Chennai Places

Chennai is located near the 13th north parallel and 80 degree longitude. The city stretches its 19 km length along the Coromandel coast and extends inland about 9 km at its widest. Its irregular shape covers about 172 sq km. It is a fairly low-lying strip of land, its highest point being only 60 m above sea level. It is the capital of Tamil Nadu formerly known as Madras located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal making it the fourth largest metropolitan city in India . The city was established in the 17th century by the British. It is the country's second largest exporter of software and information technology enabled services and is sometimes referred to as Detroit of India. The city has a vibrant theatre scene and is an important centre for the Bharatanatyam, a classical dance form. The Tamil film industry, known as Kollywood, is based in the city. It has been ruled by various South Indian dynasties, notably the Pallava, the Chola, the Pandya, and Vijaynagar.

 
The Places To Visit
Memorial

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Anna nagar tower
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Birla planetarium
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Amir mahal
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Connemara public library
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Elliots beach
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fort St.George
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High court
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Horticultual Gardens
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Kalakshetra
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Light house/Aquarium
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Madras university
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Marina beach
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Nappier bridge
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Rajaji hall
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Rippon building
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Regional rail museum
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Theosophical society
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Tidel park
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Tourism complex
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Valluvarkottam
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Vivekanandar house
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The Island gound
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tourist fairs exhibition
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Ambedkar mani mandapam
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Anna square
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Thiyagigal mani Mandapam
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Guindy national park
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Snake park
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Horse race ban
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Indian republic golden jubilee pillar
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The Dream of Mahathma Gandhi
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Vellayane veliyeru movement
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Government museum
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Fort museum
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National art gallery
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Go-Karting
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Horse Riding
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Prarthana drive-in theatre & Restaurant
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VGP universal kingdom(VGP Golden beach)
View Point

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Victory war memorial
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Barathiar memorial house
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Gandhi memorial
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Kamaraj memorial
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Kamarajar memorial house
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MGR memorial
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M.G.R memorial House(M.G.R-Maruthur
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gopala ramachandran
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Mozhipor thiyagigal mandapam
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Periyar memorial
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Rajaji memorial

Temple
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Ashtalakshmi temple
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Ayyappan temple(Mahalinga puram)
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Ayyappan temple
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Hare rama hare Krishna
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Kaligambal temple
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Kapaleeswarar temple
  Maruntheeswarar temple
  Mathyakailash
  Pamban swamigal
  Parthasarathy swamy temple
  Sri vadapalani andavar temple
  Thiruvalluvar temple
  Tirumala, Tirupathi devasthanam
  Shirdi sai baba temple in (Mylapore)
  Universal temple of sri rama – Krishna
  Anderson church
  Andrew's Kirk
  Avella Theresa Church
  Chinnamalai
  Christ church
  Santhome Cathedral basilica
  Seventh- Day Adventist church
  St. George's cathedral
  St. Mary's Church-Fort St. George
  Velankanni church
  Makka masjid
  Masjid mamoor
  The Grand mosque
  Thousand lights mosque
  Lord shanthinath jain temple
  Hazrat baba dargah
  Mohammed ismail sahib
  Moti baba dargah
  Quadri baba dargah
  Thameem ansari baba darga
  Jain guru mandhir
  Shri vijaya shanthi shri swamiji guru mandh
  Shree jain prarthana mandir
  Buddhavihar mahabodhi society
  Gurudhwara
  Anna salai dargah

 

  Anna nagar tower

Visweswaraya Tower Park , or Anna Nagar Tower Park as it is popular known, is one of the famous landmarks in Chennai. The park with its numerous shady trees and shrubs provide a quiet, serene ambience for the visitors. Tower Park is a popular haunt for morning joggers and walkers. With beautiful landscaped lawns and tracks, the park provides an ideal setting for spending a leisure evening with family. Anna Nagar Tower Park also serves as a meeting ground for laughter clubs and other groups. Boating facilities are also provided for the visitors in the lake nearby. Anna Nagar is a middle class district in western Chennai. Anna Nagar Tower with its surrounding park and jogging ground. Ayyappan Temple , near Tower - A typical Keralite temple.

 
  Birla planetarium

Lights off, orders the Assistant Director of Birla Planetarium. You hold your breath as the cosmic world revolves around you – twinkling stars, shooting meteoroids, the rotating solar system and the undulating contours of the red planet, Mars. The spectacular show goes on, with the city of Chennai radiantly resplendent against the night sky. An ethereal experience that almost makes you feel one with the sparkling universe. The Tamilnadu or the Periyar Science and Technology Centre as it is popularly known, encompasses a Science Centre and a Planetarium. Eight galleries on themes of Physical Science, Transport, Electronics & Communication, Energy, Materials Science, Life Science, Innovation, International Dolls and Children, with over 500 exhibits, make the visit to the Centre, a thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening experience. you can participate directly in the learning process and satisfy your curiosity about scientific principles and developments taking place in Science and Technology from time to time. Want to learn science in an open-air natural environment? Then take a stroll down the Science Park . If you're a nature lover or an environmentalist for that matter, then the energy and eco park would be just the right place for you to step across.

