Besant Nagar Beach
Elliot's Beach is one of the cleanest beaches in the city of Chennai. It is located towards the south of Marina Beach and was an extremely calm and tranquil place. As the beach does not offer much activity, it is ideal for long walks. Moreover, the ones who want to soak their feet in the splashing sea water and lose themselves completely in the arms of the nature head on.
Covelong Beach is one of the finest beaches on the coast of Coromandel. It is located at a distance of 40 km from Chennai. The beach is situated amidst picturesque locales and serves as the perfect retreat, away from the hum drum of the city life. Covelong is a small hamlet which presents an ideal blend of sun, sand and sea. This has made the beach a sought after tourist destination in every season. It is flanked by beautiful palm trees and white sands.
Marking the initial days of the railways in the Indian Subcontinent, the Madras Railway Company began to network South India in 1856. The first station was built at Royapuram, which remained the main station at that time. Expansion of the Madras Railways network, particularly the completion of the Madras–Vyasarpadi line, called for a second station in Madras, resulting in Madras Central coming into being.Madras Central was built in 1873 at Parktown as a second terminus to decongest the Royapuram harbour station, which was being utilised for port movements. In 1907, Madras Central was made the Madras Railway Company's main station.The station gained prominence after the beach line was extended further south in the same year, and Royapuram was no longer a terminus for Madras
Chennai Port, formerly known as Madras Port, is the second largest port of India, behind the Nhava Sheva Port, and the largest port in the Bay of Bengal. It is the third oldest port among the 12 major ports of India with official port operations beginning in 1881, although maritime trade started much earlier in 1639 on the undeveloped shore.
Fort St George
Fort St George is the name of the first English (later British) fortress in India, founded in 1644 at the coastal city of Madras, the modern city of Chennai. The construction of the fort provided the impetus for further settlements and trading activity, in what was originally an uninhabited land.
The Government Museum or Madras Museum is a museum of human history and culture located in the neighbourhood of Egmore in Chennai, India. Started in 1851, it is the second oldest museum in India after the Indian Museum in Kolkata. It is particularly rich in archaeological and numismatic collections.
The Madras Light House is a lighthouse facing the Bay of Bengal on the east coast of the Indian Subcontinent. It is a famous landmark on the Marina Beach in Chennai, India. It was built by the East Coast Constructions and Industries in 1976 replacing the old lighthouse in the northern direction. The lighthouse was opened in January 1977. It also houses the meteorological department and was restricted to visitors. On 16 November 2013, it was reopened to visitors.
Marina Beach is the longest beach in India, comprising of golden sand, good surf and a shimmering clean blue sea. This beach is counted among one of the longest beaches in Asia. Its 12-km long stretch was made beautiful by the wonderful facelift given by Governor Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff in the early 1880's, and is Chennai's major tourist attraction today.
Mahabalipuram is the seaport of the ancient Palava dynasty of Kanchi. The temples and carvings here date back to the 7th century. They stand out because of their artistic nature and the fact that they also depict many scenes from the every-day life of every-day people. It is known especially for its rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air reliefs such as the famous 'Descent of the Ganges' also known as 'Arjuna's Penance', and the temple of Rivage.
Muttukadu, located at a distance of 36 km from Chennai, is a small town which serves as the most preferred picnic spot along with backwaters and water activities. Muttukadu is adorned with greenery, including coconut trees and lush grassland to provide ample shade and to give relaxation to the visitors, making the environment pollution free and breezy. Helped by the fact that the backwaters and the facility of boat house have been developed by the Tamil Nadu.
The new sprawling 1,265 acre Anna Zoological Park at Vandalur is the biggest in South India and has among other species, a superb collection of tropical mammals, birds and reptiles. The animals are in vast natural enclosure enabling them to move freely. The zoo is open 6 days a week from 9-6 PM though ticket sales close an hour earlier, Tuesday being a holiday.
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
It is one of the major water bird sanctuaries in India. Storks, Egrets, Cormorants, Darter are some of the birds that arrive here during season. Along the lake there is a 24’ high observation tower commanding a panoramic view of the Sanctuary. It is spread over 72 acres of marshy land with trees ideal for nesting are home to many species of water birds. It is a marshy park with a lake in which over 1,00,000 migratory birds make their home every year. The majority of birds can be seen between November and February.
