If hot tropical sun, clear skies, long walks at the beach and a rich heritage are your idea of a perfect holiday, then Chennai is the place to be. Believed to be one of the largest Indian cities, this city is believed to have been established in the 17th century by the British. It flaunts a rich history and is often regarded as the cultural capital of India. Some of the tourist spots that this city houses include:
Reckoned as Asia’s longest beach, this is a major tourist hotspot of Chennai. Be it a soothing walk along the clayey surface of the shimmering sands or spending some lone time while you catch the fish in the sea there’s so much that can be done when you are here. Mesmerizing views of sunrise/sunset are an equally pleasant delight for visitors. For those who want to have fun, some great options are wind surfing and beach volleyball. You can also build castles out of sand with your little ones while you are at this beach.
The perfect place to play hide and seek with Chennai’s scorching sun, Semmozhi Poonga is a refreshing escape from Chennai’s concrete jungle. Spread over an expanse of 20-acres, this park was thrown open to the public in 2010. Located in the heart of this city, the park offers scenic view of verdant pastures and lush green gardens. Having as many as 500 varieties of trees, it is a pool of oxygen. It also has an artificial waterfall, which cascades rapidly. It also houses many areas where kids can play.
Fort St. George
Dating back to the 17th century, it was built by the British owned East India Company with the permission of the Raja of Chandragiri in 1639. This happens to be the first settlement of the company which was fortified. It was threatened around 1780 by the Muslim ruler Haider Ali; but the British successfully defended it. It houses St. Mary’s Church & Fort Museum. The church is said to be one of the oldest ones in India. The museum is largely a repository of arms.
Sri Parthasarathy Temple
Built in the honour of Lord Krishna, this temple is said to date back to 8th-century and is one of the oldest temples of Chennai. This revered Hindu temple was built during the reign of the Pallava King Narsimhavarman. The temple’s splendid gopuram is an element of the Dravidian style of architecture. This Vaishnavite Temple finds mention in Divya Prabandha, the medieval Tamil canon of the Alvar saints associated with the Bhakti movement. It is open to pilgrims every day from 4 am to 11:30 pm.
A ‘must visit’ place for those who happen to be in Chennai, Pulicat Lake is a great place to get up close and personal with nature. The serene ambience of the lake provides the perfect opportunity to have a relaxed day all by yourself. Another interesting thing to do while you are at this place is to go for a boat ride with your family and friends. You can also travel the extra mile and head to Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary where you can spot beautiful birds like flamingoes and kingfishers. There’s also a Danish Fort dating back to the 17th century, which you can explore.