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Marina beach, Mahabalipuram, Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Birla Planetarium, San Thome Church, Kapaleeshwar Temple, Thousand Lights Mosque, Fort St. George, Connemara Public Library , Guindy National park, ancient and divine temples of Gods and Goddesses and this metropolitan city never stops with a small list.  From old to contemporary and from nature to architecture, Chennai possesses an impressive variety of places to impress and entertain tourists.  With an old name of Madras in mind, one can explore multiple tourist places in Chennai where Eliot’s beach and Marina beach welcomes everyone to experience fresh air and soothing winds. Magnificent carved temples of Sri Parthasarathy and Kapaleeshwar temples that catch the eye because of colours and tip tallness from far, Fort of British rule, experience grandeur of Connemara library, Royapuram fishing harbour to have ultimacy of catching fishes and that’s still not all. Chennai is also offering exciting camping experience for a getaway where a good bonfire with some music and dance can turn on the routine life. Some surfing and trekking in the nearby zones of the camp will totally let anyone be in awe. So, don’t stop!! Get out of the cave and start exploring!

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Marina beach.

Marina Beach

India's largest beach is right around the corner when one is in Chennai. With an extent from Fort St. George to Besant Nagar, the beach is lined with up palm trees. A view when sky and water meet at both the ends is just visible right in front of the eyes when one stands at the shores.

Attractions : An old lighthouse stands on the southern end of Marina along with several other structures like an aquarium, a swimming pool and a park nearby. The sunrise here is a classy example of breathtaking beauty.

Activities: Entertaining activities are lined up when you are taking a stroll on the sands. The food stalls serve delicious seafood at optimum prices. At the same time, pony rides, beach games, and kite flying activities are also present to make your evening relaxing.

Location : Within the city of Chennai

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Fort St. George

Fort St. George

History of India with the British is a fact that can't be changed. And the live example standing in front is Fort St. George. During British rule, it was made as a centre point for official purposes but now encompasses St. George museum with paintings, coins, silverware, arms, porcelain, and documents.

Attraction: It has given space to historic monuments of St. Mary's church under its cloud. The Flagstaff at the Fort is one of the tallest structure in the country. 

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm (except Friday)

Entry Fee : INR 100 for foreign tourists and INR 5 for Indian visitors (only the museum) Location:  Rajaji Rd, Near Legislature and Secretariat, Fort St George, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600009 Distance:   25 km from Chennai Airport

Thousand Lights Mosque

Thousand Lights Mosque

Since the architecture has a special corner in the heart of Chennai, Thousand Lights Mosque stands tall in this list. The place has got its name because of a special feature i.e. a total of 1000 oil lamps light up the hall of the mosque. Imagine the beauty!!! Also, it is one of the biggest mosques in the country.

Attraction: These magnificent domes give a home to a large space used to offer prayer to God. Along with this, a separate hall is made for women also to pray in this calm and serene space.

Timing s: 5:30 am to 9 pm

Entry Fee : None Location:  Royapettah, Peters Rd, Peters Colony, Thousand Lights, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600086 Distance: 18 km from city centre Check Out:  Adventure Sports in Chennai for thrill-seekers Click Here to Book Now:  99 Wonderland Park Tickets

Elliot’s Beach

Elliot’s Beach

Though a less crowded beach than Marina, Eliot has its own catch. Now named at Besant Nagar Beach, it attracts people because of the serene beauty and clean brown sands.

Attractions : The Schmidt Memorial is a huge draw of Elliott Beach which was built in remembrance of a Dutch sailor, Karl Schmidt. This white built-up has given an extra tip to the beach for recognition.

Apart from that, on the southern side, the famed AshtaLakshmi Temple and Velankanni Church are present, popular among the residents of Chennai.

Distance : 10-15 km from Chennai

Location : South of Chennai

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Ashtalaxmi Temple

Ashtalaxmi Temple

Lying on the gorgeous expanse of the Besant Beach, this is the only temple dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi on Tamil Nadu’s east coast. You can see the idols of Dashavatara, Ganesha, and Guruvayoorappan. The magnificence of the architecture lies in its ‘OM’ shaped design, making it one of the most enchanting places to visit in Chennai. Visit during festivals like Navaratri, Diwali, and Pongal to see the temple in its full splendour. Don’t miss to attend the evening puja, a beautifully serene experience accentuated by the enveloping cool sea breeze.  Location: Elliots Beach, 6/21 Paindi Amman Kovil, Besant Nagar, Chennai. Timings : Every day 6:30 am- 12:00 pm (1:00 pm on Fridays & Sundays), and 4:00 pm- 9:00 pm. Entry Fee: There is no entry fee.

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Vellankani Shrine

Vellankani Shrine

This grand monument stands off the Elliot's Beach and gives a totally different aura to the whole zone. The pristine white structure of the church having tall towers stands overlooking the Bay of Bengal and is visited by thousands of solace-seekers every day.

One can also attend the mass prayer conducted both in Tamil and English. Annai Vailankanni Shrine has a charm unparalleled amongst the surroundings.

Timings :  5 am to 9 pm

Entry Fee: None Location:  Velankanni, Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu You Can Checkout Great Discounts On:  Ripley's Believe It Or Not Pattaya Tickets

Dakshina Chitra

Dakshina Chitra

Also known by the term ‘Living-history museum', the museum is built in order to explain the historical aspects of Tamil culture to the present generation. Built in an area of 10 acres, DakshinaChitra is a small village has been recreated using replicas of traditional South Indian houses dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibition has a plethora of living beliefs of art, folk performing arts, craft, and architecture of India and in particular of South Indian traditions. From a typical Tamil house to basic utensils, a fisherman's life to various fabrics is all depicted in the museum. Regular events of classical dances and musical concerts also take place to attract the tourists.   Location:  SH 49, Muttukadu, Tamil Nadu Timings : 10 am to 6 pm (except Tuesday)

Entry Fee :  INR 100 for adults INR 30 for children between 5-12 and INR 250 for foreign visitors Also Checkout & Book:  Moulin Rouge Tickets

Guindy National Park and Snake Park

Guindy National Park and Snake Park

The city life has a special edition of a variety of species and is the only national park situated in the middle a city. Guindy has many birds, animals, and reptiles as its residents. The visitors can treat their eyes with the presence of blackbucks, spotted deer, jackals, tortoise etc.

Attractions: The snake park is home to cobras and pythons, while the birds found here include partridge, quail, flycatcher, and buzzards. This place is surely one of the best places to visit in Chennai that make anyone forget the regular city life.

Timings : 9 am to 5:30 pm

Entry Fee: INR 20 for adults, INR 5 for children Location:    Rangeguindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 60002 Distance:  12 km from Chennai Airport Check Out:  25 Popular Team Outing Places in Chennai

Mylapore

The exotic destination with a distinct culture in the neighbourhood of Chennai is Mylapore. Known for tree-lined avenues, Kapaleeswarar temple, and Ramakrishnan Math as famous attractions, the zone has a combination of thousands of temples, churches, and mosques on its land. San Thomas Basilica and Adi Kesava Perumal Temple have their prominence stand tall. Known as the oldest residential area this place is historically known as Vedapuri. Apart from the Architecture, the major cultural addition here is music sabha and the musicians. In the month of December, many sabhas are organized to revive the age-old culture of playing music in a group. Also, Mylapore food has its own smell and fragrance of its delicious cuisines. Location: Mylapore is located south of the British built city Chennai. Timings:  6:00 A.M to 1:00 P.M 4:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M Entry Fee:  No entry fee

Royapuram Fishing Harbour

Royapuram Fishing Harbour

This harbour attracts many people to spend some time in leisure while shopping in one of the biggest fish markets. This amazing harbour can accommodate about 575 fishing boats and one can view fishermen catching for their daily needs even bustling in the nights.

The place offers one of the best photographic locations while fishermen throw their nets, pile up the fishes and organize them in local markets. The best thing about this place are the people who shout at the top of their voice trying to be the best bidder. Location : The harbor is located at the north of the Chennai Port and is under the administrative control of the Chennai Port Trust. Entry Fee:  No entry fee Timings: Always Open

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San Thome Church

San Thome Church

The sparkling vast white structure of San Thome stands on the tomb of St Thomas. This place is definitely an important one in religious terms but doesn’t fail to attract travellers from all over Chennai. This monument is one of the best places to visit in Chennai as it reminds us of the colonial past relations that Indians had.

Attractions: A nostalgia will arise within when this church is viewed from inside out. From stained glass panels of the windows, a sitting statue of St Thomas, museum, library, shops that sell candles and flowers are one of the classy additions in the monument. The highest tip embarked with Cross and the sloping red roof is totally catchy when viewed from outside.

Timings: 6 am to 8 pm

Location:  38, Santhome High Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600004 Distance: 1 7.5  km from Chennai Airport Also, Read:  35 Best Resorts in ECR Chennai for Team Outing

Birla Planetarium

Birla Planetarium

Want to be on the moon and stars at an affordable cost? Well, Chennai has Birla Planetarium, situated near Anna University waiting to generate the gist of Science amongst the young minds.

Attractions: The planetarium runs regular audio-visual programs on astronomy that amazes its visitors. Apart from this, it also exhibits programs on Solar System, Cycle of Stars, Sky and Seasons, Comets and Man on the Moon.

Also, Science Park, Traffic Park, and Science on Wheels are the special highlights of the Science Centre which are of special interest for young visitors and hence, it is one of the best things to do in Chennai.

Timings: 10 am to 5:45 pm

Entry Fee : INR 40 for adults, INR 25 for children Location:  Gandhi Mandapam Road in Kotturpuram, Chennai Distance:  12.3 km from Chennai Airport

Nettukuppam

Nettukuppam

An age-old rusty bridge with its head pointing in the sea is what Nettukuppam is all about. The feeling of self-placement in high waves could be felt at this bridge where one can sit with their legs hanging down. The bridge piers are not advised to explore in the morning due to high tides.

For the photography enthusiast, this is like a double treat where one can click some memorable pictures. This is one of the most famous beaches in Chennai which is visited by a huge number of people all around the year.

Distance : 24 km from Chennai

Location : Northernmost tip of Chennai Timings:  6 am to 11 pm Entry Fee:  No entry Fee

Kapaleeshwar Temple

Kapaleeshwar Temple

The unique architectural style, in-depth detail of gopuram and temple head and the magnificent height of around 37 meters are what makes this temple best place to visit in Chennai. The Dravidian style of temple construction is most famous in cities of South India and Kapaleeshwar temple is a live example of the same. 

Attractions : The temple is home of deities Shiva and Karpagambal, holds a festival in the months of March and April while attracting thousands of devotees in its premises. Asl, a huge tank filled with water is another catchy place having a religious value as well as was used as a store of water in historical times.

Location : Within Chennai city

Timings: 5:30 am to 12 pm, 5-9 pm

Entry Fee : None

Distance: 17 km from Chennai Airport.

Madras War Memorial

Madras War Memorial

One of the most famous places in Chennai, the war memorial is a tribute to the martyrs during the Second World War. It is a beautiful structure carved out of white marble with inscriptions detailing the names of people who gave up their lives.  Activities: Take a walk in this surreal place and its well-maintained gardens. See the Stone of Remembrance and Cross-of the Sacrifice. Visit on days like Army Day and Vijay Diwas to see special homages paid by the forces.  Distance: 5 kilometres from Chennai Airport.  Location: Inside Madras War Cemetery, Mount Poonamalle High Road, Poonthottam Colony, Nandambakkam, Chennai. Timings: Every day 8:00 am-6:00 pm Entry Fee : There is no entry fee.

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Parthasarathy Temple

Parthasarathy Temple

Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his various avatars, this 100-year-old temple gets devotees from all over the country.  It is one of the special attractions in Chennai because it is one of the 108 Divya Desams existing in the country. The architecture is beautiful and has Dravidian influences.  Activities: See the beautiful idols of Rukmini, Balaram, Satyaki, Prathymnan, and Anirudhan along with those of Parthasarathy. See the 8 th -century Dantivarma Pallava inscriptions.  Distance: 20.4 kilometres from Chennai Airport.  Location: Narayana Krishnaraja Puram, Triplicane, Chennai. Timings : Every day 6:00 am- 12:30 pm, and 4:00 pm- 9:00 pm. Entry Fee: There is no entry fee. Also, Check:   10 Best Resorts and Places to Stay in Chennai

Valluvar Kottam

Valluvar Kottam

Chennai’s love for literature & culture is evident in this monument dedicated to the great Tamil saint, philosopher, and writer Tiruvalluvar. This monument, created by 3000 stone blocks, is in the shape of a chariot. The auditorium inside is considered to be the largest in Asia and is one of the most interesting places to visit in Chennai. Activities: See the 133 chapters of Tiruvalluvar’s work Thirukkural inscribed in the monument. See exhibitions on handicrafts held regularly. Don’t miss to see the plants planted by Mother Teresa in 1984.  Distance: 15.5 kilometres from Chennai Airport.  Location: 34, Valluvar Kottam High Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai.  Timings: Every day 8:30 am- 5:30 pm. Entry Fee: Adults INR 3.00, Children INR 2.00.

Connemara Public Library

Connemara Public Library

Libraries are definitely storehouse of books but Connemara library has its unique style of placement of books and flanked broad arches which makes it stands apart from others. Constructed in the late The 19th century, Connemara library is a treasure house of centuries-old publications.

Attraction: With a collection of over 600,000 books, it is one of Asia’s largest libraries. Be it avid readers or scholars doing research work, one could easily get lost in this enchanting world of books as they immerse themselves in their favourite activity.

Timings : 9 AM to 7.30 PM

Entry Fee : None Location:  Museum Compound, Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600008 Distance:  20 Km from Chennai Airport Recommended Read:  15 Best Places for Trekking near Chennai

Vadapalani Murugan Temple

Vadapalani Murugan Temple

This 125-year-old Hindu Temple is one of the most important worship places in Chennai. Dedicated to Lord Murugan, the architecture of the temple is traditional South Indian with lots of colours and carvings. The Murugan idol is shown to be wearing footwear, which is not a common sight.  Activities: Visit the samadhis of Annasamy Thambiran and Bagyalinga Thambiran inside the temple. See the legends of Skanda Purana at the Gopuram located at the entrance.   Distance: 12 kilometres from Chennai Airport.  Location: Palani Andavar Koil Street, Vadapalani, Chennai.  Timings: Every day 5:00 am- 12:30 pm, and 4:00 pm- 9:00 pm. Entry Fee: There is no entry fee.  Must Read:  20 Best Resorts in Chennai for Team Outing

Beaches to Visit in Chennai

Breezy beach.

Breezy Beach

Lying in the quiet suburbs of Valmiki Nagar, this charming beach provides the perfect seaside escape away from the other busier beaches. This is one of the cleanest beaches in Chennai and is great for a family day out.  Attractions: Enjoy the beautiful sunrise and sunset at the beach. Go for long walks amidst soothing sounds of the waters. Try street snacks like sundal and idlis from the restaurants & shacks on the beach. Shop at the nearby Thiruvanmiyur market. Distance: 10 kilometres from Chennai Airport.  Location: Valmiki Nagar, Chennai.  Best Time to visit:  Early morning to enjoy amazing sunrise and breakfast.

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Covelong Beach

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Golden Beach

Golden Beach

This pristine beach is famous for the vast expanses of golden sands framed by the striking blue waters. It is a private beach belonging to the VGP Universal Kingdom and one of the cleanest in Chennai. It is one of the best places in Chennai to keep the whole family engaged with its attractions.  Activities: Visit the VGP Amusement Park’s Universal Kingdom, Aqua Kingdom, and the Snow Kingdom for exciting rides & games. Visit the VGP 2000 Millennium Tower and Statue Man. There are facilities for surfing here.  Distance: 20 kilometres from Chennai Airport.  Location: East Coast Road, Injambakkam, Chennai.  Best Time to visit:  November to March

Akkarai Beach

Akkarai Beach

An enthralling seafront in Chennai, Akkarai Beach is famous for its luxuriant greenery and serene expanses. The beach is less crowded therefore very clean and tranquil.  Activities: Take a long walk on the beach enveloped in the cool sea breeze and soothing sounds of the water. Children can spend time in the play area. Visit the beach house for a family getaway. Distance: 23 kilometres from Chennai Airport.  Location: Injambakkam, Chennai.  Timings: Accessible throughout the day.  Entry Fee: There is no entry fee.

Historical Tourist Places in Chennai

Prakasam salai.

Prakasam Salai

One of the most iconic places to visit in Chennai is this magnificent structure which was built in 1795. It is an archaeologically important site and a major tourist attraction. This huge redbrick structure and its impressive Roman-style architecture can be seen from a distance  Location: 88 Prakasam Road, Mahdushkhan Garden, Manadi Police Colony, George Town, Chennai.  Timings : Monday-Friday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturdays till 2:00 pm, Sunday closed.  Entry Fee: There is no entry fee.

Ripon Building

Ripon Building

Amongst the most famous tourist places in Chennai, Ripon building is a behemoth government building. The beauty of Ripon building, built-in 1913, lies in its stark white colour and Roman-style architecture. It is named after Lord Ripon, the Governor-General of British India.  Location: 53, Raja Muthiah Road, Kannappar Tidal, Periyamet, Chennai. Timings: Every day 10:00 am- 6:00 pm. Entry Fee: Restricted entry. 

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Madras High Court

Madras High Court

When in Chennai, one can't miss an opportunity to visit Madras High Court. Madras High court is one of the highest courts in India. The court exercise original jurisdiction over the whole city. While you are at the court, get amazed by the majestic architecture of the building.

The red built-up under the blue sky is very catchy. And decorated ceilings in the interior with the stained glasses are in itself a masterpiece here. The tallest tower in the center of the building gives a gist of Dravidian Architecture which was used in ancient temples of South India.

Distance :  2.9 km from Chennai

Timings:  10 AM- 5:45 PM

Location:  The court is located at N Fort Rd, Parrys, George Town, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Vivekanandar House

Vivekanandar House

A place to get inspired and relish a totally the new knowledgeable experience will bring any individual to Vivekananda House where they can get a good tour of Swami Vivekananda's life. His utmost significant teachings can be received by visiting the gallery, meditation room, and Vivekananda Park. This historic place houses a permanent exhibition on Indian Culture and Swami Vivekananda’s life and will give a positive vibe when one is on its tour.

This place is one of the best places to visit in Chennai as Swami Vivekananda spent a few days at this place after his return from West. Location :  Vivekanandar House is located at Kamaraj Salai(Marina beach road), Neelam Basha Durgapuram, Near Triplicane, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Timings: 10:00 AM- 12:30 PM, 3:00 PM- 7:30 PM Entry Fee: Rs.10 per adult and Rs.5 per child

Besant

Located on the East Coast of Bay of Bengal and bounded by Thiruvanmiyur to the South lies this amazing place Besant.  On vacation or a day out, this option can be kept high on the list because of attractions like Elliot’s beach in the basket. For those, who love to visit religious places, this is a double treat as they can visit the Annai Velankanni Church and the Ashtalakshmi Temple along the shore which is very famous among the people of Chennai. Named after the famous personality Annie Besant this place is best known for its serene and tranquil setting which attracts visitors from all over the world. Location : Besant is located on the east coast of Bay of Bengal. Timings:  Always Open Entry Fee:  No entry fee

Sri Parthasarathy Temple

Sri Parthasarathy Temple

The temple is an old sculpture dedicated to Lord Krishna and is placed comfortably in the city of Chennai. Known for its historic presence, Sri Parthasarathy temple has its own charm with gopuram rising high and studded with carved sculptures in beautiful and bright colours topped with ‘amalkas’.

