Elliots beach is THE hangout place for every age. Located in Besant Nagar, it's one of the cleanest beaches in whole of South India; you can sync with nature, gaze at the sea and catch a sunrise in peace. The beach boasts of the best walk path, numerous food joints close to its sandy shores and also a unique blend of historical temples, churches and monuments which makes this place even more fascinating. The Karl Schmidt memorial which is iconic to Chennai in most movies sits right on this beach.
MGM is synonymous with high-energy entertainment and as one of the largest theme parks thrills over one million eager customers every year. The rare attractions in these parks have been handpicked from among the most scintillating experiences the world over. These parks boast of exhilarating rides while adhering strictly to international safety standards. Apart from the world-class rides it houses a breathtaking amphitheatre that hosts and projects a variety of events. One will also discover the popular Marryworld - a unique children's world within the Dizzee World.
From the time it was inaugurated in 2010, the Anna Centenary Library (ACL) has been a home away from home for students, academicians, book lovers and others alike. One of the biggest libraries in Asia ACL, across is 9 floors, has a Braille Section, Own Books Reading Section, Children Section, Periodicals and Newspapers Section, Tamil books Section and English Books Section. In addition, the library has a Conference Hall that can facilitate 150 members. There are summer camps for kids and special literary events on saturday evenings.With its air conditioned halls, comfy seats, Wifi facility and calm environment , the ACL is a boon for book lovers and students preparing for competitive exams.
Mamallapuram / Mahabalipuram or simply Mahabs is a shore town about 60kms from Chennai, and is a declared UNESCO site for its stone carved heritage wonders. The drive on the East Coast Road towards ‘Mahabs’ is an experience by itself. Get wild, choose a motorbike over the car, and you'll be happy you did. The various architectural wonders Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance, Pancha Rathas, Krishna’s Butterball leave you awed. Enjoy the oceanfront , stuff yourself with some splendid fresh seafood and buy some seashell/granite artefacts to take home. The kiddos would be awed with nature’s wonder at the Seashell Museum.
Built in the 7th century , the Kapaleeshwarar Temple displays Dravidian architecture and boasts of magnificent multicoloured gopurams, huge mandapams, various shrines and a tank in the west. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is symbolised as a peacock (mayil), the temple gives the area its original name, Mayilapura, the “Town of the Peacocks”. The temple is the centre of activity with maamis dressed in their vibrant saris, maamas murmuring shlokas, youngsters offering prayers and kids running around the premises. The temple is best experienced either early mornings or mid-evenings. The spiritual high is achieved during the festival seasons, especially the arabathi-muvar festival. Mylapore is considered synonymous to Kailasa, and rightfully so. And do explore the numerous shops selling pooja items, taste the keerai vadai at the famous Karpagambal Mess/ eatery named after the temple’s goddess and wash it down with kalathi stall rose milk.
Chennai at the end of the year is pleasant with chillness and music in the air. The Chennai Margazhi Music season was started way back in 1927, as an event to commemorate with the founding of Madras Music Academy in the month of December. This culture was adopted by various other sabhas that hold art festivals in different parts of the city. While the The six week festival earlier was purely classical consisting of Carnatic music concerts, harikathas and lecture demonstrations it has now expanded to hosting dance, drama and several non-Carnatic art forms as well. Catch your favourite artist on stage and also sample the concert hall’s special canteen menu. They actually go hand in hand!
Muttukadu Boat House is a water sport facility on the East Coast Road at Muttukadu, offering rowing, wind surfing, water skiing, and speedboat riding. It is a backwater area of the Bay of Bengal located 36 km from the city centre and 23 km from Adyar on the way to Mamallapuram. The boathouse was has 15 row boats, 27 speedboats and 9 pedal boats, besides two high-speed aqua scooters. The water depth varies between 3 ft and 6 ft. It is owned and operated by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC). The boating spot receives more than 4,000 visitors every weekend.
Marina Beach is a natural urban beach in Chennai along the Bay of Bengal. The beach runs a distance of 6.45 km (4.01 mi),making it the longest natural urban beach in the country and one of the world's longest beaches. Marina tugs at people’s hearts with its frolicking waves and easy charm. The beach comes alive at dawn with the health conscious walkers. Sports enthusiasts find Marina Beach a fantastic locale to train.The memorials and statues, morning walk, joggers' track, lovers' spot, an oval-shaped skating arena, aquarium, and the like make it a hangout for people of all ages. Kite flying and beach cricket are common activities at the beach. Marina also witnesses many public gatherings and rallies.
The Island is an artificially created river island on the Coovum River and the Island grounds host the Tourism and Trade Fair every year from end Dec- early March. Fairs are an attraction to people of all ages and this fair is a fantastic family outing. The children train, aquarium, snow cave, ghost house, 3D theatre, mirror house, carnival games, live shows, shopping and food stalls make the fair attractive and enjoyable to all. One can also visit the stalls by many state & and central government departments to learn about the welfare measures and development programmes undertaken by the Government. Don’t miss trying the Mega size appalam with the chilly powder topping!
Chennai being a coastal capital city offers many scenic drives, sightseeing, adventure activities and many trekking options too. Many organizers offer trekking based on level of difficulty, length of trip and place of choice. There's no mountain high enough - so conquer it!
Valluvar Kottam is a chariot shaped monument built and named after the famous Tamil poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar. A life size idol of Thiruvalluvar has been installed in the giant 35 meter chariot that also depicts several inscriptions of his work from Thirukkural, the best of Thiruvalluvar’s work .The short writings of him are inscribed in the front hall corridors. There is also an auditorium which can accommodate 4,000 people. People who are experience seekers, history buffs and photo fanatics must visit the monument.
Queens Land is one of the nicest amusement parks in the city that will engage and excite you for an entire day. Spreading over 70 acres, the theme park offers a total of 51 fun rides including both water and land rides.Free fall down a height of 150 feet, crash into cars and splash through water on twisters and slides are some of the major attractions. It's a splendid place for group outings and to spend a fun day with family and friends. Open all days except Mondays.
Way back in 1975, when ‘Amusement Parks’ and ‘Theme Parks’ were hitherto unheard of in India, the founders of VGP set about creating a unique entertainment idea that was very popular only in countries abroad and the ‘VGP Golden Beach’ was born. Re-christened in 1997 as ‘VGP Universal Kingdom’, the Kingdom remains India’s largest theme park and is a thriving hub of fun, sun and sparkling good times!The park is spread out over a massive 45 acres of beautiful property, complete with a private beach. It homes to 45+ scream-out-loud rides, a huge Water Park complete with massive slides that drop into 5500 gallons of swirling water, and an array of exhibits including the Snow Kingdom, the Petting Zoo, and the Statue Man (side note, there’s a bounty to be won if you can get him to move). All of it set against a backdrop of lush greenery and the azure sea. Truly the kingdom of Fun!
