Chennai is considered as the gateway to the southern part of the country. This vibrant city is a mix of globalization as well as old world charm. It is one of the biggest cities in India and if you are planning to pay a visit here, it is recommended that you travel with some time in hand in order to explore it. Here are a few places that you should definitely visit during your trip to Chennai.
Distance: 4 KM
Chennai is a beautiful city offering varied experiences to its visitors! Marina Beach, one of the most visited beaches in Chennai is also the longest natural urban beach in India. It extends from Fort St. George to Besant Nagar and is a must visit if you want to get a magical experience of sunrise or sunset. As it is the primary recreation area of the city, there are numerous statues and monuments along the beach promenade area. Apart from these some other attractions here are food stalls serving delicious seafood, pony rides, kite flying and other beach games.
Distance: 5.5 KM
If you are a history buff, you will love your visit to Chennai as many historical buildings and temples are scattered across the city. Fort St. George is the first fortress built by the British in India in 1644. This historical fort is now home to the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly and other government offices. The historic St. Mary's church and St. George museum are enclosed within the fort and is open for public. The St. George museum has many artifacts, paintings, coins, silverware, and documents from that era. It is open for public from 9 am to 5 pm throughout the week except for Fridays.
Distance: 60 KM
Located at a distance of about 60 kilometers from Chennai, Mamallapuram also known as Mahabalipuram is an ancient historic town and seaport from the time of the Pallavas. These temples were carved out of rocks in the 7th and 8th centuries in the form of chariots. These ancient monuments have stood the test of time which is why Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Make it a point to visit Mahabalipuram during your Chennai trip to witness the grandeur of a bygone era.
Distance: 9.5 KM
Guindy National Park is located in the south-western corner of Chennai and covers an area of 270 hectares. It is the last surviving habitat of the Tropical Dry Evergreen forest type of the Coromandel coast. It includes beautiful forests, scrublands, lakes and streams.
Distance: 40.5 KM
Madras Crocodile Park Trust and Centre for Herpetology (MCBT) is a reptile zoo and herpetology research station, located south of the city of Chennai.
Distance: 11.9 KM
Elliots Beach is one of the cleanest beaches in the city of Chennai. It is located towards the south of Marina Beach and is an extremely calm and tranquil place. As the beach does not offer much activity, it is ideal for long walks. Moreover, the ones who want to soak their feet in the splashing sea water and lose themselves completely in the arms of the nature, head on. Elliot's Beach is quite a hit amongst both the tourists as well as the natives of Tamil Nadu. There are many restaurants lined near the beach for a good meal.
Distance: 2.5 KM
Egmore Museum/Art Gallery is a multi-purpose State Government Museum located in Egmore, which is the heart of the city, spreading to an area of 16.25 acres of land. Six independent buildings in this Museum campus have 46 galleries.
Tickets are issued at the Main Entrance and at the Contemporary Art Gallery from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Commercial film/video shooting is not permitted.
Timings: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
(Closed on Fridays & National holidays)