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1. Marina Beach
4 km from city center 1 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Marina Beach is a natural urban beach along the Bay of Bengal. The beach is stretched out to a distance of 13 kilometres making it the longest natural urban beach in the country, second largest in the world and also the most crowded beach in India with almost 30,000 visitors a day.
2. Government Museum, Chennai
1 km from city center 2 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Government Museum was established in 1851 and is the second oldest museum in the country after the Indian Museum in Kolkata. Situated in Egmore suburb of Chennai, it is built in the Indo-Sarcenic style and houses a rich collection of the works of Raja Ravi Varma.
3. MGR Film City
8 km from city center 3 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Having been established in the year 1994, a considerably new structure, the MGR Film city is managed by the Government of Tamil Nadu in loving memory of MG Ramachandran who was not only a crowd-pleasing tamil actor but also a longtime CM of Tamil Nadu.
4. Breezy Beach
9 km from city center 4 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Breezy Beach lays in the remote and serene neighbourhood of Valmiki Nagar in Chennai. Being smaller and less polluted, its a perfect getaway for anyone looking for a peaceful evening.
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5. Marundeeswarar Temple
8 km from city center 5 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
The magnificent Marundeeswarar Temple, in Tiruvanmiyur, near Chennai has the temple deity Shiva in the form of Marundeeswar or Aushadeeswarar, the God of Medicines. A fine specimen of Dravidian architecture, this temple is a must visit for anyone visiting Chennai or nearby cities.
6. Arignar Anna Zoological Park
27 km from city center 6 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Arignar Anna Zoological Park aka Vandalur Zoo, is a zoological garden located in Vandalur is spread over an area of 602 hectares, including a rescue and rehabilitation centre. The zoo shelters about 3000 species of flora and fauna across twelve hundred acres including 46 endangered species, in its 160 enclosures.
7. Valluvar Kottam
1 km from city center 7 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Valluvar Kottam is an auditorium, with a gigantic capacity to hold 4,000 people, built in remembrance of the poet-saint, Tiruvalluvar. Verses of the poet Tiruvalluvar are embellished on the pillars in and around the auditorium.
8. Ashtalakshmi Temple
8 km from city center 8 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
The Chennai Ashtalakshmi temple is situated in Besant Nagar, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. That stretch of beach is known as the Elliot's beach. The temple was constructed on the express wishes of Sri Mahaa Periyavaal of Kanchi Mutt, Sri Chandrasekara Saraswati Swamigal. (br) The temple's architecture is unique, with the deities installed in four levels.
9. Connemara Public Library
1 km from city center 9 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
The Connemara Public Library at Chennai holds the prestigious status of being amongst one of the four deposit libraries in India which entitles them to a copy of every publication in India.
10. Kolli Hills
279 km from city center 10 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
With an ominous name which means ‘Mountain of Death’, Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai are a mountain range located in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu. It is relatively untouched by commercial tourism and therefore has retained most of its natural magnificence.
11. Elliot's Beach
7 km from city center 11 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
A beach showcasing beauty, calmness, serenity and everything that signifies nature at its best, the Elliot's beach cannot be forgotten by anyone who has visited it once.
12. VGP Golden Beach
16 km from city center 12 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Considered as one of the cleanest and beautiful beaches in Chennai, VGP Golden beach is one of the most sought after destinations in the area by family and friends.
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13. ISKCON (Hare Rama Hare Krishna) Temple
17 km from city center 13 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
ISKCON Temple Chennai is a temple devoted to Lord Krishna. It is located on the East Coast Road at southern Chennai. Built on 1.5 acres of land, ISKCON, Chennai is the biggest Radha Krishna temple in Tamil Nadu. It was officially inaugurated on 26 April 2012. The deities revered in the temple include those of Radha Krishna and lord's family, including Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga.
14. Vivekananda House
4 km from city center 14 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Vivekananda House also popularly known as The Ice House, is a shrine and pilgrimage centre for the admirers and followers of Swami Vivekananda. It is in this house that Swami Vivekananda stayed for six weeks in 1900.