You want jimikki kammal or comfortable slippers? Are you in search of that perfect duppata that would jazz up that well worn, dear outfit? Don’t forget to bargain for the dozen bangles, bindis and hair clips. Also checkout the ever favourite In-Store, Naidu Hall and Poonam and in between get mom’s sari matched to the perfect blouse material at Colour's Choice and dad’s coffee-beans ground perfectly at Pandian Coffee. Pondy Bazaar is an everyday exhibition that keeps everyone grinning - you can find anything and everything on one street. Sip that strong brew at Geetha Cafe or grab a slurpy softy and it’s already time for the next round of shopping.
Historically famous as White Town, the fort is considered to be the first establishment of the British in India. Initially erected as a trading post, it later served as the origin of the modern Indian Army. The fort holds great historical importance, gives a glimpse of Old Madras and its Colonial era and is looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India.Currently the Fort is home to the the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly. One of the most striking structures the Fort St George Museum showcases a host of artefact such as coins, medals, paintings, letters, etc, belonging to the colonial period. A hotspot for the history enthusiasts, it also consists of several well decorated halls that will remind you of the glorious days of a bygone era.
Calling all bravehearts to venture out after dark. Built by John De Monte back in the 19th century, this entire colony with ten identical houses is haunted by his spirit . Located near bustling St.Mary’s Road, Demonte Colony in Chennai seems to be lost in time. People say that they hear strange noises, locked and bolted doors opening and closing and mysterious shadows on the street. There have been instances of pets and also security guards going missing. Old, branched trees , spooky houses and a shabby look add up to the haunted air of De Monte Colony. Recently, a Tamil horror movie was also released based on the mysterious story of this place.
Gone are the days when a restaurant was just for eating. Now every dining out experience is a cherishable memory. Chennai has a whole range of themed restaurants that not just offer great food and good service but also a themed ambiance to boast.Get nostalgic at That Madras Place, be transformed to wonderland at MadHatter's Tea Garden, dine inside an airline at 747, cycle away at Ciclo Cafe, be Haunted or get arrested at Kaidi Kitchen.
At a distance of 92 km from Chennai, Tada falls or Ubbalamadugu Falls is in Chittoor district, on the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Best season to visit Tada falls is post monsoon season that is from October to January. The falls are located in a dense forest called Siddulaiah Kona. The falls are located within the Kambakam hills and are a popular destination for trekking, climbing and picnicking. Total trek distance is around 10km; to and fro takes all day. The dense forest, small streams, big rocks and the waterfall here is a total package for adventure enthusiasts.Best to start early and be back to base camp before sunset.
There are at least about 500 people walking, stretching, jogging or just sitting on the park benches even during the wee hours of the day at Anna Nagar Tower park. The energy is contagious and you suddenly feel like jogging or even better walking backwards like the others. The park opens at 4am, is well maintained and houses an amphitheatre, a bird watching deck, badminton courts, play area for kids, a skating rink, a toilet block and a lake. The famous tower inaugurated in 1968 during the World Trade Fair. You could see the entire city of Madras from the top. People would even come from suburbs to get a bird’s eye view of the city.A 15-feet-tall gigantic clock is the new attraction at the 46-year-old Anna Nagar Tower Park.
Want to hear birds chirping? Head to the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras(IIT-M). IIT-M is ever known for the minds at work but also their ever green beautiful grounds puts the mind at ease. IIT is the perfect place for nature enthusiasts. The campus was originally part of Guindy National Park and the vegetation here is the tropical dry evergreen and so the trees don't shed leaves.There are about 300 plant species, 50 species of butterflies and 100 varieties of birds. Several spotted deer have also been introduced to the premises. The lake at IIT-M balances the eco system and is a great sport for bird watching. Prakriti, the nature club of IIT-M preserves the distinctive bio-diversity of IIT-M. They also organize nature walks, bird –watching and trekking expeditions.
The Cholamandal Artists’ Village is an idyllic place located on 10 acres of land, about nine km from Adyar, Chennai – along the New Mahabalipuram road. Being India’s largest self-supporting artists’ village and one of the most successful in Asia, this beautiful village is truly a magnum opus of contemporary art. It is equipped with all that is needed for an arts village, esp. the open-air theatre Bharathi that is used for holding discussions and conferences. It has earned reputation world over and is now, one of the major tourist attractions in the Coastal city. The Cholamandal Centre for Contemporary Art will be a standing exhibition comprising of personal contributions from artists of the 'Madras Movement', to be displayed in the K.C.S.Paniker Museum in its two wings - the D.P.Agarwal wing and the Rasika Kothari wing. An international sculpture garden surrounds the main Centre. Additionally, two commercial galleries, Labernum - H.K.Kejriwal wing and Indigo - the Tulsyan wing, an art book shop, a craft shop and an exotic cafeteria are some of the facilities that would be available.
DakshinaChitra is an exciting cross cultural living museum of art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India. The main mission is to exhibit, promote and preserve aspects of the broader, more inclusive cultures of the states and to bring these arts to the public in a participative, enjoyable and engaging way. DakshinaChitra Heritage Museum , a project of Madras Craft Foundation an NGO was opened to the public on December 14th 1996. The Museum is located overlooking the Bay of Bengal, at Muttukadu, twenty five kilometers south of Central Chennai, on the East Coast Road to Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India. DakshinaChitra has a collection of 18 authentic historical houses with contextual exhibitions in each house. All the houses bought and reconstructed at DakshinaChitra had been given for demolition by their owners. The authentic homes in a regional vernacular style are purchased, taken down, transported and reconstructed by artisans (Sthapathis) of the regions from where the houses came. Events, workshops and exhibitions are a daily thing here.
The boys are making Chennai go from smiley to LOL to ROFL effortlessly. You'll start loving your life when it's presented in a funny spin-off by a fast talking , boy-next-door type guy. Everything from Movies to Nighties and everyone from TamBrahms to NRIs come under the lens and on the stage. Karthik Kumar, S Aravind, Alex, Praveen and Bhargav are bringing the house down at venues across town and India. There are several regular Open Mic sessions that invite more comics and jokesters to have Chennai in splits. Laugh OK Please!
Nestled in the Eastern Ghats, Yelagiri is a hillstation in the Vellore district located about 230km from Chennai. Yelagiri consists of 14 villages which are inhabited by tribal folk engaged in forestry, horticulture and agriculture. Their culture and houses are quite unique and make for an interesting tourist experience.This misty land is located among four mountains and it is famously known for its gentle climate which prevails all round the year. Yelagiri is a trekker’s paradise. Punganoor Lake Park, Jalagamparai Waterfalls, Telescope Observatory and Government Herbal Farm are attractions not to be missed.
The Museum Theatre in Chennai is among the oldest in the city that has hosted plenty of plays. Madras Museum theatre, located at Egmore was opened in 1896. Constructed by British in Indo-Saracen style, during the end of 19th century, the museum theatre is one of the grand structures. It has serviced the strong-minded theatre scene in Madras by the way of hosting plenty of actors, including simple persons with mere ambition to those with superb talents.It is air conditioned with a seating capacity of 558 Seats. Take your pick from some awesome musicals, comedy acts, concerts and also story telling sessions.
