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Chennai

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Chennai is often called the cultural capital of India & is the gate way to South. Chennai, is a journey in to timeless India , a kaleidoscope of moods rich in treasures of history  from temples and shrines to forts & palaces .This 350 years old city was one of the bastions of the East India Company, and the British left an indelible mark on this historic city

The sprawling city which is divided in two by the cooum River, in this city you can find the perfect blend of tradition and modernity… where ‘Udupi’ hotels and fast-food joints, gopurams (temple towers) and skyscrapers, mantras and mobiles, ragas and rap, coexist…providing many a fascinating vignette of the southern heritage .

Today, Chennai while retaining her old world charm with the enchanting landmarks of a historic city, has also become a lucrative investment destination for hi-tech ventures.  

Places of Interest  

Kapaleeswarar 

Kapaleeswarar Temple with its massive and intricately carved gopuram towering into sky . This is an ancient Shiva temple & is the biggest temple in Chennai,  A masterpiece of Dravidian style and displays the architectural elements -with its artistic eloquence depicting Hindu mythological tales. 

Sri Parthasarathy Temple  

Sri Parthasarathy Temple , It is another splendid 8th century shrine dedicated to Lord Krishan. It houses the five 'avatars' of Lord Vishnu, and has a small temple shrine dedicated to Vishnu's consort, Vedavalli Ammai. It's one of the oldest surviving temple in Chennai, renovated by the rulers of Vijayanagar.  

Fort St. George

Fort St. George surrounded by cannon-proofwalls , it is the place where most of Chennai history was written. The building in the Fort today , house the Secretariat and the Legislative assembly .St. Mary's Church within its wall was consecrated in 1680 AD & is believed to be the oldest Anglican Church in the east. The museum in the fort has a collection of objects,  contemporary paintings. The flagmast at Fort St. George is the tallest in India .

Santhome Cathedral

The Santhome Cathedral it is said to be the last resting Palace of St. Thomas the Apostle who brought Christianity to India . This  this Roman Catholic rebuilt in neo-Gothic style in 1893,  is said to house the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle.   

St. Thomas Mount

St. Thomas Mount , is the place where the apostle is said to have been was martyred.  

Valluvar kottam - Valluvar Kottam is on the Kodambakkam High Road to the great poet Thiruvalluvar .He wrote the famous Thiru Kural', which is supposed to be nearly 2000 years old.This structure is shaped like a temple chariot with a life-size statue of the saint, Valluvar Kottam has an auditorium, which is said to be the largest in Asia .  

Government Museum

The Government Museum is on Pantheon Rd , between Egmore and Anna Salai.  The main building has a fine archaeological section representing all the major south Indian periods including Chola, Vijayanagar, Hoysala and Chalukya. It also houses a good ethnology collection. The bronze gallery has a superb collection of Chola art. One of the most impressive is the bronze of Ardhanariswara, the androgynous incarnation of Shiva.

National Art Gallery

The National Art Gallery situated in Egmore were established in 1857. There are sections on geology, archaeologym anthropology, numismatics, botany, zoology and sculpture, besides a collection of armoury.

Guindy National Park & snake park  - 

These parks are adjacent to each other. The The national park houses have some wild life where as it is the snake park that is more impressive with a whole variety of snakes and lizards to be seen. . It is well maintained with generous enclosures.  The next compound is the 'Children Park which has a small collection of animals and birds and a big play area for children.  

Film Studios - The film studios in Chennai are one of the best and the largest to be found in the country. The MGR film city is an impressive one and is the only one that is open to the public most of the times.

Kalakshetra

Kalakshetra founded by late Rukmini Devi Arundale in 1936. it is a renowned institutions that keeps alive the traditional Bharat Natyam & carnatic music.  

B.M. Birla Planetorium

Situated in Kotturpuram in Chennai, the B. M. Birla Planetarium houses a modern, fully computerised projector, which depicts the heavens on a hemispherical dome.

Marina Beaches  

Marina which is also the city's sea front beach is considered one of the longest beaches in the world & the second longest beach in the world.  The entire stretch is full of statues symbolising Tamil culture. It is one of the places where Chennai's crowd can be seen especially during holidays. It is the place where Vivekanand preached his ascetic philosophy. The Elliot’s Beach is also situated nearby to this place.

Light House

Situated at the south end of the Marina Beach, it adds glory to the luster of the golden sands.

The best time to visit :-  The best time to visit Chennai is between December and March 

How To Get There
By Air 
Chennai is  an international airport link it to the major Indian cities.
By Train
Nearest Railhead is at Chennai .
By Road 
Chennai is well linked with the toad network

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