Attraction: The temple is easily noticeable from distance and hence attracts hundreds of devotees and tourists at the same time. Location:  Narayana Krishnaraja Puram, Triplicane, Chennai Timings : 4 am to 11:30 pm

Entry Fee :  None Distance: 20 km from Chennai Airport

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Arignar anna zoological park.

Arignar Anna Zoological Park

A little away from the city centre, Arignar The zoological park is home to more than 500 species of wild beings were some of which are endangered. An aviary, lion safari, deer safari, and an elephant safari form the most popular sections of the zoo. Apart from this, a separate section for nocturnal animals could be reached too. An aquarium, butterfly house, reptile house, amphibian house, crocodile enclosure are part of the premises which makes it one of the best places to visit in Chennai. Location:  GST Road, Vandalur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Timings : 9 am to 5 pm (except Tuesdays)

Entry Fee : INR 30 for adults and INR 10 for children between 5-12 years

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Semmozhi Poonga

Semmozhi Poonga Park is a botanical garden in the Chennai city covering an area of over 20 acres. With family and friends, this place can be visited to explore the exotic and rare flora and fauna. Not just this, medicinal herbs are also found here and we know, how much they matter to all of us.

Visitors can relax on the park grounds that are subdivided into the rock garden, butterfly garden, fern garden, sunken garden and many more themed gardens on its laps. The sights of natural beauty with ducks swimming in ponds, dancing lights, and well-maintained tree lines energize anyone with fresh air and breath of flowers.  Location:  Cathedral Rd, Ellaiamman Colony, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Timings : 10 am to 8 pm (except Tuesday)

Entry Fee : INR 15 for Adults, INR 10 for Children(Below 10 yrs)

Express Avenue

Express Avenue

One of the top shopping destinations in Chennai, Express Avenue features some of the best brands in apparel, footwear, electronics, automobiles, and departmental stores.   Explore the huge range of fine dining options like Elixir- the Lounge Bar, Kapila Dosa, Orange Wok, etc. Catch a movie at Escape and Pix 5D Cinema. Explore the Fun City gaming zone.  Location: 2, Club House Road, Near Clock Tower, Express Estate, Royapettah, Chennai. Timings: Weekdays: 10:30 am- 9:30 pm, Weekends: 10:00 am-10:00 pm. Entry Fee: There is no entry fee.

Marundeeshwar Temple

Marundeeshwar Temple

One of the most revered places in Chennai, this temple dates back to the times of the 11th century Chola kings. It is dedicated to Lord Marundeeshwar and his knowledge of medicinal properties of herbs. Locals have a belief that the prasadam here comprising of ash and milk can cure any disease. There is a shivalinga inside along with statutes of Lord Muruga & Vinayaka. Spend tranquil time amidst the beautiful architecture with Dravidian & Chola influences and the 36 intricately carved pillars. Visit during Shivratri, Ganesh Chaturthi, and Panguni Brahmmotsavam.  Location: 8, W Tank Street, Lalitha Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai.  Timings : Every day 5:30 am- 12:00 pm, and 4:00 pm- 8:30 pm. Entry Fee: There is no entry fee. 

VGP Universal Kingdom

VGP Universal Kingdom

This award-winning amusement and theme park is one of the first ones in Chennai. Some consider this massive 45-acre park with a private beach to be the largest amusement park in India. Loved by children and adults alike, the park is one of the most interesting places to visit in Chennai.  Get up and close with goats, ponies, and sheep at Petting Zoo. Interact with the Statue Man dressed in the traditional Chola empire dress. Try thrilling rides like Tornado, Viking, and Wave Swinger.  Location: East Coast Road, Chennai. Timings: Every 11:00 am- 7:30 pm. Entry Fee: Adults INR 600, Children INR 500.

Crocodile Bank

Crocodile Bank

Started as a research station and conservation centre, the bank is first in Asia for crocodile breeding. The Crocodile Bank even houses alligators, gharials, muggers,  snakes, sea turtles and water birds in its premises.

In all, there are around 2500 creatures within the boundaries of the Bank and one can spot crocs as well as gharials basking themselves on the edge of the water body during the day. There is also a souvenir shop where one can purchase books and memorabilia related to these reptiles including the famous research and awards. Location:  Post Bag No 4, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu Timings : 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (except Monday)

Entry Fee : INR 35 for adults, INR10 for children below 10

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Chennai Sangamam

Chennai Sangamam

Immerse yourself in folk storytelling, theatre, dance, films, and reverberating sounds of traditional musical instruments at this week-long open festival. One of the most popular symbols of Tamil art & culture, the festival welcomes everybody to enjoy the performances.  Enjoy regional cuisines at the festival. Meet renowned artists, craftsmen, and even traditional botanists. See rare and ancient visual art forms, and performances.   Location : Open locations like beaches, parks, public promenades, etc.   Timings: Performances take place throughout the day.  Entry Fee: There is no entry fee.

MGM Dizzee World

MGM Dizzee World

Dizzee World is an amusement located in the city with a themed style to attract its visitors, from young to old. With several thrilling rides like spider spin, roller coaster, the funny mountain, the place also has an amphitheatre for performances. The water park in the premises has a wave pool apart from many other rides and slides and magnetizes hundreds every day. Location:  1/74, SH 49, Muttukadu, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Timings : 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on weekdays, 10:30 am to 7:30 pm on weekends and holidays

Entry Fee : INR 799 for adults (with food), INR 577 for kids (food included), INR 550 for adults, INR 450 for kids.

Cholamandal Artist Village

Cholamandal Artist Village

This artists’ commune is a platform for the resident painters and sculptors to showcase their creations to the visiting guests. This place is actually famous for bringing modernity in the artistic creation. The well-decorated interiors are embarked with interesting art and craft with two galleries, an open-air theatre, a bookstore and a craft shop in the premises. For people interested in aesthetics, they can enjoy the work of artists in a serene ambience surrounded by optimum vegetation around the village. Location:   2/147A, Cholamandal Artists Village, Injambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Timings : 9 am to 6:30 pm

Entry Fee : INR 20 for adults and INR 5 for children

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Mahabalipuram

Also known as Mamallapuram, it is one of the best places to visit near Chennai. Mahabalipuram is an ancient place known for rock-cut built-up architecture with extensive carvings that will just awestruck anyone. The iconic Shore Temple, among the oldest temples of South India, is carved out of a large block of granite. A short distance from this place of worship is ‘Descent of the Ganges’ or‘ Arjuna's Penance’. Among the world's biggest bas-reliefs, it depicts the story of the descent of the River Ganges from Heaven to Earth.

‘Pancha Rathas’ or the five chariots are again carved out of a single rock and are dedicated to the Pandavas along with one dedicated to their wife. Don’t forget to notice Krishna’s Butterball as this rock is hanging on a sloping floor and won’t fall even if anyone wants it to.

Attractions: Explore and observe the fine sculptures of the various monuments standing in Mahabalipuram. The drive from Chennai to Mahabalipuram along the seashore is quite an experience too. The beach at this tourist place near Chennai is also ideal for spending a day just lounging on the sand, relaxing and clicking perfect shots with friends and families.  A perfect getaway is right next to Chennai at this royal place. Location:  Sea Temple Mahabalipuram Timings:  6 am to 6 pm Entry Fee:  10 INR for Indian and 340 for foreigner Distance: 60 km from Chennai Suggested Read:  15 Best Beach Resorts in Chennai for your vacation.

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Kolli Hills

Kolli Hills

One of the most interesting pilgrimages and religious places in Chennai is Kolli Hills or the ‘Mountain of Death’. Standing tall at 4265 ft. this picturesque mountain range, located in the Eastern Ghats, offers the perfect weekend escape.  Attractions:  Amazing scenes alongside rode make it an amazing place for drives Activities: See the magnificent 1st-century Arapaleeswarar Lord Shiva Temple. Visit the Tampcol Medicinal Farm to see the beautiful expanses of planted medicinal herbs. See the Agaya Gangai Waterfalls, boat ride at Vasalurpatty Boat House and visit the centuries-old Siddhar Caves.  Distance: 335 kilometres from Chennai Airport.  Location: Namakkal District, Tamil Nadu.  Best Time to Visit:  Throughout the year.

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Muttukadu is one of the tourist places near Chennai at the backwater of Bay of Bengal. This place offers a relaxing aura in nature with fun-filled activities for its visitors. The Boathouse in Muttukadu is where all the action is. Apart from this, the beach at Muttukadu draws a sizeable crowd during trips to this area. Get a glimpse of various species of birds at the backwaters during migratory season. Attractions : The Boathouse in Muttukadu is where all the action is. Apart from this, the beach at Muttukadu draws a sizeable crowd during trips to this area. Get a glimpse of various species of birds at the backwaters during migratory season. Activities : Rowing, water skiing, speed boat riding, windsurfing and paddle boating are exciting activities that can be availed at Muttukadu. Also, birdwatching is one of the passionate activity for the bird lovers here. Distance: 31 km Best time to visit:  November to March.

Sadras

The coastal town of Sadras was once a Dutch fortress which was taken over by the British in later years. It is currently in ruins but a few structures within can still be viewed. Attractions:  The glorious Sadras Fort was constructed by the Dutch as a post for exporting goods. It has a vast compound which contains a large granary, stables, and structures used to mount elephants. Picturesque tombs, cannons and carved pieces of stones could be viewed here. A history buff would love to be a part of this place. Activities :  A picnic with family or friends could cheer anyone up after the fort tour. Distance :  71 km from Chennai Location:  Eastern coast, South of Mahabalipuram Best time to visit:  October to March

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Kanchipuram

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Kanchipuram

This bird sanctuary is inundated with thousands of birds of varied species during the migratory season. The lake within the sanctuary is the all-important source of water for these creatures, around which they build their nests and thrive.

Attractions : Birds of diverse origins are what you can see at this place to visit near Chennai. While some birds like cormorants, egrets, moorhens, and terns are found at other places in India, others like snake bird, ibis, stork, heron, and spoonbill come all the way from Europe to make Vedanthangal their home for a few months.

Activities : Bird watching and capturing the experience with your cameras is the major activity to be carried on here.

Distance: 78 km

Location: Close to Palar River, south of Chennai

Best time to Visit: November to February.

Tiruttani

This small town is known for the temple dedicated to Murugan that stands on top of a hillock here. One can reach the temple by climbing up the 365 steps that take you to it. A few religious festivals are celebrated here during which many devotees visit the temple.

Attractions: This pilgrimage center has a number of temples located here apart from the famous Murugan temple. Some of them are Shivan temple, Bajan Kovil, Vinayagar Kovil, and Eswaran temple.

Activities : A trek to the temple hill to boost your energy high.

Distance: 90 km

Location: West of Chennai

Best time to visit: October to March

Pulicat Lake & Bird Sanctuary

Pulicat Lake & Bird Sanctuary

Formed at the backwaters of the Bay of Bengal, Pulicat is the second largest lagoon in India that has brackish water. And the bird sanctuary stands on a piece of land in the middle of this lake.

Attractions: The spectacular sight of thousands of pink Flamingos flocked together can be viewed only at this place. Besides, you can also spot pelicans, herons, kingfishers, storks and many more at the sanctuary. There are quite a few fishing villages on the lake’s edge which one can visit if interested.

Activities: Boating in the lake where one can see birds splashing in the water. Photography by the birdwatchers can be done here and is a treat to the eyes of professionals.

Distance: 98 km from Chennai

Location: Eastern coast, North of Chennai

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Santhome Church is a standing testament to the belief of the Christian followers and is among the three wonders of this world that house the tombs of Christ’s original disciple. The other two are Santiago de Compostela in Spain and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. It was constructed in the memory of Saint Thomas who was an Apostle of Jesus Christ. Santhome Church is the greatest symbol of multi-culture and religious harmony as people from all religions visit this Church to seek solace and eternal peace.This church was built initially as a mausoleum, but it has now transversed into a Basilica owing to it’s gaining popularity and importance. Beneath the towering white embodiment of this basilica lies the body of Saint Thomas who came to India in 52 AD to preach about Christianity. He was successful in converting a large population of the locals residing in Tamil Nadu and Kerala with his wisdom and powerful preaching. He thereafter formed a community that is now known as Syrian Christians. This church also houses a museum that displays souvenirs of Saint Thomas and gives visitors an insight into the glorious past of this church during the historical times.

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Located on the East Coast Road in the Sholinganallur locality of South-Chennai, ISKCON Temple is the spiritual and cultural hub of the city. This temple in Chennai is not only the biggest Radha Krishna temple in Tamilnadu but one of the biggest ISKCON temples in India. With the history of the ISKCON temple in Chennai dating back to the late 1970s, the construction of the temple began in the late 1990s and was completed in 2012 in many phases. The temple houses the deity of Lord Krishna, alongside Radharani and their friends Lalita, Lord Chaitanya, Lord Jagannath, Baladeva, and Subhadra inside three teak-wood alters which are one of a kind. These deities are sourced from Rajasthan and Orissa. Under the guidance of Sri Bhanu Swami, the beautiful architecture is inspired by the Kalinga and Pallava kingdoms’ architecture. At the entrance of the temple, one would see the wonderful design of various Hindu universes on the marble flooring. The various universes are circled a central pillar called Mount Meru. The design is implicated from the ancient Vedic Puranas where Mount Meru is described as the centre of all the universes. The temple is a blend of various cultures with modern scientific technology. To attract more and more people in the ISKCON movement, the authorities of the temples organize lectures and audio-visual programs about the Hindu philosophy. Spread over an area of 1.5 acres, the ISKCON temple or the Hare Rama Hare Krishna temple is built on five floors.

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How to Best Experience Chennai and its Culture

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Unlike some other cities in India, Chennai (previously known as Madras) doesn't have any world famous monuments or tourist attractions. It was a cluster of small villages until the British developed it as a trading port, naval base, and administration hub. Instead of quickly leaving a memorable first impression, Chennai is a city that requires time and effort to really get to know and appreciate it. Chennai is a city that requires you to explore below its surface and delve into its distinctive culture. These places to visit and things to do in Chennai will help you uncover what makes the city special. Try and be there in mid January for the annual Pongal festival as well.

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Explore Historic Mylapore

Chennai's historic Mylapore neighborhood is often referred to as the soul of the city. One of the oldest residential parts of the city, predominantly inhabited by Brahmins, it's full of culture. There you'll find Chennai's most impressive temple, the 17th-century Kapaleeshwarar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Other top attractions include neo-Gothic style San Thome Cathedral, originally built by the Portuguese, and serene Ramakrishna Mutt Temple. Storytrails conducts an insightful walking tour of Mylapore. The annual Mylapore Festival is held in early January, just before Pongal.

Retrace Chennai's History

A legacy of the British East India Company, which completed construction in 1653, Fort Saint George was the nucleus of what became the city of Madras. The monument is one of Britain's first lasting footprints on India. It's now home to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and Secretariat. It also contains the grand St Mary's Church—one of the oldest surviving churches built by the British—and the Fort Museum. The museum has exhibits about the fort and Chennai's origin. There are displays of military memorabilia, relics, paintings, and artifacts from the colonial period as well. It's open daily, except Fridays, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The entrance fee is 5 rupees for Indians and 100 rupees for foreigners. Children under 15 years of age can enter for free.

Admire Madras High Court

Located just outside Fort Saint George, in George Town, massive Madras High Court is one of the largest judicial buildings in the world. Built in 1892, it has distinctive red Indo-Saracenic architecture, with magnificent painted ceilings and stained-glass doors. It's possible to wander through the court and even sit in on a session.

See Ancient Bronze Statues at the Government Museum

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Chennai's impressive Government Museum is the best in the city. Its expansive galleries are spread across three buildings, with the highlight being the Bronze Gallery. It has an outstanding collection of bronze statues from the 7th century onward. Most belong to the significant Chola period from the 9th to 11th centuries. There are also extensive archeological and anthropology galleries. The museum is situated in the British-built Pantheon Complex on Pantheon Road. It's open daily from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The complex includes the National Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery and Children’s Museum. All can be accessed on the same entry ticket. The cost is 15 rupees for Indians and 250 rupees for foreigners. There's an additional camera fee of 500 rupees.

Meander Through the Markets and Bazaars

The congested lanes of George Town are occupied by some absorbing street stalls and markets. This area, which used to be known as Black Town during the colonial period, was settled by locals who came to serve and trade with the British in Fort Saint George. It was the first settlement of the city of Madras, which began its expansion from there in the 1640s. It's noisy, chaotic, and a photographer's delight! Explore the area on this Georgetown Bazaar Walk offered by Chennai Magic or Bazaar Trail Walk offered by Storytrails.

Get a Bird's Eye View from Chennai Lighthouse

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Chennai's landmark lighthouse stands alongside Marina Beach, overlooking the Bay of Bengal. It was built in 1976 and is the city's fourth lighthouse tower. The first lighthouse was established at Fort Saint George in 1796. It was superseded by two subsequent lighthouses set within the Madras High Court complex. Notably, the lighthouse is the only one in an Indian city, and one of the few in the world with an elevator. It's powered by a solar panel and houses the local meteorological department. Take the elevator up to the lookout point on the ninth floor for panoramic views across the beach and city. The lighthouse is located on Beach Road, and is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Mondays.

Spend Sunset at Marina Beach

For a real Indian beach experience, head to Marina Beach at sunset and soak up the carnival-like atmosphere, with amusement rides and snack stalls. The beach, which is the longest urban beach in India, starts from near Fort Saint George and runs south for 13 kilometers (8.1 miles). It's dotted with numerous statues and monuments, and is a popular hangout place for locals. Tens of thousands of people visit it every day. This number really swells on weekends. Do note that bathing and swimming aren't permitted as there are strong currents.

Discover Chennai's Multi-Cultural Communities

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Triplicane borders Marina Beach and is one of Chennai's oldest neighborhoods. It's an ideal place to discover more of the city's multi-cultural heritage. The neighborhood is centered around the 8th century Hindu Parthasarathy temple but has been influenced by the British and the Nawab of Arcot, who settled there. Nowadays, it's home to a menagerie of monastic orders, Brahmin agraharams , Hindu and Jain temples, mosques, traditional music venues, and small local cafes. Chennai Magic's heritage walk through Triplicane provides insight into the religious beliefs, food taboos, and cultural preferences of its various communities.

Learn About Swami Vivekananda

Dedicated to revered spiritual teacher Swami Vivekananda, Vivekananda House is maintained by Sri Ramakrishna Math and houses a permanent exhibition on his life and Indian culture. There's a meditation room on the second floor where the Swami stayed after his return from the west in February 1897. The distinctive Victorian-style building is more than 150 years old and was originally built to store ice. It was subsequently purchased by Biligiri Iyengar, an advocate of the Madras High Court, who named it Castle Kernan. Vivekananda House is located opposite Marina Beach in Triplicane. It's open from 10.00 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. until 7.15 p.m, daily except Mondays. Tickets cost 20 rupees for adults and 10 rupees for children.

