Tourist Attractions

Places of Tourist Interest :

Chennai houses diverse religions and communities to live in harmony with each other. It also bears some of the old famous places of worship belonging to different religious communities such as the Kapaleeshwara temple at Mylapore, Parthasarathy temple at Triplicane which are some architectural master pieces.

The city is well connected to every nuke and corner by a well developed city bus transportation services. There are electric trains that connects the important parts of the cities. The Chennai metro rail projects are in the final level of completion. The city known as the “Gateway to the South” is known for its beach, diverse population, cinemas theatres, shopping malls, parks, restaurants etc.

Sightseeing Attractions :

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St. George’s fort is actually the Legislative Assembly of the Government of Tamil Nadu. Located near the beach the fort has the longest flag pole in the whole country. The fort was built during the rule of East India Company in Madras. There is a church of St. Mary which is found within the church which is one of the oldest church in India. The fort also has some of the oldest British tombstones in India. There is also a museum in the fort which has some rare collection of British period. There is also a war memorial that was built in memory of those warriors who lost their life in the World War I.

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Government Museum is another important historical monument with an ocean of information. Although it has the name as the Government museum it is owned by a group of British citizens who aim in improving the life of Britishers in Chennai, preserve the historical data, Buddhist sculptures, Relics of Chera, Chola and Pallava periods, a magnificent dancing statue of Natarajar, Durga statue and Ganesha Statue which are from the Chola period is present inside the museum. It also includes a museum theatre and also one of the largest libraries of Connemara.

Chennai: Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane. Photo: V. Ganesan.

Parthasarathy temple which is another example of Pallava architecture is currently located in a place called Triplicane in the city of Chennai.

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Elliot’s Beach is the beach that is found south to Marina Beach where is located some of the famous religious places such as Astalakshmi temple and Annai Vailankanni Shrine church (not the one in Nagapattinam).

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Chennai Harbour which is another important century old place located in Chennai. Chennai harbour still functions effectively and serves as an important point of trade and commerce. This is a fully man made harbour, not a natural one.

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Guindy National Park which is prominently a deer sanctuary located in Guindy. There can also be seen some of the rare species of animals such as mongoose, jackals, civet, cats and a wide variety of monkeys.

Snake Park is found in the same place houses a wide variety of several poisonous and non-poisonous varieties of snakes. This is a massive natural park that extends approximately 1300 acres which several species of plants, animals and birds. There are also some important activities and zones in the zoo such as safari parks, nocturnal animal house and aquarium which is made in the form of a giant fish.

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ValluvarKottam this is a monument that is dedicated to the greatest poet Thiruvalluvar. The monument which resembles the shape of a temple chariot contains a real life statue of Thiruvalluvar in it. The auditorium which is located in this complex is the largest in Asia. The 133 chapters of Thirukkural are inscribed in the front hall of the chariot.

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Kancheepuram which is called as the temple town in India has numerous temples unlike any city in India. Kancheepuram is also famous for its silk sarees that are woven in hands.

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Vedanthangal is a world popular bird sanctuary located at a distance of 85 kilometres from the city. November to February is the season for bird watching in Vedanthangal. There are more than a million varieties of bird found in Vedanthangal and the most prominent ones including cormorants, blue winged teals, white ibis, pelicans, spoon bills etc.

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Muthukadu is a famous backwater zone found in the outskirts of Chennai at a distance of 36 km. There are several water sport events conducted by the tourism department in this area. There is even boating facilities available here.

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Kalakshetra is a traditional dance school… one of the best in the nation. The name “Kalakshetra” means the Temple of Art. The classes are held in huts resembling old Gurukulas. The scenic beauty of this place will give the learners an ultimate peace of mind. The school teaches the traditional dance of Tamil Nadu – Bharathanatiyam.

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DakshinaChitra (“a picture of the south”) is a living-history museum in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, dedicated to South Indian heritage and culture where the lifestyle of South Indians is displayed based on their states.

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Arignar Anna Zoological Park (abbreviated AAZP), also known as the Vandalur Zoo, is a zoological garden located in Vandalur, a suburb in the southwestern part of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, It is India’s largest zoo in terms of area covering 1,300 acres. Its previous location was set up in 1855 and was the first public zoo in India. It is affiliated with the Central Zoo Authority of India.

Bars and Discos

There are a numerous cinema and theaters found throughout the city. Some of the popular ones are PVR cinemas at Skywalk, Express Avenue, Phoenix Mall, Sathyam cinemas, Abirami cinema, Sangam cinemas, AGS cinemas. The daily newspapers give you the exact venue and schedule of different cinemas at theatres.

Including the Government Connemara Library, there are different libraries such as British Council Library in Anna Salai, American Centre Library which is attached to the US consulate and Alliance française in Nungambakkam has a wide collection of books.

Some of the famous bookshops in the country are found in Chennai these include Star Mark Book Shop, Higginbothams at Anna Salai, Odyssey and never miss the Miss Giggles Book Shop in Connemara hotel.

There are a wide range of shopping centres found in Chennai. If you want to shop for branded products like Adidas, Reebok, Nike, Puma, Salamander, Levis, showrooms can be found around the city of Chennai. T-Nagar with all kinds of textiles, jewellery and other shops can be considered as the shopping hub of Chennai.

Please visit:

www.ttdconline.com & www.tourism.gov.in