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Chennai , Tamil Nadu

The land of the Dosas, Murugan, Pongal and very recently the Superkings Chennai covers thediversity between modern and traditional seamlessly. The modern looking city is one of the fastest developing cities in the world, yet it holds on to its past very strongly. The past traditions is ingrained in the very essence of Chennai. There are a lot of preconceived notions about the city and they are not very youth friendly I mustsay. Yet Chennai today hosts one the most intelligent educated bunch of people. They have the right opinions about the right amount of things. And they have insights. As people are the personality of any city we could safely call Chennai insightful. We have become such creatures of the night that we forget to explore and imbibe a city in the daytime. Well Chennai is a daytime city. From a healthy fight with the auto drivers to the sweltering heat to the bumping into people, all of it is a part of the city. But so is sitting on the beach looking at the sunset and a long drive on ECR buying as many tender coconuts as possible. What struck me the most is its quiet pride. It is a city which does not boast, not will it tolerate anywrong. Chennai is proud of its culture, tradition heritage, faith and modernization. The twenty firstcentury has not intruded upon it. In fact it has emerged into the millennium rejoicing. Go to the Crocodile bank and Dakshin Chitra. Eat some dosas in Saravana Bhavan. Listen to a concert inthe Madras Music Academy, be as young as you want to in Zara and eat a fancy meal in Fusion 9. Bowyour head in the Kapileshwar temple. While you are at it, visit the Chepauk Stadium and be dazzled in the yellow brighter than sunlight. On your visits you will realize what I did. Chennai is proud of itself.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 28.0°C /82.4°F 122 mm 30feet 26532.0 /km2 Jan-Feb,Jun Coming Soon

Places of Interest

  • Connemara Library

    "Connemara Public Library at Egmore in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, is one of the four National Depository Libraries which receive a copy of all books, newspapers and periodicals published in India. Established in 1890, the library is a repository of centuries-old publications, wherein lie some of the most respected works and collections in the country. It also serves as a depository library for the UN.\n"

    Connemara Library

  • Fort St George

    "Fort St George (or historically, White Town) is the name of the first English (later British) fortress in India, founded in 1644[1] 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.[2] Thus, it is a feasible contention to say that the city evolved around the fortress.[3]\nThe fort is one of the 163 notified areas (megalithic sites) in the state of Tamil Nadu.[4]"

    Fort St George

  • National Art Gallery (Victoria Memorial Hall)

    "The Victoria Memorial, officially called Victoria Memorial Hall, is a memorial building dedicated to Victoria, which is located in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal and a former capital of British India. It currently serves as a museum and a tourist attraction.[2] It is an autonomous organisation within the Indian Ministry of Culture."

    National Art Gallery (Victoria Memorial Hall)

  • Ripon Building

    "The Ripon Building is the seat of the Chennai Corporation (Madras Corporation) in Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu. It is a fine example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, a combination of Gothic, Ionic and Corinthian. The Ripon Building is an all-white structure and is located near the Chennai Central railway station.Commissioned in 1913, Ripon Building was built by Loganatha Mudaliar and took four years to build at a cost of INR 750,000, including a sum of INR 550,000 paid to Mudaliar. The Ripon building was named after Lord Ripon, Governor-General of British India and the Father of local self-government. Earl of Minto, the then Viceroy and Governor General of India laid the foundation on 12 December 1909. The Municipal Corporation of Madras, after functioning from several other places including Errabalu Chetty Street, settled at Ripon building in 1913, with P. L. Moore as the President of the Municipal Corporation at the time of the inauguration. The inaugural function was attended by over 3,000 of the city's elite.[1]"

    Ripon Building

  • Valluvar Kottam

    "Valluvar Kottam (Tamil: ???????? ???????) is a popular monument in Chennai, India which is dedicated to the classical Tamil poet, philosopher and saint Thiruvalluvar. Valluvar Kottam is located at the intersection of the Kodambakkam High road and the Village road, was constructed by M. Karunanidhi - the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu during 1975-1976s.Valluvar Kottam now stands at the point which was the deepest point of a lake which was located in the area.\nThe monument was constructed in 1976 in the memory of Thiruvalluvar, who wrote his famous Thirukkural about 2,000 years ago. All the 133 chapters of the Thirukkural which include 1330 verses are inscribed on bas-relief in the front hall corridors.\nThe construction of Valluvar Kottam is like a temple chariot, and it is a replica of the temple chariot in Thiruvarur. A life-size statue of the Thiruvalluvar has been installed in the 39-m-high chariot. The auditorium of Valluvar Kottam can accommodate around 4,000 people. The architect of the memorial is South Indian traditional architect V. Ganapati Sthapati, who is also the architect of the Thiruvalluvar Statue at Kanyakumari.[1]\nIncidentally, the original Tiruvarur chariot was burnt in 1922 in an accident caused by Justice Party members during the anti-brahmin agitation under EV Ramasamy Naiker."