15. Akkarai Beach
18 km from city center 15 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
The sandy coastline begins from Ennore in the north extending south into Uthandi, leaving one to choose from more than just Marina and Elliot's beach.
16. Dakshinachitra Museum
2 km from city center 16 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Dakshinachitra Museum is one of the living-history museums in India which stores in itself great works of architecture, crafts, performing arts, and lifestyles that belong to South India.
17. Santhome Cathedral Basilica
4 km from city center 17 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Santhome Cathedral is a historical and ancient pilgrim centre, which was built during the 14th to the 15th century A D by the then reigning, Portuguese.
18. Madras War Cemetery
8 km from city center 18 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
The Madras War Cemetery houses the last remains of around 855 martyrs who laid down their precious lives at the battlefronts in the devastating Second World War and also a Memorial stone for 1000 more who died fighting in the Great War before that.
19. Madras Crocodile Bank Trust
35 km from city center 19 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
The Madras Crocodile Bank is not to be confused with a zoo. Yes, you can certainly take a look at the reptiles in captivity. But unlike a zoo, this has a much more in-depth operation through ex-situ and in-situ conservation. Right now, it is home to around 17 croc subspecies and some other reptiles like frogs, lizards, snakes and turtles as well.
20. MGM Dizzee World
26 km from city center 20 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
MGM Dizzee World is one of the largest and oldest amusement parks in India. It brought Jurong’s Bird Show from Singapore to India way back in 1999. There are extreme level thrill rides, but nice and enjoyable ones are there too. The park has something for every age group.
21. Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
3 km from city center 21 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Shirdi Sai Baba temple in Chennai is among the most visited and respected places of worship In Tamil Nadu as well as India. Sai Baba is recognised as one of those spiritual reformers who does not have ties to any particular god of any religion but is a figure of worship himself. So there are no religious restrictions imposed upon those who visit the temple.
21 km from city center 22 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Nettukuppam is the northernmost tip of Chennai and has a beach which is yet not tarnished by encroaching crowds. It is a solitary retreat for those who seek to enjoy the raging sea up close but in a peaceful environment. The place is an ideal place to spend quiet time as it is still not on the radar of the maddening tourist crowd.
23. Prakasam Salai
6 km from city center 23 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Built in 1795,a milestone in the history of Chennai, located Opposite Parry's Corner, Prakasam Salai is an impressive stylish building in Indo-Saracenic style with eminence in red bricks.
24. Thousand Lights Mosque
1 km from city center 24 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
The Thousand Lights Mosque of Royapettah, Chennai is among the most esteemed mosques of the city as well as the state of Tamil Nadu. Built in the early 19th century by the Wallajah family of the Carnatic rulers, it is till date a popular gathering place for the daily prayers and festive occasions like Muharram.
25. Fort St. George
5 km from city center 25 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
The origin of the great white structure of Fort St. George is inextricable from the history of the city of Chennai itself. Popularly called the 'White Town', the sole purpose of establishing the massive fort compound was to build a British stronghold in the Coromandel Coast and the rest of south India.
26. Chennai Sangamam
5 km from city center 26 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
The Chennai Sangamam, a large open Tamil festival, also coincides with the Pongal season. It is organized in various open locations like beaches, parks etc and showcase traditional folk events, martial arts and classical dance, to name a few. In addition the festival brings together the best that South Indian cuisine has to offer – from tasty panirayams to the traditional pongal.
27. Royapuram Fishing Harbour
9 km from city center 27 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Under the administration of Chennai Port Trust, Royapuram Fishing Harbour is one of the most popular fishing grounds in Chennai. Located in a region which is famous for seafood, this harbour surely has its name among the busiest fishing hubs of Tamil Nadu.
28. Santhome Church
4 km from city center 28 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
San Thome Church is among the only three in the world that house the tombs of one of Christ's original disciples. If you visit this church, you will be stepping into a historical tale that will take you back a couple of centuries. The museum inside displays souvenirs of the great saint and his legend.
