Besant Nagar is a happening place in the southern part of Chennai, India. It is a residential area, has a beach, temples, shops and restaurants (and of course me!) and is a thriving community. I live in this place from almost the time I was born and I love the dynamics of this place. It is a calm, serene and secure place when compared to many other places of Chennai.

Besant Nagar was named after Annie Besant, the theosophist. Kalakshetra dance school is one of the prominent places in Besant Nagar where classical Indian dance forms are taught and is world famous for this art. The Besant Nagar beach (also called as Elliot’s beach or Bessie) is a closed small beach that attracts crowds during weekends. The place also has Annai Velakanni church and the Ashtalakshmi temple. Besant Nagar is surrounded by Adyar and Thiruvanmiyur areas on either side.

Would be posting pictures of and about Besant Nagar in this posting – hope I’ll be able to update it as frequently as possible

1 – Schmidt Memorial on the beach

2 – Anjappar Restaurant on 2nd Avenue

3 – Barista Coffee Shop on 6th Avenue

4 – Besant Avenue Road

5 – Police Booth on the beach

6 – Bus Terminus at 2nd and 3rd Avenue Junction

7 – Cozee Restaurant at 4th Main Road and 6th Avenue Junction

8 – Dhabba Restaurant at 4th Main Road

9 – Dwaraka House (the one that you see in movies often) on 6th Avenue

10 – Fab India Shop on 7th Avenue

11 – Fashion Folks on Besant Avenue Road

12 – Fruit Shop on Greams Road on 3rd Avenue

13 – 3rd Avenue

14 – Murugan Idly Shop at junction of 6th and 7th Avenue

15 – Planet Yum on 6th Avenue

16 – Rajaji Bhavan on 3rd Avenue

17 – Ashtalakshmi Temple on Beach Road

Ashtalakshmi Temple on Beach Road

Ashtalakshmi Temple on Beach Road

18 – Ashtalakshmi Temple Gopuram Close-up

Close-up of Ashtalakshmi Temple Gopuram

Close-up of Ashtalakshmi Temple Gopuram

19 – Beach Road (I stay here)

Beach Road, Besant Nagar

Beach Road, Besant Nagar