Visiting Places

IMPORTANT TOURIST PLACES IN CHENNAI:

Chennai with the Bay of Bengal on its side had been the British trading post for years. Amongst the must visits in Chennai is the second longest beach in the world - Marina Beach. The gorgeous golden sands invite innumerable tourists especially during the evenings. The British East India Company's St. George Forte is a famous landmark of Chennai. Another colonial structure in the city of Chennai worth visiting is the Santhome Cathedral. For the religious minded people visit to the Kapaleeshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parthsarthy Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna is a must. For animal lovers Guindy National Park and Snake Park of Chennai offer unforgettable experiences.

Chennai is also home to the National Art Gallery that has a good collection of old paintings and sculptures. Within the Serene Garden of Remembrance in Chennai is the Theosophical Society. The gorgeous green gardens with different shrines of various faiths attract tourists and pilgrims alike to Chennai. Being a metropolitan city Chennai celebrates most of the festivals though Pongal makes a nice time occasion to visit. The winter months are the best time to visit Chennai. Thus, the period from November to February is ideal for planning a holiday in Chennai.

IMPORTANT TOURIST PLACES AROUND CHENNAI:

The world-famous town of Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram is a must visit from Chennai. The shore temple, the largest bas-relief in the world called Arjuna's Penance and mandapams are the main attractions here. The golden triangle of southern Indian comprises of Chennai, Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. The Kanchi weaves are known to produce the finest silk fabric. The world-renowned shrine of Tirupati draws innumerable devotees all through the year. It is abode of the legendary Lord of the Seven Hills.

Uninterrupted worship of the Lord has been carried out for over thirteen centuries at Tirupati. Covelong beach is an interesting excursion option. Besides the beach forts, churches and mosques attract tourists to Covelong. For the animal lovers crocodile bank is an interesting option. It is situated at a distance of 44 km from the main city. It is home to many rare species of Indian and African alligators and crocodiles. Amongst the other places worth visiting around Chennai are Muttukkadu, Thirukkalukundram, Vedathangal bird sanctuary, etc.

Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram, also close by, is a destination that is visited by almost all tourist to Chennai. In fact, along with Chennai and Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram forms the famous Golden Triangle of the Coromandel coast. Although a dusty, dreary township of Tamil Nadu, Kanchipuram finds place on the global map because of the wonderful craftsmanship of the Kanchi weavers, the makers of what is perhaps the finest silk fabric in the world

There are several tourist attractions worth visiting in and around Chennai. Stretched over an area of 13 km, Marina Beach is the second longest beach in the world. The St. George Fort, built in 1653, is currently used as the state government's secretariat. Santhome Cathedral was built around 14th/15th century and is another colonial structure worth visiting. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Kapaleeshwar Temple is the oldest temple in Chennai. Another important temple in the city dedicated to Lord Krishna is Parthsarthy Temple. The National Art Gallery, initially known as Victoria Memorial Hall, houses a good collection of old paintings and sculptures. The Snake Park has a large collection of snakes and many other reptiles. The Theosophical Society is located in large and tranquil gardens with several shrines of different faiths and a Serene Garden of Remembrance. Nearby is the Kalakshetra, which was founded by Rukmini Devi Arundale for the revival of Indian classical arts and crafts traditions.

The Snake Park situated in the Guindy National Park in the Raj Bhavan Estate has a large collection of snakes and many other reptiles.

Fort St. George

The most powerful symbol of the British Empire in its early days in India, Fort St. George was the first piece of real estate for British in India. For many, it is still unclear that why Sir Day (the founder) choose this place to build this important fort, leaving many other picturesque locations on the vast coastline of the Bay of Bengal. The fort has a grey granite exterior unlike the Mughal forts that has lavish ornamentation and luxury. It housed barracks for the British army, a parade ground, and the oldest church of Chennai-the St. Mary's Church.

 

Kapaleeshwar Temple

This temple was constructed in the 13th century and is a living example of the architectural skills of the Dravidians. Situated in the Malaypore area of Chennai, the temple is the nucleus of the local tank market and residential quarters around it. The main entrance facing east is painted in red, blue and yellow with Puranic legends sculpted on the sanctum sanctorum Dakshinchitra: A small village dedicated to artisans. A place to know about the varied culture and tradition of local communities.

 

Vandaloor Zoo: Place with diversified flora and fauna, a symbol of perfect harmony with the nature.

Guindy Snake park: Reptiles are bred and are displayed.

Kalpakkam Atomic Power Station: To understand nuclear reactors and their functioning

 
Santhome

 

 
Snake Park

 

 
Marina Beach

 


Covelong

 


ST.George Fort

 


Guindy National park

 


Kancheepuram

 


Kapaleeshwara

 


Muthukadu

 


Marina Beach

 


Vandaloor Zoo

 


Vedathangal Bird Sanctuary