Chennai

Chennai - City Guide

Chennai travel guide

The 4th urban agglomeration of India is Chennai, the capital of the South Indian State TamilNadu. It was previously known as Madras, situated on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. This is the major cultural, educational as well as economical center in South India.The city is famous for its Hindu temples and classical dance forms. It is recognized as a major trade center well connected to other Indian cities by the help of rail, road and air transports.

Fast Facts :

  • Area : 178.20 Sq.Km
  • Climate : Tropical
  • Population : 6.4 million
  • Temperature : Summer: 37 °C (Max) 21.10 °C (Min) & winter: 32 °C (Max) 19.81 °C (Min)
  • Best Time to visit : November to February
  • Altitude : 60 m above sea level
  • Religions : Hindu, Sikhs, Islam, Parsis, Christians, Buddhists, Jains
  • Literacy : Male: 84.71% &
  • Female : 75.32%
  • Rivers : Cooum & Adayar – these two brooks are nearly stagnant and do not hold water except in rainy season

Places to Visit :

Kapaleeswar Temple

It is situated at Mylapore in Chennai. The leading deity is Lord Lord Siva (Kapaleeswar). This temple is more than 1000 years old glorified inmany of the hindu epics. The architecture of the temple is a feastto the eyes.

  • Entrance fee
  • Time to visit
  • Holidays
  • Video camera
  • NO
  • 8.30 AM-10.00 AM & 2-5 PM
  • Sundays & National Holidays
  • NO
St.Mary’s Church

The oldest building constructed in the British style of architecture proudly called as“West Minster Abbey of East”. It was constructed in the year 1680 and still remains as abeautiful monument.

  • Entrance fee
  • Time to visit
  • Holidays
  • Video camera
  • NIll
  • 10 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday Afternoon
  • Free
St. George Fort Museum

It is an ancient place to visit that gives relevant information regarding Chennai. It features great historical importance and is aworth visiting place. Now this houses the Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly as well as workplace of the Secretariat of Tamilnadu.

  • Entrance fee
  • Time to visit
  • Holidays
  • Video camera
  • Rs 100 (foreigners) & Rs 10 (for Indians)
  • 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Friday
  • (without stand) – Rs 25
Theosophical Society

It was established by Madam H.P Blavatsky & Col H.S Olcott of USA. The society deals with religion and Philosophy. The society is situated in Adayar, Chennai. this society aims at spreading unconditional love and brotherhood among all.

  • Entrance fee
  • Time to visit
  • Holidays
  • Video camera
  • Nil
  • 8.30 AM -10.00 AM & 2 PM-5 PM
  • Sundays & National holidays
  • NO
Govt. Museum

The first Government sponsored museum in the country, set up at the heart of the city,attracting hundreds of tourists every day. The premises is a collection of wonderfulartifacts amusing everyone visiting here.

  • Entrance fee
  • Time to visit
  • Holidays
  • Video camera
  • Rs 250/- (for foreigners) & Rs 15 (for Indians)
  • 9.30 AM – 5 PM
  • Fridays & National Holidays
  • Rs 200 & Video Camera fee– Rs 500
Marina Beach

The 2nd largest beach in the world and runs for 12 Km along the seashore of the city.The beautiful seashore gives you diverse experience with the people gathering there every evening. During festival times, the beach witnesses lakhs of visitors enjoying the splendid beauty of the place.

  • Entrance fee
  • Time to visit
  • Holidays
  • Video camera
  • Rs 20
  • 8.30 AM-5.30 PM
  • Tuesday
  • Rs 150 & Still Camera – Rs 25
Arignar Anna Zoological Park.

The largest zoo with natural habitats for thousands of animals and birds is the Vandalur Zoo established at the outskirts of the city at a distance of 25 Km from Chennai. Animals canbe spotted in a huge open island type area with natural setting. The attractions are SafariPark, Noctnimal house, a walk through aviary, Zoo education and interpretation, the pre-historic Animal Park, and Aquarium.

Kalashetra

The dream project of Madam.Rukmani Arundale, the premises where the culture, heritage andtradition of the country are taught to the students in the traditional “Gurukul” style oflearning is Kalakshetra established in 1936. The walking tour inside the campus can be the best part of your visit in Chennai.

  • Entrance fee
  • Time to visit
  • Holidays
  • Video camera
  • Rs 200 (for foreigners) & Free for Indians
  • 8.30 AM-2.00 PM
  • Saturdays, Sundays & also during counseling sessions (During Summer Holidays till 14th June)
  • Not allowed (sometimes with special permission)
Snake Park

Recognized as a medium zoo, the Guindy snake park, is house for many rare species ofsnakes. Pythons, Vipers, Cobras and other popular reptiles are the most commonly seen varieties in this park. The complex has a captive breeding center for the endangered species of the snakes. Visiting the venom extraction center is an enthralling activityinside this park. This snake park is located in Guindy

  • Entrance fee
  • Time to visit
  • Holidays
  • Video camera
  • Rs 10
  • 8.30 AM-5.30 PM
  • Tuesday
  • Rs 100 & Still Camera – Rs 10
Valluvar Kottam

Built in memory of the age old saint Thiruvalluvar who lived 2000 years ago in Mylapore,Chennai is the Valluvar Kottam in Nungambakkam. The chariot shaped building has the inscriptions of all the 1330 verses written by the saint in his book Thirukkural which has the pride of being translated in more than 80 languages across the world.

  • Entrance fee
  • Time to visit
  • Holidays
  • Video camera
  • Rs 5
  • 8.30 AM-6.00 PM
  • No Holidays
  • Not Allowed & Still Camera – No fee

Guide Services :
Our company provides affordable guide services.The guards allied with our company are familiar with the places and are fluent in French, English, Italy, German and Spanish. As per their availability, we provide their services.

Day Excursions from Chennai :
  • Chennai –Kanchipuram –Chennai
  • Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Chennai
  • Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Chennai
  • Chennai – Pondicherry – Chennai

Fairs and Festivals : Arubathimoovar festival- 63 saints festival, of Kapaleeswar temple sited in Mylapore is celebrated in the state of Tamil in the month of Panguni (March-April). The festival lasts for 10 days. Near the temple a big fair is held by locals. The float celebration held in January-February (in Mylapore) is also extremely popular.

Out of these celebrations Parthasarathy temple in Triplicane, the Vaikunta Ekadasi(December-January) is the most important one.You can have a treat of musical concerts and dance performances in the various auditoria in Chennai called Sabha if you pay a visit here during December-January. Veterans of the field will give the best of their performances which will be a grand feast for the music lovers.

Railways : Chennai is the main head quarter of Southern Railways. There are two major rail terminals at Chennai.

Chennai Egmore : 135 (Manual Reservation enquiry) - 044-28251564

Chennai Central : 132 (Manual reservation enquiry) - 044-25353535

Airways : Chennai is well interlinked by both domestic as well as international airports. Anna International and Kamaraj National Airports are located at Tirusulam, which are about 20 Kms away from city.

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