29. Kapaleeswarar Temple
4 km from city center 29 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Kapaleeswarar Temple is a holy shrine of Shiva in Mylapore, Chennai. A visit to this temple will be an experience enriched with a glimpse into Tamil religious culture and the lovely architectural combination of the two styles – Dravidian and Vijaynagari, complete with towering Gopurams.
3 km from city center 30 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Mylapore is one of the oldest and culturally enriched neighbourhoods, located in the southern part of Chennai. It is very much traditionalist to its core and boasts many temples, churches and historical monuments.
31. Express Avenue
2 km from city center 31 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Express Avenue is a mall in Royapettah of Chennai owned, developed and promoted by Express Infrastructure. The premise includes commercial and hospitality sectors as well. E Hotel is the name of the 4-star boutique luxury-lodging, which caters to the guests all year long with its 44 room capacity. But the mall is the main attraction of the place.
32. Vadapalani Murugan Temple
4 km from city center 32 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Vadapalani Murugan Temple is one of the most popular temples dedicated to Lord Murugan. Located in Vadapalani, Chennai, the temple is known for helping devotees finding solutions to life's problems. It is also believed that worshipping Lord Murugan here is as pious as praying to him at the original Palani temple.
33. T Nagar
3 km from city center 33 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
T Nagar is one of the busiest neighbourhoods in Chennai, and also the most crowded one. It serves as a commercial and economic hub, as well as a residential area. It does not have many attractions, but you will come across a plethora of retail shops lined up on every main road and arterial streets.
34. Parthasarathy Temple
3 km from city center 34 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Parthasarathy Temple, located in Triplicane area of Chennai, is a structure more than 1000 years old, standing in the heart of the bustling city. Dedicated to different avatars of Lord Vishnu within the many shrines of the temple, it attracts thousands of Vaishanvite followers from all across the country.
35. Parasailing in Chennai
19 km from city center 35 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
If you think the city of Chennai is all about glitzy temples and serene beaches, look deeper cause the uber city is home to one of the most adventurous sports of all times - Parasailing. Unlike several other water sports, this one is not for the faint hearted. It allows you to sail above the water with a safely harnessed parachute tied to your back.
36. Scuba Diving in Chennai
6 km from city center 36 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Chennai could get quite hot in the summer and beating the heat would be the top priority in summers. Then why not dive into the Bay of Bengal somewhere off the coast of Chennai. Discovering a totally different world under the surface of the sea and cooling yourself at the same time is the best deal about Chennai.
37. Camping in Chennai
9 km from city center 37 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Surrounded by a number of hills around it, Chennai neighbours to some amazing places that offer nearness to Nature. Every soul in any metro city craves for something new every now and then, and Chennai doesn’t lack in fulfilling this need for its people. There are a number of places to camp in Chennai for a twist out of the normal. One can never run out of places to get closer to something natural.
38. Paragliding In Chennai
11 km from city center 38 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
It is commonly misunderstood about Chennai that it is only about glitzy temples, serene beaches and conservative people, but that's not completely true, look deeper. The people here have the provision of getting in the sky and sailing smoothly over the hills like Eagles.
39. Surfing In Chennai
29 km from city center 39 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Getting in the water and riding the waves on a surfboard is not a thing that everyone can do. But some hours of practice can make that joy possible. There are a number of surfing schools that offer courses and help you tame the waves under your feet.
40. Paintball In Chennai
10 km from city center 40 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
If you are into playing combat games but all the games lack the touch of reality and the feeling of getting hit, then Paintball is for you. Chennai has a bunch of such Arenas to help you get in action. Get outdoors, get some Paintball Guns in your hand and challenge your friends to some real action. Keep your skills on the check and your friends in sight; you never know when you might get hit.
41. Rock climbing In Chennai
16 km from city center 41 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
The fitness aspect for the people of Chennai has been taken up by Rock Climbing and Bouldering, rather than regular gyms. Climbing is the coolest way of being fit as well as getting a regular dose of adrenaline. But Rock Climbing doesn’t mean you put yourself under the raging sun all the time! You can opt for Indoor Climbing too and get into the daily chores after the session.
