In a world where time is everything and people work round the clock, a vacation is a much needed break for all. Namma Chennai is a hub of exotic places and an experience here is something that isn’t very easy to be erased. According to a survey in the year 2009 (Times of India) Chennai has been the most visited city by the foreigners. During the period January to May, 2015 the Foreign Tourist Arrivals(FTA) was 33.32 lakh with an increase in 3.6 percent as compared to the year 2014. Here our team has worked out the best 20 places in our opinion to make it easy for the people who are in a good holiday mood. Don’t miss out the following top 20 tourists places.
Are you a kind of person who loves to walk in natural fresh air? Then this is the best place for you to visit. This is a place where people who earn in billions and people who earn in hundreds visit. Sunrise and sunset adds more beauty to this place.
Marina beach is the second longest beach in the world which runs for 6.5 km. There are many food stalls, horse riding, shooting and many more beach games where you can truly enjoy. It is a must place for you to visit in Chennai.
EDWARD ELLIOT BEACH OR BESANT NAGAR BEACH
This beach is perfect for those who are specific about the crowd. It is a peaceful and an uncrowded place where you can sit beside the sea and enjoy the breeze. The main attraction is unpolluted atmosphere. The beach was named Elliot in remembrance of Dutch sailor, Karl Schmidt.
M.A CHIDAMBARAM STADIUM
M.A Chidambaram stadium also called as Chepauk stadium established in the year 1916 and was named after the former president of BCCI (The Board of Control for Cricket in India) M A Chidambaram. It holds a capacity of 38000 people. There are many notable events or records which has took place in this stadium. This stadium is the home ground for the IPL team Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and has been lucky for them.
PHOENIX MARKET CITY
Are you looking for a place to shop everything under one roof and also to spend a peaceful day? Then this the best place for you to visit.
Phoenix mall is the largest mall in the city which has 250 shops and services. There are also 11 movie screens in this mall. It is built in an area of 1 million square feet. The mall provides many services including free Wi-Fi connection. Working hours of the mall is from 11.00 AM to 10.00 PM.
Queens land is one of the most visited place during vacations. Located in Poonamallee, the theme park covers 70 acres and has a total of 51 rides (33 for adults and 18 for children). The theme park works from 10 AM to 7.30 PM. Food and beverages are available within the park.
ARIGNAR ANNA ZOOLOGICAL PARK
Arignar anna zoological park also known as vandalur zoo is located in Vandalur, Chennai. The zoo was established in the year 1854. As per 2012 survey the zoo has 1500 wild species including 46 endangered species.
The zoo provides the visitors with refreshment outlets by Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation. It also provides facilities like battery operated vehicles which are available for rent. It has recorded 1,810,846 visitors in the year 2010-2011. The entry fee is RS. 30 for adults and RS. 10 for children. the zoo works from 9 AM to 5 PM.
VGP GOLDEN BEACH
VGP golden beach or VGP universal kingdom is located on the East Coast Road, Chennai. It is a family amusement park with sea back drop where you can spend an amazing day with your loved ones. It also has another establishment named VGP aqua kingdom. It provides adequate services for visitors to enjoy.
GUINDY NATIONAL PARK
The park is 8th smallest National Park of India. There are totally 400 blackbucks, 2000 spotted deers, 24 jackals and also a wide variety of snakes, tortoises and 130 species of birds and lots more. The park works from 9 AM to 5.30 PM and charges RS. 20 for adults and RS. 10 for children as entrance fee. The park also extends permission for shooting.
This temple was built by Pallavas in 8th century by the king Narasimhavaram. It’s a Hindu Vaishnavite temple located at Triplicane, Chennai. The eternal feel will be expressed by people who visit this temple for sure.
Express avenue mall was inaugurated on 26 may 2010 which is built on 9,00,000 square feet. There are totally 210 shops and services.
It’s the place for shopping, business and leisure. There are totally eight screens for movie. It also has 3 level for parking. It’s a best place for all the age groups and a must visit place located in Royapettah, Chennai.
VADAPALANI MURUGAN TEMPLE
Vadapalani Murugan or Andavar Temple is located in Vadapalani, Chennai. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to lord Murugan. The temple was built as a shed in the year 1890. It became popular in the city because of the cinema stars (partially). First Pooja starts at 5.30 in the early morning and the final Pooja at 9 in the night. It also has a website www.vadapalaniandavartemple.tnhrce.in
Kapaleeshwar temple located in Mylapore, Chennai is a temple of lord Shiva. The temple was built in 7th century by the Pallavas and it is glorified by the Nayanmars.
The temple performs six rituals starting from morning 5.30 and ending at night 10 PM. Maintenance and administration of temple is done by the Hindu Religious and Endowment of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
MUTTUKADU BOAT HOUSE
The boat house is located in East Coast Road, Chennai. It was inaugurated in the year 1984. It offers facilities like rowing, wind surfing, water skiing and speed boat riding. It’s one of the best suited place for people who like adventure and fun.
It is located on East Coast Road, Chennai and was established in the year 1996. It’s a place dedicated to South Indian heritage and culture. It is built on an area of 10 acres. It offers activities like water painting, folk dance, jewellery making, pottery designing etc., to the visitors which adds more beauty. It’s a recreation cum educational place.
Covelong beach or Kovalam beach located in East Coast Road and was developed by Nawab of Carnatic, Saadat Ali. It’s a best place for fishing and also for a good relaxation because of the nearly located luxury resort Taj Fisherman’s Cove.
GOVERNMENT STATE MUSEUM
Also called as Madras Museum, it is located in Egmore, Chennai. It was established in the year 1851. This museum is the second oldest in India. It depicts the human history and culture. It also has the rare works of Raja Ravi Varma and more artists.
It is located at Kotturpuram, Chennai depicting the virtual tour of sky. It is the largest planetarium in Chennai. Its functioning with the help of Government of Tamil Nadu since 1988.
It conducts many shows like the Solar System, Eclipses, Earth, Man on Moon, Sky and Seasons, Deep Sky and many more showing the depth of science for the young generation. It also has Science and Technology Centre works on all days expect national holidays from 10.00 AM to 5.45 PM.
Also called as San Thome Basilica, it was established in the year 1893 by the British. It’s a church for Roman Catholics. This church is a pilgrimage centre for all the Christians. It also has an attached museum.
Located in Adyar, Chennai, it’s one of the best places in Chennai where beauty of sunrise can be relished. It has also topped as the best shooting locations. It has also become a bachelor hangout place.
Pulicat lake is the second largest water lake located in the border of Andhra Pradesh that is located 60 kilo meters away from Chennai.
There is also Pulicat Wildlife Sanctuary. The quality of lake varies according to the seasons. There are wide variety of birds in the Sanctuary. It adds more natural beauty and is also very refreshing.
There are many more awesome tourists places other than this to visit in Chennai which depicts history, culture, entertainment, shopping, pilgrimage and even lots more. Hope this blog has satisfied all your needs. Chance eh illa illa chance eh illa namma Chennai pola vera oore illa!!! (song by Anirudh)
If you like the explore more places, Check out: 10 Weekend Getaways from Chennai