  Amir mahal

The House of Arcot. IN the heart of Chennai is a mahal which is home to a princely family that traces its lineage from the Second Caliph of Islam, Hazrath Omar Bin-Khattab. This is Amir Mahal, the 14-acre residence of His Highness Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali Azim Jah, the eighth Prince of Arcot. The Prince of Arcot is considered the "First nobleman in the Muslim community of South India ". Amir Mahal is located 0.1 kilometre away from Bharathi Road; Amir Mahal is geographically located at latitude (13.0571 degrees) 13° 3' 25" North of the Equator and longitude (80.2679 degrees) 80° 16' 4" East of the Prime Meridian on the Map of Chennai.

 
  Connemara public library

Connemara Public Library, located in Chennai, is one of the four National Depository libraries, which accept prints of all books, newspapers and publications, which are available in the whole of Indian subcontinent. Being accomplished in the year 1890, the Connemara Public Library is a storehouse of old publications of past centuries, which include some of the most esteemed works and precious annals of the country. Not only that, it also acclaims the status of being a reservoir library for the United Nations. The library occupies the main portion of a cultural complex that was formed in the premises of what was renowned as ‘The Pantheon'. For the book lovers, The Connemara Public Library is an ideal destination. It houses more than six lakh books. Every shelf of the library is thronged with some of the rare books ever found in India .

 
  Elliot's Beach

Elliot's Beach is one of the cleanest beaches in the city of Chennai . It is located towards the south of Marina Beach and is an extremely calm and tranquil place. The beach is known as 'Bessei' amongst the locals. The ones who want to soak their feet in the splashing sea water and lose themselves completely in the arms of the nature, head on. Elliot's Beach is quite a hit amongst both the tourists as well as the natives of Tamil Nadu. It is also the favorite destination of foreign tourists for enjoying sun bath. Ashtalakshmi Temple and Velanganni Church are some worth visiting places in the vicinity.

 
  fort St.George

St. George Fort is located on the banks of Bay of Bengal . It was built by the British East India Company in 1640 AD. The fort is believed to be the first establishment of the British in India . Situated in the coastal state of Tamil Nadu, this ancient monument is worth watching on your trip to Chennai. St. George Fort holds great historical importance and is looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India. St. George Fort has a number of other worth watching monuments within its boundaries. St. Mary's Church, situated in the fort, is one of the oldest surviving churches built by the British in India . One of the most striking buildings here is the Fort St. George Museum. It houses the relics of the British personnel, who inhabited this fort. The construction of the building was completed in 1795 and served as the Madras Bank. The Fort Museum is the repository of rare exhibits of weapons, uniforms, coins, costumes, medals and some other artifacts dating back to the British period. The flag staff at Fort St. George is still the tallest in India .

 
  High Court

The High Court of Judicature at Madras, one of the three High Courts in India established at the Presidency Towns by Letters Patent granted by Her Majesty Queen Victoria, bearing date 26th June 1862, is the highest Court in the State of Tamil Nadu, exercising Original Jurisdiction over the City of Madras and Appellate Jurisdiction over the entire State as well as extra-ordinary Original Jurisdiction, Civil and Criminal, under the Letters Patent and Special Original Jurisdiction for the issue of writs under the Constitution of India. The Judgments Information system consists of the Judgments of the Supreme court of India and several High Courts. In the case of the Supreme Court all reported Judgments which are published in SCR Journal, since its inception i.e. 1950 till date are available. The Judgments reported in SCR till 1993 also have head-notes. The judgments reported in SCR in 1994 and later have only text of judgments with out head-notes.

 

 
  Horticultual Gardens

Sprawling over an area of 22 acres, with rare trees, shrubs, flower beds and bonsais, this garden is situated at the heart of the city, near St. George's Cathedral on Cathedral Road . Seeds, seedlings and plants are on sale. The annual flower show enthuses hordes of visitors.

 

  Kalakshetra

Kalakshetra literally means a holy place of arts (Kala : Arts, Kshetra : Field or Holy place). Kalakshetra was established in 1936 after the extraordinary success of Rukmini Devi's first performance of Bharata Natyam at the Theosophical Society, in Adyar, a suburb of Madras , in the South of India. A vital centre of training and performance, the institution has produced and molded generations of acclaimed artists in a distinctive style. Kalakshetra focuses on bharatanatyam, carnatic vocal and instrumental music, the visual arts, traditional crafts and textile design, textual heritage, aesthetics, history and philosophy. Kalakshetra productions are widely recognized for their in-depth research, impeccable technique and refined aesthetics. The academy was also symbolic of the struggle for India 's independence; it was to culturally revive a country that was losing its identity under British rule. The institution set in sylvan surroundings bears a resemblance to the ancient gurukulas and the classes are held in rural settings in hut type rooms under the trees of the serene campus. It is home to the greatest exponents of Bharatanatyam and aspiring young dancers.

