|City : Chennai
Location : South India
Language : Tamil, Telgu, kannad, English And Hindi.
A contemporary metropolis with a clear skyline Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu in India and located in Coromandel Coast, is a civilized, elegant and cultured city and is popularly considered as the Gateway to the South India. It was known earlier as Madras. In fact in north, the entire south Indians were termed as 'Madrasis', so much was the influence of Madras in Indian culture.
Chennai is a genuine mixture of various cultures; people from different places in India live harmoniously in Chennai, distinct features and varying viewpoints, beliefs, values and morality shaping the culture of the famous city. There is combination of cultures and ideas that make the cosmopolitan nature of Chennai.
Chennai has some charming monuments, temples, mosques and churches dating back to many centuries. It is a Tourists' paradise, with a lot of attractions and vibrant activities all around the city.
Chennai, 350-year-old retaining much of its traditional charm and heritage, is a city where the landscape of the past merges effortlessly with recent history. In Chennai, one can find, long busy sandy beaches, parks, sculptures and historic landmarks. Chennai is a vibrant, dynamic city ever growing, evolving, expanding and changing in accordance with modern period every year. Chennai has in its account some nice places to offer for shopping. In fact Chennai is a Shopper's delight. There are a lot of places and shops worth visiting.
Here traditional art forms like dance and music are the way of life and it grows trains and flourishes marvelously. Exposure in classical music mainly Carnatic, vocal as well as instrumental, and the exhibition and creativity of the imposing Bharatnatyam dance are pursued with enthusiasm. It is not a wonder if one could find a school of dance and music in almost every part of the city.
There are innumerable temples for the Lord Muruga in Tamilnadu, but Aarupadaiveedus literally means six fighting fields, the six highly revered shrines of Lord Muruga, are considered as most important.
Ananthaa Padmanabha Swaamy Temple
This is a contemporary temple built in 1962 on land donated by His Highness Chitra Thirunal. Anantha Padmanabha, name derived from the words Padma (lotus) and nabha (navel), is depicted to be offering worship to Lord Shiva in the form of Linga.
Annai Velankani Church
Annai Velankanni Shrine is situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal, at the Elliot's beach, in Chennai. This beautiful shrine is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, Annai Velankani. The church is the replica of the Basilica of Our Lady of Health, Velankani. People belonging to all faith and religion gather here for worship. This church attracts lots and lots of people and it is believed that one will get the same blessings in this shrine of Virgin Mary as he gets in Velankani.
The Armenian Church in Chennai was built in 1772 on the site of the Armenian cemetery. This is a marvel of architectural beauty. This church has a magnificent bell tower having 6 bells, claimed to be the largest in Chennai. This tower attracts many and is a must place to visit in Chennai.
Ashtalakshmi Temple is a highly revered shrine situated in Besant Nagar, on the shores of Bay of Bengal. The architecture of the temple is unique, with the deities installed in four levels. It looks different than the other South Indian temples as it a modern construction, less than 25 years old.
Ayya Vaikundar Nizhal Thangal
This nizhal thangal, temples without any distinction of caste or creed, is based on Ayyavazhi, proclaimed by Ayya Vailkunder. This is controlled by Swamithoppe in Nagarcoil. There are no idols or priests. . The only things present are a saffron cloth spread over a chair with a rudraksha chain placed over it.
Breezy Beach is located in the quiet neighbourhood of Valmiki Nagar in Chennai. It is smaller and less popular than the Elliots beach. This beach is not as commercialized as the Elliots beach, and is hence more quiet and peaceful. Evenings are very pleasant and breezy here, Lots of tourists are attracted towrds this beach. This beach is less polluted and environment friendly. Those who look for a calm, cool and breezy place to relax, this beach is the best place in Chennai.
