Destinations in Chennai (Madras)
Chennai is amazingly renowned as the tourist attraction of south India and thus highly visited and explored by global visitors. Make a calm and relaxing visit to Chennai to grasp a complete detail of the state. Almost all the nooks and corners of the place are festooned with tourist spots with meaning and significance. Wrapped in beaches, historic monuments and temples to snake parks, Chennai is highly liked as a tourist halt. Chennai is a historic city turning increasingly cosmopolitan.
Major Chennai destinations:
Marina Beach: Marina Beach, the longest beach in India, stretching over 13 kilometers is the second longest beach in Asia. It’s a highly liked travel spot explored by a huge number of visitors every year.
Kalakshetra: Kalakshetra in Chennai is extremely visited locale founded by Smt Rukmini Devi Arundale. This cultural institution is called as the cultural academy for the preservation of traditional values in Indian art. It’s a dominant place to visit for dance and music. Performances of the classical arts are also occurred there in throughout the year.
Guindy National Park and Snake Park: Guindy National Park and Snake Park is a unique institution and renowned for the study and preservation of snakes and other reptiles.
Parthasarthi Temple: Parthasarthi Temple is one the distinct place to visit in the 8th century B.C. dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple was constructed by the Pallava Dynasty and renovated in the 16th century by the Vijayanagara dynasty.
Fort St George: Fort St George is built by the British East India Company in 1653. This fort houses the first British Church -St Mary's Church. It has a museum with a collection of British and French historical artifacts. Now it is used as the State Secretariat or seat of local government.
St Thomas Mount: St Thomas, One of Christ's disciples is believed to have visited India between 52 and 72 AD. He was died in the area and thus erected a number of churches and a museum on St Thomas Mount.
Theosophical Society: Theosophical Society is serene surroundings of this institution in Adyar, spread out over 100 green acres. It is a popular tourist destination of Chennai, known for the large Banyan tree (200 years old) in its grounds.