The home ground of the Tamil Nadu cricket team and the Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings, M.A. Chidambaram Stadium formerly known as Chepauk Stadium was established in the year 1916. The stadium has been the venue for all three formats of cricket namely Test matches, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 matches and possesses a capacity of 55,000 audiences at a time. The cricket-loving Chennai folks celebrate match days like festivals and all roads lead to the stadium with enough excitement to fill the Bay of Bengal. What stands out at Chepauk is the atmosphere and the crowd, reputed to be the most knowledgeable and appreciative in the country. Catch a match live and you'll be hooked for life!
Chennai known to be a the capital city and a cultural hub is emerging also as a health conscious metro. Park and Beach walks evolved into jogs and now have picked full steam as Marathons. Marathon running could be for fun, to get fit, make new friends, feel a sense of achievement or primarily for a cause or raise funds. Marathons aplenty in Chennai with some major events like Wipro Chennai Marathon and Dawn to Dusk for which runners train even an entire year. Run along be it 2k or more- And feel the sense of freedom and accomplishment.
School vacations were never complete without a trip to the Vandaloor Zoo, known now as the Arignar Anna Zoological Park. Home to several innumerable species of flora and fauna since 1985, the Zoo was established over an area of more than 1,200 acres in the Vandalur Reserve Forest. Visitors can tour the Zoo in a battery operated vehicle or even on bicycles. There is plenty of space for children to play in slides and other play equipment. Photographers have a field day as the park has more than 170 species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including white tigers and emu, ostriches. Butterfly House, serpentarium, aviaries and aquariums also offer photo opportunities.
Alamparai served as a sea port in ancient times and lies at a distance of 100 km from Chennai. It was built during the Mughal era and depicts the valorous tales of the past. An ancient structure of great historical and architectural value, the Alamparai Fort once had a 100metre long dockyard stretching into the sea, from which zari cloth, salt, and ghee were exported.Though the fort is in ruins today, one can grasp its splendour from the amazing architecture and layout. The fort is spread over an area of 15 acres and is constructed of bricks, limestone and mausoleum lying at the centre. The fort has tall walls and comprises of brick steps all the way up to the top. One can get a good view from the watch tower from the fort.
Semmozhi Poonga (classical language park) is a beautifully landscaped botanical garden with a lot of greenery in the heart of Chennai (Cathedral Road, previously Woodlands Drive-in).The beautiful landscaping and water fountains at the garden has not only made it a delight for the daily morning walkers but has also attracted movie shoots and tourists. The garden houses some really rare types of imported plants, bonsai and also medicinal herbs. A huge parking lot, a canteen that serves delicious refreshments, and a beautiful artificial pond with ducks that are the children’s favorite, Semmozhi Poonga is a great place for picnicking. The park remains open from 10 am through 8 pm on all days except Tuesdays.
The Birla Planetarium would keep science geeks happy! Opened about 3 decades ago, it has several exciting programmes that opens the doors to the outer space and solar system. Within a visit to this planetarium, you will get acquainted with the movement of the stars, earth, comets, moon and other fascinating elements of the universe. Located at Kotturpuram in the Periyar Science and Technology Centre campus which houses eight galleries, namely, Physical Science, Electronics and Communication, Energy, Life Science, Innovation, Transport, International Dolls and Children and Materials Science, with over 500 exhibits.
Between the months of December and April each year, several thousand Olive Ridley turtles come to the sandy beaches along the outskirts of Chennai to lay their eggs. For nearly four decades now, several dozen volunteers of the Chennai Students Sea Conservation Network (SSTCN) meet at various spots along the coast to patrol the beaches at night, collect the eggs from a turtle nest and deposit it for hatching in an incubator. 45 to 60 days later, the hatchlings are brought to the same spot and released close to the water's edge. This is necessary because the beaches are not protected and human habitation has encroached almost up to the waterline.Sea turtles are critically endangered, so it's important that we interfere and save as many as we can, while they are still around. The walk is conducted for 7 km from Neelankarai to Besant Nagar from 11 pm and goes on till 6 am. Join the walk and save the turtle.
Kishkinta is a Theme Park set in 120 acres of specially landscaped hills and lakes. Thirty minutes south of Chennai City, The design philosophy behind this green clad leisure center is simple - new and wholesome family entertainment. Kishkinta is a household name and the favorite fun destination for kids from six to sixty. Kishkinta, a theme water park with exciting dry rides is an ideal destination for family and group entertainment. The amusements, attractions, water games and rides, make Kishkinta India's No. 1 Theme Park .KISHKINTA is the name of the legendary monkey kingdom in the Ramayana, where fun & frolic reigns. From end to end, KISHKINTA is designed as a pleasant and fun-filled environment, the perfect getaway for the harried city-dweller and tourist alike.
Click Art Museum is at VGP; East Coast Road. It will also be India’s first of its kind 3D interactive “Trick Art” museum! Art has been perceived only as an artistic, sensuous, divine or as a collective asset so far. What when art becomes funny, comical and even interactive? Trick Art is one such unique art that becomes complete only with a participant than its creator. Trick Art is also known as “Optical Art” or “3D art” which are mostly two-dimensional images that give the illusion of the third dimension inviting participatory actions from a visitor and is painted with clever angles for taking photographs. Art has never been so experiential and fun-filled before! It will make the participants to find themselves transformed into another world, probably re-born as Mona Lisa’s guest or Atlas’s Friend , A World of Trick Art!
Kovalam or Covelong Beach, on the way to Mahabalipuram, with the shining sun, calm sea and shimmering sand aura of cheer.. Flanked by attractive palm trees, glittering white sand and colourful sea shells the picturesque beauty of this place makes it a popular tourist destination. With the sea and surf calm, Covelong beach is a fantastic spot for watersports including swimming, windsurfing and paddleboarding. Go fishing with the locals or take a professional fishing ferry that carry you out to the sea - enjoy fishing and bring back your catch for dinner. The annual Covelong Point Surf, Music & Yoga Festival takes place at the Covelong Point Social Surf School in Kovalam. Featuring a national and international level surf competition, a global music lineup spread across three stages, yoga and meditation classes and alternative healing workshops - the annual event attracts thousands of attendees every year from across India and around the globe
The name Sowcarpet comes from the hindi word ‘Sahukar’ meaning trader or moneylender.Sowcarpet is full of the North Indian business community who speak fluent and better Tamil than even a native Tamilian. If that does not baffle you then the numerous shops selling everything needed for a wedding trousseau from Ghagra Cholis, brocade saris to sherwanis, kurtas would sure do. Squeezed in between are the smaller shops selling accessories, gifts and all things the beauty yourself. The mehndi wala is read to oblige while the tall glasses of chaas/lassi on Mint Street would provide you the fuel to go further. Oh, do buy some farsan at the sweet shops to keep the folks at home happy.
