Facing Bay of Bengal on the eastern coasts of the Indian sub-continent, The Madras Light House stands stoic as an important landmark of Chennai. Located on Marina Beach, this lighthouse was erected in 1976 by East Coast Constructions and Industries. This imposing lighthouse was built to replace an old lighthouse standing in the northern direction. Opened in January 1977, Lighthouse Chennai was home to the meteorological department and did not allow visitors to enter its precincts. However, on 16th November 2013, it was re-opened for locals and tourists alike. At this venue, you can gaze upon one of the few remaining lighthouses in the world. It is one of its kinds in India as it boasts of an elevator and is located within the limits of a city.
Located in the scenic environs of Kamarajar Salai (Beach Road) and opposite to the All India Radio's Chennai station and seat of the Director General of Tamil Nadu Police, this lighthouse is visited by thousands of tourists. It marks the culmination of the promenade on the northern parts of Marina Beach and is located at the junction of Santhome High Road, Kamarajar Salai and Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai.
In the last years of the 18th century, the areas covered by the Madras Presidency covered major chunks of Ceylon and south India. Madras, the capital, served as the focal point of the sea trade of British East India Company. The ships approaching its shores faced the dangers of running aground on the sand-banks of Pulicat and Armagon in the north and the shoals of Covelong along the southern coastlines. This fourth lighthouse of Chennai was built to serve this cause.