Kancheepuram is known as one of India’s Seven Sacred cities. It was the historical capital of the Pallavas. It has been the center of Tamil learning, culture and religious background for centuries. Kanchi is also a well known center of the finest silk sarees made in the country. It has magnificent temples of unique architectural beauty bearing eloquent testimony to its Glorious Dravidian heritage.
The Kapleeswarar temple is an emblem of Dravidian style and architecture. The notable feature of this structure is the 37-meter tall gopuram i.e. the pyramidical shaped temple top trying to touch the ultimate cool blue-sky surface which is spread all over the universe. As you enter the temple you can view a sculpture, which has an interesting story behind it. It is believed that a saint known as Gnanasambandar sung and brought a dead girl back to life.
Kamakshi Amman Temple
The Kamakshi Amman Temple of Mangadu is a Hindu temple in Mangadu, a suburb of Chennai, India. The term Mangadu means "Mango Forests or Mango Grooves" and as the term implies this must have been a thickly wooded Mango groove in times of yore.
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Subramaniar (Murugan) stayed on the hill during his travels from Tiruporur to Truttanigai. This place is also known as South Thanigai since Lord Subramaniar is standing facing the direction of north, facing Thanigai.
Arulmigu Adhiparasakthi Siddhar Peetam is situated at Melmaruvathur, 92 km from Chennai (Formerly known as Madras) in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India. This is the place where 21 Siddhars (saints) men as well as women from different religion, had their Jeeva-Samadhis (meaning, where the Siddhars left their human forms behind, while they are still alive as holy spirits).
Marundeeswarar Temple is a temple dedicated to Hindu deity Shiva, located in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai adjacent to the beach of Bay of Bengal. It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where the three of the most revered Nayanars (Saivite Saints), Appar and Tirugnana Sambandar have glorified the temple with their verses during the 7th-8th century.
Nithya Kalyana Perumal Temple
"Thiruvidandai" is one of the 108 Divya Desam temples in the Sri Vaishnava sect of Hinduism. It is a suburban village located in South Chennai, about 19 Kilometers south of Thiruvanmiyur in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is considered a Varaha Kshetram.
The Parthasarathy Temple is an 8th century Hindu Vaishnavite temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, located at Triplicane, Chennai. It is one among the 108 divyadesams or holy abodes of Lord Vishnu. It was built by the Pallavas in the 8th century by king Narasimhavarman I. One of the distinguishing features of is that it has four avatars of Vishnu: Narasimha, Rama, Varaha and Krishna.
Rathnagiriswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Thirumarugal, 10 km East of Nannilam, Near Nagapatnam, Tamil Nadu in India. It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where two of the most revered Nayanars (Saivite Saints), Appar and Tirugnana Sambandar have sung the glories of this temple.
Thiruporur is a panchayat town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. A Lord Murugan temple is situated in the center of the town. There is a large temple tank in the vicinity of the temple.
Thyagaraja Temple ( also called as Vadivudai Amman Temple ) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Hindu god Shiva. It is located in Tiruvottiyur in the northern part of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is revered by the Tevaram hymns of Saiva nayanars, the 7th century Tamil saint poets and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.
Besant Nagar VailankanniChurch
Besant Nagar is one of Chennai's neighborhoods, named after the noted lady theosophist Annie Besant. It is located on the coast of Bay of Bengal to the east, and bounded by Thiruvanmiyur to the South, Adyar to the West and Adyar Estuary to the North. The Theosophical Society Headquarters is located here.
Santhome Cathedral Basilica Church
The name of Santhome Cathedral Basilica was derived from the name St. Thomas who is an archbishop of the Catholic Christians. St. Thomas who is a hard-core devotee of Jesus Christ was buried in this place and as a tribute to his soul a church has been built up in this southern part of Marina beach, Chennai.
St. Thomas Mount
St. Thomas Mount (known in Tamil as Parangimalai) is a small hillock located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, near the neighbourhood of Guindy and very close to Chennai International Airport.
Thousand Lights Mosque
Thousand Lights is a multi-domed mosque in Anna Salai in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, is one of the largest mosques in the country and is a revered place of worship for Muslims. It was built by Nawab Umdat-ul-Umrah in 1810. Thousand Lights Mosque is a common mosque for all Muslims. Thousand Lights is home of Ghazi Moulana Ghulam Mahadi Khan of Tamil Nadu and a burial ground is inside.