Top things to do in Chennai

Top things to do in Chennai

Top things to do in Chennai

Chennai has earned its spot as South India’s leading urban capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. As the city continues to adapt to modern day requirements and challenges, it invests an equal amount of effort in retaining and exercising its ancient cultural heritage that is over two millenniums old. The city is blessed with some of the oldest temples known to exist on the planet and that further add a refined historical charm to the city’s personality. The architecture of these ancient structures will ignite your imagination to visualize the details of a world that existed thousands of years ago. Apart from the glory of their past, Chennai’s geography constitutes many sublime features of nature that are a fitting escape for tourists looking to take time away from the rat race and de-stress in the healing embrace of nature. Chennai is home to one of the longest beaches that stretches for nearly 13 kilometers. Vacationists will also find plenty of alluring escapes into nature such as observing some rare species of animals and birds at the designated sanctuaries. No vacation is complete without taking the time to indulge in the best of the local cuisine and Chennai is sure to please your senses with its traditional flavors as well as the wide list of dining options strewn across the metropolitan capital. Chennai’s vibrant culture is evident through the etiquette and daily routine of the people. Their pride in their traditions has contributed to the upbringing of globally renowned artists and art forms that add a unique charm to this multi-faceted region.

Marina Beach:

this beach is reputed for being one of the longest beaches on the planet that stretches over a distance of nearly 13 km. The entirety of the beach is mostly sandy and the total width of the beach is just about 980 feet. Visitors are prohibited from swimming at the beach as the water conditions can be volatile. This beach is also known to be the mating spot for the endangered olive ridley sea turtle species.

Kapaleeshwarar Temple:

This temple was established back in the 7th century CE. A vibrant and complex structure that is a surviving examples of the Dravidian style of architecture. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu deities Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. The temple further consists of multiple smaller shrines and is also divided amongst separate halls. Another prominent appeal of this temple lies in the elaborate mythical legends attached to its history such as the one that says Lord Ram visited this temple to say a prayer before going off to fight Ravana and save his wife Sita.

Government Museum (Madras Museum):

This museum has been ranked as the second greatest museum in the country and was established back in the mid-1800s. It communicates the details of the regions culture and history, alongside its many international influences. It holds a large scope of artifacts and other ancient relics such as statues and paintings, which further cover a diverse set of subjects such as zoology, archeology, numismatics and much more. The compound is divided between 6 museums, distributed amongst 46 galleries that together spread over a total area of little over 16 acres. The ancient magnificence that wafts of the museums structure will take you on a journey through the many layers of history that belong to this region.

Santhome Cathedral:

This cathedral is regarded as the most sacred place for worship for the Catholic community. Legend says that St. Thomas arrived at this region back in 52 A.D with the intention to convert the locals and to assemble a chapel. Additional construction and structures were added to this Church by the Portuguese. It served as the community area for the Portuguese back in the 1500s. However, during the 1800s, as the reign of the Portuguese began to dwindle and the British gained control over the country, the Church was converted to its current Cathedral status after multiple additional features were added by the British.

Guindy National Park:

This National Park is ranked amongst the top 10 smallest National parks of the country. It was inaugurated in the year 1976 and is an extension of the Governor’s residential grounds. The park spreads over a total area of little over 2.80 km² and is thriven with over 340 plant species that includes grass, trees and much more. This park is also home to a multiple animal species such as deer, birds, monkeys, hedgehogs, butterflies and much more. Visitors will also find tributes made to honor the greatest figures of India such Mahatma Gandhi.

Arulmigu Sri Parthasarathy Temple Divyadesam:

This temple was constructed in honor of the Hindu deity Lord Krishna during the 8th century. It is recognized as a Hindu Vaishnavite temple and has been referenced in the Divya Prabandha and is believed to be one of the 108 holy residences of the Hindu deity, Lord Vishnu. The temple was initially assembled by the Pallavas back in the 8th century. Later additions were made by the Cholas and even by the Vijayanagara kings during the 1400s.

Fort St. George:

Established back in the mid-1600s, Fort St. George is known to be the first British fortress to have been assembled in India. As a result, the unpopulated area around the fort flourished with trading activity and steady increase in settlements. The intention behind constructing this fort was to protect the rooted dominance of the trading of the British East India Company. This fort served a hub of both conflict-driven activities as well as other historical events during the 300 year long rule of the British Empire.

DakshinChitra:

This museum is a living example of the regions magnificent architecture and was constructed in the year 1996. The museum takes up a little over 9 acres of land and is devoted to teaching its visitors about South India’s heritage and ancient culture. The museum comprises of 18 different sections that each represent a different part of South India. Visitors can also purchase locally produced arts and craft products.

Arignar Anna Zoological Park:

This renowned wildlife zoological park comprises of over 155 animal species, including insects and birds. It spreads over an area of little over 1400 acres and also has a rehabilitation center that takes up just about 228 acres of land. The zoo is equipped with modern facilities and professionals that are present to retain and expand the breeding program for rare and endangered animal species that originate from the West and East Ghats. This zoo also seeks to instill a better attitude in people towards animals and nature.

Ashtalakshmi Temple:

This temple is situated by the waters of Elliot Beach. It is devoted to the Hindu deity, Goddess Lakshmi who represent the endless forms of abundance and wealth. The temple was established to fulfill the desire of Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati who was a renowned sage of Kanchi Mutt, back in the year 1976.

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