Chennai is a mixture of many historical places along with modern localities spread across the city. Beaches are major attractions for this modern city and popular beaches in Chennai are Marina Beach, Elliots Beach, Santhome Beach and Thiruvanmiyur Beach. These beaches extend till Kanyakumari and East Coast Road shortly called as ECR connects Chennai to other coastal cities and districts in Tamil Nadu.
Beach resorts and hotels in Chennai are real beauty and one can find comfortable resorts varying with different tariffs. Bike drive or Car drive in ECR offers absolute pleasure among biking community and this stretch is favorite among cycling group also. Foreign tourists are visiting in large numbers, to stay resorts in Chennai, relax and enjoy all these beauties.
Ancient famous temples in Chennai are Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Sri Parthasarathy Temple, and Ashta Lakshmi Temple. Apart from these temples there are many famous temples includes Tirupati Thirumala Devesthanam shortly called as TTD, Anjaneyar Temple, Shri Raghavendrar Mutt and Shri Sai Baba Temple talks about rich tradition and culture of Tamil Nadu.
Chennai also hosts churches such as Santhome Church, Velankanni Church and Mosque such as Thousand Lights Mosque which depicts the unity in diversity. Exciting places in Chennai to visit includes variety of theme parks such as VGP Universal Kingdom, MGM Dizee World, Khiskintha, Queensland and Chokhidhani (Rajasthani village). Major attractions in Chennai are different shopping malls such as Spencer Plaza, Vijaya Forum Mall, Citi Centre, Phoenix Market City and Express Avenue Mall.
Wildlife sanctuaries in Chennai are Arignar Anna Zoological Park which is also called as Vandaur Zoo, Guindy National Park, Crocodile Bank and Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary offers unique experience to tourists. The major heritage locations such as Chennai Museum and Connemara Library speaks the richness of Chennai maintaining the old monuments.
Marina Beach, the world’s second longest natural urban beach, is one of the best place to spend time with family and friends. This sandy beach stretched across 13 Kilometers (approximately 8 miles) and shores of the beach are pretty long. The numerous shops and stalls available in the shores makes this as one of the major attractions in Chennai. There are couple of swimming pools around the beach and good for picnic and splash around the water.
Elliots Beach, a popular tourist destination among Chennai people. This sandy beach is wide, clean and well maintained. This is one of the safest beach to hang around with family and friends even during late nights. The best hotels nearby make this beach one of the best place to visit throughout the year. A good number of shops and stalls are available makes this beach much more exciting.
Kovalam Beach is one of the major attractions in ECR which is located approximately 30 Kilometers from Chennai, on the shores of Bay of Bengal, next to Muttukaadu Boat House. This is also known as Covelong beach. It is a crescent-shaped beach and offers an exciting feel and time to tourist. Beach resorts around Kovalam makes this destination as one of the major tourist spot.
VGP Universal Kingdom is an amusement park located in East Coast Road, Chennai. This popular tourist spot offered small rides during the early days of its history became a full-fledged amusement park later on. The park provides several fun and adventure rides for children, youth and adults. It also has a beach resort adjacent to the amusement park is one among the best resorts available in ECR.
MGM Dizzee World is a theme park located in East Coast Road, outskirts of Chennai. The theme park has a log flume, Ferris wheel, spider spin, roller coaster, the funny mountain, dashing cars, super trooper, a water world and it also hosts special seasonal shows thereby one of the major attractions in ECR. It owns a beach resort nearby theme park is one among the best resorts situated in ECR.
Kishkinta is a theme park located near Vandalur Railway station, Chennai offers major attractions in the nearby locality through its serene atmosphere. This theme park has various entertainments such as wave pools, water ridings, roller coasters, toy trains etc. especially for children who visit for picnics. It is named after the famous simian kingdom in the epic – Ramayana.
Queensland is an amusement park located by the Chennai-Bangalore Trunk Road between Sriperumpudhur and Poonamalle. The wave pools, water ridings, roller coasters and winch are the major attractions in the theme park. The park is open from 10 am to 6:30 pm on weekdays and 10:00 am to 7:30 pm on weekends and government holidays. It is closed on Mondays for maintenance, with the exception of holidays.
