Chennai In Tamil Nadu Tourist Destinations

Chennai In Tamil Nadu Tourist Destinations

The metropolis is often called the cultural capital of India for its deep-rooted traditions and long heritage. Chennai is a city younger than its image. More than any other city in India, it is a true reflection of this countryís diversity.

Spread over 200 square kilometers with the Bay of Bengal on the east, the city is the gateway to the rest of south India. There are verdant green patches found amidst the high-tech, high-rise buildings. It is Indiaís fourth largest city.


The Marina Beach, the pride of Chennai is the second shore. Situated on the world and has a wide sandy shore. Situated on the beach, are the memorials dedicated to C.N Annadurai and M.G Ramachandran, both former Chief Ministers of the state. They attract thousands of Visitors everyday.

Some of the most beautiful buildings in Chennai such as the University of Madras, the Senate House, Chepauk Palace, Presidency College and the Ice House are located on the beach drive.

Vivekananda House & Museum the State Government had leased this building Sir Ramakrishna Mission. It is and imposing structure on the Marina along the South Beach Road.


In Mylapore, this ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Siva is the biggest temple of Chennai. The magnificent Gopuram in 121 feet high and depicts legendary intricate carvings.
According to a legend, Goddess Parvathi transformed herself into a peacock and worshipped Lord Siva to obtain deliverance. This legend is portrayed in a sculpture inside the temple.


This temple situated in Triplicane, It is dedicated to Parthasarathi, Lord Vishnu, it was built in the eighth century by the Pallavas and later renovated by the Vijayanagar rulers.
There are five shrines for Vishnu in his various forms. The main shrine is for Venkatakrishnan with Rukmini, Balaraman, Satyaki, Anirudha, Pradyumnain a standing posture facing east. Vaikuntha Ekadasi celebrated in Margazhi (Dec.) is one of the important festivals. The float festival is held in the month of Feb-Mar.


In Thiruvanmiyur, beyond Elliot Beach is the Kalalshetra Foundation or the Temple of Art. Rukmani Devi Arundale founded it in 1936. the purpose of this center was to train, encourage and revive intrest in Bharatanatyam, the classical dance from of Tamil Nadu.


This memorial to the immortal Tamil saint philosopher Thiruvalluvar is shaped like a temple chariot and is in fact the replica of the temple chariot in Thiruvarur. A life-size stature of the saint has been installed in the 39 meter tall chariot. The 133 chapters of his famous work thirukkural have been depicted in bas-relief in the front hall and corridors of the chariot. The auditorium at Valluvarkottam is said to be the largest in Asia and it can accommodate about 4000 people. The latest additions in this complex are paintings depicting themes from thirukkural.


The park is situated near Raj Bhavan and covers an area of 270 hectares. A wildlife reserve having a small collection of birds and animals like Black Buck, Spotted Deer, Cheetah, Civet Cats, Jackals, Mongoose, and Monkeys. Closed on Tuesdays.


Near Egmore Railway station on the Pantheon Road are the Government Museum, the National Art Gallery, and the Connemera Public Library. All in one compound.
The main building has a collection an archaeological section exhibiting specimens from major south Indian periods. There are sections on on Geology, Archaeology, Botany, Zoology, Numismatics, Sculpture, and Armoury. Open from 9 am to 5 pm. Closed on Fridays and National holidays.


About an hourís drive out is V.G.P. Golden Beach Resort. Itís extremely popular with the locals and tourists. The beach is clean, the Artís Center sells seashell craft, and there is plenty of entertainment: an arcade for kids and folk-dance performances.
Muttukadu (36 km) has been Ďdevelopedí into a picnic spot. Itís center for water sports and thereís a wind surfing competition on in Feb. there is a training program me for learners.

Chennai is well connected to all major cities in India, by rail and road. It is also having a major port and an International airport.

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