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Nazish Khan Nov 13 2014

Which are the top 10 reasons to visit Chennai?

Jigyasha Prasad Nov 13 2014
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Here are the top 10 reasons to visit Chennai. Smallest among the four largest Indian metros, the cultural capital of India has much to offer. Come, take a look:

1. Mylapore

Mylapore, the 7th-century Pallava Port, is an interesting traditional part of Chennai. Mylapore’s landmark is the Shiva temple called Kapaleeswarar Koil and its huge temple tank.

Temple at Mylapore (by VinothChandar)

The Portuguese established the settlement of Santhome (San Thomé) here in the early 16th century. The name Santhome derives from this area’s association with St Thomas, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus. You can also opt for Mylapore Heritage Walk, one of the most famous walking tours in India.

Temple premises

2. Marina Beach

Don’t miss the Marina beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in India, constructed as an Italian-style promenade. The best time to come is sunrise, when you can avoid the crowds and vendors. An impressive row of Indo-Saracenic buildings lines the entire 5-km stretch opposite the Marina.

Marina Beach

Sun rise at Marina Beach (by Kumaravel)

3. Mamallapuram

Mamallapuram, also called Mahabalipuram, is Chennai’s tourist leitmotif. A UNESCO World Heritage Monument, its history dates to the early 5th century CE when it was a thriving port.

Temple at Mamallapuram (by mckaysavage)

Temple at Mamallapuram

4. Exquisite Temples

A trip to Chennai is incomplete without a visit to its centuries-old temples like Parthasarathy Temple, Ashtalakshmi Temple and Kaligambal Temple, some of the most beautiful temples in South India.

Parthasarathy Temple (by bunnicula)

Ashtalakshmi Temple (by Sudharsun.j)

If you are interested in exploring temples around Chennai and want to stay a little longer, make sure to use LTC offer for hotels bookings.

5. George Town

Chennai’s 500 years of church architecture can be accessed at George Town and around Santhome. The East India Company purportedly erected the first ever Protestant Church east of the Suez at Fort St George in 1680, St. Mary Church, one of the most beautiful churches in India.

Armenian Church (by Svs99n)

Santhome Church (by Planemad)

6. Shopping

There is no place quite like Chennai for sari shopping—a rich gorgeous silk sari, of course. Visit the legendary Nalli Chinnasamy Chetty near Panagal Park, the 100-year old Radha Silk House in Mylapore, Tarunee Loka and Sundari Silks and Chennai Silks in T Nagar. These are all famous shopping hubs in the city.

Silk Sarees (by the_gman)

Saree shopping

7. Cholamandal Artists Village

On East Coast Road, the Cholamandal Artists’ Village, founded in 1965 by painter KCS Panikker and other like-minded artists, is home to many well-known artists. The village also has a permanent art gallery.

Dance performance

8. Dakshina Chitra

Well, this might be one of the top 10 reasons to visit Chennai for you if you love art like anything. The beautifully maintained Dakshina Chitra, set in 9 acres, has been designed by Laurie Baker. A day trip can include interaction with potters, folk dancers, a puppet show and theme food.

Local Dance Performance

Local Dance Show

9. Tempting Cuisine

From functional and easy-on-the-pocket eateries to luxury options, Chennai is a great place to enjoy south Indian food. Murugan Idli on “Bessie” Beach (Beasant Nagar Beach) is a must try. There are also a number of good local restaurants in Chennai like Crimson Chakra where you can enjoy fine dining.

A local meal at Chennai

Idli Plate (by mynameisharsha)

10. Fishing Expedition in Bay of Bengal

If you are game for a thrilling fishing expedition on your Chennai trip, we recommend you Barracuda Bay Sport Fishing. The company provides all the fishing tackle and you can bring in your own equipment but you need to notify them before that.

Fishing at Barracuda (from official website of Barracuda Fishing)

We hope our list of the top 10 reasons to visit Chennai helps you plan your trip to this city.

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