset at Broken Bridge.

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Unfortunately I couldn’t reach till the end of the broken bridge as a few citizens(kudimagans) were lying down unconscious on the way!

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The entire album can be viewed here

In case you are interested in visiting this place, thre are 2 approaches
1. From within the Theosophical Society (They dont allow trespassers)
2. From Besant Nagar beach, keep walking itowards north(Planet Yumm and Church are in the south) along the shore. Some 2 kms beyond the Monument. You will reach this place. You can take your bike/car to reach this place. Just reach the other end of the beach road(Northern end) and ask the slum people for directions!

15 Comments so far

  1. G V Balasubramanian (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 12:04 am

    Beautiful photographs, Prabhu. Well shot

  2. Navneeth (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 12:20 am

    Wonderfully shot, Prabhu. Thanks for sharing them.

  3. Prabhu (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 9:35 am

    Thank you Navneeth and GVB Sir :)

  4. santhosh (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 10:43 am

    great pics….

  5. Srivatsan K. Iyengar (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 1:04 pm

    Bautiful photos very well shot, next time when I visit Madras (it always would remain Madras to me)I wish to make it for this visual delight. Please let me know where is this place exactly, is there a tamil name for this bridge similar to Hamilton Bridge which I was told is known as AMBATTAN VARAVATHI in tamil……..

  6. Aslam khan (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 7:31 pm

    its a shame that I had been in chennai since my 2nd grade and never got a chance to see bessant nagar beach…..but i somehow like marina…

    do visit my blog, just started writing,,,its so cool in here, bcos of this arctic weather, my writng style is still trishanku style and jittery.

  7. Navneeth (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 8:35 pm

    I think this may be the spot Prabhu is referring to. That’s just down the Elliots Beach oerlooking the buildings coming up around MRC Nagar.

    I this spot was also featured in the movie Azhtha Eyuthu among other things.

  8. Srivatsan K. Iyengar (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 10:47 pm


    Thanks for your reply, I still remember, during early eighties on vacations to Chennai, my cousin used to take us to a beach called Edward Elliots road beach, Lloyd road beach. Is this the same one, if yes fine if not where is this Elliots beach….. I know I a kinda bad with Madras geography nevertheless a PROUD Chennai native.

  9. Navneeth (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 12:18 am

    Elliots Beach is the one along Besant Nagar. It is to this beach that Prabhu is referring to and the one in the link.

    But Edward Elliots Road Beach is probably the Marina. What is now known as Dr.Radhakrishan Road was once known as Edward Elliots Road, and it ends at the Gandhi statue, which is quite a popular landmark. Marina Beach is the one with all the statues of freedom fighters and poets, etc., placed at intervals along it’s length. It’s closer to North Madras. Just scroll up that Google map along the coast and you’ll come to Marina.

    P.S. To all those who know the history of the city well: Is Elliots Beach/Road correct or is it supposed to be Elliot’s, with an apostrophe?

  10. BNB (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 9:25 am

    You can reach this from the Santhome side as well, correct ? In fact, I think that’s the easier route. The encroachments along the Chennai beaches make it difficult to take long walks. The long walk from Thiruvanmiyur beach to the Besant Nagar beach is another victim of these slums.

  11. Yogesh (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 5:08 pm

    this pic reminds me of the spot in mumbai at the end of marine drive…just makes me wonder how much better chennai could get if some beautification process varries on..

  12. Jeevan (unregistered) on April 18th, 2007 @ 10:41 pm

    Awesome… Photo’s Prabhu:) I have a wish to vist this broken bridge.

  13. sachin (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 1:22 am

    can someone tell me, how did the bridge break? :)

  14. sachin (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 1:27 am

    sorry, i just saw that its explained in the next article

  15. L Fernandes (unregistered) on April 21st, 2007 @ 11:21 am

    I have never been to chennai but the pictures r superb!!!!!!

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