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Chennai (Madras)

Chennai Tours & TravelsChennai or Madras is located on the stretch of the Coromandel Coast. Popularly regarded as the ‘Gateway to the South’, it is the fourth largest metropolis in India. The waterways of Cooum and Adyar and the Buckingham Canal trisect the city. Chennai presents culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India. Though Chennai has made much industrial progress, the basic traditions and culture in classical Music, dance and all other art forms, vividly in contrast to the modernity of today, remain firmly intertwined is a pleasant surprise.

Most of the original inhabitants are Brahmins and vegetarians at core. The architecture of the ancient temples, churches and modern high-rise is a blending dexterity. The distinctiveness is displayed in two magnificent temples at Triplicane and Mylapore. The metropolis of today has modern beaches including most famous Marina Beach, parks, discos and even sanctuaries in the heart of the City.

Places of Interest

Fort St. George

Built in 1640 AD has flagstaff tallest in India.

St. Mary’s Church

St. Mary’s Church (1680) the oldest Anglican Church in India.

War Memorial

War Memorial (1939) in remembrance of warriors during First World War.

Fort Museum

Fort Museum with collection of paintings, costumes, weapons, coins, medals, etc. of British period;

Kapaleeswarar Temple

Biggest and finest of Dravidian architecture temple dedicated to Lord Shiva with 13th century inscriptions and 37 meters gopuram.

Chennai Vacations PackageSri Parthasarathi Temple

The 8th century temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, and houses five avatars of Lord Vishnu

Santhome Cathedral

San Thome (St. Thomas), the apostle of Christ who is believed to have come to Madras in 52 AD. In 1606 the church was rebuilt and made basilica in 1986. Statue of Virgin Mary brought from Portugal adorns here.

The Marina Beach

To the east of the city Marina Beach at 12 km is second longest in the world after Long Beach of California.

Birla Planetarium

The Birla Planetarium at Kotturpuram, between Adyar and Guindy, is the most modern planetarium in the country.

Shopping Attractions Chennai shopping has a variety of traditional and trendy carvings on wood, stone, brass, leather bags, shoes and bikinis. Traditional items of Tamil Nadu sold here include Metal works, bronze and brass castings, jewellery, Silks, etc.

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