Rajinikanth = Magic, Rajinikanth + Big Screen = Ecstasy, First day first show of Rajinikanth Movie on big screen= Magical Ecstasy beyond belief!He’s the eternal Super Star , Thalaivar and every Chennai-te's family member. His movie releases call for sick leave notices, bunked classes and conveniently forgotten chores. Prebookings online, never ending ticket lines and calling favours at single screen theatres - All to watch him! Flex banners covering the entire theatre , puja and milk abhishekams to his cut-out, firecrackers and live music- He’s God to his fans. Who cares if the show is at 1am or the ticket costed 1k- It's all for One and One for All. Thalaivaa you rock!
Mylapore is for Kapaleeswarar while Triplicane is for Parthasarathy. The Parthasarathy Temple has situated at Tiruvallikkeni orTriplicane is one of the oldest and distinguished structures of the city. The temple and its surrounding areas derive their name from the holy tank in its vicinity which consists of five sacred wells, whose water is considered holier than the Ganges. One of the 108 Divyadesams of Sri Narayana, the temple is dedicated to his incarnation Lord Krishna. Other attractions is Triplicane are the Vivekananda House, the numerous memorials on Marina beach and the legendary idli playing hide-and-seek in sambar at Ratna Cafe.
Kalakshetra, as the name suggests, is a centre for artistic endeavour. Founded in 1936 the Institution is a space where the essence of Indian thought would find expression through artistic education. An institution established for imparting to the young the true spirit of Art, devoid of vulgarity and commercialism.Spread over almost 100 acres by the seashore in Chennai, the Kalakshetra Foundation, as it is known today, is a vital centre for the study and performance of fine arts, envisioned and designed with the style and proportion of Indian aesthetics. Monthly concerts, dance performances, puppetry seminars and even festival of textiles invites audiences and are elite experiences.
Shopping, gaming and watching movies all can be enjoyed at Express Avenue, the destination mall of India. Get a world class shopping cµm entertainment facility, seated right in the heart of Chennai city, housing some of the biggest brands from around the globe. The mall gives a whole new dimension to work, leisure, entertainment and shopping. The right destination to complete one’s shopping experience! Festive events from Dandiya Nights, Santa Claus visit to Flash mobs and fashion shows make this a fun filled, entertaining destination. The Food Court offers world cuisine in one floor. Hotel E is the Business class luxurious hotel within southern India's largest mall.
Located near the ever busy Central Railway Station, Moore Market is the destination for second hand books. MM is not your typical trendy mall but is subdued and lined with several small stores, which primarily offer new copies/ second hand/pirated books with endless list of collections ranging from classics, fictions, non-fictions,comics, magazines, course textbooks and even encyclopedias. The book price depends on bargaining skills of the buyer but it's the best bet to buy books cheap. You could stumble upon some unexpected finds or unearth some treasures. The shopkeepers are helpful and know their ware and where to find them in a heap. Be patient, spend a few hours, browse, bargain and buy.
The area around Panagal Park, T Nagar is known for its silk saree shops such as the pioneers Nalli Silks and Sri Kumaran Stores, Sundari Silks and the followers RmKV , Pothys & Chennai Silks Saravana Stores. and These stores sell plain sarees that cost a few hundred rupees to fabulous, grand Guinness record-winning sarees that cost upto Rs. 22 lakhs. The crowds peak during the discount month of Aadi as much as during during the festivals of Pongal and Deepavali. Silks from traditional to contemporary, six yards to reversible, soft dupion the mixed silk cotton- the silk route is full of destinations.
Tirupati is a town of in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, located 150km from Chennai, is considered one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites because of the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple. The Temple is in Dravidian architecture and is believed to be constructed over a period of time starting from 300 AD.Sri Venkateswara Temple sits atop one of the the 7 peaks of Tirumala Hills, attracting scores of Hindu pilgrims. Brahmotsavam is one of the major annual festivals in Tirupati celebrated for 9 days in September-October . The festival derives its name from Lord Brahma since it was Lord Brahma who first conducted this festival at Tirupati temple. Amidst Vedic hymns, Naadaswaram music and rituals at the time of dusk, the processional idol of Sri Malayappa Swami and of his spouses Sridevi and Bhoodevi are placed in the Golden ratha offering blessings to the devotees. Tirupathi laddu is a prasadam everyone loves and relishes.
Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai is the first branch center of the Ramakrishna Order in Southern India. It was started in the year 1897 by Swami Ramakrishnananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. The motto of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission is: For one’s own salvation, and for the welfare of the world.The premises of Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, is pervaded with an atmosphere of palpable holiness. A feeling of calmness and soothing serenity can be felt inside the temple and the premises. With its green surroundings, the Math is a suitable place for practice of contemplation and meditation in the heart of the city. The Math stands as a bright symbol of religious harmony—a place where all are welcome, irrespective of caste, race, nationality or religion. One may participate in the prayer services, bhajans and lectures at the Math.
Your heart is set on a lemon green and you couldn't find it at Alsa Mall or Fountain Plaza? Then cross the road at Egmore and step into Pantheon Road next to Co-Optex and you'll be transported to Cotton Alley. Earlier a venue for handloom exhibition the street is now a permanent and favourite haunt for most folks looking for variety and quality in cotton materials. Cottons are best suited for the hot and humid Chennai and come at pocket friendly prices here. A walk through the street with an array of 30-plus shops with neatly stacked range of salwar materials, dupattas, home decor and also readymades would leave you spoilt for choice. And yes you'll find that green and also a sunny yellow.
The Madras Motor Sports Club is spread across 200 acres.Madras Motor Race Track, Irungattukottai is used 310 days a year, not just for races but also motor-related events and test drives.The 3.76-km track has played host to events such as Touring Car Championship, Formula Asia, Formula India and biking events such as Asian Road Racing Championship.The stands can accommodate 6,000 viewers. Makeshift stands are constructed to accommodate crowds on race days and entry is free for all. Schools and colleges bring students in groups and they enjoy watching the races, single-seater formula race cars and saloon cars. Track days are declared twice a month to encourage people to speed on tracks and less on roads. Watch Lamborghinis and Mustangs zoom and spot fancy bikes from Yamaha, Suzuki and Benelli among others
A large iron horseshoe at the entrance of the Madras Race Club (MRC) in Guindy welcomes its visitors.The club boasts of one of the the best race tracks in the country. The racing season begins in November and goes on till March after which races are conducted in Ooty between April and June. For horse barons the sport is a passion, for others it's definitely thrilling to watch the horses racing to cross the finish line.
Ritchie Street started with about 30 shops in the 70s and has achieved the status of India's second largest electronic market for computer spare parts and assembling components. At present more than 900 shops are there in Ritchie Street. Richie street is a haven for electronic goods, spare parts, components and accessories. Imported goods from china and Korea can also be found here.
Kone Falls or Kailasakona falls as is known officially, is a great place for those looking for a Chennai Weekend Getaway destination as its just 90 kms away . Kone falls is a small perennial water fall situated near to Puthur in Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh. Unlike many other falls, there is water all around the year at this falls and water originates from the split in a mass rock.The height of the waterfalls is about 30 meters and it cascades down into a small pond below the rock. The water here is crystal clear having considerable mineral values & medicinal powers. There is a small temple of Lord Shiva and Parvati near the waterfall.