Chennai is one of the important trade centers of south India and is a good place to shop for a large variety of things. One of the famous shopping places is Burma Bazar, where one can find all sorts of imported goods ranging from electronic gadgets to readymade and perfumes. Trading in almost all kinds of goods from plastic goods to textiles and stationery, and from ready-made garments to household items can be had here for reasonable prices. There are many new shopping complexes that offer a large range of shopping to be done under a single roof, have come all over the Burma Bazar. This is shoppers' paradise.
Church of Our Lady of Expectations
St Thomas, the Apostle of India visited and settled down in what is now Chennai around 70 AD. He is said to have carved a stone cross with his own fingernail. This cross was alleged to bleed, for close to 100 years. The mountain and cave, which is called as home, was discovered by the Portuguese who built the Church of "Our Lady of Expectations" in Chennai. Believers thronging to this place believe that this sacred church does miracles to those who offer prayers.
Connemara Public Library at Chennai is one of the four ‘deposit libraries' in India which entitles them to a copy of every publication in India. The library began in 1861 as part of the Madras Museum and in 1896 Lord Connemara, the then Governor of Madras Presidency, opened it to the public.
CSI Church House Of Prayer
CSI Church House of Prayer is located in Adayar in Chennai, one of the churches controlled by Church of South India, Diocese of Madras The entire church campus is filled with prayer and it is a ‘House of Prayer' to all people. The church is kept open from 6am to 6 pm to enable people seeking a comfort and silence could come and surrender them to God in a place so filled with prayer. The Congregation worshipping at the Cathedral is a vibrant community of believers from all over India and there are some from different parts of the world as well. Anyone visiting the Cathedral will be spellbound by its grandeur and spirituality.
CSI Wesley Church
CSI Wesley Church, located in Royapettah, Egmore in Chennai and established by the Methodists in 1905, is now part of the Church of South India, Madras Diocese. In this Church there is an emphasis not only on corporate worship in the Methodist tradition at the regular Sunday services at 8.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. but also in building Christian fellowship during the week through well organized activities like the Men's Fellowship, the Women's Fellowship, the Youth Fellowship, the Prayer Fellowship, Area Fellowships and the Choir. This is a place worth visiting for Christians.
Elliot's beach is a beach of calmness and beauty, which cannot be forgotten by any visitor. This is a paradise of beach lovers. Elliot's Beach is spread along the coast down south from Marina. It is also the night beach for Chennai youth. This beach is comparatively quieter and an ideal place to go sea bathing. It is located near Besant Nagar.
Fort Museum, established in 1948, is situated within the ramparts of the St George Fort in Chennai. It is under the management of Archeological Survey of India (ASI). The Museum showcases collections of archeologically valued materials.
Fort St George
Fort St George is an important and marvelous landmark in Chennai. In Tamil Nadu political leaders aim to reach this Fort, as the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly are housed here. This beautiful edifice is situated on the eastern side of the city, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal.
Guindy National Park
Guindy National Park, adjacent to the Raj Bhavan, is situated in the Mambalam, Guindy taluk in Chennai. Guindy National Park, The smallest national park in India and one of the few located in a metro. The park is an extension of the grounds surrounding the official residence of the governors of Tamil Nadu.
ISKCON (Hare Rama Hare Krishna) Temple
ISKCON Temple is located in the Injambakkam region in Thyagaray Nagar of Chennai. The temple is one of the many popular worshipping places established by the ISKCON society in the region of India. It is a blend of tradition and modernity to give the artistic style as well as the best of latest scientific technology.
First Jain temple in South India is in Chennai, this temple is known as Shree Gujarati Swetamber Jain Mandir. Lord Parshwanatha, the 23rd Teerthankar is the presiding deity of this renowned shrine. The three gopurams and five doors of the Mandir have marble carvings based on the architectural principles of the famous Dilwara temples.
Kalakshetra is a school for those who want to excel in their artistic abilities and study various intricacies in a structured manner. Aysha Rau formed little Theatre group, in May 1991, to promote theatre for children and tap their creative potential. It promotes creative aptitude and talent through workshops in dance, drama, art and craft, mime, music, pottery, puppetry, magic, photography and 3-D projects conducted by professionals.