Chennai, the most sought-after tourist destination is set on the coast of the Bay of Bengal and is growing exponentially. Yet, modern day Chennai is deep-rooted in reflections of a rich heritage and a beautiful cultural past. So, if you are taking a trip to this beautiful place with your friends and family, check out these astonishing places for a little flavour of well-deserved pampering.
Tourist destinations in Chennai
Are you taking a trip to this beautiful place with your friends and family? check out these astonishing places for a little flavour of well-deserved pampering.
Marina Beach is a natural urban beach in the city of Chennai that runs from Fort St. George to Besant Nagar, making it the longest natural urban beach in the country. In Marina Beach, bathing and swimming are legally banned due to high risk and turbulent undercurrent. Furthermore, it is the most crowded beach in India as during weekends it attracts about 30,000 visitors a day and on holidays, it attracts 50,000 visitors a day.
The Madras Light House is a famous landmark located at the Marina Beach, which was built by the East Coast Constructions and Industries in Chennai the year 1976. However, it was opened in the year 1977. This lighthouse is facing the Bay of Bengal on the east coast of the Indian Subcontinent.
MGR memorial is a memorial structure built on the Marina beach in Chennai. It was built in memory of former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. G. Ramachandran, over the area of 8.25 acres. The memorial is located adjacent to the Anna Memorial. Also, it has the highest footfall on the seafront.
Egmore Museum is known as the Madras Museum and is the second oldest museum in India, located in Egmore, Chennai. The museum has the largest collection of Roman antiquities and some archaeological and numismatic collections outside Europe. There are lots of buildings on the Museum campus that are more than 100 years old. Among all those buildings, the colossal Museum Theatre is the most impressive one. It is built in the Indo-Saracenic style and includes rare works of the prominent artists like Raja Ravi Varma. The National Art Gallery is also present in the museum premises.
Fort St. George
Founded in 1644 at the coastal city of Madras, Fort St George is the name of the first English fortress in the city of Chennai. The fort currently houses the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly and other official buildings. It is one of the 163 notified areas in Tamil Nadu. Furthermore, the fort provided the impetus for further settlements and trading activity.
Guindy National Park
Guindy National Park is the 8th smallest National Park of India located in Chennai, South India and one of the very few national parks situated inside a city. It extends deep inside the governor’s estate, enclosing beautiful forests, scrublands, streams, and lakes. It is an extension of the grounds surrounding Raj Bhavan, formerly known as the ‘Guindy Lodge’, the official residence of the Governor of Tamil Nadu, India.
Sri Ramakrishna Math Chennai
Ramakrishna Math was started in the year 1897 by Swami Ramakrishnananda, one of the direct disciples of Ramakrishna. Besides Swami Ramakrishnananda, the Math was visited by Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Brahmananda, Swami Shivananda, Swami Nirmalananda, Swami Abhedananda, Swami Trigunatitananda, Swami Premananda, Swami Niranjanananda, and Swami Vijnanananda. The motto of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission is: “For one’s own salvation, and for the welfare of the world”.
Panagal Park is named after the Raja of Panagal, the Chief Minister of Madras Presidency who created the park. It is an important junction and a locality in T Nagar.
Edward Elliot’s Beach
Located in Besant Nagar, Chennai, Edward Elliot’s Beach forms the end-point of the Marina Beach shore and is named after the Governor of Madras, Edward Elliot. In the colonial era, it was a fairly exclusive place limited to expatriates. Moreover, it has the Velankanni Church and the Ashtalakshmi Kovil closely connected.
Valluvar Kottam is a popular monument in Chennai, located at the intersection of the Kodambakkam High road and the Village road. It was constructed by M. Karunanidhi. Now, it stands at the point which was the deepest point of a lake which was located in the area.
Chennai Snake Park Trust
The Chennai Snake Park Trust is located at the former home of the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust. The park is home to a wide range of snakes such as adders, pythons, vipers, cobras and other reptiles. The park gained statutory recognition as a medium zoo from the Central Zoo Authority in 1995. In addition, it is also known as Guindy Snake Park.
Anna Centenary Library
The Anna Centenary Library (ACL) is an established state library located at Kotturpuram, Chennai. Built at a cost of 172 crores, it is one of the largest libraries in Asia. It was constructed under the governance of M. Karunanidhi. Between January and October 2011, the average number of persons who visited the library is around 26,500, compared to the monthly average of 20,000 in 2010.
Statue of Thomas Munro
The statue of Thomas Munro is an equestrian statue of Thomas Munro, one of the popular landmarks in Chennai. The statue was sculpted by Francis Chantrey in the United Kingdom in 1834 and shipped to Madras in 1839. The absence of stirrups is one of the peculiarities of the statue and thus, it is also referred to as “The Stirrupless Majesty”.
Built in the year 1988 in the memory of the great industrialist and visionary of India B. M. Birla, the B. M. Birla Planetarium is a large planetarium in Chennai providing a virtual tour of the night sky and holding cosmic shows on a specially perforated hemispherical aluminium inner dome. Located at Kotturpuram in the Periyar Science and Technology Centre campus, it houses eight galleries, namely, Physical Science, Life Science, Electronics and Communication, Energy, International Dolls and Children, Innovation, Transport, and Materials Science, with more than 500 exhibits.
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