Chennai formerly known as Madras is the capital of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the biggest cultural, economic and educational centers in South India. It is the sixth-largest city and fourth-most populous urban agglomeration in India. Chennai is among the most visited Indian cities by foreign tourists. It was ranked 43rd most visited city in the world for year 2015. The Quality of Living Survey rated Chennai as the safest city in India. Chennai attracts 45 percent of health tourists visiting India, and 30 to 40 percent of domestic health tourists. As such, it is termed “India’s health capital”, as a growing metropolitan city in a developing country. Tourism guide publisher Lonely Planet named Chennai as one of the top ten cities in the world to visit in 2015. Chennai is ranked as a beta-level city in the Global Cities Index and was ranked the best city in India by India Today in the 2014 annual Indian city survey. In 2015 Chennai was named the “hottest” city (worth visiting and worth living in for long term) by the BBC, citing the mixture of both modern and traditional values.
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Marina Beach also known as Jallikattu Beach is a natural urban beach in the city of Chennai, The beach runs from near Fort St. George in the north to Foreshore Estate in the south, a distance of 6.5 km, making it the longest natural urban beach in the country and one of the worlds longest. The Marina is primarily sandy. The average width of the beach is 300 m (980 ft) and the width at the widest stretch is 437 m (1,434 ft). Bathing and swimming at the Marina
Kapaleeshwarar Temple is of typical Dravidian architectural style, with the Gopuram overpowering the street on which the temple sits. This temple is also a testimonial for the vishwakarmas Sthapati. There are two entrances to the temple marked by the Gopuram on either side. The east Gopuram is about 40 m high, while the smaller western Gopuram faces the sacred tank.
Fort St. George Museum was organized and opened to the public from 31st January 1948. The museum began with a small collection of objects of the British Raj donated by the then Madras Presidency Government, the St. Mary’s Church authorities, the disbanded army units and others. Over the years many objects were acquired by various means and there are now 3661 registered antiquities in the collection.
Santhome Basilica St. Thomas was one of the twelve legendary apostles who had been with Jesus. Each apostle except for one had taken the assignment of spreading the word of Jesus at different parts of the world. St. Thomas was the apostle who had taken up as a missionary to India and china. St. Thomas is one of the apostle who doubted Jesus to have risen from death and asked for proof.
Parthasarathy Temple is an 8th-century Hindu Vaishnavite temple dedicated to the god Krishna, located at Triplicane in Chennai. The temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Alvar saints from the 6th–9th centuries CE and is classified as among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu. The name ‘Parthasarathy’, in Sanskrit, means the ‘charioteer of Arjuna’, referring to Krishna’s role as a charioteer to Arjuna in the epic Mahabharata.
Elliot’s Beach A prominent landmark, on this beach is the Karl Schmidt Memorial. The memorial is named after the Dutch sailor who lost his life in the process of saving others from drowning.
Elliot’s Beach is one of the cleanest beaches in the city of Chennai. It is located towards the south of Marina Beach and was an extremely calm and tranquil place.
Government Museum or Madras Museum is a museum of human history and culture located in the neighborhood of Egmore in Chennai. Started in 1851, it is the second oldest museum in India after the Indian Museum in Kolkata. It is particularly rich in archaeological and numismatic collections.
Vivekanandar Illam earlier known as Ice House or Castle Kernan is an important place for the Ramakrishna Movement in South India. It is remembered as the place where Swami Vivekananda stayed for nine days when he visited Chennai (then Madras) in 1897.
Vadapalani Murugan Temple Is dedicated to lord Murugan. The temple was built in 1920 and the rajagopuram was built in the same period of time. The temple has been popular due to frequent local movie actor’s visit. Built about 125years back legend says, one Murugan devotee by the name Annaswami Mayakar with his limited means built a small thatched hut kept a Murugan painting for his personal worship primarily,
Marundeeswarar is known so because Shiva imparted sage Agastya on curative properties of various herbs and plants. Since then the Marundeeswarar temple has been a place of worship for people with diseases and various problems with their health. It is said that even The Sage Valmiki, who wrote The Ramayana, came here to The Marundeeswarar temple to worship Shiva.
Guindy National Park is 2.7 Square Kilometer wide is unique in more ways than one. It has the rarest vegetation type – the tropical dry evergreen vegetation. It is one of the smallest national parks and is situated right in the heart of a metropolitan city – Chennai. But perhaps the best of all is that it has a role in both ex-situ and in-situ conservation. Guindy National Park is home to 400 black bucks, 2000 spotted deer, 24 jackals, a variety of snakes
VGP Universal Kingdom is an amusement park located in East Coast Road in Chennai. The park offering small rides during the early days of its history became a full-fledged amusement park in 1997. The park provides several funs and adventure rides for children, youth and adults. VGP 2000 millennium tower
Kishkinta is a theme park Is located near Vandalur Railway station which has a serene atmosphere, 13 km south of Anakaputhur. It was founded by Navodaya Appachan, the owner of Navodaya Studio. This Park is spread across 120 acres of vast area with a scenic landscape, bushes, fountains, decorations and designs.
Vedanthangal Lake is at an altitude of 122 m. This Bird Sanctuary established in 1858 in an area of 70 acres is protected area located in the Kanchipuram District 85 kms from Chennai. The peak season period between November To March attracts thousands of birds like: Darter, Grebes, Egrets, White Ibis, Garganey Teals, Grey Pelican, Grey Heron, Siberian Painted Storks,
The Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre (TNSTC) was established in 1983 and is functioning with the financial assistance of the Government of Tamil Nadu. The centre started its operations in 1988 with the setting up of Periyar Science and Technology Centre and the functioning of the Birla Planetarium. The centre functions under the chairmanship of the minister of education. The planetarium was inaugurated on 11 May 1988 by the then President of India R. Venkataraman.
Chokhi Dhani is a concept capturing the vibrant spirit of Rajasthan and ensuring a perfect Rajasthani experience. Inbound and native tourists have a desire to experience the unique Rajasthani culture. The real Rajasthan, the villages, the paintings, Bani Thani art, the wall decorations, Deepak wall, the fresh air, the evening performances, the enthusiasm, the ‘manuhar’ (a delicate request to eat till your heart’s desire), the traditions, the costumes and at last but not least the Feelings.