Chennai, located at the Coromondal coast of Bay of Bengal, is the capital city of south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Fondly called as the 'Gateway of South', this lively city showcases a convergence of rich tradition, varied heritage and modernity. Blessed with treasures of tourist attractions, it includes brilliantly carved temples, tranquil beaches, colonial monuments and shades of Indian culture and traditions.
Historical monuments form a big chunk of tourist destinations in Chennai, as they are many in numbers. Some of popular monuments here include Fort St. George, Freemasons Hall, Government Museum, Kamaraj Memorial House, MGR Memorial, Senate House, Thousand Lights Mosque, Valluvar Kottam and War Memorials. Places of worship here include Santhome Cathedral Basilica, St. Mary's Church, Velakanni Church, Adeeswar Temple, Kandaswamy Temple, Kapaleeswarar temple, Parthasarathy Temple and Vadapalani Temple.
Chennai has some striking beaches like Covelong Beach, Elliot's Beach, and Marina Beach. For entertainment, it has many amusement parks like Dash-N-Splash, Little Folks, MGM 'Dizee World' beach Resort, Dolphin City and Kishkinta. Tourists in Chennai can take excursions to popular places like Crocodile Bank (at 44 km), Mahabalipuram (at 60 km) and Muttukadu (36 km away).
By Air Chennai offers both- domestic and international flights- to major destinations across India, and the world.
By Rail Being the headquarters of Southern Railway, Chennai is well-connected to several major Indian cities and towns by express trains and super-fast rails.
By Road A network of highways and roads links Chennai to all the major cities of India.
Built in 1644 in Chennai, then known as Madras, Fort St. George was constructed by British East India. Located on Bay of Bengal, this fort is first establishment of British in India. Once it was headquarter of East India Company and today it is home to historic landmarks, government offices and museum. The fort has famous museum, St Mary’s church and Wellesley House. It is open daily and there’s an entry fee as well.
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Located in Chennai, Valluvar Kottam was constructed in 1975 by M. Karunanidhi – the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The site where this memorial is constructed was once an unused lake which was reformed to build this monument. This historical monument is built in the memory of well-known philosopher, intellectual poet and saint Thiruvalluvar. More than 2000 years ago, he penned down Thirukkural which has 133 chapters and 1330 verses.
Located in Chennai, Vivekananda House is an important place where Swami Vivekananda stayed for few days after he returned from the West. Also known as Ice House and Castle Kernan, it is considered as major place for Ramakrishna movement in South India. For about 30 years, it was used to store ice brought from Great lakes by British. It was only later that it was remodeled and renamed.
Vivekananda House is spherical in shape and has 3-storeys. Th...
Covered with sparkling golden sand, Marina Beach is a wonderfully good looking beach of India. With glittering azure and perfect sand, it is world’s second longest beach covering distance of 6.5 km from Fort St. George to Foreshore Estate. This natural urban beach in Chennai has average width of 300m. The best time to visit this beach is during November to February when the temperature is moderate.
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