Muttukadu boathouse is situated on the East coast road, ECR, on the outskirts of Chennai. Muttukadu is famous for boating on the backwaters.
Muttukadu Boating information & price:
- 36 Kms from Chennai on East coast road aka ECR towards Mahabalipuram
- Open from 9 AM to 5 PM & run by TTDC
- A variety of boating choices:
- Row boating for Rs 130 for 30 minutes
- Speed boating for Rs. 450 for 10 minutes
- Power boating for 8 members for Rs. 350
- Shared Boating 30 minutes ride cost Rs. 50
- Contact: 9952995827
Muttukadu Boathouse has situated 36 Km from Chennai and 23 Kms from Adyar along the East coast road or the road towards Mahabalipuram. Muttukadu boating is done over Muttukadu backwaters. The backwaters are formed due to a lake connected to the Bay of Bengal to the East of Muttukadu Boathouse. If you are only interested in beaches, then here is a list of beaches in Chennai.
Muttukadu has become famous as a weekend outing place or a picnic place for people from Chennai in recent years. And it becoming one of the best places to see in Chennai. From the safety point of view, everyone on boating is given a life jacket.
Muttukadu Boat House, Chennai, in evening
This place is an ideal choice for family outings for a day. You can spend some peaceful time with your family away from city life, enjoy the nice ride along ECR, have boating fun together. After purchasing the ticket, people wait inside the waiting room which is made up of bamboos and looks great. They announce your turn over the mike and then accordingly people catch the boat.
Wooden dock from where people ride a boat
A closer look at Muttukadu Boating
- Feels great to walk over wooden dock over the water
- Drivers of powerboat take us first towards the city, the west end of backwaters.
- Return, go eastwards towards the sea
- Crossing under the ECR bridge is a really very exciting part of it.
- If asked, the driver can cross the bridge twice or thrice
- This total power ride fun lasts for about 30-40 mins.
Other places of interests nearby along ECR (East Coast Road) are:
- MGM Beach resorts: 1 Km
- Dakshinachitra heritage center: 2 Km
- Covelong aka Kovalam beach: 4 km
- Crocodile Park: 10 km
- Mahabalipuram: 22 km
Muttukadu Boats contribution during Chennai Flood:
Boats at Muttukadu Boathouse, Chennai which once served the fun part of the tourists, turned as lifesavers during recent Chennai rain flood. Muttuadu Boathouse is situated on the East coast road almost at the outskirts of the city of Chennai.
While rescue operation during Chennai flood was in full swing inside the city, some of the parts were ignored because of their locations outside the Chennai. In those cases, TTDC boats were used for the minor operations along the East Coast road called as ECR and the Old Mahabalipuram Road Called as OMR. Though these boats had been used during cyclone this was the first time that TTDC boats were used to ferry people in flood-affected areas.
According to TTDC officials, as many as 20 motorboats were used in the rescue operations. Powered by the motor engine, these boats made an innumerable number of rounds throughout the day and the night to rescue people from the flood-prone and flood-hit area.
Besides Muttukadu Boathouse, boats from other boating points along the East coast road were also used in the rescue operations. These boating points include Mudaliarkuppam Boat House, Yercaud boathouse etc. Though Mudaliarkuppam Boat House could not contribute much towards the rescue operation as it was hit badly by the Chennai rain and most of its boats were destroyed under the incessant rain.
Remaining boats are being repaired and it is hoped that the Mudaliarkuppam Boat House will resume its travel and tourism operations soon after being closed for as many as ten days.
Chunnambar backwaters in Pondicherry and boating point met the same fate during this heavy rain along the east coast of India. Most the boats were washed away, the plan for luxurious boathouse was also postponed and the officials are waiting for the suits brought by the rain to get washed away from the Chunnambar backwaters so that they can resume the boating operations.