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  • Writer's pictureKarthik Nagappan

SURF TURF COVELONG POINT – CHENNAI

Updated: Nov 25, 2023

Surf the waves, soak in the sunlight, stories of fisherfolk, and some amazing Seafood only at the Surf Turf Covelong Point


Chennai, popularly known as the cultural capital of India is a traveler’s delight. Steeped in rich cultural heritage, tradition, and history. The city beautifully straddles the old and new with its rooted cosmopolitan nature. While the four-decade colonial heritage of the city with the structures built by the British has so much to see and explore. The temples and places like Mahabalipuram are indeed a treat. But these are stories that are explored, and well documented in the books of history and social media alike.


Kovalam Village and Beach- A quick drive from Chennai Airport


25km from Chennai airport by the East Coast Road is located the Kovalam village . A silent fisherman settlement that hosts one Chennai’s best beaches on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. Also known as Covelong Beach, it is crescent-shaped and offers truly magnificent views.



Kovalam beach which is a popular destination near Covelong Surf point
Kovalam beach which is a popular destination near Covelong Surf point

Surf Turf Covelong Point -The paradise welcomes you


From ECR cut left into Kovalam village, the straight road will lead to the famous Kovalam Dargah. The dargah hosts one of the Cannons that can be seen across the city of Chennai . Drive left to the Kovalam Beach where tourist throng usually. Take right instead and get into the narrow lanes of the village to find a hundred-year-old drinking water well right in the center of the street which vehicles coming from either side carefully negotiate. Browse through the narrow lanes that have a couple of temples, a small pond. Further lead up to a street with a series of homes made of hut, and asbestos, where the smell of fish and sounds of fisherfolks taking and singing is a permanent fixture in the air. Just a few meters away is located the Covelong surf point,one of the best seaside destinations in the coastal city.



Surfers getting trained at the Covelong Surf Point
Surfers getting trained at the Covelong Surf Point


View of the restaurant and stay at the Surf Turf Covelong point in Chennai
View of the restaurant and stay at the Surf Turf Covelong point in Chennai

View of the stay at the Surf Turf Covelong point in Chennai
View of the stay at the Surf Turf Covelong point in Chennai


Came to light in 2014, the Covelong surf point is a scenic destination by the seashore, it has a nice and clean private beach with a restaurant and four rooms that you can book and stay. There are homestays available in the locality too which will help a tourist get even closer to people living here. The restaurant and rooms are just 30 meters from the beach and the view from here gives a run for its money for a Goa or a Bangkok. This place is part of a CSR project by the TTK logistics group to provide a livelihood to the fisherfolks from the village. Everything in this place is maintained by the fisherfolks, the women folks are chefs at the restaurant, and the seafood is sourced from their daily catch which makes it really fresh and tasty. The best part is one gets to interact with the local community at their comfort and understand their life, culture, food, stories of their ancestors, religious sentiments, art, and music which is nothing less than fascinating.


Pioneers in Surfing in Chennai


Chennai being a coastal city was not into professional surfing for a long time. Though surfing was done in parts and was more seen as a sport of the upper class. Through this project surfing became almost a popular water sport in the city. The beauty of surfing Covelong point is the youngsters from the fishermen community were trained in surfing here. They in turn make their livelihood through training kids and youngsters who come here to learn and enjoy surfing at the Covelong point surf school. Venture into this place early in the morning and witness the beautiful sunrise and surfers across age groups riding the waves with all energy and enthusiasm.



Indian Cricketer Murali Vijay at Surf Turf Covelong point
Indian Cricketer Murali Vijay at Surf Turf Covelong point


Leave outsiders, Covelong surf point is so secluded that it’s not known to people in Chennai. This makes it ideal for celebrities who want to spend some quality time surfing. If lucky one might bump into international icons like Jonty Rhodes or Mathew Hayden who are regular here. Indian test cricketer Murali Vijay loves surfing and actress Regina Cassandra spends hours on the beach riding the waves.

If a tourist wants to spend a week in a coastal village , Covelong surf point is the place to be. Click the link and plan your stay ride the waves and discover the undiscovered.


Covelong point surf , Yoga, and Music Festival


It’s not all, the place hosts one of the cult surfing, yoga, and music festival every year in the month of August. The Covelong point surf festival is probably the only festival that happens by the beach as there are restrictions in core city beaches like the Marina to host festivals.



A surfer from Indonesia in action at the Covelong Surf competition in Chennai
A surfer from Indonesia in action at the Covelong Surf competition in Chennai

The three-day festival that starts on Friday and ends on Sunday is a perfect jamboree of food, art, culture, music, health, fitness, a lot of surfing, and loads of fun. Plan a trip in advance to this place in August and make some great memories. Getting a place to stay here will be a challenge given the options are few and will run out quickly.

The festival mainly hosts the international surfing championships with surfers from across the world competing for the coveted title. The purpose of this locality gets fulfilled at its highest when young Turks from the local community win places and make the headlines in the sports pages of newspapers the next day. Here travel meets a strong purpose as the place is built with a lot of social values beyond travel and recreation.

A women from the local fisherman community selling fresh fish fry at the Covelong surf and music festival
A women from the local fisherman community selling fresh fish fry at the Covelong surf and music festival

People enjoying great music at the Covelong surf and music festival in Chennai
People enjoying great music at the Covelong surf and music festival in Chennai



The festival is free for all and will have food stalls that sell local cuisines like the Madras Fish Curry and rice, fried Fish, and prawn tawa fry in a truly Madras style and flavor that will make one break diets at first sight. So next time you are here come with an open mind to drool over some great seafood.


What’s brewing at the Covelong Surf point festival


This is not all yoga classes that help you stay fit in the mornings and when the sun starts to set in the evening, the music of the waves comes alive during the music festival. Best of independent bands and artists from across India and the world perform here. Ragu Dixit project and Kutle Khan Project are regular here. When you are in Chennai how can we leave you without experiencing the music of the land that itself staddles from classical aka Carnatic music to Tamil Hip hop to folk to Gaana which is the native music form of the fisher folks? We are sure at the end of three days you might feel like settling here for life that’s how compelling the place is.



participants at the yoga and fitness zone at the Covelong surf and music festival in Chennai
participants at the yoga and fitness zone at the Covelong surf and music festival in Chennai


Shop selling home made hand crafted jewellery at the covelong surf and music festival in Chennai
Shop selling home made hand crafted jewellery at the covelong surf and music festival in Chennai



Next time you are planning to land in Chennai, forget the Marina, forget the Besant Nagar, forget Mylapore, Triplicane, Fort St George, or Mahabalipuram. Get straight to Kovalam and discover the undiscovered.


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235 Varshnee TN
235 Varshnee TN
14 нояб. 2023 г.

I guess it’s a lively n active coast

worth spending ,

with nature ,people ,surfing , music n soo on

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