42. Jungle Safari In Chennai
3 km from city center 42 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
The tropical climate of Chennai has blessed the land with ample amount of lush greenery and equally rich wildlife. Safari in Chennai’s wildlife parks award the visitors with some amazing experiences around our neighbours of nature. Interacting with the wild animals makes us realize the true nature of wilderness. There’s a lot to learn and understand from animals.
43. Boating in Chennai
6 km from city center 43 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Having the advantage of being a coastal city, Chennai also has a number of lakes and thus opening up the waters for water sports. Boating in Chennai was not so well flourished earlier, but recently the bay of Chennai has been witnessing a decent increase in the number of yachts and boats. Sailing has a charm that can fit any occasion, let that be a romantic boathouse date or a casual hangout with friends on a yacht, an exciting racing event of sails and rowboats or just a fun race of pedal boats between family and friends. Boating is for everyone.
44. Anjaneyar Temple Nanganallur
10 km from city center 44 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Viswaroopa Adhivyadhihara Sri Bhaktha Anjaneyaswami Temple is located around 10 kilometres away from the heart of the city, in a locality called Nanganallur. Commonly called the Anjaneya Temple in short, it gets its name from its principal deity, Lord Hanuman. The most important aspect of the temple is its 32 feet idol.
45. Fishing In Chennai
9 km from city center 45 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Fishing was a way of survival until it got challenging and adventurous. Fishing has become a common way of bonding with friends and family. The sport seems easy but takes a lot of dedication and patience to lure and catch the biggest of all the fishes. As the Aquatic Adventure has gained popularity many Sport Fishing Facilities have opened up and are busy providing the experiences.
46. Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers & Ashram
10 km from city center 46 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers is named after Swami Sivananda, one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the 20th century and founded by his disciple Swami Vishnudevananda. The Non-Profit organisation has centres in Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Madurai and Delhi and all over the world. The Organisation has dedicated programmes like the Sadhana Intensive, Kids Camp, Work/Study Programme, Prison Project and Teachers Training courses and also Yoga Vacations.
47. Thiruvanmiyur Beach
10 km from city center 47 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Located in the neighbourhood of Thiruvanmiyur in Chennai, Thiruvanmiyur Beach is one of the isolated and peaceful beaches of the city. Popular for beautiful sunrise and sunset views, the beach is mostly frequented by nature lovers, romantic couples or solitude seekers.
48. Neelankarai Beach
12 km from city center 48 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Neelankarai Beach is an untouched gorgeous beach located in the small locality of Neelankarai in South Chennai. The highlight of the beach are the innumerous turtles that can be found on the shores. People usually visit it to watch the turtles or to walk along the lengthy coastline touching the beautiful blue waters of the sea.
49. Santhome Beach
4 km from city center 49 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
The southern part of the Marina Beach is known as the Santhome Beach. With immaculate clean sands, azure blue waters and gorgeous sweeping views of the sea, Santhome Beach is a one among the most visited beaches of the sea. You can also find several eateries and sports activities at the beach.
50. Pebble Beach
17 km from city center 50 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Situated at a distance of 1 km from Thiruvanmiyur in Chennai, Pebble Beach is a comparatively smaller beach. Due to its location, it receives relatively lesser number of visitors. However, the beach offers extremely peaceful and serene and you can visit it to spend some time in solitude.
51. Palavakkam Beach
11 km from city center 51 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Located at the southern tip of Chennai in Palavakkam, Palavakkam Beach is a wonderful beach boasting of mesmerising sunrise and sunset views. The highlight of the beach is an age-old temple situated on the beach. The beach has vast expanse of shores, with stunning views of the horizon merging in the sea.
52. Kasimedu Beach
10 km from city center 52 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai
Kaismedu Beach is a comparatively lesser known beach of Chennai. It is not just a recreation spot but also an important fishing harbour. With vast expanse of the blue sea and brown sandy shores, you can also find several fishermen at work with their huge fishing nets and boats. Besides, the fisherfolks also sell their spoils at the shores; you can buy fresh fish here. Volleyball is another popular activity at the beach.