 
  Light house/Aquarium

The Light House is a famous landmark on the Marina Beach in Chennai, The original lighthouse was located at Fort St George near the Chennai Port. This was later decommissioned after the present one was constructed at the south end of the Marina beach near Santhome. To be more specific, the first Light House of Chennai functioned (1796 - 1841) at the Building in the Fort St George where the Fort Museum is located. The second light house was erected between the 1838 and 1844 on the north side of Fort St George. The third light House was functioning from the tallest dome of the Madras High Court. It started functioning on June 1, 1894 , with argand lamps and reflectors. The present light House which you see here in the top is located opposite the office of the Director General of Police and was opened in January 1977. It is one of the few lighthouses in the world and the only one in India with an elevator. Mr. V. Ashok Kumar, the proprietor of Dolphin Aquarium is a hobbyist and shown interest in aquariums from his young days. Dolphin Aquarium was started as a commercial venture in 1998. Some of the tanks constructed during these formative years still stand as an example for his craftsmanship.

 

 
  Madras University

The Publics Petition dated 11-11-1839 initiated the establishment of Madras University . It was in January 1840 with Mr.George Norton as its President, The University Board was constituted. In 1854 after a lapse of 14 years Government of India formulated a systematic educational policy for India and as a sequel to this on 5th September 1857 by an act of legislative council of India . The University of organised and the Model of London University. Madras University is the mother of almost all the Old Universities of Southern India . The University imparts both Under Graduate and Post Graduate Education to the Affiliated Institutions which are spread over the district of Chennai, Thrivallur and Kanchipuram. A number of institutions affiliated to Madras University Concentrate in research activities were Ph.D., Programme is available in the respective specialisations. In recent years, The University by its quality education has been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with the highest rating. The UGC has recognised as the first centre for potentials of excellence in the Country.

 

 

  Marina Beach

Welcome to the longest beach of India , Marina Beach, comprising of golden sand, good surf and a shimmering clean blue sea. This beach is counted among one of the longest beaches in Asia . Its 12-km long stretch was made beautiful by the wonderful facelift given by Governor Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff in the early 1880's, and is Chennai's major tourist attraction today. Marina beach is located on the eastern side of Chennai, adjoining the Bay of Bengal . Watching the sun set and rise from the beach is a fascinating experience. Though bathing and swimming can be dangerous, as the undercurrent is very strong, even then people come for swimming here. In the evenings, the beach is virtually a fair ground with various kinds of entertainment and food stalls lining the beach. With its natural sandy beauty and spacious promenade and beautiful gardens, the Marina beach is a major attraction for tourists visiting Chennai.

 
  Nappier bridge

On the way from Marina Beach to Govt. Secretariat this bridge was built in 1869 across Coovum river by Governor Napier who held this office from 866 to 1877. What was narrow bridge with Iron Girders this was broadened and built in concrete and was thrown open for General Traffic by Arthur Hope in July 1943. This Bridge bears ample testimony to the Engineering skill of the British.

 
  Rajaji hall

 

This banqueting hall of the British was built to commemorate the victory of British over Tipu Sultan. The beautiful Flight of steps of soaring heights there takes you to the spacious hall of this building and it will make you breathless with its beauty and immensity. This is now being used for big public functions and has been renamed as Rajaji Hall after Sri. Rajagopalachari, the first Governor General of India.Location : Opp. ‘The Hindu', Anna Salai, Chennai - 600 002.

 

 
  Rippon building

 

Named after the Governor General of India , Lord Rippon, the Rippon Building in Chennai is another of the magnificent landmarks on the Chennai City . Lord Rippon was well known as the father of self government in India . The Rippon Building is noted for its remarkable architectural style. The Rippon Building in Chennai is located opposite to the park Railway Station in the city. The Ripon Building in Chennai is an important marker of the city where the Chennai Corporation and the Chennai Council has their working offices.

 

 
  Regional rail museum

 

The Regional Rail Museum at Chennai is located amid picturesque, serene surroundings at ICF Furnishing Division. Tucked away among the trees, the Regional Rail Museum houses two indoor galleries and a large open area. The indoor galleries house various small exhibits, models, photographs and charts highlighting the development and growth of Railways. Museum provides ample avenues for any type of visitor. The visit promises to be a stimulating, exciting and nostalgic experience for young and old. It has a few toy trains and few 50 yrs old coaches. It is located at New Avadi Road . ICF, near ICF bus stand, Chennai-600 038, Entry fee: Adult Rs. 5/- Child Rs. 3. Holiday : Monday. Timing: 10 am, to 6 p.m.

