About Chennai



Chennai is one of the beautiful cities of India. Located at the southern border, this city is often referred to as the ‘Gateway of Southern India’. Chennai has been named the 9th best city in the list of 2015’s top 10 cosmopolitan cities in the world.

The beauty of Chennai city is the fact that culture and traditions are in harmony with modernization. But the most endearing asset of Chennai is its people. ‘Mallipoo’ or jasmine flowers worn by all ladies on their hair irrespective of young or old or the background they hail from and vibhuti on the forehead are few classics of Chennai traditions. This City is one among the few cities where the native culture and tradition is beautifully fused with a tinge of modern lifestyle.

A visit to Chennai is considered incomplete without tasting its famous filter coffee, the biryani (which is very different from the biryani of other states), chilli bomb ‘podi dosa’ or without visiting the lovely beach or not buying a silk saree. Not to forget, the taste of authentic Chettinad cuisine. With the hope that you enjoy every bit of your stay in Chennai, here are few places listed to make your visit most memorable.

TEMPLES IN CHENNAI

Kapaleeshwarar Temple

Kapaleeshwarar

Kapaleeshwarar Temple is Chennai's most active and impressive, believed to have been built after the Portuguese destroyed the seaside original in 1566. It displays the main architectural elements of many a Tamil Nadu temple – a rainbow-coloured gopuram (gateway tower), pillared mandapas (pavilions), and a huge tank – and is dedicated to the state's most popular deity, Shiva. For details click the link below:
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Parthasarathy Temple

Parthasarathy

Built under the 8th-century Pallavas and unusually dedicated to Krishna (a form of Vishnu) as the charioteer Parthasarathy, this is one of Chennai's oldest temples. For details click the link below:
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CHURCH IN CHENNAI

San Thome Cathedral

San Thome Cathedral

This soaring Roman Catholic cathedral, a stone's throw from the beach, was founded by the Portuguese in 1523, then rebuilt by the British in neo-Gothic style in 1896, and is said to mark the final resting place of St Thomas the Apostle. It's believed 'Doubting Thomas' brought Christianity to the subcontinent in AD 52 and was killed at St Thomas Mount, Chennai, in AD 72. Behind the cathedral is the tomb of St Thomas. For details click the link below:
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St Andrew's Church

St Andrew's Church

This 1821 neoclassical Scottish Presbyterian church is one of India's most exquisite churches, rising up in leafy grounds in the middle of frenzied Ignore. For details click the link below:
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Luz Church

Luz Church

Styled with blue-and-white baroque elegance, pretty little palm-fringed Luz Church is Chennai's oldest European building, dating to 1516 – which also makes it one of India's most ancient churches. For details click the link below:
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MOSQUE IN CHENNAI

Wallajah Big Mosque

Wallajah Big Mosque

Built entirely of granite in 1795 by the Nawab of the Carnatic, and generally known simply as the Big Mosque. For details click the link below:
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Thousand Lights Mosque

Thousand Lights Mosque

Chennai's main Shia mosque, built in 1810. For details click the link below:
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Government Museum

Government Museum

Housed across the striking British-built Pantheon Complex, this excellent museum is Chennai’s best. For details click the link below:
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Kalakshetra Foundation

Kalakshetra Foundation

Founded in 1936, Kalakshetra is a leading serious school of Tamil classical dance and music (sponsoring many students from disadvantaged backgrounds), set in beautiful, shady grounds in south Chennai. For details click the link below:
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Theosophical Society

Theosophical Society

Between the Adyar River and the coast, the 100-hectare grounds of the Theosophical Society provide a peaceful, green, vehicle-free retreat from the city. For details click the link below:
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Book Building

Book Building

Within this mural-covered space, Tara Books stages free exhibitions, author talks and workshops with visiting artists, and displays its own highly original handmade books. For details click the link below:
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Fort Museum

Fort Museum

The Fort Museum has exhibitions on Chennai's origins and the fort itself, and displays interesting military memorabilia and artwork from colonial times. For details click the link below:
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Valluvar Kottam

Valluvar Kottam

This 1976 memorial honours the Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar and his classic work, the 133-chapter Thirukural. For details click the link below:
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Madras Lighthouse

Madras Lighthouse

At the southern end of Marina Beach, the fourth-incarnation Madras Lighthouse is India's only one with a lift; it's ridiculously popular, but the wraparound city and beach views are wonderful. For details click the link below:
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