The capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is the biggest cultural, economic and educational center of south India. Also known as ‘Detroit of India’, this city has been in many lists- from UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) list,  “Top 10 food cities” list, the “hottest” city to the best city in India by India Today in 2014. So, if you are planning to visit Chennai, here are some of the best places to visit there:

1. Marina Beach

India’s longest plus world’s second longest beach resides on Chennai’s sea border. Marina Beach is one of the best places to hang out for locals as well as tourists. You can enjoy the beautiful sunset, do horse riding, ride hot air balloon, and have some seafood. There are tons of fun things to do at Marina Beach. You can go and explore the aquarium and ice house too.

2. Birla Planetarium

Just near the Chennai Central Railway Station, the Birla Planetarium is one of the most visited places in Chennai. Also, it is the modern-looking planetarium in India. The planetarium boasts a projector which shows you the stars and astronomical features on the huge hemispherical dome. Also, the planetarium carries AVs on different themes of astronomy. If you are a science enthusiast, then it is surely a place of interest for you. You can get great discount on ticket booking online using makemytrip coupons.

3. Kapaleeswarar Temple

Dedicated to the Lords of Lords, Lord Shiva, the Kapaleeswarar Temple was built in 8th Century by Pallavas. The structure of the temple was rebuilt in the 16th century by the rulers of Vijayanagara. The temple carries some elegant sculptures and the most intriguing among them are the bronze idols of 63 Saivaite Saints or the Nayanmars.  The temple is 37 meters tall and depicts the Dravidian style of architecture.

4. Government Museum

Government Museum resides in the Pantheon complex which was built in 1789. Along with it, the complex houses the National Art Gallery and the Connemara Public Library. The government had to buy this complex in 1830 and new buildings were added to it later. It is one of the most visited places in Chennai. The Government Museum was built in 1857 and carries the best collection of South Indian bronzes.  From bronze icons of Nataraja, Rama, Sita, Lakshmana to Hanuman, this building has all the ancient and modern bronze icons.

5. Vadapalani Murugan Temple

The Vadapalani Murugan Temple is a Hindu temple nestled in the Vadapalani area of Chennai. Also known as Vadapalani Andavar Temple, it is one of the most famous places to visit in Chennai. Dedicated to Lord Muruga, this temple was built more than 125 years ago. As the legends go, Annaswami Nayakar who was a devotee of Lord Muruga found this temple. This temple is considered as an auspicious place to get married. Skanda Sasti is celebrated here every year and a large crowd is gathered here to pay respect to Lord Muruga.

6. Rippon Building

The Rippon Building is one of the most incredible and elegant buildings in Chennai. This building is used as Municipal Corporation office and was built in 1913. The whole complex includes office, parks, the Nehru Stadium, Victoria Public Hall, and Moore Market. The complex was named after the Governor-General of India, Lord Rippon. The British style of architecture and the vintage look makes it a place worth visiting.

7. Vandalur Zoo

Vandalur Zoo is another one of the most famous places to visit in Chennai. Also known as Arignar Anna Zoological Park, this zoological park is rich in flora and fauna of Eastern and Western ghats. It is a fun site to visit both for adults and kids. You can visit the aquarium or go for lion safari. Head to the nocturnal animal house, snake house, butterfly house and also try to visit the waterfall.

8. Fort St.George

Fort St. George is one of the oldest forts in India. It was built in 1640 by the British East India Company. At the height of 150 feet, the flagstaff on this fort is tallest in India. The fort houses a church- St. Mary’s Church and a museum- The Fort Museum. The church was built in 1680 and is one of the oldest churches in India. While the museum has a large collection of arms and armaments of the British era.

9. Wallajah Mosque

Also known as the Big Mosque, the Wallajah Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques India. The mosque was built in 1795 by the family of the Nawab Wallajah. The building depicts the fusion of Indian, Islamic, and Iranian architectural style. The mosque is built of gray granite which takes you back in time every time you see it. For the people of South India, it is a very important Islamic pilgrimage. You can apply for Travel Advisor Jobs to know about this field.

10. Vellore

Vellore is a very popular city near Chennai. It is located on the banks of Palar River. Also known as the Fort city, this is a very calm and soothing place now which was once a battleground. The city is rich in war history and reflects the early Dravidian culture. The city was ruled by many rulers and you can head to places like Vellore Fort, Sripuram Golden Temple, and many other sites which remind you of different rulers who ruled the place.

Published by Tariq Siddique

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