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Chennai

The gateway to the south and the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is a vibrant metropolitan city that is famous for its old-world charm and modern-day efficiency. Boasting a rich history, Chennai has served as an important administrative, military, and economic centre for many centuries, and had human habitation since the stone age. Chennai is well worth poking around for its museums and temples, savouring deliciously authentic South Indian delicacies or taking a walk along Asia’s longest urban beach– Marina Beach. Chennai is more than just another city, it is a melting pot of tradition and culture, the reverberation of Carnatic music, hymns from the temples, the fragrance of jasmine and the plethora of vivid colors are all whats gives this city its unique identity. Chennai offers a myriad of interesting sights ranging from magnificent temples, churches, and a majestic beach to explore and to get immersed in its rich heritage and culture.

Some of the major attractions in Chennai are Kapaleeswarar Temple, St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica, Marina beach, Fort St. George, High court building & Flower Market at Old Madras.

Things to do in Chennai: Nested within the city, Marina Beach is best known for its serene surroundings. One can take a stroll all the way to Elliot’s Beach, which marks the end of Marina Beach and is located in the Besant Nagar. Owing to the calm and tranquil surroundings with easy accessibility and the sandy retreats in Chennai, have gained popularity amongst those who prefers to avoid the din and bustle of the city. A walk along the Beach will definitely pamper your senses.
Chennai remains a maze of carefully preserved historical sites. A perfect destination to get a glimpse of Old Madras and its Colonial era is Fort St George was built by the East India Company in 1644. Presently, it houses the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and also a museum that exhibits several items from the colonial period. The halls at Fort St George exhibit items like weapons, coins, uniforms and other artefacts of the colonial period, and is a must visit for any history buffs. Another place of historical significance is the Government museum at Egmore. The museum is an important repository of art, archeology, anthropology and a whole lot of other treasures with about 46 galleries.
For those seeking a touch of divinity there are numerous temples and churches in the city. Located in Mylapore, Kapaleeshwarar temple is one of the oldest temples in Chennai. Adorned with intricate designs, the temple is truly a testament of ancient artefacts and beliefs. Another pace of worship is St Thomas Church, located atop a small hill in the Guindy suburb of Chennai. The neo-gothic style San Thome Cathedral is another popular shrine in Chennai. Known as the ‘Queen of Scottish Churches in the East’, St Andrew Church constructed in Georgiana and Neoclassical architecture is another famous cathedral in Chennai.