Chennai is often referred as the Cultural Capital of India, because of its deep rooted traditions and long heritage. Chennai is often mistaken for its looks. It is far younger than it looks on image. It is a true reflection of India’s diversity more than any other city in India. Chennai has a lot of tourists’ attraction such as Tidel Park, the IT industry, exotic beaches to name a few. Chennai is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Being located in the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal attracts not only Indian tourists but many foreigners as well for its beautiful beaches.
Chennai is mainly known for its beautiful sculptures of the religious temples and cultural significance. In a very short time span of just over 350 years, Chennai has blossomed into a charming city that has a very large heart and is very welcoming. It welcomes many tourists every season. It is city that encourages all forms of development, both modern technology and the traditional arts and crafts, and it embraces a series of paradoxes. It is not only a famous metropolitan city in India, but it is equally famous all over the world. The tourists from all over the world are glad to have such a delightful shopping experience. To all its tourists, Chennai has always been an enticing or you can say alluring vista of the past or history, whatever you say. Some of the most beautiful places of attraction of the city Chennai are as follows:-
- FORT St. GEORGE: It holds the pride of place and prominence in the entire Chennai. This citadel derived its name from St. George, the patron saint of England. The sculptures and the interior design are something worthy enough to look for.
- THE MARINA BEACH: It is the most beautiful beach in Chennai. This beach or the pride of Chennai rather is the second longest beach in the world and has a wide sandy shore. Marina Beach welcomes thousands of tourists every single day. You can well judge the craze of attractions. Some of the most beautiful buildings in Chennai such as the Presidency College, University of Madras, the Senate House, the Ice House and the Chepauk Palace are located on the Marina beach drive.
- SANTHOME CATHEDRAL BASILICA: Located at the southern end of the Marina, Santhome Cathedral Basilica derives its name from St.Thomas, the apostle of Jesus. It is not only one of the best cathedrals in Chennai but in India as well.
- VIVEKANANDA HOUSE & MUSEUM: It is an imposing structure on the Marina along the South Beach Road. Several cultures of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Swami Vivekananda can be found here.
- CHENGALPATTU & PULICAT: Chennai provides its tourists from all over the world, amazing boating facilities in the beautiful lake at Chengalpattu. This lake is also considered to be the pride of Chennai. Pulicat is however located 60 kms north of Chennai and is India’s second largest brackish water lagoon.
- GUDIYAM CAVES: It is one of the oldest caves in India and is located approximately 75 kms from Chennai.
- KAPALESWARA TEMPLE: This temple is entirely dedicated of Lord Shiva. This temple has some beautiful sculptures to look for, among which the bronze idols of 63 Saivaite Saints or the Nayanmars is the best in the country. Everybody adorns the outer courtyard of this exquisite temple.
- ELLIOT’s BEACH: It is yet another famous beach in Chennai. Comparatively smaller in size to the world class Marina beach, this beach also welcomes hundreds of tourists every day. This long stretch of the coastline has the Velankanni church at one end, which enhances its popularity.
- BIRLA PLANETARIUM: The Birla Planetarium is located at Kotturpuram. To be more precise, it is situated between Adyar and Guindy and is the most modern planetarium in the entire country. Birla Planetarium houses a fully computerized projector that depicts the heavens on a hemispherical dome. This has attracted tourists from all over the world.
- St. THOMAS MOUNT: It is a very old church which was built by the Portuguese. Among the several interesting relics in the church is an old stone cross that the apostle is said to have clutched in his hand while dying and is very famous all over the world. The blood-like stains on the cross have given it the name Bleeding Cross and the mystic stains on it have been found to be too deep to be removed till this day.
- GUINDY NATIONAL PARK: This national park is wide spread over 595 acres and is exactly adjacent to the Raj Bhavan. This is the only National Park in the world to be situated within a Metropolis. It is botanically the only one of its kind to carry vegetation that is truly representative of the natural thorny scrub jungle of southern dry zone.