Sited on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, Chennai is one of the prime metropolitan of India renowned for its vibrant culture. The city has been the focus of Dravidian movements for decades that has affected its cultural and political aspects. A tour to Chennai brings to you an exclusive opportunity to experience a distinctive ethnicity that can never be experienced in North India. Spread over an area of 200 square km, this fairly clean city comprises lush green space amidst the high-tech dwellings. It is the fourth largest city of India with a population of about six million. The city offers you lots of places to visit including Marina Beach, Fort Saint Georges, Chennai Museum, Tiruvalluvar Memorial and Crocodile Park etc. Ranging from art to cuisines and natural ambiance to cultural environment, Chennai is an awesome place to visit.
Tourist Attractions in Chennai:
Marina Beach: A serene & stunning place that is a perfect blend of golden sand, unsoiled backdrop and sparkling clean blue sea, Marina Beach is something to experience with all of your senses. Located on the eastern side of Chennai, adjacent to Bay of Bengal, Marina Beach offers you incredible setting to enjoy mesmerizing sunrise and sunset. Apart from visual beauty, you can get the chance of entertainment with beachside food stalls and activities.
Fort St. George: Built in year 1640, it was the first fortress of British in India that has maintained its huge walls with twisted heavy iron gates & deep moats. The place has been converted into seat of the State Legislative Assembly. Within the fort, Fort Museum, St. Mary's church, Town Hall and The Flagstaff are worth visiting.
Valluvar Kottam: Built in 1976 as a tribute to Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar, The Valluvar Kottam is the replica of an ancient Tamil architecture that has been adorned 1330 verses on its panels.
Birla Planetarium: It is a modern planetarium with a seating capacity of 236 and a part of Periyar Science and Technology Centre at Kotturpuram. You can enjoy the life of celestial phenomenon completed with extraordinary effects. The planetarium also carries out the astronomy courses on night observations on second Saturday of each month.
Kalakshetra: It is a center of dance, music and arts that was established by Rukmini Devi in the year 1936. Sited at Thiruvanmiyur, Kalakshetra is the originator of various fine proponents of the Bharatnatyam and other Carnatic dance tradition. Following the traditional Gurukul system of education, this place allows the students studying their favorite art amidst the refreshing wind, verdant ambiance and the natural music of birds.
Government Museum: This museum features a stunning archaeological section classified into major South Indian dynasties named Chola, Vijayanagara, Hoysala and Chalukya. It boasts of a bronze gallery having excellent collection of Chola Art. You can also see here an outstanding collection of Mughal, Rajasthani and Deccan artworks.
Lalit Kala Akademi: Lalit Kala Akademi is placed on Greams Road that boasts of a variety of beautiful paintings and artifacts crafted by the local artists. It also features collection of vernacular literature.
Theosophical Society: Placed on the immense stretch of the banks of the Adyar estuary, Theosophical society was established by Madame H.P. Blavatsky and Col. H.S. Olcott in year 1875. Far from the chaos, this place features Adyar Banyan tree, Library and Theosophical Research centers that you can visit during your stay here.