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Top 10 Places To Visit In Chennai

16 Sep, 2020 | Taxida

Snuggled on the Coromandel coast of Bay of Bengal, Chennai is a metropolitan city with a rich cultural history that is perfectly balanced with its metropolis lifestyle. Despite the sweltering humid climate and traffic chaos, it is worth visiting for breathtaking monuments, iconic south-Indian culture, and culinary delights. Want to experience Chennai and its culture better? Visit these top tourist places in Chennai for a spectacular time!

Marina Beach
Spanning over a distance of 13 km along the Bay of Bengal, Marina Beach is the second largest beach in the world. With nearly 30,000 visitors flocking it on a daily basis, it is one of the most bustling beaches in our country. The beach has a carnival feel to it with snack stalls and amusement rides. The entire length of the beach is dotted with historic statues and monuments and is a famous hangout location for locals. Watching the rumbling waves hit the white sandy shore is a breathtaking and magical experience.

Arignar Anna Zoological Park
Also known as Vandalur Zoo, Arignar Anna Zoological Park is a great place to discover the local flora and fauna population. It is one of the best picnic spots in the city for kids and adults alike. Expanding over an area of 1260 acres, it is the biggest zoo of its kind in South East Asia. It is pretty popular among animal lovers for its extensive collection of exotic and endemic animals. Children's Park, Jurassic Park, Elephant Joy Rides, and the Education Centre are the special features of the park.

Mahabalipuram
Nestled on the Coromandel Coast along the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram aka Mamallapuram is a popular historical spot in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is renowned for its rock-cut caves, ferocious beach, and intricately carved temples and rock-cut caves. The charming atmosphere, tranquil setup, and white sandy beaches are the reason why it is flocked by the tourist crowd all-around the year. The Shore Temple, Five Rathas, Mahabalipuram Beach, Alamparai Fort, Krishna's Butter Ball, and Tiger Caves are the top attractions here.

Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Kapaleeswarar Temple is a holy shrine of Lord Shiva, which was originally constructed by the mighty Pallavas. Over the years, it was demolished by the Portuguese explorers and the Vijayanagara rulers rebuilt the temple during their reign. The temple is the perfect example of the Dravidian and Vijayanagara architecture and it is marvelous to look at. The temple management conducts the popular Brahmotsav festival each year where all the 63 idols of the temple are paid due respect. It takes place sometime between March to April.

Government Museum
Are you an artifact enthusiast? If yes, you will surely love the Government Museum in Chennai. Built in 1851, Government Museum is the second oldest museum in the nation. It is constructed in the Indo-Saracenic style and showcases an extensive collection of the works of Raja Ravi Varma. It is also called the Egmore Museum by the locals. This place is renowned for preserving some of the iconic ancient and modern South Indian bronzes. It is a wonderful place to visit in Chennai with kids.

San Thome Basilica
Santhome Basilica is a popular shrine that was built as a dedication to St. Thomas (built on the top of his final resting place), one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. The shrine was first established by Portuguese explorers in the 16th century, transformed as a cathedral in 1606, and was later rebuilt in the 19th century by the British. The church has a complete white facade and is constructed in neo-gothic style, with huge windows and naturally lit interiors. It is one of the most famous pilgrimage places to visit near Chennai.

Guindy National Park
Guindy National park is the 8th smallest national park in the country and is one of the key attractions in Chennai. The park extends over an area of 2.70 sq km, which is protected under the Ministry of Environment and Forests. It is the only park in the country that is situated inside a city. It is an evergreen forest, which is dotted with flourishing trees and rows and rows of tall deciduous trees. From sloth bear to dotted deer, it also has a huge collection of fauna. On the whole, it is a great place to spend a peaceful time with the family.

Thousand Lights Mosque
Regarded as one of the most esteemed mosques of the city, the Thousand Lights Mosque was built in the early 19th century by the Carnatic rulers. Today it is a famous gathering place for Muslims for their daily prayers and festive occasions like Ramzan. The mosque is constructed in the classical Islamic pattern with high minarets and domes. It has a huge prayer hall for men and an individual smaller one for women. In the olden days, nearly 1000 lamps were used to light up the mosque, and hence it is called Thousand Lights Mosque.

Birla Planetarium
Renowned for its cosmic shows and virtual tours of the night sky, Birla Planetarium is located in the Periyar Science and Technology Center in Kotturpuram. It was established in 1983 and was named after the great Indian industrialist and visionary, B M Birla. Though it was founded around 30 years ago, it is still regarded as one of the most state-of-the-art planetariums in the country. It is a famous spot for school trips in Chennai and a spectacular place for stargazing and seeing the galleries and parks.

Connemara Public Library
Established in the year 1896, Connemara Public Library is a remarkable landmark for the city of Chennai. With its vast collections of books, periodicals, newspapers, and other related texts, it is a treasure trove for bookworms. This is a place where you surely find every book you can look for. It is one of the four national depository libraries in India and therefore it gets copies of all the texts and books published in the country. Owing to its enormous book collections, the library is usually crowded throughout the year. What are you waiting for? Visit these spectacular places the next time you visit Chennai and jazz up your mood!

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