The lighthouse is located on Kamarajar Salai (Beach Road) opposite to the office of the Director General of Tamil Nadu Police and All India Radio’s Chennai station.
It is a triangular cylindrical, red-and-white-banded, concrete one with lantern and double gallery and is 11 stories high. The last floor has the best view of the city. The tower is attached to a three-story circular harbor-control building. The total height of the tower is 45.72 meters (150.0 ft) with the light source standing at a height of 57 meters (187 ft) from the mean sea level. The source consists of 440V 50 Hz main supply, with a range of 28 nautical miles. It is built in 1976, during the British Colonial era. And also we can know about the history of the lighthouse in Chennai on the ground floor which is printed and pasted in a banner in the wall.
It is the only lighthouse in the country within city limits. It has an elevator that runs on solar power, making it a green Lighthouse. This is the only lighthouse with a lift open to the public in India The location on the beach gives visitors numerous activities to indulge in, such as swimming, beach sports, and trying out the local eateries. It has got a very good air-conditioned museum will showcase the history of marine navigation, where oil-bearing large wicks, kerosene lights, petroleum vapor, and electrical lamps used in the past takes us to old golden days.
Even on hot afternoons the top of the lighthouse is breezy and cool. We can enjoy a comfortable stay at a more reasonably priced range of hotels near Lighthouse.
It is worth spending a few extra minutes to go up Marina to the lighthouse for a spectacular 360-degree view of the sea and the city views of Chennai at a reasonable fare of Rs. 20 per adult. The decades-old architecture still stands strong. A beauty!!