Places to visit in Chennai

Chennai is a city known for its cultural beauty and heritage. It is the state capital of Tamil Nadu and has a total population of almost 4.68 million. Apart from the famous Marina Beach, which is the second longest beach in the world, Chennai has a number of other exciting places to visit where you can loosen up with your family and friends. Here are some of the typical places to visit in Chennai:

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1. Marina Beach.

Marina Beach is the longest urban beach in Asia, and second longest in the world. A survey has stated that more than 15,000 people visit Marina Beach daily during summers. Statues of national legends like Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi and Subhash Chandra Bose have been erected here. Marina Beach is also popular for its 500 food stalls, aquarium, and the joy rides for children. Other popular beaches here are Elliot’s Beach and Breezy Beach.

2. Fort St. George.

Initially known as the ‘White Town’, Fort St. George was found by the East India Company in the year 1644. The buildings inside this fort are St. Mary’s Church, the Fort Museum and the Wellesley House. It is one of the most visited places in Chennai.

3. MGR Film City.

This filmcity is named after the famous actor and politician, M.G. Ramachandran. This film city has a film school, indoor and outdoor shooting locations, and replicas of church, rural and urban areas, post offices, police stations, prisons, landscaped gardens and so on. The MGR Knowledge Park, which was inaugurated recently, is attracting a number of tourists.  

4. Thousand Lights Mosque.

This is located on Anna Salai Road. This monument was built in the year 1820 and is famous for its medieval architecture. This mosque has two different halls for offering prayers, one for men and one for women. Thousand Lights Mosque is one of the oldest and most visited tourist spots of Chennai.

5. Guindy National Park.

Guindy National Park is one of the smallest national parks in India. This park has 14 species of mammals. These include chital, hyena, spotted deer, blackbuck, jackal, etc. This park also has a Snake Park and a Children’s Park.

6. Arignar Anna Zoological Park.

This park is located at a distance of 15 km from Chennai. This park was founded in year 1855, and holds the credit of being India’s first public zoo. There are about 47 species of mammals in this zoological park. It is one of the must-visit spots in Chennai.

7. Vivekanandar Illam.

Earlier known as the Ice House, Vivekanandar Illam is located just opposite to the Marina Beach in Chennai. Swami Vivekananda had stayed here for nine days during his visit to Chennai in 1897. Activities like youth forum, meditation and yoga classes, etc. are conducted regularly in Vivekanandar Illam. Thousands of youth across the globe visit this place every year.

Apart from the places mentioned above, Chennai also has a number of amusement parks, temples, lakes, shopping bazaars, etc. Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram and Puducherry are the popular tourist towns which are located at a close proximity from Chennai. A number of restaurants offering exquisite South Indian cuisines are also some of the best places to visit in Chennai.

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