 

 
  Theosophical society

It was founded by Madam H.P. Blavatsky and Col. H.S. Olcott of U S A to study religion & philosophy. In 1892 the society moved to Chennai and was set amidst a vast expanse of woods on the estuary of Adyar. Above all, a largest Banyan tree which is several hundred years old is still alive in this campus. It spreads its branches and roots covering a space of 40,000 sq.ft. and gives a serene ambience. Adyar, Chennai 600 020. Entry free. Timings:830 am, to 10 am, and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Holiday .

 
  Tidel park

Tamil nadu's answer in a simple way to Silicon Valley in the United Stales. A centre of excellence with all modern facilities houses some of the big names in the IT. Industries sector. Not to make life dull there are recreational facilities like Billiards, Table Tennis, Tennis etc., while Canara Bank caters to the Banking needs Higgin Bothams takes care of ‘book-worms'. Location : Taramani, Chennai - 600 113. Visiting only with permission. Sat. & Sun holiday. Time : 10 am. To 6 p.m.

 
  Tourism complex
Tamil Nadu Govt. has created a tourism complex of 9000 sq.feet in 8 grounds of land, in Chennai Omandur Govt. Estate. It houses offices of tourism departments of various state governments. It is situated at wallajah Rd, (adjacent to Kalaivanar Arangam), Triplicane, Chennai - 600 005. Entry Free. Working: 24
 
  Valluvarkottam

The Valluvar Kottam in Chennai is built as a memorial for the well known poet saint Tiruvalluvar . This monument in Chennai is shaped like a temple chariot and has a life size 33 meters tall statue of the saint installed there. The Valluvar Kottam stands as a modern memorial to the great poet, an envoy of the splendid Tamilian culture. It was opened in the year 1976. The Valluvar Kottam in Chennai pays a tribute to the great saint and poet Tiruvalluvar. The front hall of the Valluvar Kottam has a bas relief that depicts the 133 chapters of his well known work, Thirukkural. To make this, over 3,000 blocks of stone have been used. The Valluvar Kottam has an auditorium that is supposed to be one of the largest in Asia and can accommodate as many as 4,000 people. The 101 feet high temple shaped as a chariot, which is a replica of the famous temple care of Thiruvarur in Tamil Nadu, has a life size image of the poet. The valluvar Kottam is locate don the corner of Kodambakkam High Road and the Village Road in Chennai.

 
  Vivekanandar house

It was in the year 1897 when Swami Vivekananda , one of the most influential spiritual leaders of all times delivered seven inspiring and historic lectures in Chennai. The venue was Vivekanda Illam , originally called Ice House. This was re christened in 1963 as the Vivekananda Illam, as a tribute to Swami Vivekananda on the centenary year of Swami Vivekananda. The building was originally called ice house because it was used as ice storage for the Tudor Ice during 1842 to 1874 till it was taken over by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1930. The Vivekananda Illam is located on the Marina , in Chennai.It is on the beach road which is 5 kms from the Chennai central Railway Station and 6 kms from Chennai Egmore Rail Head. There are regular city buses as well as overhead rail that takes tourists to Vivekananda Illam in Chennai. The Vivekananda Illam house has an impressive gallery which displays some of the rare pictures and photographs of the life of Swami Vivekananda. There is also a section devoted to the cultural heritage of India and the history of the Building that is now called the Vivekananda Illam. This historical monument in Chennai has now become a pilgrimage place for all devotees of Swami Vivekananda. It was here that Swamiji spent full nine days of his life in February 1897, mediating, praying and meeting visitors.

 
  The Island gound and tourist fairs exhibition

The Island Ground are the lungs of this bustling city. It is a picturesque island shaped by the shimmering Cooum river. This ground is a much sought after location for Trade and Tourist Fairs and Exhibitions that are held every year.

 
  Ambedkar mani mandapam

The Architect of the Indian Constitution who championed the cause of the down-trodden and exploited millions was born on 14th April 1891 and died on 5th December, 1956. His Memorial Mani Mandapani is built at Mandaveliipakkam, Chennai-600 004. Time 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

 
  Anna square

The memorial for ARIGNAR ANNADURAI - leader of the Dravidian movement, affectionately called Anna, is a tranquil place. Situated in the Northern end of Marina beach. Next to MGR Memorial. Anna passed away on 3rd Feb. 1969. Entry Free. No holidays. Time: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 
  Thiyagigal mani Mandapam

This is built in memory and honor of Freedom Fighters who gave their tomorrows for our today. As a mark of respect and gratitude to all the freedom fighters, their photos are displayed here. This mandapam is situated at Sardar Vallabai Patel Road , Guindy, Chennai - 600 032. Entry Free. No holiday. Time 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 
  Guindy national park