Grab a Bargain at Chennai's Main Shopping District

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Join the hordes of bargain hunters looking for discounts on everything from saris to gold at Chennai's main shopping district, Thyagaraya Nagar (T. Nagar).  It's one of the most crowded places in India! On weekends during the festival season (from November until the end of January) the crowds can swell to an astonishing two million people! Ranganathan Street is where most of the action happens. Performance venues in the neighborhood (such as Krishna Gana Sabha, Vani Mahal and Bharath Kalachar) also host many famous classical musicians during the month-long Madras Music Season, from mid December to mid January each year.

Marvel Over Kasimedu Fishing Harbour and Market

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Early risers will find the fishy frenzy at Kasimedu Fishing Harbor to be a fascinating sight. The harbor comes alive as early as 2 a.m., when the first catch is brought in. However, the activity continues throughout the day, with more than 1,500 fishing boats operating there. As well as supplying local markets, the fish is exported to neighboring states such as Kerala and Karnataka. The fishing harbor complex also incorporates an auction hall for the fish and a ship building yard. It's located in Royapuram, one of the oldest parts of Chennai, north of the city center.

Wander Through One of Asia's Largest Vegetable Markets

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Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex is another fascinating local attraction for early risers. The massive market complex was inaugurated in 1996 and is spread over 295 acres west of the city center near Anna Nagar. It houses about 1,000 wholesale shops and 2,000 retail shops. Although the market operates around the clock, the best time to visit the wholesale vegetable section is from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m., when most of the produce sales take place. The wholesale flower section is most vibrant after noon, when the fresh supply of flowers has arrived.

Sample Chennai's Cuisine

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Foodies shouldn't miss exploring south Chennai's cultural Adyar neighborhood, named after the Adyar River that flows through it. Although it's one of the costliest areas of the city, it also has some iconic eateries that have withstood the test of time. One of them is Adyar Ananda Bhavan, which was established more than three decades ago and serves up authentic South Indian vegetarian cuisine and sweets. Chennai Magic conducts this food walk through Adyar , stopping at local provision and specialty shops to learn about the ingredients and spices that go into southern Indian foods. You'll get to try some yummy delicacies too! Alternatively, Storytrails offers this Food Trail through Sowcarpet , which is conveniently close to George Town in central Chennai.

Feast on Chennai's Biggest Thali

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Ponnusamy Hotel on Jaganathan Road in Nungambakkam is famous for its humongous Bahubali Thali (platter) with 50 items! It's way too big for one person to eat alone, so make sure you bring your friends or family along. The thali costs 1,499 rupees, and has a mix of meat and vegetarian dishes. The restaurant is open daily from noon to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. It's a good idea to get there early or make a reservation.

Watch Artists at Work at India's Largest Artists' Commune

Cholamandal Artists’ Village was set up in 1966 in Injambakkam Village, on the southern outskirts of Chennai. What's really remarkable about it is that the artists are self-sustaining and have not received any financial assistance—they purchased their own land and built everything themselves including their houses, studios, gallery, theater, and workshops. The village is renowned for having pioneered the Madras Movement of Art, which brought modern art to south India. You'll get to see an extraordinary collection of paintings and sculptures there, along with the artists at work. The entry fee is 30 rupees per adult and 20 rupees per child, open from 9.30 a.m. until 6.30 p.m.

Experience South India's Arts and Culture

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Kalakshetra Foundation sprawls over 100 acres of verdant land on Kalakshetra Road in Thiruvanmiyur, near the sea in southern Chennai. This esteemed cultural academy is dedicated to the preservation and teaching of Indian art forms, and is a wonderful place to visit if you want to experience the arts of South India. It focuses on Bharatanatyam classical dance, Carnatic classical music, the visual arts, traditional crafts and textile design, history and philosophy. There's a craft center and museum on the premises. Kalakshetra is open for visitors from 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Self-guided tours (using a free map) cost 100 rupees for Indians and 200 rupees for foreigners. Guided tours , conducted by an eminent person well-versed in the field of Art and Culture, are also offered for groups of 1-10 people for a cost of 4000 rupees. Free evening performances are often held at the auditorium.

Attend a Classical Music and Dance Performance

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If you like Carnatic dance and music, the Madras Music Academy is one of the earliest established music academies in South India and is at the heart of the scene in Chennai. A year-round program of events, recitals, and concerts is held in its grand auditorium on TT Krishnamachari Road in Gopalapuram near Mylapore. Don't miss the annual Chennai Music Season from mid December to mid January, with a multitude of productions (free and ticketed) happening at various venues across the city.

Take a Cooking Lesson

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Impress guests at your next dinner party by learning how to made delicious south Indian food in a local home where the magic happens. The lady of the house will lead you through an interactive cooking session, explaining the use of spices and cooking techniques. Afterwards, you'll be able to enjoy the meal while chatting to the family about life in Chennai. The cooking classes offered by Chennai Magic and Storytrails are both great options.

Browse India's Oldest Bookstore

Higginbotham's

Higginbothams has been in business on Mount Road (Anna Salai) since 1844, when it was started by a British librarian stowaway. It quickly become the preferred bookstore of the Madras Presidency and grew to be the largest bookstore chain in India. All kinds of books and publications were sold there. The store continues to stock the latest releases and rare editions. It has a large section devoted to Indian and Tamil writes of all genres, an excellent English language section (including travel books), and a children's section with captivating books for all ages. The bookstore is open daily from 9.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Higginbothams also has a Writer's Cafe and bookstore on Peters Road in Gopalapuram, where you can sit and read. More recently, a branch of the cafe opened on 3rd Main Road in Adyar. The cafes employ acid-burn survivors and people from the Spastic Society of Tamil Nadu. Profits are used to help victims of domestic violence.

Have a "Kollywood" Moment at Broken Bridge

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Chennai's isolated bridge to nowhere juts out from the mouth of the Adyar River at the rear of the Theosophical Society forest in Adyar. It's opposite the Leela Palace hotel, and not far from trendy Besant Nagar and the Kalakshetra Foundation. This offbeat attraction is commonly known as the Broken Bridge, as it collapsed in 1977 and has continued to deteriorate. Prior to that, fishermen used it to cross the river. The bridge has featured in a number of Tamil "Kollywood" movies (so called because the Tamil movie industry is based in Kodambakkam in Chennai) including Vaali and Aayudha Ezhuthu . Sunrise over the bridge is particular striking. However, it's said to be haunted and unsafe there at night.

Join a Turtle Walk

Did you know that the coast of Chennai is a breeding ground for the endangered Olive Ridley turtle? During nesting season, from December to April each year, large numbers of turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. The hatchlings are left to make their own way into the sea and many of them die. In order to increase their chances of survival, volunteers of the Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network (SSTCN) conduct walks to collect their eggs and take them to a hatchery. The walks happen on Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 11 p.m., from Neelangarai beach to Besant Nagar beach. Members of the public who are interested in conservation are welcome to join in. It's also possible to see hatchlings being released in the evenings during March and April.

Celebrate Madras Week

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What began, in 2004, as a one-day commemoration of the founding of the city of Madras has evolved into a week of fun festivities. Activities include food walks, heritage walks, nature walks, photo walks and exhibitions, book readings, film screenings, and public talks. Madras Day is on August 22 every year, and Madras Week takes place around this date.

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Explore Chennai city and its best places to visit

Ancient temples, vibrant arts, natural wonders and a bustling culinary scene make  Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the southern fringes of the country. Located on the Coromandel Coast, this busy metropolis was formerly called Madras. From the resplendent classical dance form of bharatnatyam to the rich flavours of its iconic cuisine and from the lustrous silk sarees traded here to the gorgeous temples and churches, Chennai is the gatekeeper of South Indian art, culture and traditions. The city is also the perfect base from which trips to other locales in Tamil Nadu can take off. 

Alongside heritage, flourish natural and contemporary highlights: sprawling beaches with natural and man-made wonders, a bustling seaport, quirky cafes, a multi-transport system, theme parks, industrial hubs, hi-tech parks and universities. Its population is a heterogenous mix of locals, expats and people from the rest of India. Chennai is widely known as the “Detroit of India”, a moniker it earned because of the high concentration of automobile factories located in and around here.

There are several stories about the origin of the city’s name. Initially, during the Nayakars rule, its name was Madras, which was inspired by Madraspattinam. At that time, it was a fishing village that was situated to the north of the area that is now Fort St George. The king of Vijaynagar sold the piece of land to the British on which now stands Fort St George, which houses the Secretariat Complex of the Government of Tamil Nadu. It was the British officers who retained the name Madraspattinam. For local populace, it was more common to call the city Chennapattinam. According to another legend, the city was named Chennai in honour of Damal Chennappa Nayakkar, a Nayak ruler. In the year 1996, the government renamed it to Chennai officially and the name stands even today.

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Often considered to be the pride of Chennai, Marina Beach, 13 km in length, is the second-longest beach of its kind in the world. A long stretch of soft sand, Marina Beach invites tourists to unwind, take a dip in the water and indulge in local...

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St Mary's Church

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Chennai International Airport is located about 7 km away from the main city. It is connected by direct daily flights to major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. Apart from this, it also connects the city to international destinations like Singapore and Colombo.

The Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminal is connected to various Indian cities like Puducherry (about 166 km), Bengaluru (about 347 km), Tirupati (about 133 km), Coimbatore (about 507 km), and Tirunelveli (about 625 km).

Three major railway stations, Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore and Tambaram, make it one of the train service hubs in South India. Several trains connect it daily to major Indian cities like Mumbai and Bengaluru.

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25 Exciting Places To See In Chennai

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Chennai is perhaps most famous for its large number of temples and religious sites, a fact that has often led to it being called “the cultural capital of India.” There are many places to see in Chennai. The city is full of cultural, historical, and architectural sites that are sure to thrill any history buff.

Chennai may not have a reputation for having many touristy attractions, but there is more to it than that. From crowded ancient temples to even more crowded beaches, this city is full of many amazing things to see and do. Here are some of the top places to see in Chennai:

1. Marina Beach

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2. Fort St George

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3. Kapaleeshwar Temple

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4. Vandalur Zoo (or the Arignar Anna Zoological Park)

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5. Government Museum

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6. Santhome Basilica

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7. Besant Nagar Beach

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8. Guindy National Park

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9.  Valluvar Kottam

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10. Birla Planetarium

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11. Dakshin Chitra

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12. T Nagar

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13. Theosophical Society

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14. Armenian Church

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15. Burma Bazaar

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16. Thousand Lights Mosque

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17. Connemara Library

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18. Madras High Court

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19. Vadapalani Murugan Temple

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20. MGR Film City

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21. Vivekananda House

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Originally constructed in 1842 by Frederic Tudor as a storage space for ice, this was where Indian Saint Swami Vivekananda stayed when he visited Chennai in February 1897. It was later leased to the  Ramakrishna Math  and currently houses an exhibition on the life of Swami Vivekananda.

22. Annai Vailankanni Shrine

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23. Nettukuppam Beach

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Located at the northernmost tip of Chennai, this is one of the most peaceful beaches in the city. It is where the Ennore creek joins the sea, and is largely free of the crowdsand hawkers that often populate the other beaches in Chennai. Its concrete pier is an excellent vantage point from where you can see the skyline of Chennai.

24. Madras Crocodile Bank Trust

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25. Parthasarathy Temple

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Located in Triplicane, the Parthasarathy Temple dates back to 8th century. It is known for its majestic  gopurams  (ornate towers) adorned with stucco figures. The temple also features various adjoining ponds and living quarters for the priests (known as  agraharams ).

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  • 32 Places To Visit In Chennai For An Intriguing Vacation In the City In 2024

27 May 2024

The capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, not just offers a wide range of places to visit in Chennai but is also steeped in cultural history and ancient works of art. It’s a bustling Indian city home to many sea beaches, British colonial architecture, newly developed markets, and some of the oldest temples in the world. With temples dotting the city’s skyline, the city is known to preserve India’s great religious architecture and has a completely unique way of life.

Home to the second-largest urban beach in the world, the Marina beach, this city draws thousands of visitors as there are a plethora of places to visit in Chennai. As you come to Chennai, you will be amazed to find a combination of culinary flavours and cultures that are bound to excite the traveller in you. Here we have compiled the top places to visit in Chennai, which are versatile and some of them also refer back to the colonial era.

Top 32 Places To Visit In Chennai

Chennai is more than the fourth metropolis in India. It is a lovely beach city with a soul that has people warmer than the weather. Whether you are a visitor or a new resident of the city, make sure to do your bit of sightseeing. Here is the list of top places to visit in Chennai for an enthralling time. Keep scrolling down and read along!

1. Covelong Beach: Walk Through The Sparkling Silver Sand

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Located on the coast of Coromandel near the village Covelong, Covelong Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches around Chennai. Set amidst palm trees and sparkling silver sand, Covelong Beach has a captivating environment making it ideal for excursion and picnic spots. An important tourist spot in Chennai, the beach offers a plethora of water activities to its visitors swimming and windsurfing being the most popular ones.

Walk through the sands, rest under the palm trees or enjoy the calmness during the sunset, the experiences that this beach offers are unmatched. Offering various water activities like surfing, jet skiing, boating, the beach is packed with thousands of visitors every day.

Location: Covelong, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Timings: All day long Entry fee: Free

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2. Thiruvanmiyur Beach: For Beautiful Sunrise And Sunset

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Located in the neighborhood of Thiruvanmiyur in Chennai, Thiruvanmiyur Beach is a quite isolated and tranquil spot as compared to other beaches. Offering beautiful sunrise and sunset views, it’s the perfect place to rejuvenate and rewind yourself. Mostly visited by nature lovers, the beach is more charming than you could have imagined. It’s is one of the most romantic places to visit in Chennai for couples and solitude seekers as the atmosphere is quiet and tranquil.

Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu Timings: All day long Entry fee: Free

3. Fort St. George: Witness British Artistry

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One of the live examples of British history in India, Fort St. George, is one of the official buildings of the British Empire in Chennai, and the first English fortress in India. Founded in 1644 at the coastal city of Madras, the place serves as a museum today. The gigantic monument and the architecture are sure to make you appreciate the British artistry. The place is open for tourists. You can visit to witness artifacts, paintings, coins, silverware, arms, documents, and much more.

Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM Entry fee: INR 5 for Indians and INR 100 for foreigners

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4. Madras War Memorial: The White Stone Structures

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Witness the martyrs of the Second World War at Madras War Memorial. It is one of the most visited places in Chennai where you can take a stroll through the well-maintained gardens and find structures beautifully carved out of white stones with detailing of men who sacrificed their lives during World War II. The best time to visit the place is during Army day or Vijay Diwas if you want to witness the special homage paid by the forces to the martyrs.

Location: Mount Poonamalle High Road, Nandambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM (Monday to Saturday) Entry fee: Free

5. Prakasam Salai: The Roman-Style Building

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Built-in 1795, this Roman-style architectural building is a significant tourist attraction in Chennai. The massive building is built with redbricks that have a beauty of its own. The gigantic structure can even be witnessed from a long distance. Visit Prakasam Salai and be a part of the Roman culture as you enter the compound of this historic structure.

Location: 88, Prakasam Road, Mahfushkhan Garden, Manadi Police Colony, George Town, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Timings: All day long Entry fee: Free

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6. Swami Vivekananda’s House: Explore The Famous Spot

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Take a knowledge tour and learn more about Indian culture and Swami Vivekananda’s life. It is the place where Swami Vivekananda spent a few days of his life after he returned from the west. This historical place will sow positivity in your soul and arouse you towards a new approach of life as you witness the gallery, a meditation room, and walk through the Vivekananda Park.

Location: Kamaraj Salai, Marina Beach Road, Triplicane, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Timings: 10 AM to 12:30 PM; 3 PM to 7:15 PM (Tuesday to Sunday) Entry fee: INR 10 for adults; INR 5 for children

7. Arignar Anna Zoological Park: For Animal Lovers

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For animal lovers, this place is beyond missing. It is home to more than 500 rare species, which are mostly endangered. Pay a visit to the zoo and be a part of the various safaris offered, such as Lion Safari and the Elephant Safari. Not just home to the endangered species, it also boasts of a rich variety of flora and fauna of the region. Situated at a distance of 32 kms from Chennai city, the zoological park is a great weekend spot to visit with your little ones. Also, witness the aquarium, crocodile house, butterfly house, and amphibian house, which the place has to offer.

Location: Grand Southern Trunk Rd, Vandalur, Tamil Nadu 600048 Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM (Wednesday to Monday) Entry fee:  INR 30 for adults; INR 10 for children and INR 25 for photography

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8. George Town: The Oldest Market

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Shopping is an integral part of every tour. And where history accompanies the market place, what else would you expect. George Town is one of the oldest markets in Chennai, which offers anything and everything that you can legally imagine buying from Chennai at the right price.

Walk through the narrow lanes of George Town and witness the market place which is rich in history and has a story to depict The colorful scenes will surely amaze you.

Location: George town, Chennai Timings: All day long Entry fee: Free

9. Marina Beach: Visit World’s Second Largest Beach

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Find yourself in deep tranquillity and peace as you wander across the second largest beach in the world. Marina beach is mesmerizing in every sense of the word, enclosed by beautiful palm trees and glittering golden sand beneath feet. A very famous tourist spot and must-visit on trip to Chennai, Marina Beach captivates the onlooker with its beautiful sunrise and sunsets.

Cool winds never fail to rejuvenate you here. Do not miss enjoying the authentic south Indian snacks – crispy sundal and murukku sold at this beach. Awake the explorer in you and visit numerous historic places near the beach. A god blessed beach nestled in South India, Marina Beach is the perfect getaway.

Location: Marina Beach, Chennai Timings: All day long Entry fee: Free

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10. Elliot’s Beach: Take Stroll Around The Cleanest Beach

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Located in Basant Nagar, Chennai, Elliot’s Beach is one of the best places to visit in Chennai for youngsters. This astounding beach is named after Edward Elliot (who was once the chief magistrate and superintendent of police, Madras during the British times) and forms the end-point of the Marina Beach shore.

Out of all the spectacular beaches in the city, the beach is touted as one of the cleanest beaches in the city of Chennai. For those who want to enjoy solitude accompanied with the beauty of Mother Nature, this beach is an incredibly calm and tranquil place. To make the most of your vacation, you can also visit the Velankanni Church and the Ashtalakshmi Kovil nearby the beach.

Location: Elliot’s Beach, Chennai Timings: All day long Entry fee: Free

11. Mylapore: The Oldest Residential Area

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From religious places to outlets that are known for serving delectable food, Mylapore is a neighborhood that is perfect for all kinds of travelers. Located in the Chennai district, Mylapore is home to a plethora of places that you can explore. Kapaleeswarar temple and Ramakrishnan Math is situated in Mylapore and which is one of the reasons for this neighborhood is one of the best places to visit in Chennai . Mylapore is the oldest residential area and all those who are interested in getting acquainted with the history of Chennai must visit this neighborhood.