    Valluvar Kottam

  • Vivekananda House (Ice House)

    "Vivekanandar Illam (Tamil: ???????????? ??????) or Vivekananda House[1] (Tamil: ???????????? ?????), earlier known as Ice House or Castle Kernan at Chennai, India is an important place for the Ramakrishna Movement in South India. It is remembered as the place where Swami Vivekananda stayed for nine days when he visited Chennai (then Madras) in 1897. Vivekananda House now houses a Permanent Exhibition on Indian Culture and Swamiji's Life, maintained by the Chennai branch of the Ramakrishna Math and is a source of inspiration to thousands of people who visit it every year."

    Vivekananda House (Ice House)

  • Breezy Beach

    "Breezy Beach is located in the quiet neighbourhood of Valmiki Nagar in Chennai. It is smaller and less popular than the Elliots beach. This beach is not as commercialized as the Elliots beach, and is hence more quiet and peaceful. Evenings are very pleasant and breezy here, Lots of tourists are attracted towrds this beach. This beach is less polluted and environment friendly. Those who look for a calm, cool and breezy place to relax, this beach is the best place in Chennai."

    Breezy Beach

  • Elliot's Beach

    "Elliot's Beach (popularly known as \"Besant Nagar Beach\" or \"Bessie\") is located in Besant Nagar, Chennai, India. It forms the end-point of the Marina Beach shore,[1] and is named after Edward Elliot, Governor of Madras. It has the Velankanni Church and the Ashtalakshmi Kovil nearby.[2] In the colonial era, it was a fairly exclusive place limited to ex-patriates.\nThe beach is a prominent hang-out zone for most of the college-going crowd in Chennai. On weekends, it becomes quite an experience to find parking space on the beach roads. The beach also has found importance with families, who now no longer travel to the famous Marina Beach. There are many restaurants near the beach.\nThere is a police outpost at the beach and the crowd is policed by means of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to prevent drowning mishaps. In 2010, there were 11 drowning cases reported off Elliots Beach.[3] In August 2012, the government sanctioned two more all-terrain vehicles for patrolling the beach.[4]"

    Elliot's Beach

  • Marina Beach

    "Marina Beach (Tamil:?????) is a natural urban beach in the city of Chennai, India, along the Bay of Bengal, part of the Indian Ocean.[1] The beach runs from near Fort St. George in the north to Besant Nagar in the south, a distance of 13 km (8.1 mi),[2] making it the longest natural urban beach in the country[3] and the world's second longest.[4][5][6] The Marina is primarily sandy, unlike the short, rocky formations that make up the Juhu Beach in Mumbai. The average width of the beach is 300 m (980 ft)[7] and the width at the widest stretch is 437 m (1,434 ft). Bathing and swimming at the Marina Beach are legally prohibited because of the dangers, as the undercurrent is very turbulent. It is the most crowded beach in the country and attracts about 30,000 visitors a day during weekdays[8] and 50,000 visitors a day during the weekends and on holidays.[9][10][11] During summer months, about 15,000 to 20,000 people visit the beach daily.[12] In 2010, 18 percent of 5,000 respondents interviewed by a Tripadvisor Survey voted this beach as a dirty beach, way behind Juhu beach in Maharashtra which was voted India's dirtiest by 65% of the respondents.[13]"

    Marina Beach

  • Ashtalakshmi Temple

    "2013 June 5: HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji and His entourage arrived at the \"Ashtalakshmi\" Temple in Houston, Texas to a grand welcome by Sriman Bangar Reddy, President of JET USA and Team along with several devotees.\nAshtalakshmi Temple is Place for worshiping Lord Lakshmi Narayana along with eight (Ashta) forms of Lakshmis. Eight Forms of Lakshmis are Maha Lakshmi, Dhanya Lakshmi, Dhairya Lakshmi, Rajya Lakshmi, Santhana Lakshmi, Jaya Lakshmi, Veera Lakshmi and Dhana Lakshmi. The vision of Sri Ashta Lakshmi Temple is to promote the mission of HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji to revitalize our Vedic heritage and spread the knowledge in the Vedas to the present and future generations through vedic learning and worship. The Temple is established and maintained in accordance with Sri Pancharathra Agama. The Temple is unique with its serene and pious surroundings."

