Capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is a destination that showcases its heritage and tradition in every aspect. Its culture, cuisine, dance, music, clothing, or architecture, everything is rooted in the rich glory of its history. Enclosing a number of places to visit such as historical monuments, pristine beaches, glorious temples and churches, flooded markets and much more, Chennai is a place in our country where everyone should visit once-in-a-lifetime. It is not possible to cover the whole city in one day as it will take you at least 3-4 days to explore every popular place of Chennai. But to touch the grandeur of the glorious city, one can visit some of the major tourist spots, which can be covered in one day. Let us have a look on some of the places of Chennai that can be explored in one single day-
One of the world’s longest beaches, Marina Beach is Chennai’s most famous tourist attraction. Extending from Fort St. George to Besant Nagar, the total length of the beach is 13 km. Start your day with a beautiful sunrise at the Marina Beach with spectacular sights and palm trees all around. At the southern end of the beach, stands an old light house and an aquarium, a swimming pool and a park. You also have a choice to go to the Elliot’s Beach, Covelong Beach or Akkarai Beach, depending on your location.
The ancient 7th century Kapaleeshwar Temple is a fine example of Dravidian architecture. Home to the deities Lord Shiva and Parvati (who is worshipped in the form of Karpagambal – Goddess of the Wishing Tree), the temple showcases its wonderful beauty and architecture. Thousands of devotees visit the temple every year to witness and take blessings from the shrines seated on a chariot. With beautiful sculptures, articulate designs, and bronze idols of 63 Saivaite Saints, or the Nayanmars , the whole temple is a heritage masterpiece.
Located in the Pantheon complex at a distance of 4 km from Chennai Central Railway Station, the Government Museum was established in 1851 and houses the best collection of South Indian artifacts. The museum houses rare 2nd century marble sculptures, bronzes from the 10th and 13th including the beautiful bronze icons of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman and Nataraj, beautiful paintings of 16th and 18th century from Rajasthan, Mughal period and 17th century Deccan art, handicrafts from the 11th and 12th centuries, the largest collection of Roman antiquities outside Europe. Whenever you visit Chennai, don’t forget to visit the Government Museum to take an insightful peak into the history.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park
Housing 2,553 species of flora and fauna across 1,265 acres (512 ha) of land, the Arignar Anna Zoological Park is one of the most sought after places in Chennai that can be explored in one day. A wonderful venue for families and friends, the zoo exhibits more than 170 species of mammals, birds and reptiles, such as the barking deer, blackbuck, sambar, sangai, nilgai, wolf, tiger, jaguar, hog deer, jackal, hyena, lion, giraffe, camel, otter, llama, elephant, and a number of species of monkeys. The park also has a butterfly house, reptile house, crocodile enclosure, safari rides and much more for a fun-filled day.
While on a one day tour of the city, Birla Planetarium is one venue, which everyone should visit. The one-of-a-kind planetarium provides a virtual tour of the night sky and cosmic shows. One of the most modern planetariums in India, it conducts regular audio-visual programs on astronomy with a number of popular exhibits like Solar System, Cycle of Stars, Sky and Seasons, Comets, Man on the Moon, Science and many more. There are also special toy cars in the planetarium for small kids to enjoy.