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Top 35 Places to Visit in Chennai (2023): ✔Timings, Location
Budget Hotels > Travel Blog > Destinations > Chennai > Top 35 Places to Visit in Chennai (2023): ✔Timings, Location
Being one of the biggest economic and educational centres of South India, Chennai has become one of the top places for IT firms and many other businesses to flourish. We’re sure that you too must have visited this ever-hustling city at least once for official work or are going to in near future! Have ever thought of exploring Chennai and the beautiful monuments it has? Read on to know about top 15 Chennai tourist places on your next business trip to jazz up your mood.
Best Tourist Places in Chennai:
1. marina beach.
Marina Beach | #1 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Tired of the sweltering heat of Chennai? Let the Marina Beach be a sweet escape spot for you. Beaches in Chennai along the Bay of Bengal coast, it happens to be the longest beach in India and one of the longest in the world. Got enough time to pay a visit to this amazing place during the morning or evening? We suggest that you should not miss out on experiencing the enthralling view of the sun setting or rising from the beach. You may shop for trinkets such as imitation jewellery, shell mementos from the stalls on the beach side. Among the best places to visit in Chennai with friends, it is perfect to build sand castles or play games like beach volleyball.
- Timings : All through the day
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2. Valluvar Kottam
Valluvar Kottam | #2 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Those of you who love literature must have heard or read about the famous Tamil poet and saint, Thiruvalluvar. For the uninformed, Thiruvalluvar is hailed as one of the greatest Tamil scholars. Valluvar Kottam is an intricately designed chariot built in his honour. The magnificence of Valluvar Kottam can be best experienced early in the morning or when the sun is just setting. Wondering how to reach here? It is located at the intersection of Kodambakkam High Road and Village Road; taxis and buses can be taken from around the city.
- Location : Nungambakkam Lake Area Main Road, Chennai
- Timings : 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
- Entry Fee : ₹ 5 (children); ₹ 10 (adults)
3. Thousand Lights Mosque
Thousand Lights Mosque | #3 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
This multi-domed mosque, which is a revered place of worship for Local Muslims, literally lights up the Royapettah area of Chennai. It is believed that in olden times, about 1000 lights were required to light up the hall of this mosque which is why it has been named as the Thousand Lights Mosque. As it goes without saying, this place looks absolutely spectacular all glowing: hence, is among the most popular places to visit in Chennai at night. With two minarets towering at a height of about 64 feet, this mosque exhibits the excellence of medieval architectural style.
- Location : Royapettah, Peters Road, Peters Colony, Chennai
- Timings : 5:30 am to 8:30 pm
- Entry Fee : NA
4. Elliot’s Beach
Elliot’s Beach | #4 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
With Ashtalakshmi Kovil in its vicinity, Elliot’s Beach is a famous place to visit with friends or family. This beautiful beach, which was named after Edward Elliot (the Chief Magistrate, Superintendent of Madras during the British Era), is one of the cleanest seafronts in India. Sunbathe, relax and unwind, keeping the stress at bay at this extremely calm and scenic place. Featuring in the list of Chennai famous places for couples, this one is great for a moonlight walk.
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Dakshinachitra | #5 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Literally translating to “a picture of the south”, DakshinaChitra is a living history museum in Chennai . This museum has 18 houses put together to depict the culture, architecture, craft and lifestyle of all four South Indian states – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana and Karnataka – via more than 4000 artefacts. A quick trip to 4 states under the same roof? Yes please! If you are looking for places to visit in Chennai with family, then this is the right pick as your children will learn a lot about South India here,
- Location : SH 49, Muttukadu, 25 km south of Chennai
- Timings : 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Entry Fee : Children 5-12 years: ₹ 20 Students: ₹ 30 Adults: ₹ 110 (₹ 130 during festivals and national holidays)
6. Ashtalakshmi Temple
Ashtalakshmi Temple | #6 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Regarded as an abode of Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Knowledge, Ashtalakshmi Temple is a few kilometres from Besant Beach. Constructed to worship the eight avatars of Goddess Lakshmi, the divine ambience of this temple is bound to leave you feeling relaxed. The most interesting part of this place? The waves of the ocean echo in the temple complex, which further makes it all the more peaceful. Ideal place to give rest to those worries while spiritually enlightening yourself, isn’t it?