Chokhi Dhani is a concept tourist spot which depicts rich heritage of Rajasthan and its culture. One can experience a real feel of Rajasthani village and it is one of the best places in outskirts of Chennai to enjoy. Starting from the welcome tilak, the mandir, village bazaar, folk dances, animal rides for children, bioscope, village style photo studio, jyotish, mehendi, games zone, open lawns to relax and bond with each other are major attractions in this heritage village.
Spencer Plaza situated in Anna Salai otherwise called as Mount Road, was one of the biggest shopping malls in South Asia when it was built and one of the oldest malls in Chennai with an area of around 700000 square feet and best place to visit for any tourist as it located in heart of Chennai.
Chennai Citi Centre is a shopping mall located in Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore, Chennai. This shopping mall offers variety of variety of shopping experience and thus become one of the popular tourist destinations among visitors to Chennai.
Phoenix Marketcity (Chennai) is a shopping mall located near Velachary in Chennai is one of the best places to visit. The mall consists of a mix of stores of renowned brands catering to everyday needs, cafes and fine dining restaurants, food court with all major international and national brands. It offers unmatched entertainment and leisure options with large well designed multiplex and family entertainment center.
Express Avenue mall is located near Royapettah, Chennai is an exciting places to visit. The mall is built on a 10-acre site offers major attractions among youngsters in Chennai and it hosts a mixture of shopping, business, and leisure offerings with largest gaming arcade in South India.
Forum Vijaya Mall is a shopping mall located in Vadapalani, Chennai is one of major attractions in Chennai. The mall is popular among Chennai localities and tourist as it hosts renowned brands catering to regular needs, coffee shops and restaurants for dining, food court with different varieties and gaming place to attract kids.
Mayajaal is located on the East Coast Road and it spread across an area of 30 acres. It is one of the popular tourist spots in ECR contains shopping mall, a multiplex, a sports complex and a resort. The major attractions in Mayajaal is its 16 screen multiplex which host huge number of people. This is second largest multiplex in Asia with a beautiful cricket ground which has previously hosted the Indian Cricket League matches.
DakshinaChitra is a one of the must place to visit in ECR is a heritage village where the lifestyle of South Indians is displayed based on their states. The major attractions in DakshinaChitra is the heritage houses representing the living styles of people from the states of South India such as Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, North Karnataka, Kerala and Telangana.
Muttukadu boat house is a water sport facility situated on the East Coast Road at Muttukadu, Chennai is a popular tourist destination. This exciting water facility is maintained by Tamil Nadu tourism department. The major attraction in this popular tourist spot is rowing, wind surfing, water skiing, and speedboat riding. It also hosts a boathouse, with a special roof made of bamboo, has a lounge, from where visitors can relax.
The Tiger Cave is a rock-cut Hindu temple complex located in the hamlet of Saluvankuppam near Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu is one among the exciting places to visit. The major attractions in Tiger Cave are the rock carvings and sculptures constructed by Pallavas in 8th century AD thereby remain one of best tourist spot. It gets its name from the carvings of tiger heads on the mouth of a cave which forms a part of the complex.
The Shore Temple is so named because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal is one among the exciting places to visit in Mahabalipuram. This heritage structural temple complex depicts the architectural creations and interests of Pallava kingdom towards sculptures and traditional temples. According the details found in the slab of smaller Shiva temple, the names of the three temples mentioned are as Kshatriyasimha Pallaveshvara-griham, Rajasimha Pallaveshvara-griham and Pllikondaruliya-devar.
Mahabalipuram lighthouse is a popular tourist spot for the people who visit this heritage place. Built around 640 AD by Pallava kingdom, it stands tall and next to modern structures and it clearly exhibits the water transport and trading carried out during the ancient period. This major tourist spot made of natural stone became fully functional in 1904. This is one among the major attractions in Mamallapuram.
Pancha Rathas as name depicts named after the Pandavas is best places to visit in Mamallapuram and popular tourist destination among tourists. Each of the five monuments in the Pancha Rathas complex resembles a chariot, and each is carved over a single, long stone or monolith, of granite which slopes in north-south direction with a slight incline.
