Top Attractions in Chennai
Chennai, the uniquely charming capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, has a confluence of modern amenities, technology, heritage, and rich tradition. Being situated close to nature, this vibrant place is blessed with a treasure of attractions including colonial monuments, serene beaches, beautifully carved temples, and much more. Your visit to Chennai will not be complete without tasting the traditional South Indian dishes like kootu, fish curry, rasam, or sambar, and finally a cup of Tamil coffee.
Fort St. George
Located at the sea front, Fort St. George was constructed in 1640 AD by the East India Company. This military architecture spectacle was erected primarily as a trading station. Transformed into a museum, it is now home to artifacts like letters, paintings, medals, coins, etc, belonging to colonial era.
As one of the oldest museums in the country, the Government Museum comprises several attractions, including the Bronze Gallery, National Art Gallery, Amravathi Gallery, and the Hindu Sculpture Gallery.
This famous monument, shaped as a temple chariot, is constructed to pay respect to the Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar. The monument houses a splendid, lively statue of the Tamil poet.
Thousand Lights Mosque
This well-known holyplace with its architecture, name, and historical importance attracts both Muslims and non-Muslims from all parts of the world.
With permanent exhibitions on Swami Vivekananda’s life and Indian Culture, the religious landmark is known for offering a calm and tranquil environment in the heart of a bustling city.
San Thome Basilica
Constructed during the 1600s, this sacred shrine among Catholic Christians is historically important. Embracing the Neo-Gothic architectural style, the church houses St. Thomas’s tomb, which is a must see.
Another important place of worship of Lord Shiva is the Kapaleeswarar temple. Situated at Mylapore, the temple depicts Lord Shiva being worshipped as a peacock by Goddess Parvati.
Watching the rising and setting sun over the clear blue water at the Marina Beach is truly a breathtaking experience. Take a stroll along the 13km beach, covered with golden sand, or relax at the palm enclosures, while enjoying the scenic beauty of the surrounding.
If you want to enjoy the surrounding beauty and stare at the azure skies and sea in a tranquil place, visit Elliot’s Beach. Recognized as one of the cleanest beaches in the city, it can restore the soul by soothing up your mind.