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).