Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu has offered succor and inspiration to many. With an estimated population of 10.316 million (2019), the 400-year-old city is the 31st largest metropolitan area in the world. This city of abundant greenery is liberally sprinkled with historic monuments and well-endowed with beautiful tree-filled parks but its most outstanding feature is found on its eastern front-the sparkling, foaming blue waters of the Bay of Bengal. Separating the buildings from the sea is an eight kilometer stretch of glorious golden sand-the Marina Beach. South India’s rich cultural heritage is displayed to its best advantage in Chennai. The city’s plethora of architectural marvels immortalizes this heritage in stone. Never one for flashy sights, Chennai keeps many of its riches in its kitchens, and the city is rightly famous for its elaborate, spicy cuisine and continues to stake its claim as the capital of South Indian dining. One can try authentic South Indian cuisine- dosa, idli, vada, sambar etc with filter coffee at both the fine dine restaurants and the local streets. Idli-Sambar is served both as breakfast and dinner. And no matter where it is eaten, the staple food of Chennai is sure to taste extremely delicious. Music and dance celebration is a festival of traditional music and move of South India held amid mid December to mid January in the capital city of Chennai. The celebration is held at various settings around the city by different ‘sabhas’ or associations.Shopping in Chennai is such a delightful experience. The variety of goods ranging from the traditional to the modern ensures a veritable feast for the shopper. Chennai is, really what one wants it to be and the best parts of it are discovered by exploring it personally. The place will make its visitors/tourists come back again and yet again to reacquaint themselves with its enchanting paradoxes, its warmth and its hospitality.
Top Places to Visit in Chennai
The famous Marina Beach, has been acclaimed as the second-longest beach in the world with a white sandy foreshore that looks as though extending to infinity.
A beach showcasing beauty, calmness, serenity and everything that signifies nature at its best, the Elliot’s beach cannot be forgotten by anyone who has visited it once.
Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane
Parthasarathy Temple, located in Triplicane area of Chennai, is a structure more than 1000 years old, standing in the heart of the bustling city. Dedicated to different avatars of Lord Vishnu within the many shrines of the temple, it attracts thousands of Vaishanvite followers from all across the country.
Pondy Bazaar is one of the Principal Shopping Districts of Chennai. It has a wide variety of clothing, accessories and footwear stores in all price ranges within a two or 3 km radius. It is a one stop destination for the multi-brand Retail. The Pedestrian Plaza, a Smart City Project inaugurated recently by Chennai Corporation promotes non-motorised transport, a hassle-free walk for pedestrians and enables easy shopping. It boasts a play area for children, seating arrangements, street lights, wide footpath and a multi-level parking facility. This place will also be a cultural hub as it would host music, dance and entertainment programmes.
The Connemara Public Library
The Connemara Public Library at Chennai holds the prestigious status of being amongst one of the four deposit libraries in India which entitles them to a copy of every publication in India.
VGP Golden Beach
Considered as one of the cleanest and beautiful beaches in Chennai, VGP Golden beach is one of the most sought after destinations in the area by family and friends.
Dakshinachitra Museum is one of the living-history museums in India which stores in itself great works of architecture, crafts, performing arts, and lifestyles that belong to South India.
San Thome Church is among the only three in the world that house the tombs of one of Christ’s original disciples. If you visit this church, you will be stepping into a historical tale that will take you back a couple of centuries. The museum inside displays souvenirs of the great saint and his legend.
Valluvar Kottam is an auditorium, with a gigantic capacity to hold 4,000 people, built in remembrance of the poet-saint, Tiruvalluvar. Verses of the poet Tiruvalluvar are embellished on the pillars in and around the auditorium.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park
Arignar Anna Zoological Park aka Vandalur Zoo, is a zoological garden located in Vandalur, a suburb in the southwestern part of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The zoo shelters about 3000 species of flora and fauna across twelve hundred acres including 46 endangered species, in its 160 enclosures.
A masterpiece of art and design spread over 15 acres of land, it is a one-stop destination for fun, food and masti. Chokhi Dhani village brings to life, a colorful Rajasthani heritage that leaves you awestruck with all the attractions and elements of ethnic culture and tradition. Starting from the welcome tilak that reminds of “PADHARO MAHRE DES” hospitality of Rajasthan, the mandir, village bazaar, folk dances, animal rides for children, bioscope, village style photo studio, jyotish, mehendi, games zone, open lawns to relax and bond with each other. The atmosphere makes one relish every moment of this wonderful village theme concept.