4 Nov

12 places that’ll make you cherish your Chennai tour for life

Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu is one the most beautiful India cities to have retained its traditional flavour. Every element of its culture including cuisine, architecture, dance forms, and textile steep deep into time-revered customs & traditions. With several scenic beaches, famous monuments, museums, galleries and gardens, one can easily spend a week exploring the city. Cover the most enticing places of city with the list of our tasteful picks:

Marina Beach:

Marina Beach

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Chennai is home to India’s largest beach with a beautiful coastline surrounded by palm trees. Marina beach has several other attractions including an old light house, a park and an aquarium. Plan an eventful evening at the beach & have good time riding ponies, flying kites and some junk delights on the food stalls around.



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It’s the cultural hub and neighbourhood of southern part of the city of Chennai, also known as Thirumayilai, which is one of the oldest residential parts of the city.

Kapaleeshwar Temple:


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Built is the 7th century, this is a famous Lord Shiva temple from the Dravidian era located in Mylapore, Chennai. Karpagambal (“Goddess of the Wish-Yielding Tree”, from Tamil,) is the form of goddess Parvati worshipped at this temple.

Birla Planetarium:


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Experience astronomical wonders of the solar system, stars, sky seasons, comets, & the moon with informative audio-visual programs & exhibits arranged at Birla Planetarium. Located quite close to Anna University, this planetarium is an integral part of Periyar Science and Technology Museum.

Connemara Public Library:

Connemera Library

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Chennai has one of Asia’s largest libraries stacked with centuries-old books. Connemera Public Library attracts literature enthusiasts from across the world with its collection of 600,000 books and research papers. Getting out of this enchanting world of books can be a daunting task.

Sri Parthasarathy Temple:

Parthasarthy Temple

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The Parthasarathy Temple is one of the oldest structures in Chennai. Built in the 8th century, this temple located at Triplicane is considered to be Lord Krishna’s holy abode. If you’re wondering what Parthasarthy means go back to Mahabharata and recollect Arjuna’s mighty charioteer.

Elliot’s Beach:

Elliot's beach

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Formed in the remembrance of a Dutch sailor named Karl Schmidt, Elliot beach is a popular place to unwind. You can spend hours just by gazing at the waves rolling into the shore. There are two other things you can stop by, Velankanni Church and Ashtalakshmi Kovil temple.

San Thome Church:

Chennai - interior of Santhome Church

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It’s a Roman Catholic minor basilica built by the Portuguese explorers in the 16th century over the tomb of St Thomas, an apostle of Jesus. It was rebuilt by the British with the status of a cathedral in 1893.

Madras Crocodile Bank:

Madras Croc Bank

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The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology (MCBT) is a reptile zoo and herpetology research station, which is located 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of the city. The bank is the first crocodile breeding centre in Asia and is taken care by the Central Zoo Authority, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of. This centre has world’s largest collections of crocodiles and alligators and is the biggest crocodile sanctuary in India.
Ananthaa Padmanabha Swaamy Temple:


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A deity in Hindu mythology is Lord Vishnu, who has appeared in by himself in 108 places all over the world and the most famous place is Tirupathi. These 108 places are called Divya Desams. The one Devasthala that is not so well known is at a place called Malayadipatti. The temple is more than 1200 years old and is known as the temple of Anandhapadmanabha Swamy.
Kalikambal Temple:

Kalikambal Temple

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Kalikambal is a Hindu temple which is dedicated to Lord Kamateswarar and Goddess Kalikambal (Kamakshi), located in George Town. The temple is located on Thambu Chetty Street, a prominent financial street running parallel to Rajaji Salai.
Ramakrishna Math:


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Ramakrishna Math is a monastic organisation brought into existence by Ramakrishna, a saint of Bengal who was born in the 19th century. The motto of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission is: “For one’s own salvation, and for the welfare of the world”. In the year 1897, it was started by one of the direct disciples of Ramakrishna, Swami Ramakrishnananda.

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