- Location : Elliots Beach, Besant Nagar, Chennai
- Timings : 6:30 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
7. Government Museum
Government Museum | #7 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Do you love artefacts? If you do, you will love the Government Museum of Chennai. This place is known for preserving some of the best ancient (10-13 th century) and modern South Indian bronzes. What’s more is that the Amaravathi Gallery houses marble sculptures depicting the life of Gautam Buddha dating as back to 2 nd century. Truly a gem of a place to visit in Chennai for kids and grownups alike!
- Location : Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai
- Timings : 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (closed on Fridays and national holidays)
- Entry Fee : Students: ₹ 5 Children below 12 years: ₹ 10 Adults: ₹ 15
Mylapore | #8 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Want to soak in the rich and colourful culture of Chennai? Head to Mylapore, which is regarded as the cultural hub of Chennai, boasting a history going back 1500 years! Whether it is beautiful temples you are looking to visit or delicious South Indian delicacies to binge on, Mylapore has it all! All this, combined with endless options for shopping , make the neighbourhood one of the best entertainment places in Chennai.
9. Guindy National Park
Guindy National Park | #9 of 15 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Feeling a little adventurous? How about visiting a national park? Home to over 300 kinds of trees and plants, 150 bird species and 15 species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians, Guindy National Park is a forest situated on the grounds that were earlier part of Raj Bhawan and IIT-Madras. If you are visiting Chennai with your family, make sure you bring your kids here too. We assure you that they will love every bit of this place!
- Location : Rangeguindy, Chennai
- Timings : 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed on Tuesdays)
- Fees : Government and Aided School Children: ₹ 2 Private School Children: ₹ 10 Adults: ₹ 15
10. Sri Parthasarathy Temple
Sri Parthasarathy Temple | #10 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s incarnation, Lord Krishna, Parthasarathy Temple was built in the 8 th century. The intricately carved pillars of this place and colourful gopurams will leave you spellbound. The main features of this temple are the two intricately carved pyramid shaped rajagopuram or domes, one of which is located in the east direction while the other in the west direction.
- Location : Narayana Krishnaraja Puram, Triplicane, Chennai
- Timings : 5:30 am-12 pm and 4:00 pm-9:00 pm
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11. Kapaleeswarar Temple
Kapaleeswarar Temple | #11 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
The holy shrine of Lord Shiva, Kapaleeswarar Temple was built by the mighty Pallavas which was demolished by the Portuguese explorers and rebuilt during the Vijayanagara Empire. Kapaleeswarar Temple is the best specimen of the Dravidian and Vijayanagara architecture making it look absolutely marvellous!
- Location : Vinayaka Nagar Colony, Mylapore, Chennai
- Timings : 5:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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12. Connemara Public Library
Connemara Public Library | #12 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Nerdy heads, Connemara Library is where you will find every textbook that you can ever think of. Don’t believe us? This is one of the four depository libraries of the country that house almost every literary work published in India. From periodicals to historical scriptures to modern-day books – this library has them all. For the convenience of readers, Connemara also has a reference room, video room and a periodic hall. Can you imagine how huge a library this is? You need to check it out yourself!
- Timings : 9:00 am to 7:30 pm (Monday-Saturday); 9:30 am to 6:00 pm (Sundays)
13. Royapuram Fishing Harbour
Royapuram Fishing Harbour | #13 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
A fishing harbour might not sound too appealing, but watching the fishermen bring freshly caught fish makes for a sight to behold. Also, remember to click photos of the stunning dock and backwaters while here. Thinking what fun activities you can indulge in here? Maybe learn how to catch a fish or simply distinguish between the different varieties of fish! Come here early morning to see the catch being unloaded and then being auctioned to restaurateurs from around the city.
14. Semmozhi Poonga
Semmozhi Poonga | #14 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Nature lovers, Chennai has something for you as well! Semmozhi Poonga is a beautiful botanical garden, which attracts lots of tourists every day. With an artificial pond and lush greenery to boast, this place can be a quick escape from the usual hustle and bustle of the city. What’s more? The exotic species of plants that have been imported from all over the world make Semmozhi Poonga are an added feather in its cap of many!
