Chennai is known for its cultural background and is among the most visited Indian cities by foreign tourists. North Chennai, fondly known as the ‘heartbeat of Chennai’ by the locals, has engraved in itself every aspect of its rich culture, be it the food, art, textiles or architecture. From beaches and street food shops to forts and historical establishments, North Chennai is a hidden beauty. Take a look at the top 7 must visit places in North Chennai:
What flashes in front of your eyes when you think of Chennai? The iconic Marina beach, of course. Being the longest beach in India, extending from Fort St. George to Foreshore Estate, it is the pride of Chennai. The ideal time to visit Marina is early mornings or late evenings when the beach gives a spectacular view of sunrise and sunset. Marina is not just popular for its memorials and statues, morning walks, and jogging tracks but also for the 500+ stalls, aquarium, artificial waterfall, kite flying, and pony rides. Your first impression of marina might be “Just another crowded beach” but once you set your foot in the wide sandy shore, you would realize that it is not just a beach, but the lifeline of Chennai.
Fort St George
Brimming with history, the tales of ‘British era in India’ still echoes in every corner of Fort St George. It is a known fact that the fort was built by the British in 1644, but did you know that it is the first establishments of British presence in India? It was first built as a trading post and was then used by the army. Once the fortifier to the Britishers, the fort now serves as the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu and Secretariat. The fort encloses St. Mary’s Church (one of the oldest surviving British church) and the Fort Museum, which houses the colonial artworks and military artifacts. If you are a history buff, Fort St George would definitely be a delight for you.
Address: Rajaji Salai road, Near Legislature and Secretariat, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600009
A shout out to all the foodies out there; Welcome to Sowcarpet! Being one of the oldest and busiest places in Chennai with narrow lanes and vintage buildings, Sowcarpet is famous for the yummy North Indian Chat food and wholesale shops. It has a number of eateries and other miscellaneous shops in its tight packed streets. This vibrant neighborhood compels you to indulge in pocket friendly food and shopping trail. Visit this place to treat yourselves with its variety of offerings.
Connemara Public Library
Are you an avid reader? Get ready to immerse yourself in this enchanting world of books, at the Connemara public library. Constructed in the 19th Century, this is one of the largest libraries of Asia and houses centuries-old publication. This library is famous not just for its enormous collections of books, but also for the amazing architecture. So what are you waiting for book worms? Grab your seats, to get set and read!
Address: Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600008
Visit the Government Museum to satisfy your thirst for history. This museum has an intricate array of cultural history and arts, inside a large British-built establishment. It is one of the best sights to experience in Chennai owing to its detailed representation of Indian history. Bronze Gallery, the best bet of the Government Museum, has an overwhelming collection of South Indian bronzes dating all the way back to the 7th century including the statue of Lord Shiva as Nataraja. Get yourself a ticket to the Government Museum, and also get access to The National Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery, and Children’s Museum.
Address: Beside Government Maternity Hospital, Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai
Are you someone who wonders if at all there is a place in Chennai that is actually calm and quiet? Located on the shores of the isolated beach in the northern most tip of the city, Nettukuppam pier would be a great hit among those of you who want a break from the wilderness of Chennai. The beach here is spotless due to the absence of commercial establishments. This spot is the best for you to have the much needed ‘Me Time’ or to spend some time close to nature. Trek your way to the rocking bridge, and get drenched in the high tides of the beach and happiness. Also, don’t forget to unleash the photography enthusiast in you and click some masterpiece pictures.
Address: Nettukuppam, Ennore, Chennai
Chetpet Eco Park
Are you hunting for an attractive tourist spot for your next family outing? Then your go to place is Chetpet Eco Park. It refreshes your senses with its abundant greenery and has a huge lake that extends to about 15 acres, thus providing a wonderful place for the entire family to enjoy and relax. This place has a variety of activities for all age groups; from boat rides to fishing, taking strolls on the long walkways or just sitting back to relax and enjoy the view. Best part? It also has a play area for your kids and thus your mobiles can finally take a break!
Address: 814, EVR Rd, Opposite To KMC, New Bupathy Nagar, Kilpauk, Chennai
A tour in this coastal area takes you through the time as each place showcases its age old heritage. So, pick up your cameras and start your journey to experience this amazing time travel!
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