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12. Royapuram Fishing Harbour: The Perfect Spot For All Photographers

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One of the best tourist attractions in Chennai for all the travelers who are crazy about clicking amazing pictures to the place they travel to is the Royapuram fishing harbor. Known as the Kasimedu fishing harbor or the Chennai fishing harbor, this spot attracts a lot of tourists as it is major fishing grounds in Chennai. If you want to capture an eminent part of the lives of locals in Chennai then you ought to visit this harbor. You can spot a lot of fishermen catching fishes and a lot of boats. You will also find locals roaming around the market and purchasing fishes. As soon as the sun sets, the Chennai fishing harbor looks mesmerizingly beautiful and you should be present there to experience bliss.

13. Birla Planetarium: Know All About The Solar System

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Does the solar system fascinate you? If yes, then the next one on this handcrafted list of places to see in Chennai is something that you must pay a visit to on your trip. Birla Planetarium in Chennai will make for an excellent spot for a family outing. Located in Kotturpuram, Chennai, Birla Planetarium organizes a lot of cosmic shows and virtual tours of the solar system. You can visit this place with your kids and learn about the planets, stars, and other terms related to the solar system.

Location: Kotturpuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Timings: 10 AM to 5:45 PM (All week) Entry fee: INR 30 for adults and INR 15 for children

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14. Thousand Lights Mosque: Visit The Multi-Doomed Structure

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Thousand Lights Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the country and has an impressive structure. Get ready to witness the multi-domed mosque which is also a serene place where you can pray and meditate. There are separate sections for women and men in this mosque. The only thing which you must keep in mind is to dress up properly and cover your head while visiting this mosque. The timings for the Thousand Lights Mosque are morning 5:30 AM to evening 9 PM

Location : Royapettah, Peters Rd, Peters Colony, Thousand Lights, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Timings: 5:30 AM to 9:00 PM Entry fee: Free

15. Guindy National Park: For All Wildlife Lovers

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Guindy National Park is the 8th smallest national park in India and is one of the best places to visit in Chennai for all wildlife lovers. Guindy National Park is abode to deers, blackbucks, jackals, snakes, tortoises, and more. This national park has around 130 species of birds and 14 species of mammals. With so many mammals, birds, and animals to spot, this national park in Chennai should be on your itinerary. If you like birdwatching then its time for you to take out your binoculars and visit this national park soon.

Location: Rangeguindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Timings: 9 AM to 5:30 PM Entry fee: INR 20 for adults and INR 5 for children

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16. Parthasarathy Temple: Seek Blessings

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Parthasarathy Temples is one of the best religious places to visit in Chennai as it belongs to the 8th century and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Located in Thiruvallikeni, Chennai, Parthasarathy Temple was built by king Narasimhavarman I in the 8th century. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has icons of Gajendra Varadaraja, Narasimha, Ranganatha, Rama, and Krishna. These icons are the five forms of Lord Vishnu that are worshipped in this temple. If you want a witness the grand ceremony organized in this temple, then you must plan your trip around the traditional festivals.

Location: Narayana Krishnaraja Puram, Triplicane, Chennai Timings: 6:00 AM to 12:30 PM; 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM Entry fee: Free

17. Valluvar Kottam: The Chariot Shape Monument

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Valluvar Kottam is an impressive monument in Chennai and is dedicated to Valluvar. Thiruvalluvar was a prominent poet and philosopher and his works are an eminent part of Chennai’s literature collection. This monument was inaugurated in 1976 and since then it is one of the prime tourist attractions in Chennai . This monument is in shape of a chariot and the auditorium is one of the largest ones in India. You can have a look at 133 chapters of his famous work inscribed in the monument. Valluvar Kottam is one of the most important places in Tamil Nadu that all travelers should definitely visit.

Location: 34, Valluvar Kottam High Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai Timings: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Entry fee: INR 3 for adults and INR 2 for children

18. Government Museum, Chennai: Take A Step Back Into The History Of Chennai

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The Government Museum or the Madras Museum in Chennai is a museum of human history and culture. The museum houses some of the rarest artefacṭs in all of India. Being the second oldest museum in India and the tenth oldest in the world, built in 1851, it is one of the most sought after places of study for academicians. The museum especially has a rich archaeological and numismatic collection. 

Built in indo-gothic or colonial architecture, the place is a treat for history lovers and one of the best tourist places in Chennai . Among rare and amazing collections, the museum has paintings from renowned Indian and European painters. The third-largest museum in the world, the Madras museum has 500 bronze idols dating back to 1000 BC. 

Location: Pantheon Rd, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Timings: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Saturday to Thursday) Entry fee: Free

19. Breezy Beach: The Name Says It All

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Hidden away in Valmiki Nagar area of Chennai, this aptly named beach is the perfect getaway from the bustling city life of the metropolis. Located around 9 kilometers from the city center, the place offers a peaceful ambiance. The beach is famous for the most stunning sunrises and delicious breakfast served at the nearby restaurants and cafes.

Being among the popular tourist places in Chennai, people often end up here to take a break from the daily routine. On your trip down to the breezy beach, you can try street snacks including sandals and idlis, and enjoy shopping at the nearby Thiruvanmiyur market.

Location: Valmiki Nagar, Chennai Timings: All day long Entry fee: Free

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20. Marundeeswarar Temple: A Shrine Dedicated To Shiva

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A revered Shiva temple in Chennai, Marundeeswarar Temple is located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. Marundeeswar is the ‘god of medicines’ and Hindu devotees from around the country come here to pray for the recovery of ailments or diseases.

The temple is a fine specimen of the quintessential Dravidian architecture built between the 7th and 8th centuries by the ‘Nayanars’ Appar and the Thirugnana Sambandar. The temple was later maintained and made popular by the Chola kingdom in the 11th century. Today it is among the most famous tourist places in Chennai and pilgrims from across the country come to visit it. The unique thing about the temple is its prasadam which is a mix of the ash, water, and milk that is believed to act as a medicine for any kind of diseases and ailments.

Location: 8, W Tank St, Lalitha Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Timings: 9 AM to 8 PM Entry fee: Free

21. Ashtalakshmi Temple: On The Shorelines Of Bay Of Bengal

The Shorelines Of Bay Of Bengal

Ashtalakshmi Temple in Chennai is another vibrant Hindu religious place on the coast of Bay of Bengal, a few meters away from the famous Basant beach. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu ‘goddess of wealth and knowledge’. The best part about the complex is that you can hear the continuous sound of the ocean waves echo that offers the place a peaceful and calm ambiance.

The temple hosts an important Hindu religious ceremony that attracts people from all over the country here, called the ‘Jeernodhara Ashta Bandana Maha Kumbhabhishekam’. It is among the best tourist places in Chennai and if you’re religiously inclined you must stop by here.

Location: Elliot’s beach, 6/21 paindi Amman Kovil, Besant Nagar, Chennai Timings: 6:30 AM to 12:00 PM; 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Monday to Thursday) | 6:30 AM to 1:00 PM (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) Entry fee: Free

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22. Connemara Library: A Repository Of Knowledge

Connemara Library

One of the most premier landmarks in the city, the Connemara Library inaugurated in the year 1896, is a treasure trove of literature. It is one of the four National Depository Libraries in India receiving a copy of every book, newspaper, and periodical published in the country.

A haven for book lovers, the hundred-year-old library contains a rich collection of books, braille manuscripts, journals, and magazines. Highly sought after by researchers, the building is located in the Egmore area of Chennai. The library is well-kept and you can spend a day amid the fountain of knowledge here as it is among the famous tourist places in Chennai .

Location: Museum Compound, Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Timings: 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM (Monday to Friday); 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM (Saturday, Sunday) Entry fee: Free

23. Madras Crocodile Bank Trust: More Than Just A Zoo

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A rich crocodile breeding center, the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust is more than just another zoo. You can witness this ferocious yet calm and beautiful reptile here in a healthy habitat. A great place for kids to learn more about nature and wildlife, the place is home to more than 17 species of crocs, some of which have been listed critically endangered by the IUCN.

The initiative is the brainchild of the famous wildlife activist and herpetologist, Romulus ‘Rom’ Whitaker to conserve the fading species of crocodiles in the subcontinent. The Crocodile Bank in Chennai remains open for 6 days in a week for visitors and is definitely worth a visit.

Location: Post Bag No 4, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu Timings: 9AM to 5:30PM (Tuesday to Sunday) *Last ticket at 5PM | Night Safaris from 7PM to 8:30PM. Closed on Mondays Entry fee: Adult: INR 60; Children (below 10 years): INR 30 | Night Safari: Adult: INR 200; Children (below 10 years): INR 100

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24. Nettukuppam: The Most Unspoilt Beach

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One of the most offbeat places to visit in Chennai , Nettukuppam is a small fishermen’s village at the northernmost tip of the metropolis. The beach here is absolutely unspoiled and serene and the most spectacular part about this place is the broken pier that turns the place into a postcard-perfect scenery.

While the beach is usually more crowded over the weekends and during festivals, it is usually lesser-known and emptier. Located some 20 km away from the city center, you can reach the place in 3 to 4 hours drive. Enjoy the stunning skyline of Chennai with glittering lights from this beach. And if you happen to be here in the morning, the fishermen sell their fresh catches and you can buy off of them at reasonable rates.

Location: Nettukuppam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Timings: All day long Entry fee: Free

25. Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health: The Shrine Of Vellankani

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Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, also known as the Vailankanni shrine is a huge catholic church near Elliot’s beach. It is a huge structure and a revered religious place for Christians in India. A pristine white edifice today, it was originally a modest chapel built by Portuguese sailors who claimed to have been saved by Mother Mary from a tempest in the sea. 500 years later today the church hosts a nine-day festival that is observed by over 5 million devotees from across the country.

Location: Velankanni, Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu Timings: 5AM to 9PM Entry fee: Free

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26. San Thome Church: Religious Escape

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The sparkling white structure of San Thome Church that stands on the tomb of Saint Thomas is one of its kind. The place is quite popular among locals and lures travelers wandering in the city with its exclusive infrastructure and serene ambiance. This beautiful masterpiece reminds of the colonial past and is one of the most interesting places to visit in Chennai .  

Location: 38, Santhome High Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600004 Timings:  6AM to 8PM Entry fee:  Free

27. Kapaaleshwar Temple: Vibrant Architecture

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Another popular temple in Chennai with unique architecture, Kapaaleshwar Temple exhibits the Dravidian style of construction. The height of the temple is nearly 37 meters. The temple remains lively in the months of March and April. There is a huge tank filled with water at the place which is believed to have religious importance.  

Location: Within Chennai city Timings: 5:30AM to 12 PM and 5M to 9PM Entry fee:  No entry fee

28. Vadapalani Murugan Temple: Exclusive Carvings

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The temple is nearly 125 years old and is amongst the most prominent religious sites in the capital city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan and exhibits exclusive and colorful carvings. The idol of Murugan is wearing footwear which makes it one of the rarest temples in South India.  

Location: Palani Andavar Koil Street, Vadapalani, Chennai Timings: 5AM to 12:30PM and 4PM to 9PM Entry fee:  No entry fee

29. Golden Beach: Leisurely Walks

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As the name says, this pristine beach is known for the huge expanses of golden sands. However, it a private beach, owned by the VGP Universal Kingdom but you can experience the entire thrills of VGP Amusement Parks. This is one of the cleanest beaches in Chennai and is loved for offering the enticing views of sunset and sunrise.  

Location: East Coast Road, Injambakkam, Chennai Timings: 5AM to 6PM Entry fee:  No entry fee

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30. Akkarai Beach: Enthralling Seafront

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Another stunning beach in Chennai, Ankara Beach features an enthralling seafront that comprises luxuriant greenery and tranquil sites. This is one of the most offbeat places in Chennai and remains clean and peaceful throughout the day.  

Location: Injambakkam, Chennai Timings: Throughout the day Entry fee:  No entry fee

31. Ripon Building: Roman-style Architecture

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Ripon Building is one of the most popular tourist places in Chennai and this behemoth government building features unique Roman-style architecture. The building was established in the year 1913 and is named after Lord Ripon, the prominent governor-general of British India.  

Location: 53, Raja Muthiah Road, Kannappar Tidal, Periyamet, Chennai Timings:  10AM to 6PM Entry fee:  Restricted entry

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32. Besant: Gorgeous Sunsets

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If you are looking for free places to visit in Chennai , then Besant is an amazing site for you to explore. It is located on the East Coast of Bay of Bengal with Thiruvanmiyur in the south. There is also a popular church and temple at the site which makes it a lively escape with numerous devotees relaxing at their own pace.  

Location:  East coast of Bay of Bengal Timings:  Throughout the day Entry fee: No entry fee

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How To Reach Chennai

Reach Chennai

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The city is just 7 kilometers away from the Chennai International Airport. The third busiest airport in India, Chennai International Airport is the main hub for major flights in South India. The airport is well-connected to most major airports in the world. Passengers can easily book their taxi at the prepaid taxi booths outside the airport. and reach the destination. Also, there is no dearth of auto-rickshaws which can take you to the city at a relatively low fare.

Reaching the city via train is also easy thanks to the railway connectivity. Chennai has three major railway stations namely Chennai Central (code MAS), Chennai Egmore and Tambaram which are well-connected to major cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Cochin, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and other Indian cities. Many super-fast and express trains operate here on a daily basis.

Best Time To Visit Chennai

Best Time To Visit Chennai

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Chennai is never too cold it’s believed to be the hottest in Chennai. So November to February months is considered the best month to visit the city since its winter season in Chennai. The temperature remains pleasant during this time between 20 and 25 Degree Celsius. One can experience cool breezes from the sea which provides respite from the otherwise hot weather in Chennai. So one can also enjoy long morning walks during the daytime and breezy evenings.

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Chennai is a metropolitan city which is blessed with natural aspects, making it a perfect holiday destination. This means that a  vacation in Chennai would not only be culturally enriching but would also ensure a peaceful travel experience. Adding the above-listed places to visit in Chennai to your itinerary is a must for a fulfilling experience in this city of Tamil Nadu.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Places to Visit in Chennai

What are the best shopping places in Chennai?

The most popular market places in Chennai are Phoenix Market City, T Nagar, and Express Avenue. Make sure to visit these vibrant markets and purchase various handmade products, and silk sarees.

What are the best places to visit in Chennai at night?

Visiting Marina Beach and walking along the shore is one of the best things you must experience at night. If you are interested in going to some night clubs then you can check out Pasha, 10 Downing Street, Gatsby 2000, and many more.

Is it safe to visit Chennai during covid times?

The Government of Tamil Nadu prioritizes public health, hence, have issued some safety guidelines such as social distancing, using face masks, applying hand sanitizers, and washing hands frequently, which must be adhered to by all visitors. Tickets should be booked online for contactless entry. Also, in some places for accommodation, visitors should provide their vaccination details for both doses for a hassle-free stay.

Which is the best trek near Chennai?

There are numerous exciting trekking trails near Chennai. The following are the most popular: 1. Tada Waterfall Trek 2. Kotagiri Trek 3. Kurangani Top Station Trek 4. Kumbakumari Trek. Make sure to go for these intriguing adventures during your Chennai tour.

What is so special about Chennai?

Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, attracts many visitors both local and foreign tourists owing to its history, heritage and healthcare facilities. Known as an IT and industrial hub, it houses many innovative and ambitious startups who are redefining the creativity and work culture followed by Indian companies. With its mesmerizing temples, beaches, music and arts culture, Chennai serves as a gateway to the rest of the South. Foreign tourists also land here more frequently to get lost in the charm of the Mother Nature.

Is Chennai safe?

Chennai is a sprawling and busy city and a relatively safe destination for visitors. It reports less crime than most other major Indian cities. However, travelers should exercise increased caution when traveling in overcrowded places as pick-pocketing and begging are the main problems here. Be careful as you pass by beggars as they specifically target foreigners and may even harass them for money.

What should I do in Chennai?

Things to do in Chennai: 1. Witness the glorious sunrise at Elliots Beach, 2. Have unique experiences at MGM Dizzee World amusement park, 3. Feed your literary desires at the Anna Centenary Library., 4. Witness shore temples and sculpted wonders at Mahabalipuram.

What is famous in Chennai to eat?

Some of the popular and appetizing dishes in Chennai that you shouldn’t miss are: 1. Filter Coffee, 2. Idli, 3. Masala Dosa, 4. Sambar and Rasam rice, 5. Vadai/Thayir Vadai, 6. Meals, 7. Kuzhi Paniyaram, 8. Bajji, 9. Adai.

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Here is the list of 45 45 best things to do in chennai, 1. spend a day at marina beach.

Spend a Day at Marina Beach

Situated in the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Marina Beach is a natural urban beach along the Bay of Bengal. The beach is stretched out to a distance of 13 kilometres making it the longest natural urban beach in the country, second largest in the world and also the most crowded beach in India with almost 30,000 visitors a day. It is one of the most sought after beaches and spending a day here sun-soaking, is one of the most essential things to do in Chennai.

2. Sunbathe at Breezy Beach

Sunbathe at Breezy Beach

Breezy Beach lays in the remote and serene neighbourhood of Valmiki Nagar in Chennai. Being smaller and less polluted, its a perfect getaway for anyone looking for a peaceful evening. This beach is not as popular and known as the Elliots beach, and is hence more quiet and peaceful. Evenings are very pleasant and breezy here, and in the recent years, lots of tourists have been attracted towards this beach for its beauty. Sunbathing at the pristine beach is among the top things to do in Chennai for every tourist.

3. Take a Tour of MGR Film City

Take a Tour of MGR Film City

Having been established in the year 1994, a considerably new structure, the MGR Film city is managed by the Government of Tamil Nadu in loving memory of MG Ramachandran who was not only a crowd-pleasing tamil actor but also a longtime CM of Tamil Nadu. It is unacceptable if you are in town and you do not visit the Film City as it tops the charts when it comes to the best things to do in Chennai.

4. Trek the Koli Hills

Trek the Koli Hills

With an ominous name which means 'Mountain of Death', Koli Hills are a mountain range located in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu. It is relatively untouched by commercial tourism and therefore has retained most of its natural magnificence. This is one of the most thrilling things to do in Chennai.

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Chennai Food Walk Tour: Relish South Indian Cuisine

Chennai is popular for its mouth-watering, finger-licking, sumptuous South Indian cuisine. You can try authentic South Indian food- dosa, idli, vada, sambar etc at both the fine dine restaurants and the local streets. Idli-Sambar is served both as breakfast and dinner. And no matter where you eat it, the staple food of Chennai is sure to taste extremely delicious. Along with the long list of things to do in Chennai, this is one of the topmost.

6. Seek Blessings at Marundeeswarar Temple

Seek Blessings at Marundeeswarar Temple

The magnificent Marundeeswarar Temple, in Tiruvanmiyur, near Chennai has the temple deity Shiva in the form of Marundeeswar or Aushadeeswarar, the God of Medicines. A fine specimen of Dravidian architecture, this temple is a must visit for anyone visiting Chennai or nearby cities. Glorified in the 7th-8th century by Nayanars (Saivite Saints), Tirugnana Sambandar, and Appar, the temple was expanded by the Chola Kingdom in the 11th century. Moreover, given the name, Marundeeswarar Temple has been a place of worship especially for people with diseases and those facing various problems with their health.

7. Fun & Games at VGP Golden Beach

Fun & Games at VGP Golden Beach

Engaging in fun and games at VGP Golden Beach is one of the exciting things to do in Chennai. This popular amusement park offers a plethora of thrilling rides, water attractions, and recreational activities for visitors of all ages. From adrenaline-pumping roller coasters to relaxing moments by the beach, VGP Golden Beach provides a perfect blend of entertainment and leisure, making it a must-visit destination for locals and tourists alike.

