Located on the Coromondal Coast, the capital of Tamilnadu State, Chennai is known for its temples, forts, churches, beaches, parks and monuments. This city is strategically located on the coast of Bay of Bengal which designated it with the title of 'The Gateway to the South'. It is the historic land where arts and culture flourished and gifted this city with several cultural heritage and monumental buildings. This is among the four major metropolis of India, previously known as Madras, visited by scores of tourists because of inexplicable charm of beaches and cultural legacies.
Tourists prefer Chennai Tour so that they can experience the scattered natural as well man-made wonders of this place. The glory of Chennai is known worldwide because it is the second largest exporter of software, information technology (IT) and information-technology-enabled services (ITES) in India. Apart from this it is also the flag bearer of Indian automobile industry.
Chennai tourism is the potpourri of nature, culture and technologies which enthrall tourists during their Chennai travel. Because of these attractions tourists from several parts of the globe travel to Chennai round the year. Chennai hotels are known for the hospitality which is at par global standards.
Some of the Chennai attractions are:
This 12 km long beach stretch is the most famous sightseeing in Chennai. It is the most sought after attraction of this place which provides an opportunity to pamper yourself in the scenic ambiances of golden sand and a shimmering clean blue sea. This beach is counted among one of the longest beaches in Asia. It is a mesmerizing juncture of sand and sea which provides breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset. Silvery sands, beautiful garden and spacious boulevards adorning this place make it a beautiful place to spend leisure. Some of the known attractions of this beach are University of Madras, Senate-House, Chepauk Palace, Presidency College, Icehouse, Aquarium, Anna and MGR Samadhis.
Fort St George
This is the first British fortress in India which was founded in 1639. Located on the banks of Bay of Bengal this fort is a military architecture marvel which was erected as a trading post by the British. This fort has many worth watching attractions such as St. Mary's Church which is one of the oldest surviving churches built by the British in India. The glass windows, wall frescos and teak plaques are attractions of this age-old church. The Fort museum which houses cannons of Tipu Sultan is the other attraction of this monumental fort. The other worth watching artifacts of this museum are arms, paintings, royal costumes, jewelry collection and many more.
This is an ancient temple situated in Mylapore dedicated to Lord Shiva. The fragmented inscriptions of this temple dates back to 1250 AD. But the present temple was rebuilt by Vijayanagar Kings in the 16th century. The magnificent 37 meters carved Gopuram of this temple is adorned with the carvings of gods, goddesses and saints depicting scenes from Hindu legends.?
It is the most modern planetarium in the country with the fully computerized projector. Nearby Periyar Science and Technology Museum are the other attractions of this place which interests science and technology lovers.
National Art Gallery and Government Museum
The museum is located at Egmore which was founded in 1857. This museum displays artifacts related to archaeology, geology, anthropology, numismatics, botany and zoology with sculpture and armory.
This is the world headquarter of the Theosophical Society that promotes study of comparative religion, philosophy and science. The Garden of Remembrance and 95-year old library with an astounding collection of rare Oriental manuscripts written on palm leaves and parchment are the prominent collections of this place.
Snake Park and Children's Park
The snake park with diverse Indian snakes and reptiles and nearby children's park with a large playground and a good collection of birds and animals are visited by scores of tourists during their Chennai Tour.
Best Time to Visit Chennai
The best time to visit Chennai is from November to February that is during the winter months. During this time, the weather is enjoyable for the tourists.
How to Reach Chennai
Rail: Chennai is the headquarters of Southern Railway, a division of Indian Railway. It is well-connected to many cities and towns of India like Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata by super fast trains.
Road: Chennai is well connected to all the major cities of India by a network of highways and roads.
Air: Chennai is well connected to the world and most of the international airlines have flights to Chennai's Anna International Airport. Domestic airlines operate daily flights to all major cities of India.
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