Chennai earlier known as Madras is the capital of Tamil Nadu, a Southern State in India. Known for its sparkling gold coast line and scorching heat waves during summer, Chennai has been a land with immense diversity. The city boasts exquisite architecture in form of temples and churches, while the Museums and National parks have gained a lot of attraction over the years. For ones visiting Chennai, not knowing what places to visit can get chaotic. Hence a well sorted itinerary is a must. So, in order to help all our passionate travelers, we have curated a list of places in and around Chennai that will make a great itinerary. Have a look!
Video Of Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Being among the longest beaches in the world, the serene Marina Beach has been one of the most visited tourist destination in Chennai. The golden sand compliments the hued skies in the evening and has been a great place for clicking some amazing photographs.
Though swimming is prohibited at Marina due the strong undercurrent, the beach is great for evening walks by the shore. The place has decent parking for tourist vehicles with local street food being served in stalls, this is a must visit when planning a trip to Chennai.
2.ISKCON Chennai Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple
One of the most visited Temples by Global visitors is the ISKON Chennai Sri Radha Kirishna Temple. Inaugurated in April 2012, the temple is built on 1.5 Acres of land, making this one among the largest temples in the country. Devoted to Krishna and Rukmini, this temple exhibits beautiful artistry. The marble floors keeps the temperature inside the temple low, making it a great respite for tourists who travel during the enormously hot summers to Chennai.
3.Viswaroopa Adhivyadhihara Sri Bhaktha Anjaneyaswami Temple
This temple is popularly known for the 32 feet idol of Sri Anjaneyar that is carved out of a single rock. There is a huge footfall in this temple and many come here for the healing powers this temple possesses. It is located in Nanganallur, which isn’t very far from the city.If you have planned a religious trip, then these are the temples that will make your trip an unique one.
Viswaroopa Adhivyadhihara Sri Bhaktha Anjaneyaswami Temple
If you are looking for weekend gateway from Chennai, then Ubbalamadugu Falls is a great place to visit. An 80 kms drive from Chennai main city, these falls are located in Chittoor District. The main attraction of this waterfalls is its location. Surrounded by a dense forest, these falls are also known as Tada falls. So if you want to get a nice dip to avoid the summers, this should be your go to place for the weekend from Chennai.
One among the most popular landmarks in Chennai, For St George was built in the 1640 by the British East India Company. Housing the very well known St Mary’s church and now functioning as an office for Tamil Nadu Government, St George Fort historical presence adds great valor to Chennai.
A favourite among Historians, this fort is visited by many foreign tourists who are enthralled by this divine structure.
Fort St George
6.Annai Velankani Church
Considered as one of the most holiest and scared pilgrimage place, The Annai Velankani Church is a class apart. Located at the Besant Nagar beach, it is heavily crowed with tourists from all castes and creeds visiting the church to seek blessings. The Mother Mary Shrine also known as Lady of Health, is worshipped by many. Built in 1972 by Dr Arulappa, this church has gained recognition worldwide.
Annai Velankani Church
For all the passionate bikers, a trip to pondicherry is always on the charts if residing in Chennai. Pondicherry, known as Puducherry and Pondy is a reprise for many tourists. 160 kms from the northen part of Chennai, Pondicherry was a French colony once and has the influence running strong even till today.
The french architecture is the USP of the city and the government has taken utmost care to protect these buildings. The rock beaches of Pondicherry are known for their picturesque beauty which can be captured beautifully in cameras.
8.Madras War Cemetery
One of the most diverse cemeteries in the World, the Madras War Cemetery homes the bodies of men and women who sacrificed their lives in the World War II. Not just bodies of Indians, but others from different races have been put to rest here. Marked as a silent place, people visit this place if they wish to explore the history of the war or those who find solace in silence.
Madras War Cemetery
While beaches are the most popular in Chennai, travelers desire to visit other water bodies too. One among these places is the Pulicat Lake. Known for being brackish, this lake is high on salinity and the second such lake in India. It is on the Coromandal Coast of India, in Thiruvalluvar District which is 60 kms from Chennai. The lake has a variety of flora and fauna which is simply stunning and great to see. This is a great option for a day trip and can be extremely relaxing.
Honoring former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr C. N Annadurai was cremated here in 1969 after his demise. The memorial is built surrounded by a beautiful garden, which is visited by many tourists.
In recent times, Ms Jayalalitha, the former chief minister was also cremated here. The memorial has a museum and an aquarium to visit as well. But what stands apart is the arch that depicts an elephant tusk that welcomes everyone here. Stunningly beautiful we must say.
These were the top 10 places to visit in and around Chennai. While there are many more temples and churches in Chennai, we suggest spending a few days exploring this gorgeous city. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start bag-packing for a Chennai Trip this upcoming vacation!
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