- Location : Ellaiamman Colony, Teynampet, Chennai
- Timings : 10:00 am to 7:30 pm
- Entry Fee : NA (Children up to 10 years); ₹ 15 (adults)
15. Marundeeswarar Temple
Marundeeswarar Temple | #15 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Know somebody facing health issues? Then, you might fancy paying a visit to Marundeeswarar Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of the God of Medicines. The legend has it that Lord Marundeeswarar taught Sage Agastya about magical medicines. Believed to have been built in the 11 th century, the temple offers prasada of mil, ash and water that is said to cure health issues. With the finesse of Dravidian architecture, this is a must visit place in Chennai.
- Location : Lalitha Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai
16. MGR Film City
MGR Film City | #16 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
South Indian movie buffs must visit MGR Film City. Spread across 70 acres, it will transport you to a dream world with its replicas of religious places, urban and village scenes, and landscaped gardens. You might catch sight of some famous Tamil actors too!
- Location: MGR Film City Road, Tharamani
- Timings: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
- Entry Fee: INR 25
17. Breezy Beach
Peace and quiet, perfectly describe this not-so-famous, but the clean beach that attracts nature lovers. Unlike most other Chennai places to visit , it sees fewer crowds, but will surprise you with beautiful sunsets.
- Location: Valmiki Nagar
- Timings: All day
- Entry Fee: NA
18. Arignar Anna Zoological Park
Arignar Anna Zoological Park | #18 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Also known as Vandalur Zoo, this park is spread over 1260 acres and boasts 138 species. Wildlife enthusiasts will be thrilled at the sight of deer, lions, Indian civet cats, Himalayan brown bears and elephants. The park also has a reptile house.
- Location: Grand Southern Trunk Rd, Vandalur
- Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Tuesday closed)
- Children under 2 years – Free
- Children from 2 to 12 years – INR 20
- Cameras – INR 25
- Zoo round (Adults): INR 100
- Zoo round (Children): INR 50
19. VGP Golden Beach
VGP Golden Beach | #19 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Among the various places to visit in Chennai , this beach steals the show with its beauty and cleanliness. Enjoy swimming, go for walks or simply laze around here. Adventurous souls can try surfing at this beach, which is a part of the exciting VGP Universal Kingdom.
- Location: 5, 159, SH 49, Injambakkam
- Timings: 11:00 am to 7:30 pm (Monday to Friday) and 10:30 am to 8:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
- Entry Fee: Adults – INR 600 and Children – INR 500 (for entry through VGP Universal Kingdom)
20. Vivekananda House
Vivekananda House | #20 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
A trip to the Vivekananda House is a must if you admire the celebrated monk. In 1900, Swami Vivekananda stayed in this double-storey Victorian mansion for 6 weeks. Today, you can explore his bedroom, dining table, kitchen, and the garden where he connected with nature.
- Location: Kamaraj Salai, Marina Beach Road, Triplicane
- Timings: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm to 7:15pm (Monday closed)
- Entry Fee: Adults – INR 20, Children (3-12 years) – INR 10 and Group ticket for school students: INR 5
21. Santhome Cathedral Basilica
Santhome Cathedral Basilica | #21 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Looking for famous places in Chennai that are architectural delights? This neo-gothic cathedral will intrigue you. Built by Portuguese explorers in the 16 th century, it stands over the Saint Thomas’ tomb, who was one of Jesus’ twelve apostles.
- Location: 38, Santhome High Rd, Dummingkuppam, Mylapore
- Timings: 6:00 am to 9:00 pm
22. Madras War Cemetery
Madras War Cemetery | #22 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Pay your respects at the tranquil Madras War Cemetery, which houses an memorial stone in honour of the 1000 people who sacrificed their lives in the Great War and the remains of almost 855 martyrs from the Second World War.
- Location: Mount Poonamalle High Road, Nandambakkam
- Timings: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm (till 6:00 pm on Monday)
23. Fort St. George
Fort St. George | #23 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
One of the major tourist attractions in Chennai , this fort was once a British stronghold and their first garrison settlement in the country. You can explore the Clive House, the first British official residence, and attend mass at the St. Mary’s Church.
