Posts Tagged ‘Chennai’
May 10th, 2012 Posted 5:23 pm
Continued From: Places to visit in Chennai Part 1
The Chennai is known to be a hot place not only because of its temperature but also the great places to visit. There are a range of great tourist attractions in Chennai that you will undoubtedly feel great to visit any time of the year.
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The Crocodile Bank is a crocodile research and breeding center, located 40 km from Madras. The Crocodile Bank is open for tourist every day except Tuesdays. The bank was first created to protect the Indian crocodiles and breed them. More than 6000 crocodiles have been produced and saved by the Crocodile Bank. In other words, this is a place where Indian crocodiles are preserved and that is why you can expect to see thousands of different kinds of crocodiles in here. If you love animals then you will surely love Crocodile Bank as there are no other places where you can see as many breeds of crocodiles as here. The Crocodile Bank has a snake park too where you can visit to see different types of snakes and experience how anti venom is produced. Children will surely enjoy this place and learn a lot too. The place is open 6 hours a day for tourists.
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The Dakshina Chitra is a heritage village and its really unique place for a visit. The place is located 20 km away from Chennai, in Muttukadu. If you want to experience the diversified culture of Chennai then the Dakshina Chitra is the place where you must visit. This place is a moving picture of the history of the locals and you can see the change of culture between different people. It is an art and crafts village with beautiful homes and natural beauty. You can experience the making of the art products with your own eyes and have a great time. All the houses, the creations and even the people of Dakshina Chitra are unforgettable. If you like folk dances then you can enjoy it there too. The art and craft products are available for you to buy. You can bring with you the essence of the Dakshina Chitra and remember it forever.
Government Museum Complex
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If you want to experience the history and art of Chennai, and also the other parts of the country, then the Government Museum Complex is the place where you must go. The complex is situated in the Pantheon Road of Chennai. The Government Museum Complex is not only a museum but it has many more great divisions like libraries, galleries and museum theater. All of these places portray a great range of Indian culture and a lot of great things that you can enjoy. The libraries have many different kinds of books on history and culture which can interest you for sure. The galleries have many great famous painting by famous artists, both national and international artists. You can surely spend a great day in the Government Museum Complex with your group. The experience is surely unforgettable for everyone and there is no extra fee to be paid to visit the place.
July 24th, 2009 Posted 3:39 pm
The Capital city of Tamil Nadu state, Chennai or Madras(formerly), is south India’s largest city. Chennai is India’s automotive hub and an IT bastion too. Even though it is a modern city it has a very strong cultural inclination. Chennai hosts an annual gala event known as the Madras Music Season. Kollywood, the Tamil cinema and music industry is headquartered here and it is the second largest entertainment industry in India.
Fort St. George
This 1640 AD edifice is perhaps the oldest British establishment in India. It is a magnificent thing that overlooks the Bay of Bengal on one side. Till date it serves as a base of Indian Army. It housed a museum that displays a fine collection of colonial era memorabilia. Another thing you would not want to miss at Sr George Fort is the 15 ft statue of Lord Cornwallis. One can still feel the regalia of the old days from the glass windows, wall frescoes and shining teak plaques. Because of its immense historical importance it is under the supervision of the Archaeological Survey of India.
The Marina Beach
Acclaimed to be the longest beach in India Marina Beach draws a big volume of tourists everyday. It starts right next to St George fort and extends for 12 Kms till the Besant Nagar in a north – south extension. This place is particularly popular in the evening and is famous for its food stalls and shops on the sandy beaches. Another attraction of Marina beach is the line of statues of famous Indian and Tamil personalities. As a part of beach modernization plan a huge artificial waterfall has been installed here. The waves are generally strong and seas are not fit for swimming or bathing. There are no life guards stationed here.
San Thome Cathedral Basilica
This church holds a great significance for the catholic Christians. It is dedicated to the St Thomas the apostle of Christ who is believed to have been killed on St Thomas Mount. He was buried in San Thome beach and then latter moved into the city in 1606 when this church was built. Around three centuries latter it was declared a basilica. The works on wood and glass inside the church depict the life story of St Thomas and scenes narrating the last days of Christ. Even if you are a non Christian and believe in Christ this is the place you should be when you are in Chennai.
This beautiful stone chariot located near Kodambakam area in Chennai is dedicated to the ancient saint and poet Thirvalluvar who is famous for his literary works on Ethics. Some legends claim Mylapore to be the birthplace of Thiruvallavur. It is an exquisitely carved structure where a life-size image of the poet-saint. There is an auditorium that can seat 4000 people and is considered one of Asia’s largest. The large hall is devoid of supporting pillars. Verses from Thirukurral are depicted on granite walls around the hall.
Other places to visit in Chennai (Madras)
Kapaleswar Temple, Guindy National Park, Kalakshetra or the “Temple of Art”, MGR Film City, Birla Planetarium.
Continued in : Places to visit in Chennai Part 2