The smallest National Park of the country situated in the Chennai Metropolitan City arguably is the only National Park set amidst a metro in India . Acting as a lung to Chennai, this National Park boasts of dry evergreen scrubs and thorn forests with a composition of animals viz. Black Buck, Chital, Jackal, Pangolin and a variety of Avi fauna. This national park encompasses a Snake Park and a Children's park as well. This could be visited through out the year. The Guindy National Park is one of the prime spots to visit for those people who come to Chennai during vacation. It is an extension of the grounds that surround the Governor's Residence, known as the Raj Bhavan . The park attracts more than three lakh visitors during the year. It is a recommended picnic spot for the entire family to spend a day amidst nature and for children in the sand pit and playground with all the equipment. The Guindy National Park is the only park in the world to be situated in the middle of a metropolis.

 
  Snake Park

The Snake Park is situated next to the Guindy National Park and is a popular spot with most visitors to the city. Established in 1972, the Madras Snake Park Trust (MSPT) has been home to a wide range of snakes, from the deadly King Cobra to adders, pythons, vipers and other reptiles. The Snake Park in Chennai gained statutory recognition as a medium zoo from the Central Zoo Authority in 1995. The Madras Snake Park is slated to become a nodal point for captive breeding of endangered pythons in the country, especially the Indian rock python (Python Molorus) and reticulated python (Python Reticulatus). A museum of preserved specimens of reptiles and amphibian's is an added attraction. In its endeavor to spread information about snakes, the Snake Park also published periodicals.

 
  Horse race ban

Horse Race makes rich to become richer and poor to become poorer. The Tamil nadu govt. thought it fit to ban the horse race and subsequently a decision was taken in this regard in 1974. To commemorate that historic decision this elegant statue was erected on 16-08.1974,beneath Anna Salai flyover.

 
  Indian republic golden jubilee pillar

A monument to mark the Golden Jubilee e' Indian Republic . It was inagurats on 25-01-2001 by the Chief Minister of Tamil nadu Hon. Mr. M. Karunanidi. Pillar is situated at the Marina Beach Road , Near Light house Signal, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004

 
  The Dream of Mahathma Gandhi

The Nation Remembers In this premises known as ‘Tilak Bhavan' Mahathma Gandhi spent the restless historic night of 18th March 1919 when the sad' tidings of the passing of the humiliating Rowlatt Bills enveloped him. Before the day dawned, the idea of all India hartal occurred to Gandhiji in a dream which later blossomed into non-violent non co-operation movement. Referring to this emorable Event - Gandhiji writes: “I was still in that twilight condition between sleep and consciousness when suddenly the idea broke upon me-it was as if in a dream... That we should call , upon the country to observe a general hartal... The whole of India from one end to the other, towns as well as villages observed a complete hartal on that day. It was a most wonderful spectale”. This monument pillar is situated in front of the Chola Sheraton Hotel.

 
  Vellayane veliyeru movement

This Movement was built to celebrate the 50th year of ‘Vellaiyane Veliyeru' (Quit India) Movement. This was inaugurated by the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Ms. J. Jayalalitha on 2-10-1993.
Location : Adjacent to Gandhi Mandapam, Adyar, Chennai - 600 020.

 
  Government museum

Government Museum : A pre-1789 assemblage by the British, called Pantheon Complex today houses the Government Museum , Connemara Public Library and the National Art Gallery . The museum contains exhibits ranging from contemporary artifacts to prehistorical findings. Sculptures and bronzes of various periods, sections for zoology, anthropology and geology impress every visitor. Buddhist sculptures found in the Amaravathi section depict the events recorded in the life of the Buddha. 486, Pantheon Road , Chcnnai - 8, Timings: 9.00 am to 5.00 p.m.

 
  Fort museum

North of Secretariat is the Fort Museum , which was once the Fort officers' mess. 4 It was a bank then. This is the forerunner of the Madras Bank, which later merged with the Bombay and Bengal Banks to become the Imperial Bank and is nowknown as the State Bank of India . The long room upstairs was the Public Exchange Hall and the roof built, in 1796, was also the first lighthouse of Chennai. The museum formally opened in 1948 has a fine collection of onginal writings of the men who made Chennai. This museum has an outstanding collection of early coins, silverware, porcelain, uniforms, manuscripts, engravings and aquatints of early Chennai. Timing : 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Friday Holiday .

 
  National art gallery
A fine specimen for the Indo -Saracenic style of architecture, this budding is constructed in red sandstone. Not only are the treasures of art works found inside but also the building itself interesting, for it is filled with intricate carvings. Some of the listed artifacts in the national art gallery are 16th to 18th century Mughal paintings, Deccan art of the 17th century and the displays of bronzes from 10th and 13th centuries and handicrafts of various periods. 486, Pantheon Road , Chennai - 600 008.
 
