Nagore - I have so many memories of five years wrapped around this small town an hour from my University, it is almost like a closure as I pen this down. Nagore is a small coastal Tamil town in Nagapattinam district with the famous Nagore Dargah. My friends and I often visited on weekends or early mornings on exam days just to watch the sunrise.
Weekends are a little crowded with families and kids running around a portion of the otherwise empty beach. The rest of the beach is all empty with beautiful coarse sand, a pine forest and a ever gushing, fresh ocean. The ocean is often uneven and so you should know your spots before getting into the water. The other end of this long beach ends up in the vicinity of a little fishing community and a long bridge into the ocean adjacent to which is a stretch of rocks stacked above each other so you can walk almost around 150m into the ocean. You can come here early in the morning and sit on the edge of these rocks to catch the perfect sunrise. Soon the fishermen would come out of the sea with their boats loaded with fish, and if you are lucky enough you might even get a ride on these fishing boats (only if they allow though :P).
The Dargah is dazzling inside with all kind of shiny cosmetics shops and toy shops. There are lot of pigeons inside and of course, age old murals on the walls. Once you come out of the Dargah to the buzzing market, there are too many sweet shops some of which sell mouth watering Halwas and other sweets. There are some amazing biriyani shops here where you can find delicious chicken, mutton, prawn, and even beef biriyanis at cheap costs.
Nagore can not be a tourist spot as such , it's beauty is in the simplicity and small buzz in the market and the long empty beaches and quiet sunrises. I left my University an year back, I miss Nagore.