Chennai the cultural capital of South India. One of the largest cities in India and also the safest. The place is a gem in its own terms. Ever wondered how it would be to plan a visit to one of the famous and biggest cities in India? Here are some of the tourist destinations in Chennai which not only will fulfil the visitor’s desires of the city but also crave you to be a part of this alluring place.
The first thing anyone gets reminded of Chennai is its Marina beach. Can you believe it is the second-longest Urban Beach in the World? The beach is filled with nativity and enthusiasm. It is if not the biggest landmark of this big city. The mornings are filled with tourists who come here to witness the sunrise which raises the bar of their expectations for this city. Worth the visit.
Vandalur Zoo/ Anna Zoological Park
Ever wondered where is India’s largest zoological park situated? Yes, it is in Chennai spread over an area of 600 ha this zoo is the house of more than 1500 wild species. It also includes 46 endangered species ranging from mammals, birds, insects and reptiles. Due to its vast area and also range of different wild species, covering the entire zoo is gonna take up an entire day which would be a drool fest for animal lovers. Get your sports shoes and dive into the world of animals with your loved ones.
St. Mary’s Church
Boasted as the oldest Anglo American church East of Suez and also the oldest building built by the Britishers in India, this church is recognized as the most significant part of Christian culture in the city. It is inside the Fort St. George compound and has a history which has to be seen to be believed. Standing tall at 86 feet this church fulfils the desire of a peaceful visit with a touch of elegance and stunning beauty.
Are you a nature lover? If the answer is “Yes” then Theosophical Society will give you an ecstasy without any doubt. Located in Adyar this place not only has greenery to feed your inner desire but also accompanies it with numerous events. It has one of the oldest Banyan tree which is said to have more than 450 years of history. This place also consists of international headquarters campus in Adyar that is built through the Adyar river estuary.
The Birla Planetarium in Chennai is one such place which captures the attention of people craving for science and space. It is one of the three such planetariums situated in the entire country. Started in 1988, several astronomical models and educational materials are exhibited across a vast number of eight galleries covering different areas of science including physics, energy, electronics, and transport. It also boasts of one of the largest galleries which provide a mind-blowing experience of the night sky.
Phoenix Marketcity, Chennai
Considered as one of the biggest malls in the country Phoenix Marketcity is a dream destination for the people looking to spend some quality time with their loved ones. Located in the Velachery Suburb of the city, it’s a place which shopaholics can’t resist. High-end brands ranging from Lifestyle, Allen Solly, Croma, Nike, Steve Maden, Diesel, Aldo, Adidas, and Manchester United and many more this place is one spot destination for all kinds of shoppers. It also consists of a multiplex chain of movie theatres “LUXE” with an IMAX screen to double your movie-going experience.
Boasting a history of nearly 1300 years, the Kapaleeswarar‘s Temple Mylapore is one of the oldest places of worship in the city. Being a symbol of Indian culture and tradition the temple has its own organisation. The architecture not only represents the old Agraharam style of construction but also includes a large water tank. The temple’s tallest Gopuram stands at a height of 40 m another small one faces the water tank. The temple also hosts numerous cultural music and dance events throughout the year.
Anna Centenary Library
One of the latest additions to the city this library was started in 2010. Being one of the largest and advanced libraries in the country this place is a hub for students and many other book enthusiasts. Featuring several next-generation facilities like digital library and internet centre, extensive braille and a dedicated children’s section this library also boasts of an entire floor dedicated for Tamil literature and regional books.
VGP Marine Kingdom
Promoted as India’s first major public aquarium this place is as unique as it sounds. The theme of the place covers sea life to its core. Home of wide varieties of fishes and underwater tunnel this place also offers opportunities in education fields. Located at the lines of OMR road this destination is one of the latest additions to the list opened in 2019. This is one place you shouldn’t miss out.
If you are one of those who admire South India’s culture, tradition and artworks this place is one stop for all. This museum exhibits the culture in the best way possible, boasting the representation of all the 5 southern states this place will get to the chords of people with an exquisite taste for the culture. Located on the ECR highway this place also has a wide variety of fashion jewellery stalls accompanied with souvenirs.