With its pollution-free environs, well-developed social and physical infrastructure, clean and green neighbourhoods, and affordable property prices, Madhavaram has become a preferred residential destination in North Chennai. Another major perk of living in Madhavaram is that there are a wide variety of tourist attractions in the surrounding regions. These provide the perfect getaway to people living in Madhavaram, especially during holidays and weekends. People come here to explore new landscapes, learn new things, relax and rejuvenate, and spend quality time with their family and friends. Here’s a brief overview of the top 5 tourist attractions around Madhavaram.
#1 Pulicat Lake
This is about an hour’s drive from Madhavaram and located on the Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu border. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions for people of both the states. Not many know that this is the second largest brackish water lake in the country. The largest such water body in the country is the Chilika Lake in Odisha. The Pulicat Lake is around 60 km long and has a maximum width of approximately 17 km. During high tide, this lake occupies an area of approximately 450 square kilometres. The huge lake has three islands, namely, Irukkam Island, Venadu, and Kadapatra. The lake is also home to the Pulicat Bird Sanctuary, which is another delight on its own. Across the lake and bordering the Bay of Bengal is Sriharikota, which is home to Satish Dhawan Space Center, India’s top space research facility. The Pulicat Lake offers panoramic views of its vast waters and shoreline. It is a thrill for bird lovers, as it is the home to several species of birds such as pelicans, herons, flamingos, egrets, spoonbills, etc. Boating is a popular activity in the lake, which is a great way to explore the lake’s enchanting beauty and vastness.
#2 Kasimedu beach
This is located at around half an hour’s drive from Madhavaram. It is one of the most popular beaches in North Chennai and the one closest to Madhavaram. One of the USPs of Kasimedu beach is that it offers a tranquil environment, which is a godsend for city dwellers. On the way to the beach, you will come across the busy and congested Ennore Expressway and the chaotic Kasimedu fishing harbour, which may start giving you the wrong impressions. However, once you reach the Kasimedu beach, you will realize how tranquil it really is. Apart from the beach, the area is also home to the Kasimedu pier. The pier is a popular tourist destination and the preferred shooting spot for filmmakers. The pier provides a good spot to learn fishing and it is also the place from where swimmers take a dive into the sea. The Kasimedu beach is known for its scenic beauty and it’s gentle, cool breeze, which makes it the perfect place to spend quality time with your loved ones. Other beaches located near to Madhavaram include n4 beach, Tiruvottiyur beach, Kuppam beach, and Bharathiyar beach.
#3 Fort St. George
If you have interest in history, head to Fort St. George, which is half an hour’s drive from Madhavaram. This magnificent piece of British architecture was built in 1644 and it is said to have acted as a catalyst for the city’s development. Historians say that Fort St. George is the place from where the Chennai city initially started to grow. If you want to experience how the city may have looked around four centuries back, Fort St. George and its neighbouring areas might provide you with some clues. The fort derives its name from St. George, the patron saint of England. During its heyday, the fort allowed the British to increase their influence in the Southern region of India. The fort has witnessed several wars over the centuries, signs of which are visible in some places outside the fort. It was briefly taken over by French forces in 1746 but was later returned to the British in 1749, as per the treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle. The fort is home to other tourist attractions such as the St Mary’s Church, which was built in 1678. There’s also the Fort Museum, which houses various artefacts used by the British, French, Scottish and Indian governments. The fort is currently being used as the Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu.
#4 Madras Museum
Also called as Government Museum, this place is half an hour’s drive from Madhavaram. As per available records, this is the second oldest museum in the country. It was constructed in 1851 and since then it has undergone several additions and renovations. The museum features a wide variety of artefacts from the Roman era. It also has an extensive collection of archaeological items including coins, manuscripts, sculptures, and paintings which were used during the rule of earlier governments and ancient kingdoms. The museum premises are home to the National Art Gallery, which features the Indo-Sarsenic architecture and has been built using red stones. The Madras Museum comprises of six buildings and has a total of 46 galleries. The galleries are large and majestic and feature a royal blend of marble flooring, wooden ceilings, teakwood furniture, and stained glass windows.
#5 Marundeeswarar Temple
This is located in Thiruvanmiyur, which is about an hour’s drive from Madhavaram. The Marundeeswarar Temple is built in the honour of Hindu God Shiva and it is the oldest temple in Chennai. Details about this temple have been mentioned in ancient texts dating all the way back to the seventh century. Some historians say that the temple may have been constructed around 50 BC. The temple underwent major renovations and expansions in the 11th century when the region was under the rule of Chola Kingdom. Worshippers believe that the temple has curative properties and thousands of devotees visit every year in the hope to get relief from their diseases and health problems. The temple has a peaceful environment and it provides the opportunity to explore ancient architecture, which is at least a thousand years old.
Apart from the above, you will find a lot more options to explore in and around Madhavaram. The entire area of Chennai is a traveller’s delight, as it is home to various parks, museums, ancient monuments, and cultural and religious places. These places are worth exploring and would enhance your overall experience of living in the city.