Welcome to Chennai
Formerly known as Madras, and lying off the coast of Bay of Bengal on the Coromandel Coast, is the city of Chennai. It is the capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu and is also known as the Detroit of India. Due to its musical inheritance Chennai was added to the list of UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in 2017. The city has a rich and glorious past. Many prominent South Indian dynasties ruled the place followed by the Portuguese, the Dutch, the East India Company and the French. The right start to best tour package of Tamil Nadu is from this historical city.
Best places to visit
Chennai has some amazing places of interest attracting tourists from all over the world. The city featured in Lonely Planet’s top ten cities to visit in 2015.
- Marina Beach – one of India’s most popular beaches, Marina is also the largest beach in the country. The iconic old lighthouse standing tall at one end of the beach cannot be missed. Besides, the place is ideal for catching the first glimpse of the sun in the morning and is one of the best activities to do here. A top-view from the Lighthouse at Marina Beach is a must activity where one goes up to the ninth floor to catch a bird’s eye view of the city of Chennai.
- San Thome Church – the church was constructed near the tomb of St. Thomas. With colonial architecture, the white structure is a dominating piece from the ancient times located in the centre of the city.
- Fort St. George – The fort is a classic example of the British rule in India. The Fort was at the centre of all official activities in the South under the East India company. Today it has been converted into a museum. It also houses the St. Mary’s Church and the tallest Flagstaff in India.
- Kapaleeshwarar Temple – Made in the typical Dravidian style, the temple houses idols of Lord Shiva and Karpagambal.
- Kalashetra – In Hindi, the word denotes ‘an area meant for arts.’ This Institute was set up in the year 1936 by Rukmini Devi Arundale and was established to encourage education and performance in the field of Fine Arts. The campus of the Foundation is in Besant Nagar in Chennai, spread over an area of 100 acres of land. The Government of India recognized the Institute in 1994 and accorded it the status of ‘Institute of National Importance’. It is a must-visit place for people who are patrons of traditional and contemporary art forms.
- Government Museum – Also called Madras Museum, it is the second oldest museum in the country. It is also the 10th oldest in the world. The Museum was opened in 1851 and houses Roman antiquities in good quantity. The campus also houses the National Art Gallery where European and Asian paintings have been displayed. The Bronze Gallery is one of the most popularly visited places here. The Gallery, that was opened in 1963, has about 500 bronze idols that are believed to be from 1000 B.C. It is home to some amazing pieces of bronze sculptures from South India, copper plates, gold coins from ancient days, armoury from Tanjore and more. A visit to this museum is a must that proves to be an awesome travel experience.