8. Experience the Surreal Scuba Diving

Experience the Surreal Scuba Diving

Chennai could get quite hot in the summer and beating the heat would be the top priority in summers. Then why not dive into the Bay of Bengal somewhere off the coast of Chennai. Discovering a totally different world under the surface of the sea and cooling yourself at the same time is the best deal about Chennai. Make sure this one activity is definitely there in your list of things to do in Chennai when you are in town.

9. Visit the Ancient Royapuram Fishing Harbour

Visit the Ancient Royapuram Fishing Harbour

Under the administration of Chennai Port Trust, Royapuram Fishing Harbour is one of the most popular fishing grounds in Chennai. Located in a region which is famous for seafood, this harbour surely has its name among the busiest fishing hubs of Tamil Nadu. If you visit the Royapuram Fishing Harbour, you will almost always find the place crowded with different types of fishing vessels. From the full length, 45 feet boats to the smallest of catamarans, you will see them all.

10. Visit the Magnificent Valluvar Kottam

Visit the Magnificent Valluvar Kottam

Situated in the beautiful city of Chennai , Valluvar Kottam is a temple chariot like-monument built to honour the renowned classical Tamil poet and saint, Thiruvalluvar. It is known for its great architecture, built with innovative layouts and well-thought execution. The sublime beauty of Valluvar Kottam is best experienced during the morning hours when the city is just waking up to the day, or you can make a visit to this destination during the evening hours when the sun is just setting over the horizon.

11. Lion Safari at Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Lion Safari at Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Perhaps one of the most popular picnic spots in Vandalur, Kanchipuram District, the Arignar Zoological Park is an amazing place to discover the flora and fauna of the region. A favourite weekend spot with both children and adults alike, the Arignar Zoo is situated at a distance of 32 kilometres from  Chennai city. It is the largest zoo of its kind, one of the most visited places and spotting lions and tigers here is among the topmost things to do in Chennai.

12. Visit the Divine Ashtalakshmi Temple

Visit the Divine Ashtalakshmi Temple

Ashtalakshmi Temple, a delightful and soft coloured temple complex, is located in Besant Nagar, in the South Indian state of Chennai. The temple complex is built a few meters away from the Besant beach on the coast of the gorgeous Bay of Bengal. Ashtalakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Knowledge resides here and blesses everyone who visits the temple to offer their prayers with a clean soul.

13. Read Some Books at Connemara Library

Read Some Books at Connemara Library

The year 1896 witnessed the inauguration of a new and remarkable landmark in the city of Chennai- the Connemara Library, which is a treasure trove of books, newspapers, periodicals and other related texts. The library is a place where you will unquestionably find every text that you can look for. Its history dates back to over hundred years, and till date, the library remains a repository of century-old publications.

14. Shopping in T Nagar

Shopping in T Nagar

T Nagar is one of the busiest neighbourhoods in Chennai, and also the most crowded one. It serves as a commercial and economic hub, as well as a residential area. T Nagar is essentially a complete commercial crux within Chennai in itself. Browsing the retail stores is one of the most exciting things to do in Chennai, especially for women, as the market offers goods, apparels and accessories at throwaway prices.

15. Rejuvenate at the Serene Elliot's Beach

Rejuvenate at the Serene Elliot's Beach

Elliot's Beach aka "Besant Nagar Beach" or "Bessie" is located in Besant Nagar, Chennai. It forms the end-point of the Marina Beach shore and is named after Edward Elliot (who was once the Chief Magistrate, Superintendent of Madras and Governor of Chennai during the British times). It has the Velankanni Church and the Ashtalakshmi Kovil in the vicinity. Located towards the south of Marina Beach , an incredibly calm and tranquil place, it does not offer much activity hence, is an ideal spot for long walks.

16. Explore the Vivekananda House

Explore the Vivekananda House

Vivekananda House also popularly known as The Ice House, is a shrine and pilgrimage centre for the admirers and followers of Swami Vivekananda. It is in this house that Swami Vivekananda stayed for six weeks in 1900. Built way back in 1877 or much earlier, the two-story house is a chef d'oeuvre of Victorian architecture with its distinctive designs of sunburst and saddleback roofs. Visiting the ancient house is one of the best things to do in Chennai.

17. Visit the Santhome Cathedral Basilica

Visit the Santhome Cathedral Basilica

Santhome Cathedral is a historical and ancient pilgrim centre, which was built during the 14th to the 15th century A D by the then reigning, Portuguese. The cathedral, near Chennai beach, got its name from St Thomas, the apostle of Jesus Christ. A museum is located in the grounds nearby. It was designed in Neo-Gothic style, favoured by British architects in the late 19th century.

18. Walk by the Ancient Thousand Lights Mosque

Walk by the Ancient Thousand Lights Mosque

The Thousand Lights Mosque of Royapettah, Chennai is among the most esteemed mosques of the city as well as the state of Tamil Nadu. Built in the early 19th century by the Wallajah family of the Carnatic rulers, it is till date a popular gathering place for the daily prayers and festive occasions like Muharram. The site gets its name from the legend that to illuminate the entire prayer hall, right about a thousand oil lamps used to be lit back in the days. One can only imagine how beautiful that outline must have looked against the dark black sky.

19. Cultural Tour at Dakshinachitra Museum

Cultural Tour at Dakshinachitra Museum

Dakshinachitra Museum, located in Chennai, is one of the living-history museums in India. It stores in itself great works of architecture, crafts, performing arts, and lifestyles that belong to South India. Visiting here will give you an in-depth knowledge of south Indian heritage and you are going to leave with the most magnificent treasures of learning. Make sure you put it on your bucket list of things to do in Chennai.

20. Pay Your Respect at Madras War Cemetery

Pay Your Respect at Madras War Cemetery

The Madras War Cemetery, right in the heart of the city of Chennai, is a recognition of the glory as well as horrors of the war our ancestors have fought to make this world a more peaceful place. In short, it houses the last remains of around 855 martyrs who laid down their precious lives at the battlefronts in the devastating Second World War and also a Memorial stone for 1000 more who died fighting in the Great War before that.

21. Soak in the Serenity of Nettukuppam

Soak in the Serenity of Nettukuppam

Nettukuppam is the northernmost tip of Chennai and has a beach which is yet not tarnished by encroaching crowds. It is a solitary retreat for those who seek to enjoy the raging sea up close but in a peaceful environment. The saltwater creek of Ennore joins the sea here forming an estuary of sorts. The place is ideal to spend a peaceful time as it is still not on the radar of the maddening tourist crowd. Among the several things to do in Chennai, visiting this serene spot tops the list.

22. Visit the Beautiful Anjaneyar Temple Nanganallur

Visit the Beautiful Anjaneyar Temple Nanganallur

Viswaroopa Adhivyadhihara Sri Bhaktha Anjaneyaswami Temple is located around 10 kilometres away from the heart of the city, in a locality called Nanganallur. Commonly called the Anjaneya Temple in short, it gets its name from its principal deity, Lord Hanuman. The cornerstone of the temple was laid around 1989 by a group of devout Anjaneya followers - Sri Maruti Bhakta Samajan. It was finally open for the public in 1995. The most important aspect of the temple is its 32 feet idol. Lord Hanuman has been shaped out of single granite stone and then given shape.

23. Take a Stroll at Akkarai Beach

Take a Stroll at Akkarai Beach

The sandy coastline begins from Ennore in the north extending south into Uthandi, leaving one to choose from more than just Marina and Elliot's beach. With nicely constructed walkers' paths,convenient seats, adequate lighting, lush green areas and children's playgrounds proposed for select beaches initially, there is more to look forward to when you clock in some time for fitness.

24. Get a Glimpse of Tamil Culture at Kapaleeswarar Temple

Get a Glimpse of Tamil Culture at Kapaleeswarar Temple

Kapaleeshwarar temple is a holy shrine of Shiva in Mylapore, Chennai. Originally built by the mighty Pallavas, Portuguese explorers destroyed the temple and rebuilt it in around the 16th century once again by the Vijayanagar kings. A visit to this temple will be an experience enriched with a glimpse into Tamil religious culture and the lovely architectural combination of the two styles - Dravidian and Vijaynagari, complete with towering Gopurams. There is also a sacred tank on the western side.

25. Visit the Magnificent Santhome Church

Visit the Magnificent Santhome Church

The significance of San Thome Church is unparalleled in the history of Christianity in India. The church, which was once constructed as a mausoleum in memory of Saint Thomas, has now grown to be a Basilica, as stated by the then Pope in 1956. San Thome Church is among the only three in the world that house the tombs of one of Christ's original disciples. The other two are St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City and Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Galicia, Spain.

26. Museum Touring at Fort St. George

Museum Touring at Fort St. George

The origin of the great white structure of Fort St. George is inextricable from the history of the city of Chennai itself. Popularly called the 'White Town', the sole purpose of establishing the massive fort compound was to establish a British stronghold in the Coromandel Coast and the rest of south India. With Fort St. George as a British headquarter, it was easier to develop the many small towns and villages in Tamil Nadu. The now bustling city of Chennai grew up around this fort during this time, under the British-conferred name Madras.

27. Roam the Express Avenue

Roam the Express Avenue

Express Avenue is a mall in Royapettah of Chennai, owned, developed and promoted by Express Infrastructure. Inaugurated in 2010, the mall stands on a total land area of around 10 acres. Visiting the beautiful mall is one of the topmost things to do in Chennai. The premise includes commercial and hospitality sectors as well. Along with numerous retail outlets and around ten anchor shops like H&M, Pantaloons, Lifestyle and Big Bazaar, on different floors of the mall, Express Avenue also has the largest gaming arcade of south India - Games The Shop and the city's largest cinema multiplex Escape.

28. Soak in the Sea Vibe at Thiruvanmiyur Beach

Soak in the Sea Vibe at Thiruvanmiyur Beach

Thiruvanmiyur Beach, situated in Chennai, is a serene coastal stretch known for its tranquil ambiance and sandy shores. It is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, offering a peaceful retreat from the city's hustle. Besides enjoying the relaxing atmosphere, visitors can explore various things to do in Chennai, such as indulging in beachside activities, savoring local cuisine, and appreciating the beautiful sunset views along Thiruvanmiyur Beach.

29. Get Thrilled at Parasailing

Get Thrilled at Parasailing

If you think the city of Chennai is all about glitzy temples and serene beaches, look deeper cause the uber city is home to one of the most adventurous sports of all times - Parasailing. Unlike several other water sports, this one is not for the faint hearted. And like several other exciting things to do in Chennai, this is sure to take your breath away.

30. Pay Reverence at Vadapalani Murugan Temple

Pay Reverence at Vadapalani Murugan Temple

Vadapalani Murugan Temple is one of the most frequented places of worship for Hindus in Chennai. It has its roots fixed in numerous legends and myths, especially about its founder and first priest Annaswamy Naikar. He had a dream about this deed he must do for his good as well as the benefit of the society, and thus he started worshipping Lord Murugan at his home instead of trying to find him elsewhere. This small shrine was later transformed into the colossal premise with multiple deities that you can see today.

31. Explore the Cholamandalam Artists' Village

Explore the Cholamandalam Artists' Village

Cholamandalam Artists Village is situated in Injambakkam in Chennai. The gallery is spread over 10 acres and was established by the brilliant artist KCS Paniker in 1966. The gallery exhibits and displays works of artists who contributed for the "Madras Movement". You should definitely take this opportunity and put this on your list of top things to do in Chennai.

32. Visit the Apparao Art Gallery

Visit the Apparao Art Gallery

The Apparao Art Gallery in Chennai is a vibrant cultural hub showcasing an impressive collection of contemporary and traditional Indian art. Situated in the heart of the city, it stands as a noteworthy destination among the myriad things to do in Chennai for art enthusiasts. Visitors can explore diverse exhibitions, providing a rich and immersive experience into the world of visual arts.

33. Ride and Surf

Ride and Surf

Getting in the water and riding the waves on a surfboard is not a thing that everyone can do. But some hours of practice can make that joy possible. There are a number of surfing schools that offer courses and help you tame the waves under your feet. There might be several other adventurous things to do in Chennai, but there is nothing like surfing the clear indigo waters.

34. Have a Fun Day Out at MGM Dizzee World

Have a Fun Day Out at MGM Dizzee World

MGM Dizzee World is one of the largest and oldest amusement parks in India. It boasts of having had given its visitors some unique experiences, many of which were first-timers. It brought Jurong's Bird Show from Singapore to India way back in 1999. It also had a hot air balloon ride in 1998, and even though it sounds unbelievable, there were arrangements for picking up and dropping visitors on a helicopter back in 2000 - probably the first time in the history of entertainment park business.

35. Natural Retreat at Guindy National Park

Natural Retreat at Guindy National Park

Guindy National Park in Chennai is the dominant factor in contributing to the lush green cover of the city. Known to be the 8th smallest national park in the country, the land is blessed with dense forest area, scrub lands, lakes and streams etc. Boating of varied flora and fauna, and a rich wildlife, the park receives a large tourist influx throughout the year.

36. Boat Your Way Through the Lakes

Boat Your Way Through the Lakes

Having the advantage of being a coastal city, Chennai also has a number of lakes and thus opening up the waters for water sports. So make the full use of it, choose from several water activities and things to do in Chennai and go all out. One of them is boating. Boating has a charm that can fit any occasion, let that be a romantic boathouse date or a casual hangout with friends on a yacht, an exciting racing event of rowboats or just a fun race of pedal boats between family and friends.

37. Try Your Hand at Fishing

Try Your Hand at Fishing

Fishing was a way of survival until it got challenging and adventurous. Fishing has become a common way of bonding with friends and family. The sport seems easy but takes a lot of dedication and patience to lure and catch the biggest of all the fishes. As the Aquatic Adventure has gained popularity many Sport Fishing Facilities have opened up and are busy providing the experiences.

38. Take a Tour of Mylapore

Take a Tour of Mylapore

Mylapore is one of the oldest and culturally enriched neighbourhoods, located in the southern part of Chennai. However, the area precedes the birth of Chennai or Madras, as the British named it, by at least some 1500 years. The city had already seen a lot of eventful history pass by even before the British stepped on this land. Mylapore is also very much traditionalist to its core and boasts of many temples, churches and historical monuments. Touring the city is one among the most exciting things to do in Chennai.

39. Spot the Crocodiles at Madras Crocodile Bank Trust

Spot the Crocodiles at Madras Crocodile Bank Trust

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust is the brainchild of revered herpetologist and wildlife activist Romulus 'Rom' Whitaker - an initiative to keep the fading species of crocs in subcontinent safe. Initially, the Croc Bank was built to keep the crocodiles safe and help them breed and multiply until they were fit enough to be returned to their natural habitat. However, due to lessening wilderness, this practice has been stopped. They are now given home in the Crocodile Bank itself and are open for the public six days of the week. It is one of the most unique things to do in Chennai.

40. Art Galleries for the Art Connoisseurs

Art Galleries for the Art Connoisseurs

Chennai is known to be a cultural destination where a lot of art forms have flourished. The amazing art galleries in Chennai are a haven for the art connoisseurs from all over the country owing to their rich collection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs etc. All of these art galleries in Chennai are unique from each other, some focus on contemporary artists while some other on moderns; some are even among the oldest in the country. This activity should absolutely be on your itinerary or things to do in Chennai, if you are visiting.

41. Beach Hopping

Beach Hopping

The scintillating beaches in Chennai pretty much define the metro city. Boasting of a lengthy coastline, the city is replete with gorgeous beaches, lush green vegetation and heritage monuments. Equally popular among the domestic and international tourists, the beaches also encourage several water sports like paragliding, parasailing, water volleyball, banana rides, swimming etc. This is one of the most essential things to do in Chennai both as a tourist and a city dweller.

42. Jungle Safaris

Jungle Safaris

The tropical climate of Chennai has blessed the land with ample amount of lush greenery and equally rich wildlife. Safari in Chennai's wildlife parks award the visitors with some amazing experiences around our neighbours of nature. Interacting with the wild animals makes us realize the true nature of wilderness. So when in the city, experience the jungle safari along with several other things to do in Chennai.

43. Hike and Camp

Hike and Camp

Surrounded by a number of hills around it, Chennai neighbours to some amazing places that offer nearness to Nature. Every soul in any metro city craves for something new every now and then, and Chennai doesn't lack in fulfilling this need for its people. There are a number of places to camp in Chennai for a twist out of the normal. Boasting of being one of the most exciting things to do in Chennai, you should definitely try this one out.

44. Have fun at Paintball

Have fun at Paintball

If you are into playing combat games but all the games lack the touch of reality and the feeling of getting hit, then Paintball is for you. Chennai has a bunch of such Arenas to help you get in action. And among the several other exciting things to do in Chennai, this one definitely tops the charts. So get outdoors, get some Paintball Guns in your hand and challenge your friends to some real action. Keep your skills on the check and your friends in sight; you never know when you might get hit.

45. Get an Adrenaline Rush at Rock Climbing

Get an Adrenaline Rush at Rock Climbing

The fitness aspect for the people of Chennai has been taken up by Rock Climbing and Bouldering, rather than regular gyms. Climbing is the coolest way of being fit as well as getting a regular dose of adrenaline. But Rock Climbing doesn't mean you put yourself under the raging sun all the time! You can opt for Indoor Climbing too and get into the daily chores after the session. Rock Climbing is one of the topmost things to do in Chennai.

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Top 15 Tourist Places In Chennai (With Photos & Details 2023)

In case you are living in the south, there are no fewer tourist attractions as such. There is an abundance of options and Chennai is one. Chennai tourist places also suits for those who are looking for a weekend getaway in from the city nearby. Chennai is a coastal city which still has ancient and historical influence on it. There are monuments, museums, serene beaches, gardens and religious spots that offer an all in one experience to a tourist. Hence continue reading to know more about the best places to visit in Chennai for your upcoming trip. Given the range of services the city provides (such as commerce, software, finance, and IT) along with the natural beauty blended within, the city for sure has a lot to offer for tourists!

Famous Chennai Tourist Places:

Tourist places in Chennai are no less. There are plenty of places to visit near Chennai city. Chennai is the reservoir for the famous tourist places and sightseeing attractions. Here we have given a list of 15 beautiful tourist places to visit in Chennai and around it.

1. The Connemara Public Library:

This is one of the best places to visit in Chennai. This being a famous hot spot for travelers and locals alike, the Connemara Public Library, Chennai. The library came up in 1896 and is home to unique and rare books, manuscripts and collections from all over the world. The plethora of information which one can gain from this library is vast. The architectural wonder of the library is a mix of the famous Southern Hindu Deccan, along with the Goth touches and nuances of the Rajput and Mughal too.