    Ashtalakshmi Temple

  • ISKCON (Hare Rama Hare Krishna) Temple

    "The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), known colloquially as the Hare Krishna movement or Hare Krishnas, is a Hindu Gaudiya Vaishnava religious organisation.[1] It was founded in 1966 in New York City by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.[2] Its core beliefs are based on select traditional Indian scriptures, particularly the Bhagavad-g?t? and the ?r?mad Bh?gavatam.[3] The distinctive appearance of the movement and its culture come from the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, which has had adherents in India since the late 15th century and Western converts since the early 1900s in America,[4] and in England in the 1930s.[5]\nISKCON was formed to spread the practice of bhakti yoga, in which aspirant devotees (bhaktas) dedicate their thoughts and actions towards pleasing the Supreme Lord, Krishna.[6][7] ISKCON today is a worldwide confederation of more than 400 centres, including 60 farm communities, some aiming for self-sufficiency, 50 schools and 90 restaurants.[8] In recent decades the movement's most rapid expansions in terms of numbers of membership have been within Eastern Europe (especially since the collapse of the Soviet Union) and India.[9]"

    ISKCON (Hare Rama Hare Krishna) Temple

  • Marundeeswarar Temple

    "Marundeeswarar Temple (Tamil: ????????????? ?????) is a temple dedicated to Hindu deity Shiva, located in the 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. The temple has been widely expanded by Chola kings during the 11th century.[1] The temple has two seven tiered gateway towers, a huge tank, with the overall temple area covering 1 acre. The Marundeeswarar temple has been a place of curative worship for people with diseases. The latest coronation of the temple after renovation was performed in May 2008. The temple is administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu."

    Marundeeswarar Temple

  • Prakasam Salai

    "Opposite Parry's Corner, one of the Chennai milestones built in 1795, it is an impressive stylish building in Indo-Saracenic style with grandeur in red bricks. Prakasam Salai, earlier known as Popham's Broadway, a distance off George Town, has a cluster of old shrines that include Kandaswamy Koil, Tucker's Church, a Wesleyan Chapel and the Anderson's Church. The architectural marvelous and archeological values are appreciated here. This has grown to a hot spot for tourism."

    Prakasam Salai

  • Santhome Cathedral Basilica

    "San Thome Basilica is a Roman Catholic (Latin Rite) minor basilica in Santhome, in the city of Chennai (Madras), India. It was built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers, over the tomb of St Thomas[dubious - discuss], an apostle of Jesus. In 1893, it was rebuilt as a church with the status of a cathedral by the British. The British version still stands today. It was designed in Neo-Gothic style, favoured by British architects in the late 19th century."

    Santhome Cathedral Basilica

  • VGP Golden Beach

  • MGR Film City

    "The MGR film city is an integrated film studio complex in Taramani, Chennai. It was established in 1994 mainly to attract filmmakers and tourist. It was originally named as JJ Film City by the AIADMK government. When DMK returned to power in 1996 it was renamed as MGR film city after the hugely popular actor and late Chief Minister M. G. Ramachandran.[1] It also houses a film institute, known as MGR Film and Television Institute."

    MGR Film City

  • Guindy National Park

    "Guindy National Park is a 2.82 km2 (1.09 sq mi) Protected area of Tamil Nadu, located in Chennai, South India, is the 8th smallest National Park of India and one of the very few national parks situated inside a city. The park 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. It extends deep inside the governor's estate, enclosing beautiful forests, scrub lands, lakes and streams.\nAt Children's park/Guindy National Park, Chennai.\nThe park has a role in both ex-situ and in-situ conservation and is home to 400 blackbucks, 2,000 spotted deers, 24 jackals, a wide variety of snakes, geckos, tortoises and over 130 species of birds, 14 species of mammals, over 60 species of butterflies and spiders each, a wealth of different invertebrates--grasshoppers, ants, termites, crabs, snails, slugs, scorpions, mites, earthworms, millipedes, and the like. These are free-ranging fauna and live with the minimal of interference from human beings. The only major management activity is protection as in any other in-situ conservation area. The park attracts more than 700,000 visitors every year."

    Guindy National Park


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