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.
GUINDY NATIONAL PARK:
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.
Govt. MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY:
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.
IN AND AROUND CHENNAI:
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.
HOW TO REACH CHENNAI:
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.