  Go-Karting

The thrill of getting behind the wheel of a four-wheel drive, even if it just a go-kart cannot be explained. 5 km from the heart of the city, Kart Beat has an indoor karting centre worth spending an hour or two at with the family and can he found at 38, Arcot Road, Chennai - 600 026. Another exciting venue is Kart Attack spread out over 1.75 acres of land on the East Coast Road . Another exciting venue is MRF Danny's Karting Longer tracks , better tarmac , faster carts this is one hell of a place for its run by an ex-professional racer. Its located on old Mahabalipuram road few kms from Tidel software park.

 
  Horse Riding

The Madras Riding School , affiliated to the Madras Race Club offers training in horse riding, show jumping and dressage as well as polo. Initially known as Madras Riding Club, it was merged with the Madras Polo and Riders Club a few years ago and was renamed. Another place to contact if you fancy going for a ride is the Velkom Equestrian Centre who offer adventure trails on horse back, through casuarinas groves, paddy fields, around lakes and through villages. The centre is a five-minute drive from Fisherman's Cove and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 6 a.m. to 9.00 am, and from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. These are not the only horse riding choices visitors can have as the Chennai Equestrian Academy also offers equestrian adventures.

 
  Prarthana drive-in theatre & Restaurant

World's First Open air Beach Drive in Theatre - Complex. Show Time 6.30 & 10.00 p.m. Situated in Injambakkam which is about 6 kms. away from Thiruvanmiyur. East Coast Road , Injambakkam, Chennai - 600 041

 
  VGP universal kingdom(VGP Golden beach)
Kingdom is the one stop tourist destination in Chennai, set against sylvan surroundings, fascinating beach front lush greenery and beautiful layers that are soft on the feet. It has hi-tech greenery and beautiful layours that are soft on the feet. It has hi-tech rides like Mixer, Roller Coaster, Flying Machine, Balloon Racer, Dashing Car, Water Chute. Gokurt, Jungle Safari and the like to entice and ehthrall visitors
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  Victory war memorial

The Victory War Memorial situated on the Marina beach road commemorate the victory of the allied armies during World War-I and later became the victory war memorial for the World War-Il in memory of those from the then Madras Presidency who lost their lives for the nation. Location at Kaniarajar Salai (Near Island ground) Chennal - 600 009.

 
  Barathiar memorial house

Bharathiyar Illam is the house in Chennai where Subramanya Bharthi, one of the greatest of Tamil Poets spent the last few years of his creative life. It is surely a ;ace of enormous heritage , since it belonged to a poet of such a high order, someone who was capable of writing beautiful verses even at the age of seven. For those interested in the lives of the greatest of Indian poets, the Bharathiyar Illam in Triplicane is a must visit while on tours to Tamil Nadu.The Bharatiyar Illam in Chennai was taken over by the government and renovated by the Tamil Nadu Government in 1993. It was on 2nd October 1993 that the Bharatiyar Illam in Chennai, Tamil Nadu was opened for public and since there has been a steady influx of tourist who come to visit this monuments of Tamil nadu to know more about the greatest Tamil Poet. Among the things displayed here at Bharathiyar Illam, there are his family photographs and pictures of his friends, his verses written in his own hands. There is also a letter written by Mahatma Gandhi in Tamil, to mark the event of the opening of Bharathiyar Mani Mandapam in 1947 at Ettayapuram,his birthplace and letters that were written to his friend Nellaiappar. The Bharathiyar Illam is located in Triplicane in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

 
  Gandhi memorial

A memorial dedicated to Gandhiji. In this age of ‘Gun culture', Gandhiji proved that ‘Ahimsa' (non violence) is the best weapon with which we can fight oppression in a successful way. Gandhiji was assassinated on 30-1-1948 . This memorial is situated at Guindy. Entry free. No holidays. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ph: 22351941

 
  Kamaraj memorial

He was born on 15-7-1903 to Mr. Kumaraswamy and Mrs. Sivagami Ammaiyar at Virudupatti now called as Virudunagar, Madurai Dist. He was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 13-4-1954 to 1-10-1963 , this period is still considered as a ‘golden period' of Tamilnadu, since independance. Kamaraj lived in this house till his death. This house is now converted into a Memorial place and it is maintained by Tamilnadu Government. He passed away on 2-10-1975 . Tourists and Visitors are allowed to visit this Memorial House. Time 9 am , to 6 p.m. Located at Thirumalai Pillai Road , Chennai - 600 017 Entry Free. No holiday. Ph: 24349040

