Chennai

The beautiful city of Chennai balances a rich heritage along with a thriving modern lifestyle. As the fourth largest city in the country, Chennai is one of the most popular tourist attractions in South India. Steeped in rich culture, Chennai offers plethora of dimensions to explore. The old world charm of Chennai will make you fall for it, no matter how many times you visit this city.
Chennai is all about old age monuments, serene beaches, spirituality oozing temples, abundance of emerald spaces, and spectacular wildlife. However, the most priceless assets of the city are its locals who still preserve their cultures and hold their traditions close to heart.

Attractions

Here are some of the popular attractions to explore when in Chennai.

Marina Beach
One of the must visit places in Chennai is the Marina Berach. With its pearly white sands and warm sea waters, this beach makes for a perfect postcard picture. The beach is loved by both locals and travellers alike. Spend some moments of peace at the beach that will pamper you with the image of most beautiful sunsets.

Semmozhi Poonga
Another popular escape from the hustle bustle of city life is Semmozhi Poonga. This 20 acre park is located at the city’s centre, and is home to over 500 varieties of trees and plants, some of which are even 100 years old. Do relish strolling around the park to eye the most splendid views of Mother Nature at its best.

Sri Santhana Srinivasa Perumal Temple
Sri Santhana Srinivasa Perumal Temple is another great wonder which is home ground to many festival celebrations such as Brahmotsavam. It is believed that this place has the magical power of granting parenthood.

Kapaleeswarar Temple
Another prominent attraction to visit here is the Kapaleeswarar Temple, which was built during the 7th century by Pallava Kings. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati. The temple houses the shrines beautifully seated on a chariot. Devotees consider pulling the chariot as auspicious.

Fort St George
One of the must explore architectural wonder of Chennai is the Fort St George, built by the British East India Company in 1640. The fort is home to the well known St Mary’s Church, a museum exhibiting artefacts from British Rule and Wellesley House with paintings of the Fort Governor.

National Art Gallery
Dig deep into the architectural marvels of Chennai with the National Art Gallery made under the influence of Indo-Saracenic architecture. It has four sub-divisions, including Tanjore Painting Gallery, Ravi Varma Painting Gallery, Indian Traditional Art Gallery and Decorative Art Gallery. This place is a paradise for the suckers of authentic art forms.

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How to Reach
By Air - Chennai International airport, 7 kilometres away from the city, connects the city with all the domestic and international destinations.
By Train - Chennai has three main railway stations namely Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore and Tambaram. All these stations are well connected to cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Cochin, Hyderabad, Kolkata, etc.
By Road - The city is known for its road network and thus, travelling by road is a pleasurable retreat.

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