  • Highlights of the Tour: In the library, one would find a video room, a reference room, and a periodic hall too. The library also has a Braille room which is meant for those who are visually challenged.
  • Things to Do: This for that bibliophile who loves to look around and discover a plethora of books in this huge library
  • Best Time to Visit: All around the year
  • Peak Season: None
  • Nearest City: Located in Chennai city
  • How to Reach: One can take public transport or hire a private vehicle to reach this place. Further, to reach Chennai, you can either fly or travel by road and rail network. The city is well connected with other important and significant cities in India.
  • Languages Spoken: Tamil and English
  • Ideal Duration: Couple of hours to a whole day as you wish

2. The Theosophical Society:

Another place to visit around Chennai, this is a must visit. The Theosophical Society is a place where universal brotherhood dwells, sans distinctions of being human. Every religious value and teaching is brought out here, and the power of humanity is shown in the ways and actions of The Theosophical Society. This is also the world headquarters of the “The Theosophical Society” across the globe, and is located in Adyar. The Theosophical Society commands a place of high respect and is thronged by people from all across the globe-spanning all faiths.

  • Highlights of the Tour: In 1883, The Theosophical Society was established, and within it is the famous paradise for birdwatchers, the Huddleston Gardens, which is the home for plenty of migratory birds. There is also a 450-year-old Banyan tree, a large one which covers 59500 sq.ft of land.
  • Things to Do: Enjoy the lush green site along with the peaceful atmosphere, sit back and relax
  • Best Time to Visit: Evenings
  • Peak Season: Weekend evenings
  • Nearest City: Located in Chennai
  • How to Reach: This famous place in Chennai can be reached by local train or bus or private vehicle. There is good connectivity through public buses to Adyar region in Chennai.
  • Ideal Duration: 2-3 hours

3. The Arignar Anna Zoological Park:

Did you know The Arignar Anna Zoological Park was the first zoo in India? Being one of the best tourist spots in Chennai, the zoo came about in 1855 and was first located at the famous Moor Market and then was relocated to Vandalur in the year 1976. The Arignar Anna Zoological Park is a huge area with plenty of rare wildlife and species it houses.

  • Highlights of the Tour: One of the largest zoos, this can be enjoyed to witness different flora and fauna and an experience to cherish.
  • Things to Do: Enjoy your lion safaris and elephant rides here, and there are battery-operated vehicles for touring, but nothing beats covering the entire stretch on foot
  • Best Time to Visit: You can visit this beautiful place in Chennai with good climate from October to February every year
  • Peak Season: December
  • Nearest City: This is one of the tourist spots in Chennai
  • How to Reach: You can reach by taking the metro or local bus from any bus stop or metro station.
  • Ideal Duration: Whole day can be spent here

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4. The Semmozhi Poonga:

Ok, let’s beat the heat and escape the scorching sun by visiting the Semmozhi Poonga, known for its architectural wonders and visual treat.This is also one of the romantic places in Chennai. It was at the far end of 2010 when the Semmozhi Poonga was built on 20 acres and has plenty of lush flora and fauna with amazing landscaping done, and the exotic trees here are an embellishment to the mise-en-scene around.

  • Highlights of the Tour: The trees here are almost a century old with a mix of aromatic and herbal plants. There is also a beautiful artificial waterfall here.
  • Things to Do: Enjoy the lush green scenery and beautiful waterfall along with some shopping area around.
  • Best Time to Visit: You can visit this as one of the beautiful places in Chennai easily from November to February every year
  • Peak Season: Holiday time
  • Nearest City: This is located in the Chennai tourist places list
  • How to Reach: You can easily access and reach this place by taking a public bus or private transport as you wish.
  • Ideal Duration: You can spend three to four hours here.

5. The Kapaleeswarar Temple:

One of the oldest temples around Chennai,and this is among the top tourist attractions in Chennai one can easily find. It is still a mystery as to who built it; the Kapaleeswarar Temple is a must visit place. Some say it was during the 7th century that the Pallava kings built the Kapaleeswarar Temple, but historians refuse to believe so, owing to the architectural genre which isn’t more than 400 years old.

  • Highlights of the tour: The style and architecture of the Kapaleeswarar Temple is that of the Dravidian domain which you do not find much in present-day era.
  • Things to Do: Enjoy the calm and serene atmosphere and beauty of the temple beside the water body
  • Peak Season: Festivals times
  • Nearest City: This is among sightseeing places in Chennai
  • How to Reach: You can reach this best tourist places in Chennai by taking a public bus or local train or private taxi as you wish
  • Ideal Duration: Two to four hours as you wish

6. The Pulicat Lake:

There are not many places in Chennai which can boast of bringing you very close to nature. Hence another in the list of famous tourist places in Chennai comes this lake.The Pulicat Lake is on the border of Tamil Nadu, and you can relax and unwind here, enjoy with family and friends or simply wile away time as you please, with no disturbance whatsoever. Pulicat Lake is one of the most exciting tourist places to visit in Chennai.

  • Highlights of the Tour: The Pulicat Lake is home to the famous and splendid 17th-century Danish fort as well.
  • Things to Do: One can have fun and enjoy the smooth boat rides, fishing, bird watching, and visit the famous Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary as well if time permits. Here you would find kingfishers, ibis, pelicans,and flamingos in large groups which are eye catching
  • Best Time to Visit: From October to March of every year
  • Peak Season: December and January
  • Nearest City: Chennai
  • How to Reach: This being one of the nice places to visit in Chennai can be reached easily by bus or train. This is around 66 km from the city. One can take a private vehicle here too.
  • Languages Spoken: Telugu, Tamil, and English
  • Ideal Duration: Whole day can be devoted as this is among most visited places in Chennai.

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7. The National Art Gallery:

This being Chennai best places to visit, the National Art Gallery stands proud, displaying the Indo-Saracenic architecture ever since 1907. The National Art Gallery is made of red sandstone and is divided into four main sections, the names of which are, the Tanjore Painting Gallery, the Ravi Varma Painting Gallery, the Indian Traditional Art Gallery, and not to forget, the Decorative Art Gallery too.

  • Highlights of the Tour: A gallery is a place which brings back memories of the 11th century, and there are interesting shows here, such as Tran slides and Son Et Lumiere
  • Things to Do: Enjoy the long and vast museum and gallery giving you insight on various aspects of ancient age old life and history
  • Best Time to Visit: All round the year
  • Peak Season: Being one of the famous places in Chennai to visit, this is most visited during weekends
  • How to Reach: You can access this place by bus or private vehicle or taxi here.
  • Ideal Duration: Whole day can be easily devoted to this as this is among one of the popular places in Chennai.

8. Marina Beach:

In case you are wondering where are beaches, here we are. This is a must visit place to see in Chennai for sure. For a nice cool time out this evening, visit Marina Beach. Be prepared to walk a lot if you plan to cover the entire stretch.

  • Highlights of the Tour: Marina Beach is known as the second longest beach in the world. The silver sands and the picturesque horizon makes it perfect to end the day with.
  • Things to Do: You could play volleyball here, indulge in fishing, engage in wind surfing or simply lay out a picnic with family. Do not forget to try out yummy fishes available here.
  • Best Time to Visit: All round the year, especially the glorious sunrise
  • Peak Season: November to January or holidays
  • Nearest City: This is one among the famous tourist destinations in Chennai
  • How to Reach: You can get to this place easily by local train or bus. You have direct connectivity to several places in Chennai,and this is one. You can even rent a taxi for visiting the site.
  • Languages Spoken: Tamil and English.
  • Ideal Duration: As many hours as you wish to spend in this top tourist places in Chennai.

9. The Little Mount Shrine:

There is a lot of mystery and history behind the Little Mount Shrine, especially at the St. Thomas’ cave, where the saint hid before being martyred. There is even a rock which has the foot prints of the martyred saint too. It is one of the most beautiful Chennai tourist places to visit.This is also among places to visit in Chennai at night due to the gorgeous view it provides.

  • Highlights of the Tour: In case you are wondering why this is among the tourist places to visit in Chennai, you must catch a glimpse of the beautiful carved rock and location of this place. This is one among the beautiful sites in the busy city.
  • Things to Do: Shopping can be done near the market stalls found near this tourist place.
  • Best Time to Visit: You can visit this place all around the year in the evenings
  • Peak Season: Weekends and holidays
  • Nearest City: This is one of the tourist places near Chennai
  • How to Reach: You can get here through via cab or take a bus to reach this place easily
  • Ideal Duration: 2-3 hours as you wish as this is among the best places to visit near Chennai.

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10. The Breezy Beach:

Next comes the most sought out picnic places in Chennai. The Breezy beach is an attractive place to be with no pollution. It is located in Valmiki Nagar and is known to be a virgin beach, untouched by the modern day commercialization. This is one of the best tourist places to visit in Chennai.

  • Highlights of the Tour: Sitting back and relaxing in the calm and serene beach amidst the busy city life.
  • Things to Do: Water sports on the clean waters and the sandy Breezy beach is what makes people come here. Swimming and boat rides are available!
  • Best Time to Visit: You can visit this beach all-round the year as it is among the best picnic spots in Chennai.
  • Peak Season: Holidays and weekends
  • How to Reach: You can visit this place by taking an auto, bus or taking a taxi from your place of living.

11. Fort St. George:

In case you are searching for historical places in Chennai, you are in the right place. Fort St. George is a historic building that was constructed during the rule of British East India Company. However, it now functions as home to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and Secretariat. Fort Saint George houses the relics of the historic St. George Museum and St. Mary’s Church.

  • Highlights of the Tour: The highlight of this place is having vintage and ancient materials still intact. There are plenty of other artifacts worth admiring such as documents, silverware, paintings, porcelain, and coins.
  • Things to Do: You can enjoy the serene atmosphere and location of the fort and have tiny market places around to visit once you finish the sightseeing within the fort.
  • Best Time to Visit: All round the year, especially from November to February
  • Peak Season: Weekends and Summers
  • How to Reach: You can easily take a bus to this place or the local train directly there, besides, you can also take a private taxi
  • Ideal Duration: 2-4 hours

12. Turtle Walk:

Now here we are with places to visit in Chennai for couples. This is located near serene and calm beach yet gives you soothing experience. Further, many of us would not have been aware of the fact that the coastal regions of Chennai are home to the endangered Olive Ridley Turtle. Many of the young turtles die, and therefore an initiative is taken by the Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network (SSTCN) to provide better chances of survival to them. The turtle walks are organized during this time on specific days, and the general public is also allowed to witness this fascinating sight.

  • Highlights of the Tour: Thousands of turtles gather at the coast during the breeding season from the months of December to April to lay their eggs. The eggs are left ashore unattended to fight their own way into the deep blue sea.
  • Things to Do: Witnessing these turtles, going for turtle walks
  • Best Time to Visit: November to January.
  • Peak Season: November to April is peak season here
  • Nearest City: This is one of the places to visit in Chennai with friends
  • How to Reach: You can get easily to this place by taking a bus or private taxi easily
  • Ideal Duration: 2 hours

13. Sri Parthasarathy Temple:

Now we come to places to visit in Chennai with family. Sri Parthasarathy Temple is one of the popular historical places and religious spots to see in Chennai. The presiding deity of the Sri Parthasarathy Temple is Lord Krishna and also has temples for other four incarnations of Lord Vishnu namely, Ramar, Ranganathar, Narasimhar, and Varadaraja.

  • Highlights of the Tour: It is also known to be the oldest temple of the city, and its origin dates back to the 8th century. The carvings and magnificence are worth to witness and admire.
  • Things to Do: The pillars and towers of Sri Parthasarathy Temple are adorned with elaborate carvings that are worth watching.
  • Peak Season: Festivals time
  • Nearest City: This is one of the places to visit in Chennai in one day.
  • How to Reach: You can either take a direct bus to the place from well-networked road transport around the city or take a taxi for easy commute
  • Ideal Duration: 2-3 hours as you wish

14. Velankanni Shrine:

The Annai Vellankani Shrine is located just past the famous Elliot’s Beach. It is one of the popular places to visit in Chennai for Christians as well as non-Christians. The white structure of the shrine stands boldly overlooking the Bay of Bengal. There is no entry fee for visiting Vellankani Shrine and be visited any day from 5 am to 9 pm.

  • Highlights of the Tour: This place is very pristine, and the atmosphere is extremely peaceful. Vellankani Shrine is visited by thousands of people of all religions who come in search of peace.
  • Things to Do: You can also attend the mass held here in Tamil as well as English.
  • Peak Season: Christmas and December
  • Nearest City: This is located in Chennai city
  • How to Reach: You can take public transport or take own taxi for the commute

15. Kalakshetra Arts Academy:

The Kalakshetra Arts Academy is one of the ideal Chennai tourist places for those in the field of arts and music. It sprawls over an area of 100 acres near the southern shore of Chennai. This cultural academy was established with an intention to preserve and propagate the varied Indian art forms. In the Kalakshetra Arts Academy, the focus is primarily given on Bharatanatyam, instrumental music, visuals arts, Carnatic vocal, textile design, traditional crafts, philosophy, and history.

  • Highlights of the Tour: Admire the beautiful infrastructure and art forms over this site. One should experience the art, dance and music conducted here.
  • Things to Do: When visiting the art academy do check out the museum and craft center. Also, the free evening performances held on specific days in the auditorium are worth watching.
  • Peak Season: Holidays
  • How to Reach: You can get to this place by taking public transport or take a private taxi as you please
  • Ideal Duration: Depends on the show, 2-4 hours as you please.

Additional Tips:

Here are some additional tips in case you are visiting Chennai for the first time

  • Serenity: Do not miss out on experiencing the serene beaches located in the city
  • Cuisine: Must try out is the local food at Chennai including dosa and idli with sambar. It is among the first in the must-try list when visiting the city.
  • Language: Most of them in the city speak English in case you are worried that language would be a cause for concern, so do not worry
  • Climate: Given the geographical location of the city, it is always good to carry a water bottle with you

Given that Chennai is one among the famous tourist destinations in cities you must visit, do not miss out on learning about the history and culture of this ancient place. The sightseeing and shopping attractions are for sure going to leave you awestruck after your time there. Please do let us know your experience after your visit; we would surely love to hear from you.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

1. what can we take back from the city of chennai when we leave as tourists.

You should not fail to try out famous food varieties like dosa and idli with sambar in Chennai. Being a multi-cuisine city there is always something available to suite the palate of the young and old. Similarly, you could carry back with you packets of chutney powders, pickles and try out various other traditional recipes. Another item in your shopping list should be sarees (cotton and silk) from old and reputed shops without the fear of getting duped.

2. Where are the best shopping areas in the city of Chennai?

Most of the tourists prefer to visit shopping markets like T Nagar and Pondy bazar where you can get a good bargain and is also for best place for street shopping in the city. Do not miss out to check out clothes, apparel, accessories, bags, and jewelry at this place.

3. Are taxis like Uber and Ola easily available and which is the best mode of transport in Chennai?

Ola is mostly used than Uber in the city; however both are easily accessible. Further more, there is good metro service and local train connectivity available along with public bus, which provides a strong transportation network in this city.

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Top 10 Attractions In Chennai, The Cultural Capital Of India

If you don’t mind the heat of the sun but love to enjoy some warmth from the hearts, if you don’t mind the lack of rich greenery but happy with the richness of reception and if you consider the rich cultural background and the unassuming people more important, then Chennai is the city for you to be on a holiday. Chennai is not only the 4th largest Indian city but it is the 36th metropolitan city the world over. It is also one of must-visit places in Tamil Nadu . The rich heritage and tradition of the city are the reasons for it being referred to as the cultural capital of India. Chennai was established by the British during the 17th century. However, the city has a great historical past that is evident from some of the famous constructions in the city that stand the test of time to prove that the city is much more ancient than its accounted years. If you are planning a visit to Chennai, make sure that you do not miss the following 10 places to visit in Chennai .

1. Marina Beach

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Marina Beach is naturally the instant choice for everyone that visits Chennai. This is the second longest beach in the world. The large expanse of silver sand allows for a great walk along the seashore. Sunrise and sun set views are picturesque in this perfect setting. Some of the sports activities possible in Marina Beach include fishing, wind surfing and beach volley ball.

Though Marina Beach owns the credit of being the second longest beach in the world, it is not as well maintained as it should be. However, if you love the soul of the city, you will love the place. This a place where you do not have an entrance fee but a lot of entertainment. You can watch fishermen starting their day out on the sea if you are here in the morning. The evenings are quite busy with people coming along with their families to have some entertainment here. The richest and the poor, famous celebrities and unknown common man frequent the beach. If you love to watch people, you could have a whale of a time here in the beautiful atmosphere.

2. Semmozhi Poonga

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Semmozhi Poonga offers a great escapade from the scorching sun and it is a visual delight for your eyes tired seeing manmade buildings. The park was opened towards the end of 2010. Located at city’s center, the 20-acre park offers to view scenic landscapes and lush gardens. The well-maintained gardens have over 500 varieties of trees and plants from all parts of the world. This is apart from the trees that already exist in the area before the establishment of the park. Some of the trees are over 100 years old. The species of plants include medicinal plants and aromatic herbs. The artificial waterfall in the park looks real. Children will love the park, as there are many play structures to keep them entertained. Elders can go for a walk and several seating arrangements are provided to stretch. Semmozhi Poonga seems so far to have made genuine efforts to keep the place clean and green unlike some other places in Chennai, which do not enjoy the attention they need to be given.

3. The Huddleston Gardens Of Theosophical Society

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The aim behind the establishment of Theosophical society is to create universal brotherhood where there is no distinction among human beings. The essence of the society is to blend the best of teachings of all religions to elevate the quality of humanity and its power. The world headquarters of Theosophical society is in Chennai. Located in Adyar, a part of Chennai, it commands respect from people belonging to all faiths. The society was established here in the year 1883. The 260-acre Huddleston Gardens is a birdwatchers’ paradise. You will find a wide range of migratory birds here. The banyan tree at the center of the garden immediately comes to mind amongst the people of Chennai, as the 450 and odd year old tree is one amongst the largest trees the world over. The tree covers a massive 59500 sq. ft area of land. This is one of the few places to feel one with nature and enjoy fresh air. This place elevates your soul.

The library inside the campus has great collections exceeding two lakh books. Other collections include palm-leaf manuscripts and many ancient books of various faiths.

4. Arignar Anna Zoological Park

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Arignar Anna Zoological Park is the first ever zoo in India. The zoo was established in the year 1855. The zoo was initially in the Moor market from where it was shifted to Vandalur in 1976. The massive 510-hectare zoo houses over 170 species of wildlife. Some of the wildlife found here includes tiger, hyena, lion, panther, elephants and many more. Elephant rides and lion safaris are available. If you are up to it, you could walk the entire stretch of the park. If not, you can tour on the battery operated vehicle rides.

5. Pulicat Lake

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Pulicat Lake is a ‘must visit’ place if you are in Chennai. Chennai is not green and you do not chance upon many places in Chennai that help you get closer to nature. Hence, taking a time away to be at Pulicat Lake becomes all the more important. Pulicat Lake is located on Tamilnadu’s border. The atmosphere is serene and you can have a relaxed day here. Boat rides are very popular here. While at boat, you are allowed to indulge in fishing. This is a great place for bird watching. Do not miss Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary located near Pulicat Lake as you will find rare species of birds such as flamingoes, kingfishers, pelican, ibis and many more. You could also find the ruins of a 17th century Danish fort.

6. Kapaleeswarar Temple

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Kapaleeswarar Temple is one of the oldest temples in the city. It is not clear as to who built the temple. Going by the songs by Nayanmars, it is believed that Kapaleeswarar Temple was built during the 7th century by Pallava Kings. The architecture is not as old as they seem to be around 400 years old. Hence, it is considered that Portuguese destroyed the original temple mentioned in the songs of Nayanmars and the present construction belongs to the 16th century. The temple stands a classic example of the Dravidian style of sculpture and architecture.

