Chennai is the country’s fourth largest city located in the state of Tamil Nadu. It lies along India’s southern Coromandel coastline off of the Bay of Bengal.
This metropolis attracts visitors all through the year as it is a hub of both culture and commerce.
Serene beaches, historic landmarks, colonial monuments and pious temples are just some of the attractions.
Without further ado here are 5 reasons why Chennai should be on your travel list
1. Marina Beach
Marina Beach is a 13-kilometer stretch of golden sands. Marina is the longest urban beach in India and second longest in the world! It is a recreational hub of the city and ranks amongst the top tourist places in Chennai. The swarms of visitors and vendors create a carnival-like ambiance. An important point to note is that swimming in the water isn’t legally permitted because of the turbulent undercurrents. It’s dotted with numerous statues and monuments and is a popular hangout place for locals. Tens of thousands of people visit it daily.
2. Kapaleeshwarar Temple
The 7th-century Kapaleeshwarar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There is an impressive 40-meter high pillar with carvings of deities at the temple’s eastern entrance. The architecture is Dravidian. There are several shrines and courtyards within the temple complex, with figures of religious significance including a bull, chariot and an elephant.
3. Madras Crocodile Bank
The Madras Crocodile Bank won’t disappoint if you’re interested in reptiles. It was established in 1976. Three rare species of crocodiles which are saltwater, mugger, and gharial find their home here. There are also other species housed here. The count of these reptiles number almost 25,000. Other animals found here are cobra, albino snakes, and water monitor lizard.
4. Fort Saint George
It is a legacy of the British East India Company, which completed constructing it in 1653. Fort Saint George is now home to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and Secretariat. It contains the Fort Museum and St. Mary’s Church, the oldest Anglican church in the country. Visitors to the museum will see displays of a range of military memorabilia, relics, paintings, and artifacts from the colonial period.
5. T. Nagar
It is one of Chennai’s main marketplaces. T. Nagar attracts hordes of shoppers hunting for discounts on everything from saris to gold. During the festival season (from November until the end of January) on weekends, the crowds can swell to an astonishing 2 million people! Ranganathan Street is where the action is. During the month-long Madras Music Season, from mid-December to mid-January each year, performance venues in the neighborhood (such as Krishna Gana Sabha, Vani Mahal, and Bharath Kalachar) also host many famous classical musicians.
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