Sunday, January 08, 2012

Broken Bridge-Adyar, Chennai

Broken bridge is a place in Chennai, near Adyar, off Besant Nagar beach.

Updated: August 2014: Below is an image of Broken Bridge, clicked from Leela Palace Hotel

--Original Post ---
The location is scenic because Adyar river connects to Indian ocean here and a bridge broken in the middle makes it different from other bridges.
The bridge was built reportedly to facilitate movement of fishermen across the river, but it broke down due to weather and monsoon over time and was never fixed. Right now people flock here with touristic interests

There's no proper road to reach broken bridge. An existing road is narrow and passes through fishing hamlet and has occasional bad sections, which may be difficult for regular cars negotiate. Veteran drivers and off road enthusiasts do reach broken bridge with their vehicles. The location is also considered unsafe and police have put up a signage with warnings.

Local folks are often found fishing around this area
 The theosophical society is located on the other side. Its campus has few exits like the one shown below. If anyone wishes to make serials like Prison Break, this can be ideal location
 A freshly caught fish.. still alive
 Besent Nagar beach
Another view of broken bridge
Nearby: Theosophical Society * View from Marina light house *


Gowtham said...

This is how Adyar Anand Bhavan got it's name?

Indrani said...


Shrinidhi Hande said...

Gowtham: No

Indrani: Thanks

magiceye said...

intrigued by the fisherman's pic where you see water spurt from the ground to him...

DeEpAK KaRtHiK (420) said...

It is an shooting SPOT :P

Sankara Subramanian C said...

Nice! Lived close to Adyar and Besant Nagar for so many years, but never knew about this place. Very interesting. Happy New Year Shrinidhi!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

New yr wishes to you too

Deepak Karthik: yes

Deepak: Thanks

Hari said...

Excellent post on a little known spot in the city :-)
however, the place is now completely off limits. there are frequent police raids on the area and the police do not accept any excuses if you do not look like one of the fishermen.
I went there with friends at 5pm one evening because the beach was too noisy. the cops actually put us in the jeep saying we had come there for illegal activities! we had to bribe them to let us go despite having done nothing wrong!
also, they will damage your car if they want to.
I would recommend staying away from this area for a while even though it is worth visiting.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Hi Hari,

Thanks for additional information