Chennai, the metropolitan capital of Tamil Nadu, is a heaven for beach and nature lovers. The city is renowned for its many culinary delights and shopping sprees, providing both traditional and cosmopolitan options. Chennai provides an experience full of satisfaction and peace with the beauty surrounding every corner of the city. It is also known as the automobile capital of India, providing vast opportunities to everyone who seeks it.
Places to visit in Chennai:
- Marina Beach: Marina Beach is a natural urban beach along the Bay of Bengal, stretched out to a distance of 8 miles, making it the longest natural urban beach in the country, second largest in the world. Marina beach is the most visited beach in the history of beaches and to make it look more surreal, an aquarium has also been constructed on the Marina Beach. Take a walk on the white sandy shore that extends to infinity along with the cool evening sea breeze and enjoy a hot plate of crispy sundal and murukku.
- MGR Film City: constructed as a tribute to the famous Tamil actor and everyone’s favorite longtime Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MG Ramachandran, MGR Film City is one of the most popular tourist hotspots and a sacred place for several South Indian films directors. Spreading over to 70 acres of Tamil Nadu, MGR Film City is the best place to catch a glimpse of a popular Tamil actor and a film school, indoor and outdoor shooting locations, replicas of village and urban areas, temple, church, mosque, post office, police station, prison, courtroom, and landscaped gardens in Italian, Japanese and Mughal styles. A trip to MGR Film City takes you to a tour of South Indian Film industry, fulfilling many dreams and desires.
- Koli Hills: Koli Hills is one of the most underrated and far from commercial tourism spot. This mountain range, located in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu, has still retained most of its natural magnificence in the best way possible. If you visit this place, you won’t just be surprised by the heights of the hills, but also religious stories attached to them.
- Valluvar Kottam: Valluvar Kottam, one of the most beautiful places to encounter in Chennai, is a temple chariot like-monument, built as a tribute to the renowned classical Tamil poet and saint, Thiruvalluvar. The great architecture, built with innovative layouts and well-thought execution leaves every spectator in awe. The best time to visit the monument is either or sunrise or sunset, the time which adorns beauty of nature like never before.
- Vivekananda House: Nicknamed as ‘The Ice House’, Vivekananda House is a shrine and pilgrimage center for the admirers and followers of Swami Vivekananda. It is the place where Swami Vivekananda stayed for six weeks in 1900. Vivekananda’s bedroom has been preserved as a hub for meditation and soul enriching activities. Visit Vivekananda House and get a glimpse of how Swami Vivekananda used to spend a simple lifestyle and attain peace.
- Chennai Sangamam: visit Chennai in mid-January and become a part of Chennai’s open Tamil festival Chennai Sangamam. This festival is celebrated as the annual day of 7-day long Tamil Harvest festival Pongal. You can head to any open location like beaches, parks etc and would witness traditional folk events, martial arts, and classical dance to celebrate the festival in full zeal. If you are tired of dancing and watching gut-wrenching stunts, look for a seat and get ready to be treated with the best that South Indian cuisine.
Regional Chennai Airports
Chennai International Airport serves as the main gateway to the city, connecting it with the rest of the world.
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