 
  Kamarajar memorial house

To have a clear and lucid picture of the Indian political life fresh after independence, the Kamaraj memorial House in Chennai is the ideal place to visit. The Memorial House was built to pay homage to the Late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Shri Kamaraj. It was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M.G.Ramachandran on 15th of July,1978. The main attraction here is the life of Kamaraj, his works and expressions at different points of time, captured through lenses . The Kamaraj Memorial House has an interesting display of photographs of Kamaraj in his various stages of life. These photographs are displayed in the dining hall. Among the photographs are his such significant pictures, in the company of great dignitaries such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajendra Prasad, Sarojini Naidu, Lal Bahadur Shastri ,Indira Gandhi,Periyar,M.G.Ramachandran,Govind Vallabh Pant,Martin Luther King and Queen Elizabeth. The ground floor of the Kamaraj House is the bedroom that belonged to Chief minister , furnished with elegant and humble furniture. Thee is a well furnished library that houses great collections such as 'Lok sabha Debates' , '100 modern lives' , 'Churchill' and 'Doctor Zhivago'. The Second Floor has a amazing display of his collection of luxurious shawls. The Kamaraj memorial House in Chennai is located on T.Nagar and is accessible from all parts of the capital city of Chennai by auto rickshaws. and 'Doctor Zhivago'. The Second Floor has a amazing display of his collection of luxurious shawls. The Kamaraj memorial House in Chennai is located on T.Nagar and is accessible from all parts of the capital city of Chennai by auto rickshaws.

 
  MGR memorial
MGR memorial is situated adjacent to the Anna memorial. This is also in northern end of the Marina Beach. He passed away on 24th December, 1987. Located opp. to Madras University , Chennai - 600 005. Entry Free. ., No holidays. Time : 6 am, to 10 p.m. .
 
  M.G.R. - Maruthur Gopala Ramachandran

M.G.R. - Maruthur Gopala Ramachandran. He was the Chief Minister for the following periods 30-6-1977 to 17-2-1980, 9-6-1980 to 10-2-1985, 10-2-1985 to 24-12-1987. He was born on 17-1-1917 to Mr. Gopala Menon and Mrs. Sathyabama at Maruthur in Kerala. His wife's name was Mrs. Janaki. He passed away on 24-12-1987 and he spent most of his life at 27, Arcot Road , Chennai -600 017. Entry free. Time:l0 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday holiday. This house is now converted in to a memorial house by the Government of Tamil Nadu to remember the great leader. Ph: 24351273

 
  Mozhipor thiyagigal mandapam

This mandapam was constructed in memory of those who fought and laid down their lives against the imposition of Hindi. Thiruchi Chinna Swami, Kodambakkam Sivalingam, Virugambakkam Aranganathan, Kirnoor Muthu, Chidambaram Rajendran, Viralimalai Shanmugam, Thalamuthu Nadarajan and such other thousands who laid their life for what they felt was a noble cause. This Mandapam is situated in Gandhi Mandapam complex in Guindy, Chennai- 600 032 Entry Free. No holiday. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ph: 22351941.

 
  Periyar memorial

Known as ‘Thanthai Periyar' he was the father of the Dravidian movement and the author of ‘Suya Mariyathai Iyakkam' (Self respect movement). He was born on 17-09-1879 to Mr. Venkatappa Naicker and Mrs. Chinnathai Ammal in Erode. He passed away on 24-12- 1973. This Memorial is located at E.V.K. Sampath Salai, Vepery, Chennai - 600 007. Entry Free. Sunday holiday. Time 9 am, to 6 p.m. Ph : 26618163.

 
  Rajaji memorial

A statesman par excellence, Rajaji was the first Governor General of India , immidiatly after independacne. He latter became the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu. His Memorial is situated at Guindy. Entry free No holidays Time 9 a m to 5.30 p.m. Ph 22351941

Chennai Temple

  Ashtalakshmi temple

The Chennai Ashtalakshmi temple is situated in Besant Nagar, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal . That stretch of beach is known as the Elliot's beach. The temple was constructed on the express wishes of Sri Mahaa Periyavaal of Kanchi Mutt, Sri Chandrasekara Saraswati Swamigal. The temple's architecture is unique, with the deities installed in four levels. The shrine of Mahaalakshmi & Mahaavishnu (the principal deities) is in level two. Here one can see the imposing, bigger than life vigrahams facing the eastern horizon overlooking the sea. Walking up the stairs to the third tier, the path leads to the shrine of Santaana Lakshmi (bestower of offspring) facing south. Next we get the darshan of Vijayalakshmi (bestower of success in all ventures, vijaya - success), on the western side on the 3rd tier. Vidyaalakshmi (associated with learning & wisdom) sits facing the northern side & the shrine of Gajalaskhmi (bestower of all round prosperity) is located facing the eastern side on the 3rd tier. A flight of few steps above leads one to the 4th tier, where the Dhanalakshmi (Goddess of wealth) shrine is located facing eastward. Her's is the only shrine on the 4th level. There is a huge hundi for Venkataachalapathi within the complex. There is a sannadhi for the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu, to the left of which is the Madapalli (the kitchen for preparing naivedhiyam for the Gods). There are shrines for Tumbikai Aazhwar (Ganesha), Guruvaayurappan, Chakrathaazhwar & Narasimhar (on either side of the same idol), Aanjaneyar & Dhanvantri.
The name Ashtalakshmi is obtained because it is dedicated to Eight Manifestations of Goddess Mahalakshmi. The festival season is between the month of September and October the Navararthri Festival is celebrated in a grand manner, Devotees from all over the city flock to this temple to attend this festival and also to take a cool breeze in the beach with family members.