The Alliance Française of Madras works to promote the cultural relations between India and France in Tamil Nadu. Created in 1953, it is a Society affiliated to “Fondation Alliance Française”, whose headquarters is based in Paris. The Alliance Française network is present in more than 135 countries, on the 5 continents. The Alliance Française of Madras is supported by the French Embassy in India. The Centre holds French classes and is also abuzz with concerts, plays and workshops.
The eclectic dream of the founder, inspired him to start this movie-going experience. He fantasised watching a story unfold on a grandiose screen that is nestled in Chennai city’s sky along with the mild rumbling of the coastal breeze. His reverie to see both the celestial and the movie stars shine together came true with Prarthana beach drive-in theatre & restaurant complex in 1991. Ever since, this experience has been drawing a beeline of movie enthusiasts. State of art digital projection & digital sound. It has a one of a kind imposing curved concrete screen of about 4500sq.ft. Each car is provided with an exclusive bay on elevated ramps to view the movie. A vegetarian restaurant, outdoor play area and a roofed gallery for folks visiting in vehicles other than cars or preferring a seating arrangement.
ISKCON Chennai is part of the Centre for Spiritual Art and Culture and is located off the East Coast Road at the Hare Krishna land, Sholinganallur. Spread over an area of over 1.5 acres, the temple is constructed on five levels. There is a 7,000 sq ft temple hall on the first floor, an auditorium for cultural and spiritual programmes on the ground floor and a prasadam hall in the basement.In the temple hall, there are three teak-wood altars which house the deities. The deities have been sourced from Jaipur and Odisha.The primary purpose of the temple to transform the material self-centred identity into a spiritual identity of unconditional love is graphically represented by means of a magnificent chandelier that projects various colours on the walls and ceiling.
Off-Road Sports is an ATV(All terrain vehicle) club to entertain and to have different experience in sports for all ages above 6. The club will have fun filled and thrilling track to ride all kind of ATV's from 50cc to 1000cc powered. Trainers will be available to guide the new users. Safe enough to allow your entire family to enjoy. We invite you to delight and amaze your family with this adventurous sports.
See where Royal Enfield motorcycles are still made the old fashioned way! Handcrafted in Chennai. Royal Enfield is amongst the world's oldest motorcycle manufacturers still in business. The Bullet 350 has also been the longest running motorcycle model in continuous production! First built in Great Britain, the Bullet 350's have been made in India at this factory since 1955.Royal Enfield now conducts factory tours for all enthusiasts, seeking to soak in the ambience of the factory that still manufactures the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and the Classic along with other models. Factory tours will be open on second and fourth Saturdays only. and starts at 10:00 AM sharp. Each tour will cost Rs. 600 per person, which is payable at the reception, while registering for the tour.
Want to feel the same rush and create your own Grand Prix records? You can live your dream at Kart attack, even if it is only for 5 minutes! Go-karting aims to bring motorsport opportunities to the masses and even if you have no driving skills, you can still Go-kart! These karts can be driven by anyone over the age of 10. All of today's motorcar racers have started their racing careers with Go-karting. This is the first step to success in car racing! Not everyone has the resources to try a hand at professional motorsports. Go-karting is as close to the real thing as you can get and it is easily accessible by one and all.The Track is 260 meters long. The karts are powered by 200cc Honda 4 stroke petrol driven engines. Each race is for 5 minutes, and you get to race either with your friends or anybody else.
Located about 70 kms from Chennai, Kanchipuram is known as the Golden city of 1000 temples and one of the four seats of Sri Adi Shankaracharya, the Kanchi Kamakotti Peetham is located here. The place is one of India's seven sacred cities and the second holiest after Varanasi.It has been a center for Tamil learning and culture for centuries. The temples stand proof for the dominance of Dravidian heritage and the city’s glorious past, when it was ruled by kings who were not only powerful but loved and patronized arts. Kanchipuram is synonymous for Silk Saris. Gandhi Road is a good place to pick up silk sarees. Nadu Street and TN Nambi Street also have some good shops that sell silk sarees.
Mayajaal Entertainment Limited was incorporated in 1997 and has since developed in its sprawling 27 Acres campus along the scenic East Coast Road (ECR) in Chennai a Family Entertainment Centre (FEC) in 2001 called ‘E-Joy’ which comprises of a Mall & India’s Largest Multiplex with 16 Screens, Food Court, Bowling Alley, Gaming Arcade & Restaurants – all under one roof. Mayajaal has become a landmark in Tamilnadu Multiplex Business as it plays close to 80 shows per day on the weekends with a range of over 30 movies across 6 languages to choose from! Mayajaal has also developed a 40 Rooms Resort “Mayas Resort” at the same campus.
Be up early to experience the fresh sound, sights and smells of the market. The flower market is a part of the Koyambedu wholesale market complex. Established 20 years ago, the flower scene has changed over the years. The variety is mesmerizing - Small hills of jasmine, Chrysanthemums and roses are weighed and parcelled to the retail vendor, floral arrangements to decorate a bride’s hair, flower garlands, flowers by the yard and bouquets. There's also vegetables and Fruits available at wholesale rates, which are distributed for retailing across the city.
If peace and a break is the most sough after, then Pondicherry is surely one of the choicest holiday destinations in South India. About 155 kms from Chennai, the town offers a unique experience with its mix of modern heritage and spiritual culture. With a predominantly historical background, Pondicherry takes one centuries back in time. The union territory of Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry; generally known as ‘Pondy’) was under French rule until 1954 which reflects in the clean French part of the city.The internationally famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville, draw large numbers of spiritually minded visitors. The seaside promenade is great for people watching and the Bharati Government park soothes with its greenery. Don't miss tasting hibiscus juice.Enjoy the french food, beer and get back on track with yoga, meditation.
Here's your chance to experience the thrill of actually scuba diving and that too so close to home. East Coast Road is breezy, filled with attractions and adventures. One could go Scuba Diving at Covelong or Pondicherry for fun which later becomes a passion for most. Take the 4 day course and become a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified diver. A PADI-certified driver is eligible to dive anywhere in the world, depending on his level of certification - Next stop Andaman !
Guindy National Park is one of the smallest National parks and has primarily tropical dry evergreen flora with over 350 species of plants including trees, shrubs, climbers, herbs and grasses. The park is home to several animals and birds. The Children’s Park here has playgrounds, swings, mini-railway, elephant and pony rides etc. for the kids. There is also a mini zoo with a sizeable collection of birds, deer’s, peacocks etc. In addition there is a Snake Park with snakes, certain species of tortoise and turtles. Children would enjoy seeing animals in their natural habitat here. Memorials of Gandhiji, Kamarajar and Rajaji are located close to Guindy Park.