Sthalasayana Perumal Temple also called Thirukadalmallai is an ancient temple in Mahabalipuram. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple offers major attractions among the tourist. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu. This popular tourist spot also a well know pilgrimage centre has become one of the must visit location for both tourist as well for devotees.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park, also known as the Vandalur Zoo is a zoological garden located in Vandalur reserve forest area is a first public zoo in India. This popular wildlife sanctuary is one among the best places to visit in Chennai. The wildlife in Vandalur Zoo is covered with around 90+ enclosures with around 180+ species of mammals, birds and reptiles. The lion safari inside the lion cage offers one of the major attractions in wildlife sanctuary tour and special vehicle were available for tourists to commute inside this forest area. It is functional between 9 AM to 6 PM, except Tuesdays.
The Guindy National Park is also known as Children’s Park is situated near IIT Campus, Chennai. This popular tourist spot hosts 18+ species of mammals, 40+ species of birds, 10+ species of amphibians makes this important places to visit in Chennai. A snake park located next to his children’s park offers major attractions among all age groups. There is good amount of play area available for kids makes these exciting places to attract school kids. Both the best places are opened between 9 AM to 6 PM, Tuesdays being holiday.
Crocodile Park is situated in the shores of Bay of Bengal is the biggest crocodile wildlife sanctuary in India. The exciting places inside this wildlife sanctuary host around 5000+ crocodiles and alligators representing around 20+ species makes this one among the best places to visit and popular among tourists. The availability of tortoise and turtles along with crocodiles and alligators offers major attractions in the park for all age groups of tourist.
Vedanthangal Birds Sanctuary is one of the major tourist spots situated slightly outside Chennai. The availability of different bird families across the world makes this as one of the exciting places to visit. The major attractions in this bird sanctuary are the availability of local and the migratory birds which travels across thousands of miles from different country and continent. The calm and peaceful atmosphere makes these best places to visit and enjoy quality time.
The Government Museum of Chennai is located in Egmore, Chennai is one among the major attractions in Chennai. This popular tourist spot comprises of several galleries under the sections Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Botany, Numismatics, Contemporary Art, Zoology and a Children Museum makes this best place to visit with family and friends.
Connemara Public Library at Egmore in Chennai is one among best places to visit to read and collect information. This public library receives a copy of all books, newspapers and periodicals published in India. The major attractions in the library include repository of centuries-old publications, wherein lie some of the most respected works and collections in the country.
Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore is an ancient temple with rich heritage. The temple attracts thousands of devotees every day and major attractions in the temple is the big tank which lies outside the temple. The peaceful Kapaleeswarar Temple of Chennai is believed to be one of the oldest and most revered holy places of the city.
The Parthasarathy Swamy Temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams situated in Thiruvallikeni or now known as Triplicane. This temple is a few thousand years old and is one among the best places to visit to know ancient tradition and culture. The availability of ancient and traditional houses on and around this temple offers major attractions among the tourist to view how the lifestyle was a few hundreds of years back.
Santhome Church in Chennai also known as Santhome Cathedral Basilica and International Shrine of Saint Thomas Cathedral Basilica, sits on the shore of Bay of Bengal is a popular tourist spot. This is built over the mortal remains of one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ and there is an underground tomb chapel below the Basilica which attracts good number of tourist on regular basis.
Velankanni Church, is one of the beautiful churches located at Eliot’s beach in Besant Nagar. This church is also called as the ‘Mecca of the Christians’. The principal shrine of this Velankanni church is Mother Mary and the church is the replica of the Basilica of Our Lady of Health at Velankanni. The Beseant Nagar beach and the beautiful sea shore are the major attractions in nearby locality attracts several hundreds of tourists every day.
Thousand Lights Mosque is located in Anna Salai, Mount Road is popular for a number of reasons, such as its name, its architecture and its historical and religious importance. It is a common mosque for all Islamic devotees, a primary holy place for Shias. The major attractions in this mosque are its exhilarating structure, with multi domes.
Chennai which was earlier called as Madras is the capital city of Tamil Nadu located at shores of Bay of Bengal is a major tourist place and this metropolitan city is one among the heritage city present in South India. There are many popular tourist spots where people can really enjoy and have fun and of late the Chennai is developing rapidly.
The weather in Chennai remains hot and humid for most of the year and the ideal time to visit best places in Chennai is between September to March where the temperature is between 24 C to 30 C with rainfall scatter across these periods. March to June is hot and sweaty, with temperature soaring more than 40 C.