With sea erosion hurting the coastline in this region, it is places such as these that have kept the coastal flavour intact, says Serena Josephine

Away from the congested Ennore Expressway, and past the busy Kasimedu fishing harbour, lies a tranquil getaway.

For those unfamiliar with the northern fishing hub of the city, here is a place where one can drive straight into the sea — the Kasimedu pier.

The Kasimedu pier and beach have, over the years, evolved as one of the popular weekend hangouts for many Chennaiites. With sea erosion hurting the coastline in this region, it is places such as these that have kept the coastal flavour intact.

The beach and pier are nothing new for M. Purushothaman, a fisherman here. “I have known this place for 20 years now. People come here for the breeze and the scenic beauty it offers. Where else will you find such a place in this part of the city?” he says.

There are many regulars at the Kasimedu beach at dusk. Youngsters play volleyball on the shore. The ship building yard and boats at the fishing harbour make for a perfect picture. The pier is also a popular film shooting spot.

Chandramohan of Thirumangalam has memories of the breakwater since his college days. “I come here at least once a month. On Sunday, my wife appeared for the teachers’ eligibility test in MKB Nagar and I had to take care of my son for two hours. So, I brought him here,” he said.

On the farther end of the pier, Ravi from OMR, was teaching his children to fish using a wire. This was the first time he had brought them here, he said.

K. Bharathi, president of South Indian Fishermen Welfare Association, said the breakwater came about at the same time the fishing harbour was set up in 1984.

“Over the years, the beach and pier have become popular as there are not many places of interest here,” he said.

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