7. Breezy Beach

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Chennai has many beaches and while Marina beach is the longest in Chennai, Breezy beach holds attraction for the unpolluted atmosphere. It is situated in Valmiki Nagar in Chennai. This small beach remains untouched by commercialization and hence very serene. This is a perfect place for a breezy walk and the sunsets are picturesque. The sea is clean and hence water sports are popular. People love to swim here. You could also go on a boat ride.

8. National Art Gallery

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National Art Gallery was established in 1907. The influence of Indo-Saracenic architecture is evident in the red sandstone construction, which has four sections namely Tanjore Painting Gallery, Ravi Varma Painting Gallery, Indian Traditional Art Gallery and Decorative Art Gallery. Artists would love this place as it has on display some of the ancient paintings and handicrafts that date back to 11th century. The Rock and Cave Art Gallery here offers interesting moments with the setting of caves looking natural and with facilities such as interactive Son-et-lumiere, Tran slides and touch screen in the caves to make the session interesting.

9. Connemara Public Library

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Connemara Public Library was established in the year 1896. You could find many unique and rare collections in the library, which boasts of possessing wealthier information across various subjects. The library itself is intricately designed and the architecture is a blend of Southern Hindu Deccani, Gothic, Rajput and Mughal. The library houses periodic hall, a video room and a reference room. Braille library is also found here. The collection of books is very impressive and they cater to the needs of the students and professors alike. The library is one among the four National Depository Libraries in India that receives copies of all newspapers, periodicals and books published in India.

10. Little Mount Shrine

Little Mount Shrine has a rich history associated with it. You can find the cave where St. Thomas went hiding before being martyred here. The lack of attention in preserving important structures and monuments is evident here too as you can find a rock that bears St. Thomas’ footprints, which was not given due attention earlier to preserve it for future generation’s view. The place offers a good view of the city and the Chennai airport. It is a worth a visit if you want to experience a touch of the past and enjoy some pleasant atmosphere.

Chennai’s top attraction is the warmth of the people. You will find perfect harmony among the people of Chennai, who do not take into account the forced differences in terms of religion, race and color. While the worst failing in Chennai is the lack of effort to preserve places of historic significance and keep the city clean, the awareness seems to be increasing. You will find that sincere efforts are being taken by individuals and organizations and one such example is Chennai Turtle Walk to save the endangered species. With consistent and genuine efforts, there may be more attractions to mention in Chennai, which is of world class.

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  • Connemara Public Library
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15 Best Photoshoot Places In Chennai For Breathtaking Photos

Photoshoot Places In Chennai For Breathtaking Photos

You might be a model or a new mommy, or a couple looking to capture your moments at scenic backgrounds with the help of professional photographers. Then you have landed at the right place. This blog takes you through some of the offbeat and famous photoshoot locations in Chennai to capture bomb photos.

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Introduction

Chennai being the cultural and contemporary hub of Tamil Nadu is one of the best places to do a photo shoot for yourself. The number of photoshoots that happen in Chennai daily is countless. From portfolio and couple photoshoots to maternity photoshoots, youngsters of this generation are going bonkers over photographs. As a part of the whole trend, photoshoots have become expensive too. Hiring a photographer, choosing the right attire for you, finding the right hair and makeup artist for your makeover, and choosing the right location for you, ahhhhh, sounds hectic right? But to make things easier for you to choose the location that suits you better, we have come up with 15 photoshoot places for you in Chennai based on your preferences and the type of photoshoot. 

Best Photoshoot Locations in Chennai For Everyone

There are so many locations you can shoot for free of cost in Chennai they are discussed below. But before you decide on which one to pick, make sure you shoot early in the mornings to avoid the crowd and not feel suffocated in front of others. And most importantly, the morning light.

15. Streets of Mylapore ( For a Crowded Background)

Streets of Mylapore - Best Photoshoot Places in Chennai

Mylapore is a rich and traditional neighbourhood home to many holy places and cultural centres. These include places of worship, street merchants, vintage homes, and a bustling population, making Mylapore the most happening venue for portfolio and conventional photoshoots. Since Mylapore is the centre of the city’s cultural scene, you may capture the atmosphere by dressing in traditional Tamil attire. 

  • Location: Vinayaka Nagar Colony, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600004
  • Suggested shooting time: Early mornings
  • Rating: 3.5/5

14. Broken Bridge, Besant Nagar ( For great beach view)

Broken Bridge - Best Photoshoot Places in Chennai

This trail, which is situated in our very own Besant Nagar, is yet another of the picturesque, remote locations ideal for undisturbed photography. This location resembles a scene from Europe due to the backwaters on both sides of the bridge and the beautiful greenery all around it. The greatest time to visit is in the late afternoon, just before sunset. The environment is so tranquil that any anxiety or self-consciousness about being in front of the camera will quickly go, making it the greatest location to capture natural reactions. 

  • Location: Srinivasa Beach Road, Theosophical Society, Srinivasa Puram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600004
  • Suggested shooting time: Afternoon before sunset.
  • Rating: 3.8/5

13. Napier Bridge

Napier Bridge - Best Photoshoot Places in Chennai

One of Chennai’s oldest and most recognisable bridges is the Napier Bridge. Additionally, it provides for a remarkable backdrop for pre-wedding pictures when lit at night. Furthermore, the view from the bridge is stunning. It might serve as a backdrop for your photos, or you can use it to photograph the sunrise. 

  • Location: Built over the Coovum River, connecting Fort St. George with the Marina beach.
  • Suggested shooting time: Early mornings or during sunsets, night shoot can be done with the lit bridge too.
  • Rating: 4/5

12. ECR & Kovalam Beach

ECR & Kovalam Beach - Best Photoshoot Places in Chennai

If you believe Marina Beach to be the top location for couple photo shoots, think again. You’re mistaken. It is the coastline of ECR. Because there are many locations available for your couple photoshoot if you select ECR. Along with Mahabalipuram, Muthukadu & Kovalam are the top places in ECR . Plan your photo session day keeping all these spots in mind so you may return home with wonderful memories and amazing images, not to mention the amazing trip on the ECR. And not to mention, you might also spot some incredible surfers surfing on the high tide waves. 

  • Location: ECR & Poongavanapuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600003
  • Suggested shooting time: Early mornings or during sunsets, night shoot can be done for some dark background photos. 
  • Rating: 5/5

11. Royapuram Tracks

Royapuram Tracks - Best Photoshoot Places in Chennai

We are sure that at some point in your life, you enjoyed posing in front of vintage engines and abandoned railroad tracks. You now have the opportunity to do just that! Before the Royapuram bridge, turn left to enter this unique site for your photography. Discover this hidden gem area and take some filmic pictures of the colourful engines that are parked there. 

  • Location: Royapuram Bridge, Old Washermanpet, Chennai
  • Suggested shooting time: Early mornings or before sunsets
  • Rating: 4.2/5

10. Eco-Park, Chetpet

Eco-Park Chetpet - Best Photoshoot Places in Chennai

During the ideal photography time of the evening, this eco-park smack in the centre of Chetpet is pretty picturesque. Little ducks can be photographed swimming or waddling along the edge of the lake in the backdrop. The lake’s bamboo wooden fence, which encircles it, creates a retro backdrop and has an Ooty vibe.

  • Location : KMC, 814, Poonamallee High Rd, Opposite to, New Bupathy Nagar, Kilpauk, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600010

9. Alamparai Fort

Alamparai Fort - Best Photoshoot Places in Chennai

What better place to accomplish that than between the crumbling remains of an old fort with a view of the enormous ocean? A silhouette of a loving couple dancing among the ruins of history and getting ready to write their own history can be seen behind them, with the bay behind them and the crashing waves reflecting golden in the setting sun. As he lifts her, soft sand sprinkles from her toes. For private, infrequently frequented romantic picture shoots, Alamparai Fort is the perfect location. 

  • Location: Edaikazhinadu, Tamil Nadu 603304

8. Streets of Chennai at night

Streets of Chennai at night

The other beauty of night begins when the day comes to a close. The benefit of photographing at night is that there are no distractions from passing vehicles or pedestrians. Even though nighttime photography is very challenging, trained photographers manage to capture the beauty of Chennai’s streets at night. The grandeur of the skies, roads, lights, and the couple in the night are all captured in hypnotic detail during city night shoots. 

  • Suggested shooting time: After sunset or after 9pm
  • Rating: 5/5 

Paid Photoshoot locations in Chennai

Chennai has a vast range of photoshoot locations that can be used by paying a certain sum.  Here are a few of them for you to choose from based on your requirements and theme. 

7. The Intercontinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort

Intercontinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort

This is located along the picturesque East Coast Road ECR and represents the history of the Coromandel Coast. The Beach Resort , which is tucked away amid casuarina groves, has a private beach and 15000 square feet of garden space, making it the perfect location for a couple photoshoots. You can plan a photo shoot in western clothes at this location and have privacy as it is a private area. An added advantage is that you can also book rooms to dress up for your shoot.

  • Location: Post Office, 212 East Coast Rd Nemelli Village, Perur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 603104
  • Suggested shooting time: Early morning or during sunset
  • Rating: 4.8/5

6. Studio 24

Studio 24 - Best Photoshoot Places in Chennai

Cinematic couple photoshoot setups and props are available at Studio 24 in one place. There is a lot of variation throughout the couple’s picture shoots because to their 40+ various photo shoot sets. You can shoot a wide range of themes here, from traditional, classic, semi- modern to contemporary. The highlight of this location is the setup that looks similar to the Santorini island in Greece. This is the favourite spot for couple of photoshoots right now in Chennai. 

  • Location: 158, MGR Street, Eden Garden, Uthandi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600119 
  • Suggested shooting time: Early mornings or during sunset
  • Rating: 5/5 (a must try)

5. The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden - Best Photoshoot Places in Chennai

Thiruvanmiyur’s beachfront property was constructed specifically to aid photographers in getting the best shots. This location has it all: a beautiful garden area with vibrant floral arrangements, a walkway covered in gorgeous creepers, an indoor area decorated with antique touches, and a pool for underwater photography. You can mimic those sunrise shots like a total boss with the help of lighting equipment, a private driveway, and other amenities. 

  • Location: AKS Enclave No.8, 3/668 Baywatch Boulevard, Water Land Dr Rd, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600041

Locations that are easy on your pocket

These include a huge range from ancient to modern architectural backgrounds that will e everyone’s favourite photoshoot places in Chennai .  

4. Local Trains

Local Trains - Best Photoshoot Places in Chennai

Getting a few pictures in the local train is essential for the photo shoot’s pre-wedding couple photoshoot at prominent locations in the Chennai theme . However, if you want to grab a few quick images, organise your shots and board a train because you need permission and clearance in advance to shoot on public property. Therefore, avoid shooting for an extended period of time in the bus to avoid unnecessary problems and time loss. 

  • Rating: 4/5 

3. Dakshin Chitra

Dakshin Chitra - Best Photoshoot Places in Chennai

One of Chennai’s best locations for outdoor photo shoots is Dakshinchitra, a multicultural art museum with the meaning “a picture of the South.” It contains some of the most priceless artworks showcasing South Indian crafts, way of life, performing arts, and architecture. This Chennai location for photo shoots is well-known for its collection of 18 genuinely historic departments that frequently organise relevant exhibitions. For couple’s picture shoots featuring ethnic and traditional costume, this place is ideal. 

  • Location: SH 49, Muthukadu, Tamil Nadu 603112
  • Rating: 4.9/5 

2. Theosophical Society, Adyar

Theosophical Society - Best Photoshoot Places in Chennai

Just picture yourself strolling along holding hands with the love of your life, surrounded by lush green mahogany, the melodic chirping of lovely birds, a 450-year-old large banyan tree, an ancient church, and the crystal-clear waters of a river pouring past. These magnificent gardens, which span 260 acres, are located on the southern banks of the Adyar River in Adyar, Chennai. 

  • Location: Blavatsky Ave, Arunachalapuram, Adyar, 600 020 Chennai 

1. Mahabalipuram Shore Temple & Beach

Mahabalipuram Shore Temple - Best Photoshoot Places in Chennai

Since forever, the Mahabalipuram temple and the adjoining seashore have been popular tourist and photo locations. Even though numerous sophisticated photoshoot settings are available, it remains a go-to place for each couple’s photo shoot. When we photograph in the Mahabalipuram temple, we sense joy. It is a location to take some stunning portraits. An excellent location for your timeless picture shoots to get natural shots of your love in the middle of history and nature.

  • Location: Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104
  • Rating: 4.5/5 

Some tips and tricks for a couple of photoshoots

If you’re a couple who is looking forward to some photos of your lifetime, then there are a few things you should consider to capture some amazing moments. 

It’s difficult to appear carefree and at ease during the photo shoot. During their pre-wedding sessions or even on the wedding day, many couples are being captured in photographs for the very first time. So how do we get those “laughing-while-throwing-her-head-back” shots? For couples that aren’t particularly at ease in front of the camera, we have some insider advice and strategies! 

Prepare a few potential photo ideas. For couples who have no idea what to do during a picture shoot, here are a few shot ideas. They are also bookmarkable! 

Here are some of the tricks to get your perfect romantic shot. 

1. Take your time: Rushing to complete a photo shoot will show in the final images. Take your time; you’ll feel at ease. Schedule your photoshoot when you don’t have a tight deadline; this will allow you to unwind and be authentic. This time is for you and your spouse, after all!

2. Play music: Couples frequently underestimate the impact of music. You can get in the mood and start moving your body with just a few straightforward songs. Choose a few songs that both you and your spouse enjoy, preferably dance songs. Once you are at ease, it will be simpler to encourage you to smile for the camera and posture.

3. The Whisper: Draw them closer while whispering something romantic in their ear. It’s a surefire way to elicit strong feelings, whether it’s a declaration of love that causes a cute facial expression or a naughty joke that causes laughter.

4. The Cuddle: You don’t have to be lying down for this. Simply hold your partner’s head while making forehead contact. As the other touches their forehead to their temple region, you can also have one person face the camera.

5. The Kiss: Definitely no extra brownie points for guessing this right. You can give your lover a peck on the cheek or even a kiss on the lips. Always approach a kiss carefully and pause briefly before giving it. Your candid photographer will record the tension and feeling before that kiss! 

Hire a comfortable photographer who can help you be at ease throughout the shoot and give you reassurance. Rather than going after renowned names, you can also hire your friends who are photographers or a known photographers to maintain the comfort all throughout. 

There are so many different places for shooting some breathtaking photos in Chennai that you will cherish for the rest of your life. Apart from that the most important factor that makes the photos great is that the feelings that you emote that gets reflected on the photographs.

Here is a quick list of photographers you can book for your pre-wedding photoshoot.

1. SN Studios

  • Address: 106, Vepery High Road.
  • Ph. no: 9940080682

2. Fifth Angle photography

  • Address: New no. 49, Old no. 13, Habibullah Rd, T. Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017
  • Phone: 088700 42555

3. Zero Gravity Photography

  • Address: 42, 50, Josier St, Tirumurthy Nagar, Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600034
  • Phone: 098407 67566

4. The Shaadi stories

  • Address: KS FOUNDATION, 35/16, Damodaramorthy Rd, Aspiran Garden Colony,    
  • Kilpauk, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600010

FAQs – Photoshoot Places In Chennai

When is the best time to shoot for pre-wedding photos? This is the most tricky part to find for some people. But the answer is simple. You can choose the golden hour. i.e., the early morning hour to capture the best photo with your partner, or if you would like to capture some alluring moments, you can choose to shoot at night with the use of street lights and artificial lights.

What are the things to be considered before deciding on the photoshoot location? When you decide to do a photo shoot you should consider the type of attire, colour palette for the clothes that can be used, the photographer who can capture your emotions well, a makeover artist if required, the location that suits your theme, time of the day for the shoot, the weather for the day before leaving for the photoshoot.

How to decide on the best location for pre-wedding photoshoot? You can look for location images on google before visiting. If you think they are worthy enough and suit the theme of the photo shoot, visit the location once before the day of your shoot to avoid any last-minute obstacles.

Which place is best for a photo shoot in Chennai? There are many places where you can shoot for your couple photoshoot. But there are certain restrictions that will be imposed on a few places. You can choose to shoot on the beach, on the streets or in a paid location if you prefer some theme-based photoshoots. Read more to know more about this in this article.

Can we do a photoshoot in Marina beach, Chennai? Yes, You can try a couple or a model photoshoot at Marina Beach during the early morning hours to avoid crowds. But also remember the area will be bustling with morning beach walkers, residents, and crowds even during the mornings. You can choose to shoot on a more private beach alongside ECR.

Which location is best for a photo shoot in Chennai with Friends? One of the most recently hyped photoshoot locations in Chennai is Studio 24, which has about 40 themes specially curated for photoshoots. If not, You can always shoot in the best gift that Chennai can offer, the beautiful beaches. There are many beach locations in Chennai that you can choose from. You can decide on them based on the distance, and privacy.

Which is the best Historical Place in Chennai for photoshoots? One of the most historical locations of Chennai is the Mahabalipuram. It is one of the few UNESCO heritage sites in the world. Some of the few hidden gems are the Alamparai fort, Egmore museum, Chokidani- a heritage resort, Theosophical Society, Adyar, etc,..

Which location is best for photoshoots for couples? There are many places in Chennai that are great for couple photoshoots. Some of the places include Kovalam beaches, Parks like Senmozhi Poonga, Napier Bridge, Local trains for a retro vibe, and other spots like The Secret Garden at Thiruvanmiyur and Studio 24 at Uthandi.

Which is the most peaceful place in Chennai for a photoshoot? Beaches in the early mornings or parks in the mornings can be ideal locations for a photoshoot if you are looking for peaceful places in the city. You can also visit the Theosophical Society in Adyar or Dakshin Chitra. These places have a calm atmosphere and are usually less crowded.

Which is the best temple for a photo shoot in Chennai? There are a lot of traditional and historical temples in Chennai where you can go for photoshoots. Some of them are Arupadai Murugan Temple at Besant Nagar, Kapaleeshwar Temple at Mylapore, Parthasarathy Perumal Temple at Triplicane, and Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram.

Which is the best Park for a photo shoot in Chennai? There are many free parks in Chennai where you can get your photoshoot done. Some of them are Semmozhi Poonga at Teynampet, Jeeva park at T. Nagar, Chetpet Ecopark, etc.,.

Which is the best Beach for a photo shoot in Chennai? The Kovalam beach can be a great spot for a beach photoshoot in Chennai as the beach is generally less crowded and has beautiful scenic views. Since it’s a less crowded place, you can also enjoy some privacy.

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Top places to visit in Chennai and things to do

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Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu and a prominent business hub, located conveniently near the sea. It is also an important tourist destination in India and has a large number of tourist spots for travellers and adventure enthusiasts. If you are a tourist, you will find no dearth of places to visit in Chennai. You can take a look at this list of tourist places in Chennai which will help you plan the ideal itinerary. You can visit Chennai during most part of the year, as the weather is generally comfortable, except in summer, when the heat rises.

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How to reach Chennai?

