Chennai on the map of the
Indian heart The Gateway to the South; Chennai (formerly Madras)
located besides the Bay of Bengal is embraced by it from the east,
while the state of Andhra Pradesh is beautifully located on its
northwest. It has the famous district of Tamilnadu, Kanchipuram, on
its south and the states of Kerala and Karnataka on its western side.
Being situated at the tropical zone, Chennai normally has a very hot
and humid climate.
Explore the Southern ecstasy
Marina Beach -
Chennai Bejeweled in the mystical south Chennai previously known as
Madras unleashes history with the hands of nature. Every tourist
destination rhymes a melodious saga that coherently harmonizes the
past with the present. Chennai is the most vibrant and enchanting
cities of the South and is also one of the most exotic destinations of
the Indian sub-continent. Bestowed with exquisite beauty and natural
charisma, Chennai calls for exploration.
The Marina beach, spreads over an area of 14.5 km, is the second
longest beach in Asia. This beach appears like a festive ground on
Now-a-days used as the state secretariat, the St. George Forte is
another major landmark of Chennai. The British East India Company
built it in the year 1653. It has a museum that has a fine collection
of British and French antiques and other commemorations. Within the
fort premises is the St. Mary's Church, the first British church of
Parthasarthy temple is one of the oldest temples of this region and
echoes with divine grace. The temple is consecrated to Lord Krishna.
Built in the 8th century BC by the Pallavas, the temple was remodeled
in the 16th century by the Vijaynagar kings.
Snake Park and Guindy National Park, located close to each other near
the Guindy station, are other sites to visit.
Kapaleeswarar Temple, the grand old temple of Chennai, is
dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is a living evidence of the
architectural skills of the Dravidian clan of the 13th century.
However, non-Hindus are not allowed to enter into the main place of
worship in the temple. Santhome Cathedral, built during the 14th -15th
century, is another splendid place worth visiting. Vivekanand Illam -
ChennaiThe Birla Planetarium, Elliot Beach, Valluvar Kottam, National
Art and Government Museum, Anna Zoological Park, Kalakshetra and the
Theosophical Society are some of the eminent sites and focal points of
Once the port city of the Pallavas, Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram
is situated at the periphery of Chennai and is approximately 61 km
away from the main city. The artisanship of this place is unmatched. A
wondrous initiation towards sustaining the ecological balance of
nature is the zoological enhancement of the crocodile bank. Located
just 44 km away from the main city, it houses many rare species of
Indian and African alligators and crocodiles.
Covelong Beachis another place worth a visit in order to unveil
the past of the state that remains unleashed. The surrounding
magnificence of the fort, church, mosque and the seashore are indeed
Besides these, Muttukkadu, Thirukkalukundram, Vedanthangal bird
sanctuary, etc., are other excursion destinations to be visited around
High Court - Chennai
Aroma of festivity dwells in the air of Chennai. As the heavenly abode
celebrates a number of festivals and plays host to several events.
These festivals are mainly based on the agricultural activities and
according to the position of the stars and planets. Pongal, celebrated
in the month of January, is the most important festival of Chennai.
Being a cosmopolitan city, almost all the religious festivals are
Chennai though a quiet civilized, elegant and cultured city pulsates
in the southern part of India. It resonates many inferences to many
people. For few it is merely home, for others it is a 'extremely slow'
city, and for some others it is the city which has attained the
perfect balance between the West and the East. But everybody agrees on
one thing - it is one of the cultural centers in India.
In the first glance, one would be left a thinking that the
entertainment scene in Chennai is confined to classical dance only.
But unveil the face of Madras and you will discover - a more complete
and wholesome picture of this culturally rich city; Chennai.
To spend a colorful evening , you can make your choice amongst
theatres, both Tamil and English, dance recitals or musical concerts.