The Government Museum of Chennai is on the must to list of every Chennai visitor. The striking building is built in Italianate style with influences from classical architecture. The Museum proudly stands as the second oldest museum, established in 1851, after the Indian Museum of Kolkata. It is mainly affluent in archaeological and numismatic collections and also has a vast collection of Roman antiquities, outside of Europe. The Museum grounds comprises of six buildings and 46 galleries, covering the total area of about 16.25 acres.There are six buildings and 46 galleries in the museum premises. There are many objects in the museum. One can find a variety of artefacts from different fields including numismatics, zoology, archaeology, natural history, palm-leaf manuscripts, sculptures and Amravati paintings.
Ranganathan Street is one of the busiest lanes and a shopper's paradise. The stretch from North Usman to Ranganathan Street is jam packed with retail outlets as well as pavement shops.It's crowded, noisy and chaotic- And that’s exactly what adds to the fun. Located close to the T. Nagar bus terminal as well as Mambalam railway station makes it an accessible and preferred shopping area. Hawkers are bargainers are aplenty. Saravana Stores, Jeyachandran Textiles are primary retailers here and pavement vendors sell everything from hairpins to electronic goods. Choose a cotton salwar material at the cheapest price, hand it to a small tailoring unit, enjoy a samosa chaat or lassi, browse the big shops and be back in an hour to collect the stitched salwar suit. Sounds good no? It's a Mela everyday.
A share-auto driver on the Old Mahabalipuram Route, Annadurai’s auto provides fantastic facilities— free WiFi, mobile charging point, magazines, newspapers, TV and even a tablet to access Internet. He calls customers his God, intends to change the way auto(drivers) work and that he prefers job satisfaction over money. He gives free rides to nurses and discounted rides on special days of the year. A token system rewards his frequent customers. Take a ride in his auto, use the siping machine to pay and don't forget to ask him when his next TED talk is scheduled.
India’s National game has a venue in Chennai. Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium is a field hockey stadium and was the venue to the 1996 Men's Champions Trophy, and hosted the tournament again in December 2005. It was also the venue for 2007 edition of Asian Hockey Championship, in which India triumphed by a thumping margin of 7-2 over South Korea. It is also the venue for all division matches of the Chennai Hockey Association and the home ground of the World Series Hockey team Chennai Cheetahs.Radhakrishnan Stadium is regarded by the International Hockey Federation as one of the best in the world for its state-of-the-art infrastructure. In 2004, the stadium was redesigned and upgraded by the Sports Authority of Tamil Nadu to prepare the venue for hosting the 2005 Champions Trophy in December. After the renovation drive, the stadium features are-laid synthetic hockey surface and floodlights of international standards.
India exists in her stories. Storytrails was born with the idea of sampling India through her stories; Of taking guests to savor local sights and sounds, but through the eyes of a storyteller; Of going beyond the sights themselves, and uncovering characters and customs that made these places come alive.Every sight has a story to tell; and every story spawns myriad customs and traditions.Join us on a quest for these stories, on trails that zigzag through the very beat and pulse of the city. Some fact, some fiction, some myths and some superstition.Currently offered in Chennai and Madurai, these award-winning walking tours are an easy introduction to the city and an enjoyable way to experience the local way of life.
The Tara Books Book Building—a three-storeyed, ecologically friendly architectural masterpiece —is a labour of love of Tara Books’ founder Gita Wolf and her team, which outgrew several rented office spaces, pining for a dedicated display for their books and artist sketches.The airy, sunlit, minimalist building which will be 80% solar-powered currently houses a bookstore and a gallery of its book art.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. With prior notice, you can visit the workshop where the books are created (20 minutes' drive away).
Tent N Trek offers a wide range of outdoor pursuits including trekking, mountaineering, Swimming and it goes on. You'll criss-cross dense forests,natural water bodies, get off the beaten track, participate in adventure sports and more than anything else, enjoy the scenery. All Itineraries have been carefully planned and designed to appeal to almost every visitor’s budget. So, if it is a dose of adrenaline you are after, then deep forest camping, stay with tribal, meeting the origins of natural falls and rivers can be arranged, along with off road jeep ride trips, jungle safaris and peak climbing expeditions.
LaserTag is a team or individual sport or recreational activity where players attempt to score points by tagging targets, typically with a hand held infrared emitting targeting device. Infrared guns, radio frequencies - Popularised by the epic sci-fi film Star Trek, laser tagging is more like a hi-tech version of hide-and-seek upgraded as here you use infrared guns to shoot down your opponents, while ensuring that you are safe. G-Sector in Nungambakkam, Chaos Entertainment in Gopalapuram and Laser Tag Chennai Battlefield in Kilpauk, Game On in Anna Nagar and Asgard in T Nagar are major spots to play tag.
Real Escape Game originally started from Japan and garnered the attention of customers in China, Taiwan and European countries. The game features solving the interesting puzzles as a team and escape from a closed room within a set time. Freeing India brings real escape game to India, giving you an unprecedented entertainment. Apart from the sophisticated designed rooms, the delicate scenarios enable players to imitate the roles in movie stories. You have to find the hints to solve the riddles and escape from the room within the limited time, or you will have to bear an inconceivable aftermath!
In 2000, Amethyst opened its doors for the very first time at the century-old Sundar Mahal in Gopalapuram. A decade later, Amethyst moved on to a new restoration project, this time to a granary warehouse space on Whites Road, Royapettah. Creating a new space for Amethyst’s worlds within; a larger canvas to enjoy. The old building has been transformed into an idyllic retreat in the heart of the city. A cobbled path winds through a lush garden, leading to the sprawling veranda of the Wild Garden Café. Amethyst is a dynamic space – with constantly shifting pieces of antique furniture and art and a verdant garden. It is more than a boutique or cafe; it is an experience. Bloom, the flower shop, sunlight streams through the skylights into the luxurious boutique upstairs, The Folly, set in the midst of the beautiful lush green gardens of Amethyst is a space for exhibitions, art shows, book readings, film screenings and more. Well-executed European-flavoured dishes range over quiches, pastas, sandwiches, crepes, creative salads, all-day breakfasts and afternoon teas. Do have tea!
The volunteers of CTC organize treks every single weekend, sometimes even 3-4 parallel treks on any given weekend. Treks are planned to beautiful natural locations both nearby Chennai as well as further away in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra, Kerala and North India.They conduct treks, runs, cycling events, swimming events and camping on a regular basis. The group is also committed to social, environmental and community service. Blood donation camps, relief activities during natural calamities and clean-up drives. So trek and work towards a better future!
Love to eat? Wanna discover new joints? But watching your waist/weight and conscious about what to eat? Then Food Walks are just the thing for you! Discover unique tastes, history, heritage and culture of neighbourhoods and unearth hidden culinary gems. How about a Treasure Hunt while you are at it- Food Walks offer twists, tales and treats! Biriyani walks, snack crawls, iftar walks and Food Trucks – All roads lead to food!
Football grounds need space but for Futsal 4,200-sq ft is suffice. Futsal (derived from the Spanish, "futbol sala," meaning indoor soccer) is fast-paced, exciting and requires just 5 members in each team. This variant of football is widely played across the world and is officially recognized by both UEFA and FIFA. It makes for a great recreational sport and in order to cater to the growing demand, various futsal turfs have come up in our very own Chennai. Rooftop turfs are the current rage and the major players in the turf are Chaos, Chennai Futsall, Game On, Tiki Taka, Turf 137 and ZeeZoo.
