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One might run out of time as there are scores of some of the greatest places to visit in Chennai. This seaside city has embedded in itself every feature of its rich culture, be it the cuisine, music and dance, textiles or architecture. A visit to Chennai is a visit through time as each place vitrines its age old heritage.

Marina Beach

India’s largest beach occurs to be Chennai’s Marina Beach which extends from Fort St. George to Besant Nagar. One of the best spaces to visit in Chennai for viewing a remarkable sun rise, this sandy delight is lined by palm trees on one side.

An ancient bright house stands on the southern end of Marina along with several other buildings including an aquarium, a swimming pool and a park. With food stalls, rides on ponies, kite flying and beach games to entertain you, a visit to here must be included on your trip to this city.

Elliot’s Beach

Now retitled as Besant Nagar Beach, Elliot’s is one of the places to see in Chennai and less packed than the popular Marina Beach. On the southern side this seashore are the famed Ashta Lakshmi Temple and Velanganni Church, popular among the populations of Chennai.

The Schmidt Memorial is yet additional draw of Elliott Beach which was built in memory of a Dutch sailor, Karl Schmidt. Head here to knowledge a tranquil evening overseeing the waves as they roll into the shore.

Covelong Beach

Placed a distance of 40 km from Chennai, on the coast of Coromandel, Covelong Beach is well-known for its beach actions and the serene beauty of its environments. Once a major port, one comes across it on the way to Mahabalipuram.

It is now thronged mostly by water sports fanatics for activities such as wind surfing and swimming. Close by are ancient memorials like forts, churches and mosques apart from the town of Mahabalipuram and the Crocodile Farm, making Covelong Beach a popular destination for a day outing.

Nettukuppam

Who does not affection the beaches, when it comes to beach there is like an open invite for all. While you are preparation your trip to Tamil Nadu then mark it on your bucket list to visit this one beach which is a hit among the people. Nettukuppam is the faultless spot for you where you can spend some time close to nature. For the photography fanatic this is like a double treat for you where you can click some memorable pictures.

This wrecked bridge which is commonly known by the local is situated at the northern most tip of Chennai. It is said that during the high tide the water rises to a great height where you will surely get soaked in the sea water.

Fort St. George

Goa is India’s favorite party place. Consequently, you simply have to visit one of the many clubs dispersed around Goa on your visit there. Tito’s Street is one of the best clubs you can visit. Tito’s Street, named after the street it is located on, is a club that attracts a lot of crowd specially because of its prime location and its top-notch service. Baga beach, where the club is located, is a party hub so it is no wonder that loads of tourists find their way to Tito’s Street after sundown.

Fort Aguada

A enjoyment for history buffs, this fort created during the British Rule, rings historic monuments of St. Mary’s church and St. George museum. The museum houses artefacts from that era including paintings, coins, silverware, arms, porcelain and documents.

San Thome Church

A significant spiritual spot for the Christian public, the sparkling white structure of San Thome stands on the tomb of St Thomas. This structure, which is a reminder of the colonial historical of the city, has stained glass windows and a statue of St Thomas in an inactive posture. A museum, a library and a shop selling prayer material are found within the church premises too.

Sri Parthasarathy Temple

One of the antique places to visit in Chennai is the temple said to be the oldest in this city. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, one can see its impressive coloured gopuram apart from the other shrines that stand within the temple grounds.

Timings: 4 am to 11:30 pm

Entry Fee: None

Photography: Allowed

Kapaleeshwar Temple

Separately from being a religious spot, what draws throngs to this temple is its unique building. The detailed Gopuram of this structure is 37 metres high and is a fine instance of Dravidian style of construction. The temple, home to the deities Shiva and Karpagambal, even holds a festival in the months of March and April.

Timings: 5:30 am to 12 pm, 5-9 pm

Entry Fee: None

Photography: Allowed

Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Placed 35 km from the city Centre, this zoological park is one of the places to visit in Chennai with kids. The extensive grounds of the zoo are home to 1500 species of wild beings, some of which are even threatened. An aviary, a lion safari, a deer safari and an elephant safari form the popular sections of the zoo. There is a separate section for nocturnal animals, an aquarium and a butterfly house too.

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm (except Tuesdays)

Entry Fee: INR 30 for adults and INR 10 for children between 5-12 years

Photography: Allowed, INR 25 for camera and INR150 for a handycam.

How to Reach

   By Plane

Touted to be the third busiest airports in India, Chennai International airport is just 7 kilometres away from the city. It has two terminals.

   By Train

Home to the headquarters of the Southern Railway, Chennai has three major railway stations namely Chennai Central (code MAS), Chennai Egmore which is just 2 kilometres from the city (code MS) and Tambaram which serves the suburban areas of Chennai.

   By bus

Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminal (CMBT) is one of Asia's largest bus stations. Around seven state owned companies run buses to and from various destinations within South India.

   By Luxury car

The road network in Chennai is excellent and is well-connected to most of the neighbouring towns.you can hire luxary car, taxi.

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