 
  Ayyappan temple(Mahalingapuram)

This is the first Ayyappan Temple in Chennai. Special Poojas take place during Oct-Jan. The devotees on pilgrimage make it a point to visit this temple as well. This temple is situated in Mahalingapuram. Location : 18, Madhavan Nair st, Mahalingapuram, Nungambakkam, Chennai - 600 034. Time: Morning 4.00 am . To 11.00 am. ; Evening 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

 
  Hare rama hare Krishna

This movement founded by Swami Bakthi Vedantha Prabu Padha believes in worshipping Lord Krishna in joyful bliss. It has devotees all over the world and this centre acts as a connecting link. Time: 4.30 am . To 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This functions in Chennai at East Coast Road , Uthandi. Kali Ban Kali Ban at Chennai is a great Spiritual Institution. Kali Ban means “The House of Goddess Kali”. It is a unique temple on the lines of Dakshineswar Kali Temple in Calcutta . It is conveniently located within the city at 32, Umapathy Extension, West Mambalam . Itl has a peaceful Meditation Hall where occasionally Bhajans are conducted and discourses on various spiritual topics are given. Durga Pooja at Navarathri and Kali Pooja at Decpavali are celebrated in a grand manner. Time: 6 a.m. to 12a.m. Evening 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 32, Umapathy St , Chennai - 600 033

 
  Kaligambal temple

The deity is Kaligambal. The other form of Parasakthi is Kali. She took this form to eradicate evil. With angry look this female deity by destroying evil is stead fast to truth. She is a deity whom people worship with fear. Time Morning 6.30 am . to 12 noon , Evening 5 p.m. to 9 p.m Location : 212, Thambu Chetty St , Cheonai -600 001

 
  Kapaleeswarar temple

Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore is dedicated to Lord Siva . The intricate designs and sculptures on the “Gopuram” of this temple attract every one. The legend says that Goddess Parvathi worshipped Lord Siva in the form of a peacock- “Mayil” in Tamil - that to ti ‘ t of the city. According to another legend, Saint Thirugnana Sambandar brought back a dead girl to life upon composing and chanting a L hymn on the presiding deity. This temple celebrates its yearly festival in March-April every year for ten days. The Arupathumoovar (the sixty-three) festival on the tenth day is one of the highlights of this festival, which attracts pilgrims from far and near.
Time Morning 6.00 am . to 1.00 p.m. Evening 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004

 
 
 
  Maruntheeswarar temple

Building of this temple dates back to 11th century. People believe Saint Valmigi the author of he Epic Ramayana had visited this temple. This temple also bears ample testimony to our ancient Art and Culture. Time: Morning 6 am . to 12.30 p.m. Evening 4 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. This is Situate in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai - 600 041

 
  Mathyakailash
This is also called as ‘Nadukailai' Lord Ganesh sits right in the ‘ Centre of Parameshwar, Ambikai, A and Thirumal. Here there are ‘Sannidhis' for Anjaneyar and Bairavar besides the ‘Nava Grahas'. Situated at Adayar on the way to Taramani this beautiful temple in white marble is the delight of connoisseur. Timing 5.30 am , to 12.00 noon . 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Location : Sardar Patel Road , Adayar, Chennai - 600 020
 
  Pamban swamigal
Pamban Swamigal was born in 1850 in Pamban near Rameswaram, was one of the Siddhas of Later Tamil tradition. He attained salvation in 1929. His Samadhi temple was found in Mayurapuram north of Thiruvanmiyur, 13 km. drive from Chennai. Time Morning 6 am . to 1 p.m. Evening 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ph 24521866.
 
  Parthasarathy swamy temple
It is one of the most reputed temples for the followers of Vaishnavism, a sub-sect of Hinduism. Located in Triplicane, this is also an excellent specimen of ancient South Indian temple architecture. This is where you can see the different ‘Avatars' (incarnations) of Lord Mahavishnu, You could also see here an elephant taking part in the temple's daily rituals. Time Morning 6.30 am, to 1.00 p.m. Evening 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.Triplicane, Chennai - 600 005

 

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