OMR Food Street in Chennai is a drive-in cum drive-thru hub for foodies, with a speciality of serving up street food recipes from around India, making it the best street food joint in Chennai. The outlets offer a wide variety of delectable food, from quick eats, to casual and fine dines, mouthwatering desserts, drinks and the like. OMR Food Street plans to throw its outlets open to exciting events such as Food Week, Food Carnivals, Food Marathons and Blogger Meets in order to bring together more like-minded foodies and street food enthusiasts, and perhaps indulge them in the best food & drink experiences Chennai has to offer. OMR Food Street is currently open at Thoraipakkam, Injambakkam, Perumbakkam and Navalur, with the next outlet being setup at Guduvanchery, Kanthanchavadi and Ambattur.
The farm is a farm. Located at Semmancherry, it offers authentic experience with its sights, sounds and smells. The farm was started in 1974 primarily as a Dairy farm and hospitality was included for sustainability. The integration of Hospitality within a working farm offers guests a slice of simple, rustic living – an experience of Life on the Udder Side! The farm has poultry, cattle and horses, and grows organic vegetables. Kids can feed the animals, pet them, and even participate in the milking process. Older children are welcome to pluck vegetables. The Farm has also tied-up with schools in and around Chennai to start hosting educational trips for students.
The Music Academy, Madras is a landmark institution in the history of the fine arts. Founded in 1928, it was conceived to be the institution that would set the standard for Carnatic music. In the process, it began in 1929 the practice of hosting annual conferences on music, which in turn spawned the December music festival of Madras, one of the largest cultural events of the world. The ragas are debated upon, theory of music discussed in detail, young talent encouraged and senior artistes given a platform to present their art to the cognoscenti. The Sangeetha Kalanidhi awarded by the Academy is Music's Academy Award. The Academy’s main auditorium now boasts of world-class seating and air-conditioning and other than classical music /dance also hosts plays,literary events and award shows.
Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originated in the Caribbean. The movements of salsa have origins in Cuban Son, cha-cha-cha, mambo and Puerto Rican bomba and plena and other dance forms. Learn the dance form and have fun with your special someone.
Hilton Chennai with its tasteful blend of contemporary and traditional Indian decor, offers Guests professional service, warm hospitality and stylish surroundings in an enviable location. The hotel's business center, WiFi and the spacious desks in every room will make sure that you can stay connected and productive during your stay. Unwind after a long day with a dip in the rooftop infinity pool,work out at the fully equipped fitness center. The dining options offered are extensive and diverse. Head to Ayna for exquisite Indian food, enjoy the casual all-day dining available at Vasco's, indulge in patisserie items, light meals, and a variety of tea and coffee at Est, or relax in the sumptuous surroundings of Vintage Bank, the wine and cheese bar. When the sun sets, make your way to the rooftop bar and grill - Q Bar. Sip on a cocktail, order from the grill menu and listen to our resident DJ play a laid-back soundtrack in one of Chennai's most popular nightspots. The Hilton Chennai hotel offers a range of options for meetings or functions in Chennai. The hotel’s Grand Ballroom is the perfect venue for weddings, conferences and events.
The founding of Bhavan was based on the preservation and propagation of Bharatiya Sanskriti (Indian culture) and Sanskrit, the mother of languages, the akshaya patra - the inexhaustible reservoir. Over the years from being a modest Indological research institution, it has steadily grown into a comprehensive, co-operative, apolitical, national movement with an international outlook. It seeks to inculcate a value-based life. The promotion of ethical and spiritual values in everything that it does. The Bhavan's centres in Chennai host various classes, cultural activities and concerts.
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The Lalit Kala Akademi (National Academy of Art) is an autonomous body set up by the Govt. of India under the administrative control of the Ministry of Culture, for the promotion of Fine Arts (Drawing, Painting Sculpture, Ceramic, Graphic and other Contemporary Plastic Arts forms, like Installation, Digital and Media Arts and Photography) in the country. The Regional Centre of the Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, was established in 1978, for the above purpose in the region, and covers the art-related programmes of the States of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Pondicherry. Later, Maharashtra, Goa and Lakshadweep were also included in its charter of responsibilities.
The Chennai Trade Centre is set up at a prime location in the Chennai metro at Nandambakkam, adjacent to St. Thomas Mount in an area of over25 acres of land with exhibition halls and support services. CTC has three halls to display all merchandise including machinery. The Trade Centre is architecturally and technically designed to be a "state-of-the-art" Exhibition Complex. The Air – Conditioned halls with no intermittent pillars or columns, are eminently suitable for multi-purpose use of organizing exhibitions, conferences, conventions and conducting other trade, commerce and industry-related events. All the halls are inter-linked and Hall No. 3 is connected with convention centre.
Most think, some express and some others get started! Passion, ideas, prototype, launch, funding, take off! It’s easier said (rather typed) than done – A startup is an idea which needs much planning for final action with an outcome of achievement. Nothing comes easy and the enthusiasm, new ideas, skills, opportunity along with a drive to take the bumpy road to the finish line that spells success is what it takes for a startup team. Startup events provide opportunity be inspired, to pitch your ideas, get mentored, find motivation , network , create visibility, keep up with new trends and also have fun meeting like minded folks.
The Stage is set and it’s ShowTime! Theatre is the original 3D Entertainment form that has been around for years. There’s Drama in Life and there’s definitely Life in Drama – As All the world’s a stage and we are mere players. In the theatre, a sigh or a chuckle, applause or pin-drop silence, it’s all instant feedback that the audience connects to the artist on stage. Enter thy theatre and be transformed to the sacred arena of imagination taking shape on stage. There's history, mystery, comedy and so many.
As Kiera Cass said “Cinderella never asked for a prince. She asked for a night off and a dress!” A Ladies Night fits that saying perfectly. There is something about a night out with your best fiends, an LBD, stilettos, some great food and drinks, especially if it is at a good venue! Remember that one time you went to a fabulous club to dance with your friends and the drinks were a buy one get one free, the music was fabulous and the service extraordinary! Yeah those are the kinds of night outs we are talking about. So, go ahead, call your friends, make a plan and have a good time!
Life gets busy and deadlines are just that! But remember the time that when you found the greatest happiness and making that greeting card for grandma or made memories with scrapbook for that special someone. Hobbies keep the inner spirit alive, improve focus and spread joy inside & out. There are several ways to get the creativity flowing- pottery, quilling, terrarium and decoupage. Get a hobby, be heartistic!
Flea Markets are fairs that display quirky stuff and lead to surprise finds. Bargain hunters, fashionistas and even laid-back loners all find common ground at these happening havens! Take your pick - per theme say NGOs and self help groups whom you'll support with your purchase, encourage new and upcoming businesses or women entrepreneurs, or seasonal Flea markets like for Diwali, Holi and Christmas - All are a rage. You could find homemade jams, handmade quilts and things that might surprise you on how it was even made.