By air: Chennai International Airport is one of the major airports in India. The airport is connected to both, domestic and international terminals in India and abroad. People can easily travel to the airport and then take a cab to reach any part of the city.

By rail: Chennai Central railway station is the main railway station in the city. The station is also connected to other local railway stations near Chennai and can be accessed by all major cities in India. Regular trains from cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, and Delhi come here everyday.

By road: Chennai is easily accessible by road from Bangalore and Hyderabad. Tourists can take NH44 to travel to Chennai. Alternatively, Chennai is also connected to Hyderabad by the NH16 highway.

Best tourist places in Chennai 

When it comes to the best places to visit in Chennai, there is no dearth of spots you can choose from. So, here is a Chennai tourist places list you can check out. 

Places to visit in Chennai #1: Marina Beach

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Marina Beach is among the most famous places in Chennai and a must-visit for tourists. Stretching from Fort St George to Foreshore Estate, the shoreline is covered with parks and shops. You can explore the beach and watch the amazing sunsets it has to offer. Additionally, there are plenty of snack stalls on the beach selling fritters and pani puris for visitors. Children can also enjoy the various rides available on the beach. For history buffs, there is no better place to visit in Chennai than this.

Chennai tourist places #2: Chennai lighthouse

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A major landmark on the Marina Beach is the Chennai lighthouse, which is also the only lighthouse in India that is present within the city limits. While it was closed for some time to visitors, Chennai lighthouse was reopened to visitors in November 2013. History behind the Chennai lighthouse mentions that it was built by the East Coast Constructions and Industries in 1976 and put to use from 1977.

Chennai tourist places #3: Chennai Museum

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The Chennai Central Museum at Egmore is a renowned museum open to visitors. The museum was established in 1851 and is the second-oldest museum in India , making it one of the best places in Chennai for those who like learning about a place’s history . The museum is famous for its collection of Roman artefacts and ancient bronze idols. The displays of old sculptures date back to 1000 BCE and further.

You can take a tour of the premises and galleries as it is one of the best places to visit in Chennai to explore artefacts, paintings, sculptures and antiques, which adorn its walls. There is also a souvenir shop within the premises which sells gifts and handicraft items. You can shop here and take back a token from Tamil Nadu for your family and friends. The museum is open from 9:30 am to 5 pm everyday, except Fridays.

Chennai places to visit #4: Breezy Beach

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Breezy Beach in Valmiki Nagar is among the best places to see in Chennai. This serene beach is among the top Chennai tourist places. It is the hub of photographers who come to take scenic photos of the sea and its shore. Comparatively uncrowded, you can come here to watch the sunrise or unwind after a long day. You will find plenty of hotels and resorts nearby. Even if you stay far away, you can always use public transport to reach the spot. Make sure you take some amazing shots at the tourist spot to take home some souvenirs for yourself.

Places to see in Chennai #5: Arignar Anna Zoological Park

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Arignar Anna Zoological Park (abbreviated AAZP) or the Vandalur Zoo, is located in Vandalur, Chennai. It is a short drive away from the main city and only 31 kilometres from Chennai Central. The zoo was founded in 1855 and was the first public zoo in India. Spread over 1,490 acres, the zoo is home to a large number of flora and fauna. You will find a variety of mammals, reptiles, fishes and birds in the Park. The entry fee is nominal. It is also the second-largest national park in Chennai. This best place to visit in Chennai is ideal for families with children who will enjoy watching and learning about all the animals at the zoo.

Famous places in Chennai #6: Valluvar Kottam

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Valluvar Kottam is an enormous monument dedicated to the classical Tamil poet Valluvar. This landmark monument is a centre of culture in Tamil Nadu and is open to all tourists. It was constructed in the 20th century and is located at the intersection of the Kodambakkam High road and the Village Road in Nungambakkam neighbourhood of Chennai. The impressive 39-metre-high stone car here, is a treat for the eyes and a mark of splendid Indian architecture. Regular handicraft exhibitions are also conducted here, so you can come to enjoy the beautiful displays, which can also be purchased here. Located in the heart of Chennai, this Chennai visiting place is easily accessible and can be reached via auto or car services.

Tourist places in Chennai #7: Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple

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Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple in Chennai is located in Besant Nagar. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the God of wealth and abundance. Counted among the top places to visit in Chennai, t he temple is relatively new and was constructed in the late 20th century. The temple is open to tourists and devotees who can perform pujas here if they wish. You can visit the temple to worship, or spend time marvelling at its architecture. Elliot’s Beach is located nearby and can be travelled to quite easily. You can turn it into a short trip and enjoy the calm ambience of Besant Nagar.

Chennai visiting places #8: Elliot’s beach

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Elliot’s Beach at Besant Nagar, is a quaint beach slightly away from the main city. This beach is quite different from the Marina Beach since it lacks the crowd and the noise. The small serene beach is perfect for people who want to avoid crowds and do not like to travel a long way through the sand to reach the water. You can reach the beach by private and public transport for a minimal price. You can have a small picnic by the beachside and spend the evening and sunset hours in peace and tranquillity. If you stay close by at one of the hotels, you can even take a short walk t the beach, to observe the sunrise and feel the fresh sea breeze in the morning. This is definitely one of the best places to visit in Chennai for nature lovers.

Tourist places near Chennai #9: VGP Golden Beach

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The Golden Beach is located only a short distance from the main city. The beach has a resort alongside, which invites tourists to spend time and avail of the entertainment provided. There are a number of arcades and rides within the premises, which can be enjoyed at extra charge. You can make a day trip out of Golden Beach and spend the entire day having fun with your family and relaxing on the beach in the evening. VGP Golden Beach is definitely among Chennai’s best places and can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Places to visit in Chennai #10: St Thomas Cathedral Basilica

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St Thomas Cathedral Basilica or Santhome Cathedral in Chennai is a major pilgrimage site for Christians. The Basilica is said to be the resting place of St Thomas and was built in 72 AD. The current structure of the Basilica is made in the neo-gothic style by the Portuguese and the British, who altered the original Church and expanded its premises.

The Basilica receives hundreds of tourists who flock to the shrine to pay their respects. The Basilica has an impressive design, with chandeliers and stained glass windows. You can visit the St Thomas museum to explore the relics of the Saint and pray at the underground Chapel located within.   Whether you are architecture enthusiast or someone who likes to explore their spirituality, this church is a great place to visit in Chennai for you.

Chennai places to visit #11: Thousand Lights Mosque

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The Thousand Lights Mosque in Chennai was constructed in the 19th century by Umdat ul-Umara. Located in Anna Salai, the Mosque is a spiritual place for Muslims and reflects the Mughal architectural style in India. You can visit the Mosque and marvel at its beauty while learning more about its historical significance. It is conveniently located within the city and easily accessible by road. You can opt for a private vehicle or take a local auto and reach the place readily from anywhere in Chennai.

Places to visit in Chennai #12: Kapaleeswarar Temple

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Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore is a top place to visit in Chennai. The Kapaleeswarar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The temple is a significant place of worship for Hindu pilgrims and devotees of Shaivism. Constructed around the 7th century, the temple has a brilliant Dravidian style, complete with sculptures of Gods and demons.

A major spiritual place in Chennai, the temple conducts regular pujas, which can be attended by devotees. You can visit the temple as a part of the Chennai city itinerary and spend some time within its peaceful premises.

Chennai places to visit #13: Arulmigu Marundeeswarar Temple

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The Arulmigu Marundeeswarar Temple in Chennai is another Hindu spiritual place. This temple is famous among Shaivites who worship the Hindu God Shiva. The temple has a beautiful exterior and the premises are kept clean and in pristine condition. The temple finds relevance in texts that date back to the 6th century. Within the temple premises is also a shrine for Rishi Valmiki, who wrote the epic Ramayana. You can explore the old architecture of the temple, which predominantly follows the Chola empire traditions during which the premises were renovated.

Tourist places near Chennai #14: Kolli Hills

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Kolli Hills is located only a short drive from Chennai. One of the ideal tourist places near Chennai, this destination is for people looking to spend some time on the hills. The resort village has one of the most picturesque roads in Tamil Nadu and must be at the top of your Chennai tourist places list. Located in Tiruchirapalli district, the hill station offers some breathtaking views of the Eastern Ghats and the lush greenery surrounding it. You can visit the village as a part of a day trip or stay back at nearby hotels. You can also club it with other tourist destinations located within close range. To reach Kolli Hills from Chennai, tourists need to take the Chennai-Theni Highway or Chennai-Villupuram-Trichy-Kanyakumari Road

Places to visit in Chennai #15: Parthasarathy Temple

The Parthasarathy temple is situated close to the Marina Beach and is among the major attractions in the city due to its architectural beauty. It is a 6th-century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has an intricately designed pyramid-shaped dome called rajagopuram. The temple features five forms of Lord Vishnu namely Yoga Narasimha, Rama, Gajendra Varadaraja, Ranganatha and Lord Krishna as Parthasarathy.

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Places to visit in Chennai #16: Kamakshi Amman Temple

The Kamakshi Amman Temple is among Chennai’s famous tourist places list. Constructed in 7th century by the Pallava kings and rebuilt in 14th century, the temple is dedicated to goddess Kamakshi. It is situated in Kanchipuram city near Chennai.

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Places to visit in Chennai #17: Anna Centenary Library

Located at Kotturpuram, this is one of the largest libraries in south Asia and attracts book lovers in large numbers. It was built at a cost of Rs 172 crores and named after the former Tamil Nadu chief minister, C. N. Annadurai.

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Top things to do in Chennai

In addition to sightseeing, there are several other enjoyable things to do in Chennai to make your trip more memorable than ever.

Things to do in Chennai #1: Shopping in Chennai

We advise you not to skip a shopping expedition in Chennai. Chennai has some amazing malls and markets with various shops selling branded and handmade local goods. You can visit places like Express Avenue mall, Forum Mall, Phoenix Marketcity, etc., to shop from top South Indian and Western brands. The local markets can be visited for some traditional South Indian goods like pattu sarees, Kanjivarams, kemp jewellery, gold jewellery, home decor, etc. You can also explore the market next to Kapaleeswarar Temple to buy some authentic handicraft items and jewellery.

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Things to do in Chennai #2: Local cuisine

Visiting south Indian local eateries should be a priority on your trip to Chennai. South Indian food has a variety of dishes in the vegetarian and non-vegetarian categories. From street food to restaurants, Chennai is filled with eateries selling delectable cuisines. The coastal and seafood cuisines at Chennai are must-haves when visiting Chennai. You can enjoy the fried goodies from the street stalls at Marina beach or navigate through Chennai’s top restaurants to have a complete meal. Some well-known eateries are Annalakshmi Restaurant, Dakshin, The Flying Elephant, The Waterfall Restaurant, and Avartana.

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Things to do in Chennai #3: Take a stroll across Thalankuppam Pier

If all you want is a little peace and quiet and to be surrounded by the serenity of nature, taking a stroll across the beautiful Thalankuppam Pier is just what you need. The pier is located in a small fishing hamlet in northern Chennai called Thalankuppan. Oozing tranquillity and scenic beauty, this is the place where the Thalankuppam River meets the far-reaching sea. Serving as one of the best places to visit for those who love all things nature, Thalankuppam Pier is a great place to make some fond memories. 

Things to do in Chennai #4: Photography at Ubbalamadugu Falls

Whether you are a photography enthusiast or just someone looking to explore the natural wonders of Chennai, a visit to the gorgeous Ubbalamadugu Falls is a must. This exquisite tourist spot features clear waters cascading down amidst the lush green forests of Siddulaiah Kona. If you want a spot for clicking Instagram-worthy pictures, you won’t have to look any further. 

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Things to do in Chennai #5: Have fun at MGM Dizzee World

Who doesn’t like amusement parks? Whether you are visiting Chennai with friends or family, MGM Dizzee World is an awesome amusement park for you to have a fun-filled day with near and dear ones. Chock full of exciting rides and water slides, it is a particularly great destination to explore with kids. Make sure you enjoy all the rides this park offers for an unforgettable experience. Also, the food court offers an incredible opportunity to indulge in some of the local fare. 

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Is Chennai worth visiting?

Chennai is a beautiful city and the capital of Tamil Nadu. The city has some beautiful and serene beaches, along with some famous tourist attractions, which make it worth visiting.

What is famous in Chennai to buy?

Chennai is famous for its beautiful and traditional temple jewellery and silk saris. Since Chennai is close to the textile industries in Coimbatore, it also has a huge collection of cotton saris and other clothing items.

Which is the best month to visit Chennai?

While tourists can visit Chennai whenever they want, the summer months can be avoided.

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How to make the most out of a trip to Chennai

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A long weekend is always a great opportunity to travel and explore. Chennai is one of the most visited places in Tamil Nadu, it offers a vibrant tapestry of cultural experiences, tourist attractions, and historical landmarks waiting to be discovered. With such a variety of places to visit, it might get overwhelming to know where to go and when to do so. Here are a few recommendations that might guide you through the trip and help you get the best experience.

For the spiritual being:

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An early morning visit to a temple might be a beautiful and auspicious start for your trip! The Arulmigu Sri Thiyagaraja Temple is always one of the recommendations that tourists receive upon their visit. With its calm and serene environment at the break of dawn and the beautiful lake and surrounding greenery, it would be a delight to visit the land of temples. The Parthasarathy temple, Vadapalani Murugan temple, and Santhome Cathedral Basilica are other notable recommendations.

For the science enthusiasts

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The Birla Planetarium is an indoor universe that no science enthusiast should miss. On the highly perforated aluminium inner dome of the planetarium, special effect projectors replicate some of the most breathtaking cosmic events. The programme is made even more exciting and energetic by the multimedia projection arrangements and multidimensional activities that have been added to the sky theatre. The Anna Centenary library as well, will be a place where you can get lost in knowledge and sit back in comfort.

For the historic one

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The Government Museum of Chennai, being the second oldest museum in India takes you back to the neolithic times and slowly brings you back traversing through every era. The Dhakshinchitra Heritage Museum is also a visual treat, consisting of a collection of 18 authentic historical houses with contextual exhibitions in each house. These houses given for demolition by their owners are purchased, taken down, transported, and reconstructed making it a dream come true for every history devotee.

For the thrill lover

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A whole day spent in Queensland, MGM Dizzee World, or the VGP Universal Kingdom would be ideal for every thrill lover. MGM Dizzee World with its thrilling escapades, the Queensland with its heart-drenching water rides, and the VGP Universal Kingdom with its dry and water rides, its snow kingdom below -10 degrees, and the marine kingdom with the underwater experience would be great places to visit for a day of thrill and fun with family or friends.

For the foodies

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The best souvenir you can take back from a visit is the taste of the native food at your tongue’s tip. The baji and fish fry spots of the marina and the chaat walas on the street corner are must-visits if you identify yourself as a foodie. The Kora food street in Anna Nagar might also be a place worth a visit. 

A serene finish

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No person can reminisce about Chennai without recollecting the vast expanse of the serene beach. Though Marina is one of the most opted-for beaches, Besant Nagar Beach, also fondly known as Bessie is a great place to spend a pleasant evening with the cool beach breeze, the sea shells at the foot, and of course not forget the delicious treats!

Visiting a spot just for the sake of visiting is never a good idea. Know your interests and customise your trip according to them. Hope you have a fun and memorable visit!

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Experience The Magic Of Tamil Nadu: 7 Spectacular Places To Explore

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Tamil Nadu, located in the south part of India is a land immersed in the rich culture, history and natural beauty. From ancient temples to serene hill stations, vibrant cities to picturesque beaches, Tamil Nadu offers a great variety of attractions for tourists. In this article we will take a virtual journey through some must-visit places in TamilNadu around, and will give you an invitation to explore this fascinating state's essence.

1. Chennai: The Gateway to Tamil Nadu

Chennai serves as the starting point of our journey. Known for its vibrant culture, Chennai presents a mix of tradition and modernity. Visitors can walk down landmarks such as Marina Beach landmark wherein lies history, iconic Kapaleeshwarar Temple or Fort St. George dating back to colonial era days. And while here don't forget about tasting traditional Tamil cuisine at local restaurants and buying some things at T Nagar market or Pondy Bazaar - really overpopulated with people.

2. Madurai: The City of Temples

Few hours' drive from Chennai is Madurai, often called "the Athens of the East." A sprawling complex dedicated to goddess Meenakshi is what Madurai means when mentioned, for most people think about it only because of that ancient temple called Meenakshi Amman Temple which covers many acres. The temple's intricate architecture and bustling bazaars breathes spirituality and cultural richness into it by manifesting themselves both physically and visually through sculptures. Also there are several other sights in the vicinity including Gandhi Memorial Museum where one can see lively rituals happening around Vaigai River.

3. Thanjavur: The Cultural Heartland

When you want to know more about art music dance Thanjavur should be on top your list since it has contributed much into these fields throughout centuries now.Temple Brihadeeswarar which belongs to Chola dynasty and is considered as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, was built by them in the form of a testimony about their architectural genius. Also, those keen on art can visit Thanjavur Art Gallery where they will be exposed to an impressive collection of bronze sculptures and traditional paintings. Don't forget that you can also attend such famous classical performances like Sangeetha Mahal.

4. Ooty: The Queen of Hill Stations

Ooty, a hill station ensconced within Nilgiri Hills provides a perfect getaway from the sweltering heat of the plains. This place is well known for its lush tea gardens, serene lakes and mist-covered mountains which makes it heaven for people loving nature. Catch the train ride through Nilgiri Mountain Railway; take a walk around Government Botanical Garden with neatly trimmed plants or go boating at Ooty Lake with green peaceful water.

5. Kanyakumari: Where Land Meets Sea

Kanyakumari is the utmost point downwards from where one can get by land along the Indian coast; it is situated at the South tip of mainland India where Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean join together creating breathtaking vistas. Get amazed by the sunrise/sunset from Vivekananda Rock Memorial or Thiruvalluvar Statue this experience will remain in your memory forever! Additionally, there are some historical attractions like Padmanabhapuram Palace or an ancient temple dedicated to Devi Kanya Kumari.

6. Mahabalipuram: A Heritage Gem

A UNESCO World Heritage site in Mahabalipuram' s exquisitely carved rock-cut temples and sculptures takes us back into history's pages full of intrigue and mystery. Shore Temple, Arjuna's Penance along with Five Rathas are examples of intricately carved monolithic structures that may catch your eye while you are here.So why don't you go for water sports in Mahabalipuram's clean beaches or buy souvenirs in the busy street markets?

7. Coimbatore: The Manchester of South India

Conclude your visit to Coimbatore, often called as the "Manchester of South India" because of its thriving textile industry located in Tamil Nadu. You should explore the quietness of Siruvani Waterfalls and peaceful atmosphere at Marudhamalai Murugan Temple where you can hear prayers being sung by the devotees. Do not miss a chance to try delicious South Indian cuisine in local restaurants or buy some fashionable silk sarees at colorful markets.

Ultimately, Tamil Nadu is an amalgamation of differing experiences that cater for all kinds of travelers. There are many reasons why anyone would want to go there including one's interest in history, love for nature or even just wanting to experience their unique culture among others. Pack your luggage and set off on this magical journey where you will understand how timeless the beauty and charm of Tamil Nadu is, a cultural hotspot in India.

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