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Places to Visit in Chennai

The graceful and elegant city of Chennai, The capital of Tamil Nadu, is popularly known as the Gateway to the South. Chennai City abounds in many memorials places to visit like Queen Victoria, George V, Tiruvalluvar, Gandhiji, Rajaji, Kamaraj, Annadurai, Ramaswamy Naikar and many status of ancients Tamil scholars line the beautiful sea-front promenade. Swami Vivekananda has a place in the city as much as Annie Besant. Yet, Francis Day, Bery Timmanna, Andrew Cogan and Nagabattan, who led the earliest settlers to this strip of no man’s land, are forgotten. Today, what was a few scattered fishing villages four hundred years ago, has grown in to a metropolis, the fourth largest city in the country

It can be made most conveniently as the starting point for a tour of South India. Chennai City abounds in many memorials, Queen Victoria, George V, Tiruvalluvar, Gandhiji, Rajaji, Kamaraj, Annadurai, Ramaswamy Naikar and many status of ancients Tamil scholars line the beautiful sea-front promenade. Swami Vivekananda has a place in the city as much as Annie Besant. Yet, Francis Day, Bery Timmanna, Andrew Cogan and Nagabattan, who led the earliest settlers to this strip of no man’s land, are forgotten.

Today, what was a few scattered fishing villages four hundred years ago, has grown in to a metropolis, the fourth largest city in the country. The city has retained a charm characteristics of the typical South Indian heritage and way of living. Many places to visit in Chennai of tourist interest which is located in and around the city. We have specified some of them

Places to Visit in Chennai

Fort St. George : Built in 1653, the fort is named after the Patron saint, that established British power in India. Today it houses the offices of Secretariat and Legislative Assembly. St. Mary’s Church in the fort was conscrated in 1680. It is the second oldest surviving Protestant Church is Asia and the loveliest monument of the Anglican Churches in the east.

Fort Museum : Located in South Beach Road and with in the Fort St. George, it has fancinating collection of weapons, Uniforms, Coins, Costumes, Medals and some other artifacts belonging to the British period.

Museum and Art Gallery : Located in Egmore, it has a wonderful collection of Archaeological sculptures and Bronze gallery. The Art Gallery has collection of old painting of modern art.

High Court : Situated at Parry’s Corner, not far from the fort, stands the distinguished looking high Court building. It is believed to be the second largest judicial building in the world.

Merina Beach and Aquarium : This is the second largest beach in the world, stretching 13kms. Of beach drive. Memorial statues for popular Chief Ministers are erected here. Some of the most beautiful buildings in Chennai, like the Senate Houses, Oldest University Building, Chepauk Palace which was one time the home of Nawabs of Carnatic, Ice House now converted as Vivekananda Illam, are all located on this beach drive.

Presidency College : This is the first collegiate educational institution in South India and is also the last of the Indo-Saracenic monuments in Chennai.

Sri Parthasarathy Temple : Situated in Triplicane, this temple is a fine example of Pallava architecture. Dedicated to Lord Krishna as Parthasarathy, the temple is said to have been built during the 8th century and subsequently renovated by the kings of Vijayanagar. Arjuna, the Partha and Sri Krishna as his Sarathy- charioteer during the historic battle of Mahabharatam are the chief idols depicted here.

St. Thomas Basilica : St. Thomas, the Apostle, is said to have been buried here. He is believed to have come to Chennai during 52 A.D., to spread the Gospel, barely a few years after Jesus Christ. He was killed on St. Thomas Mount just outside the city and buried in St. Thomas. Later, his mortal remains were transferred to a new Church and rebuilt as a Cathedral. In 1898. it was made a Basilica.

Theosophical Society—Adyar : 8 kms. This is Headquarters of the Theosophical Movement founded in 1882. it has a hundred years old library having a good collection of rare oriental manuscripts. The famous second biggest banyan tree in the subcontinent, more than 200 years old with a spread of 4000 square metres is located here. The tree and the garden around the chief attractions in this place.

Kalakshetra : The dance school founded by Rukmini Devi Arundale, to revive the interest in Bharatnatyam, the classical dance of Tamil Nadu is located in Tiruvanmiyur. Music recitals and dance performances are conducted under its guidance in different part of the city.

Guindy National Park : Guindy National Park is 8 kms. from the city. This is the only National Park within a city anywhere in the world. This protected sanctuary is the home of herds of spotted deer, black buck and varieties of birds and small wild life.

Snake Park : Adjoining the Guindy National Park, is a mini zoo that has a large collection of snakes and other reptiles. Demonstrations of extracting the venom from cobras is shown on Saturdays and Sundays.

Valluvar Kottam : 4 kms. This memorial to the poet saint Tiruvalluvar in the shape of a temple chariot is a replica of the temple chariot in Thiruvarur.

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