Anything handmade is valued highest and everything homemade is close to the heart. It's the love and care as special ingredients and so much flavour and warmth. Every culture has a food philosophy and the act of cooking itself is a spiritual pursuit engaging all senses. Food is a need for every living being and is connected to memories. Your emotions are on display on the plate- so cooking and baking goodies is gyan. Learn to cook up a feast and bake a cake- It's a tasteful treat for you and others!
Located between the Adyar River and the beach, the 100-hectare grounds of the Theosophical Society provide a peaceful, green retreat for anyone who longs for an undisturbed stroll. There’s a church, mosque, Buddhist shrine, Zoroastrian temple and Hindu temple within the premises. There’s a huge variety of flora, including a 450 years old banyan tree (Adyar Aala Maram) which spreads around for almost one acre. The grounds remain open only for limited hours but that's what makes people long for it more.
Pulicat is a small seashore township situated on the barricade island of Sriharikota which divides the Pulicat Lake from the Bay of Bengal, Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary is a famous 481 kms Protected area on Tamilnadu - Andhra Pradesh border. Every year between October and March, thousands of migratory birds especially greater flamingos come in a large number and seeing the Flamingos in the wetland is a once in a lifetime experience.Other birds which can be seen are pin tailed ducks, pelicans, herons, cranes and painted storks. In mid-December or the start of January, the Flamingo festival is organized by the Tourism Development Board. The place is a haven for bird watchers, and allures visitors from all over.
St Thomas Mount soars some 300 feet high above the sea level in the southern part of the city of Chennai, close to the airport. It commands a magnificent view of Chennai city and suburbs for miles around. It has definite and concrete historical foundations and undiluted religious focus.The Mount vibrates with divine touch and devotional charm. The locals named it "Parangi Malai" because of its occupation by foreigners.The English who came to India in the 17th century transferred the garrison to this hill and called the place St Thomas Mount and the principal road that proceeds from this Mount into the heart of the city was termed Mount Road. Though the Mount is a proud heritage of the Christians, it has remained the attraction of tourists from within the country as well as abroad. Head to the Le Royal Meridien for your evening flavours and fun.
Chetpet Lake is an icon of sustainable ecotourism. The Chetpet Eco Park is a nice venue for boating & fishing right inside/within the city of Chennai. The huge walkway around the lake is very inviting. The lake, which is around 18 feet deep, is home to a variety of fish like rohu, catla and pangasius, fed and fished for by professional anglers. The anglers help visitors also with fishing and so they can take home a sack-full of the fish at Rs. 300 /kg. The park houses a small food court adjacent to a children’s play area. Only peddle boats are used for boating so that the birds that occupy the tree in the lake island are not disturbed.
The Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is the smallest bird sanctuary in India situated in the Kancheepuram district near Chennai. The sanctuary is preserved by the local people for over 250 years as they have found that the water that contains birds' muck can prove as the best natural fertilizer for their crops. Every year during Vedanthangal bird sanctuary season around 30000 birds visits this area.The migratory birds come all the way from Burma, Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, China and few other countries. Around 115 species of birds have to be recorded at the Vedanthangal bird sanctuary. The birds like herons, egrets, storks and spoonbills visit here every year. The best time to visit this sanctuary is from November to March. During this time, birds are seen busy building and maintaining their nests.
Chidambaram is a highly revered temple town located about 230 km from Chennai. The town is known for its several ancient shrines and historic buildings.The main deity of the town is Nataraja, Lord Shiva in his dancing form. However, it is during the festival of Shivaratri that the temple is flocked by devotees in large number and serves as a venue for a famous dance festival, the Natyanjali. The festival in the honor of the great Cosmic Dancer or Lord Nataraja is held every year in Chidambaram during February or March. This five-day long festival starts from the auspicious occasion of the Maha Shivaratri day. The 1000-year old temple provides a fitting backdrop to the spectacular event taking place under the golden roof of the temple showing pillars that depict Lord Nataraja in the classic 108 poses from the classical dance form of Tamil Nadu known as Bharatanatyam. Renowned dancers from all over India pay their homage to the deity by performing in the honor of Lord Nataraja at Natyanjali festival.
Purely white and imposing, the Santhome Basilica or simple Santhome Church, gets its name from San Thome or Saint Thomas, after whom the church has been named. It has been built over the tomb of St. Thomas who was one of Jesus Christ’s 12 apostles. The church is spotless white from outside, with a cool dark coffee brown ceiling and supporting arches on the inside. Typical of the Neo - Gothic architectural style, it surrounds you with an immediate calmness, once you enter the church.The elaborate and ornate stained glass window allows for greater illumination within the interiors of the church alongside the elegant chandeliers.
The Regional Railway Museum is located in New Avadi road, Perambur. A must-see spot for the rail-fans it has a good numbers of steam engines used during the rule of British Government in India.It also hosts different types of train-models, along with the presentation of real exhibits of meter gauge EMU, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, and various types of rail engines which are used down the ages.In the outdoor spaces of the museum near about 40 models of trains are kept on display.Other must-see exhibits of the museum are models of bogies, track crossings, 3 tier model of trains running in Chennai, images of high-speed trains of different countries around the world and many more.
Located 40kms from Chennai, Sriperumbudur is the Avathara Sthala (birthplace) of the celebrated Vaishnavite Acharya Sri Ramanujar who established the Vishishtadvaida philosophy. The town hosts Sri Adi Kesava Perumal Temple which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Other places to visit are the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial and Vallakottai Murugan Temple. And speed lovers can have a field day at the KTM Track Days.
Anna Salai is the heartline of Chennai and is lines by some of the iconic landmarks . The onetime tallest building LIC, The Thousand Lights Mosque which is breathtaking when in full glory, The Old Curiosity Shop that takes you back in time, The first mall of Chennai Spencer's Plaza, the legendary bookstore Higginbothams, the Kamarajar Arangam near the Anna flyover... the list goes on. Take a walk down Mount Road or Anna Salai and take it all in.
A masterpiece of art and design spread over 15 acres of land, it is a one-stop destination for fun, food and masti. Chokhi Dhani village brings to life, a colorful Rajasthani heritage that leaves you awestruck with all the attractions and elements of ethnic culture and tradition. Starting from the welcome tilak that reminds of "PADHARO MAHRE DES" hospitality of Rajasthan, the mandir, village bazaar, folk dances, animal rides for children, bioscope, village style photo studio, jyotish, mehendi, games zone, open lawns to relax and bond with each other…, you'll relish every moment of this wonderful village theme concept. Its range of delicious Rajasthani vegetarian cuisines and authentic cultural shows will make your visit truly memorable.
There are books to be read and books to be heard, but have you had a book to interact with? Human Library is a library of people, it replaces books with human beings. The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. It is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.Like books, participants of the Human Library can be picked from a list to engage in conversations and share stories on a one on one basis. A couple of readers opting for the same living book or even with a group. Connect through their FB page on the next upcoming event.