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Chennai

Spread over 200 square kilometres with the Bay of Bengal on the east, the city is the gateway to the rest of South India. There are verdant green patches found amidst the high-tech, high-rise buildings.

With a population of around six million, it is India’s fourth largest city. From before days of Independence to present , the people of Chennai have played an important role in shaping the country’s political destiny.

Chennai’s Pride Chennai’s newest pride is the Tidel Park, the home for the Information Technology Industry. It is spread over 1.28 million sq.ft. of built up area. The Tidel Park is an architectural marvel and houses several large national and international software companies in its premises. The City of Grace And Peace.
Fort St. George Fort st.George occupies pride of place and prominence in Chennai. This bastion derived its name form St. George, the patron saint of England. The State Legislature and the Secretariat are located inside this fort . The St. Mary’s Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India built in 1680 is situated here. The tombstones in its courtyard are some of the oldest British tombstones in India. The weddings of Robert Clive and Governor Elihu Yale, who later founded the famous Yale University in the U.S.A were solemnised in this ancient prayerhouse.

The Marina Beach


The pride of Chennai is the second longest beach in the world and has a wide sandy shore. Situated on the beach.



Santhome Cathedral Basilica



Santhome at the southern end of the Marina gets its name from St.Thomas, the apostle of Jesus who is believed to have come to India sometime during 52 A.D. It is believed he was killed on St. Thomas Mount just outside the city in 78 AD and his remains interred in Santhome beach where a church was later built.

Mamallapuram



Mamallapuram It is about 60 kms from Chennai. The monuments of Mamallapuram date back to the Pallava period of the 7th-8thcenturies. It is also a beach resort offering wide range of hotels to stay. Tourists are charged a one-time Entry fee for all monuments:






Pulicat


It is India’s second largest brackish water lagoon,


It's located 60 km north of Chennai. The Pulicat Lake is a breeding ground for rare birds. It consists of about 16 island villages and 30 adjoining the lake. The lake offers a good potential for eco- tourism. The principal birds that visit Pulicat lake are the flamingo and heron. About 15,000 of these birds visit Pulicat every year.


Fort Museum

It houses rare exhibits of weapons, uniforms, coins, costumes, medals and other artefacts and memorabilia of the British period. The flagmast at Fort St. George is the tallest in India.
The Island Ground This is one of the lungs of this teeming city. It is situated on an island formed by the River Cooum. This ground is the venue for Trade and Tourist Fairs that are held periodically and seasonally.

The High Court

It has decorative domes and corridors reminiscent of Indo Saracenic architecture. Adjacent to Parry’s Corner, it is another prominent landmark of Chennai. Built in 1892,
Theosophical Society The world headquarters of the Theosophical Society was formed to facilitate and encourage the study of comparative religions, philosophy and science and rational thought. It is situated in the beautiful and sylvan surroundings of the Adyar River. This society was founded by Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott in the U.S.A and transferred to Adyar in 1882.

Kalakshetra Foundation

In Thiruvanmiyur, beyond Elliots Beach is the Kalakshetra Foundation or the Temple of Art. Rukmani Devi Arundale founded it in 1936. The purpose of this center was to train, encourage and revive interest in Bharatanatyam, the classical dance form of Tamil Nadu.
Birla Planetarium The Birla Planetarium, at Kotturpuram, is situated between Adyar and Guindy, is the most modern planetarium in the country.

Ripon Building

This huge Indo-Saracenic building is named after Lord Ripon, who was the Governor General and the father of Self-Government in India. This building is the seat of the Chennai Corporation, the oldest city Corporation in India.

The Govt. Museum , National Art Gallery & Connemara LibraryThe Pantheon complex was built before 1789 and was a place of assemblage for the British. The Government bought it in 1830 and later several new buildings were added to it. Today this complex houses the Government Museum, the National Art Gallery and the Connemara Public Library.

The Government Museum was established in the year 1857 and has the country’s best collection of South Indian bronzes, both ancient and modern. Among which beautiful bronze icons of Nataraja, Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman. The museum also has geology and anthropology sections. The Amaravathi Gallery contains the rare second century marble sculptures, depicting important events in the life of Gautama Buddha. The sculptures were unearthed from the Buddhist ruins at Amaravathi and are housed here. The bronzes from the 10th and 13th centuries and handicrafts from the 11th and 12th centuries also are seen here.


The National Art Gallery

Exhibits several beautiful paintings that include 16th and 18th century ones from Rajasthan, the Mughal period and 17thcentury Deccani art.


Guindy National Park

Snake Park

Arignar Anna Zoological Park

The Crocodile Bank(44 Kms)

Kovalam(40 Kms) This seaside village offers a unique environment. Within the precincts of this fishing village there is a Dargah and a Catholic church that attract pilgrims from Chennai and neighbouring districts.

Muttukadu(36 kms)

This is an ideal picnic spot. The T.T.D.C. runs a Boat-House where facilities for boating and windsurfing are available.
Gangaikondacholapuram Temple



Rajendra I, the mighty Chola King,
established his new capital here with this magnificent city and temple
to Lord Siva in the tenth century.



It is 50 kms. from Chidambaram.
The temple is noted for its massive and richly carved sculptures.
A big Nandi in front of the temple made of brick and mortar,
a lion head well with a flight of steps leading to the water l
evel and the gigantic dwarapalakas are the other special features of this temple.

Tarangambadi- Dansborg Fort



It was once the site of a Danish settlement.
Tarangambadi has the remains of the Dansborg Fort built by Ore Gedde,
a Commander of the Royal Dutch Navy, in the 17th century.


Nagore




The dargah of Hazrat Meera Sultan Syed ShahabdulHameed who
is better known as Hazrat Mian is just 4 kms to the north of Nagapattinam
The tomb is almost 500 years old.


Mailam



(From chennai 85 Kms There is a murugan temple on a hillock.


Vadalur



It is situated on the Cuddalore-Virudhachalam road and
has a railway station. It is about 37 kms from Chidambaram.
Ramalingaswamigal, popularly called Vallalar Adigalar,
established the Sathyagnana Sabai.

Poompuhar



Poompuhar was once the biggest port on the east
coast of Tamil Nadu, and was as its peak of glory under the earlier Chola kings.



Chidambaram



Nataraja Temple



Natyanjali Festival

Sirkazhi



Sirkazhi is a highly revered shrine with 71 (the most number of known) Tevara Patikams and is located in the vicinity of Vaitheeswaran Koyil near Chidambaram. Sirkali is considered to be the 14th of the Tevara Stalangal loacted to the North of the river Kaveri in the Chola region of Tamilnadu.


Port Novo





It is 23 kms by road and 8 kms by train from Chidambaram,
The place is also called as Parangipettai for its earliest european
association with the Portuguese, the Dutch, the Danish and English.
It was formerly a major seaport town in the district.


Tiruvakkarai:



It is about 30 km from Pondicherry town. Here, large fossil bearing areas have been fenced in to
create the country's firstNational Fossil-Wood Park.



Kalvarayan Hills



These hills spread over an area of 600 sq.kms. These hills offer a temperate climate and quiet solitude. There is a botanical garden on these hills. These hills also have two waterfalls.The area is ideal for those interested intrekking.A summer festival is also held in the month of May every year.








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