- St. Mary’s Church: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Monday – Saturday) (Regular masses held on Sundays)
- Entry Fee: For St. George Museum – INR 15 (Indians), INR 200 (Foreigners) and Free for kids up to 15 years
24. Vadapalani Murugan Temple
Vadapalani Murugan Temple | #24 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Dedicated to Lord Murugan, this intricately-carved temple helps devotees with everyday problems related to jobs, academics and marriage. Legend has it that the founder Annaswamy Naikar had a dream about building this temple for society’s benefit.
- Location: Palani Andavar Koil St, Vadapalani
- Timings: 5:00 am – 12:00 pm & 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
25. Annai Velankanni Shrine
Annai Velankanni Shrine | #25 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Seeking spiritual peace in Chennai? This gothic-style shrine must feature on your list. Apart from exploring a small adjoining museum for religious artefacts, you can attend special masses and concerts too.
- Location: Annai Velankanni Road, Odaimanagar, Besant Nagar
- Timings: 5:00 am to 9:00 pm
26. B.M. Birla Planetarium
B.M. Birla Planetarium | #26 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Does the night sky amaze you? Then this large planetarium with its virtual tours and cosmic shows will impress you undoubtedly. There are 8 galleries, including those devoted to Energy, Physical Science, Life Science and International Dolls.
- Location: Gandhi Mandapam Rd, Duraisamy Nagar, Kotturpuram
- Timings: 10:00 am to 5: 45 pm
- Entry Fee: Science Centre: Adults (INR 30), Kids below 12 years (INR 15) Shows: Adults (INR 20), Kids below 12 years (INR 10)
27. Ripon Building
Ripon Building | #27 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Boasting neoclassical architecture, this majestic building is all-white. As the seat of the Greater Chennai Corporation, it is among the famous places in Chennai . The Westminster Quarter chiming clock is a notable aspect of this property.
- Location: 53, Raja Muthiah Rd, Kannappar Thidal, Periyamet
- Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday closed)
- Entry Fee: Restricted entry
28. Akkarai Beach
Akkarai Beach | #28 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
If you want to unwind in peace and far from the madding crowd, head to this sandy beach. It stretches from Ennore to Uthandi and is ideal for lazy strolls and admiring the verdant greenery.
- Location: Injambakkam
29. Prakasam Salai
Prakasam Salai | #29 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
The list of architecturally impressive tourist places in Chennai is incomplete without this Indo-Saracenic building rendered with red bricks. Named after T. Prakasam, the freedom fighter, it was known as Popham’s Broadway earlier and built in 1795.
- Location: 88, Prakasam Road, Mahfushkhan Garden, Manadi Police Colony, George Town
30. The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust
The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust | #30 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Apart from being a reptile zoo, this place undertakes herpetology research and aims to protect the endangered saltwater crocodile, gharial and marsh crocodile. Go for an adventurous night safari or watch the crocodiles get fed.
- Location: Post Bag No 4, Mahabalipuram
- Timings: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (Monday closed)
- Entry Fee: INR 60 (adults), INR 30 (kids below 10), and approx. INR 200 (Night Safari)
31. Cholamandalam Artists’ Village
Cholamandalam Artists’ Village| #31 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Since its inception in 1966, this village has grown to become the largest community for artists in India. Famed for the Madras Movement of Art, this village lets you admire the works of notable artists, and visit the craft shop, sculpture garden and the art book store.
- Location: Injambakkam
- Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
- Entry Fee: INR 20 (adults) and INR 5 (kids)
32. National Art Gallery
National Art Gallery | #32 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Also known as Day Dreamer Artworks, this gallery is one of the oldest in India and among the top places to visit in Chennai . Housed within the Government Museum Complex, it was built in 1906 with red stones. This Indo-Sarsenic building boasts sandalwood sculptures and ethnic paintings.
- Location: Egmore, Pantheon Road
- Timings: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (Friday closed)
- Entry Fee: INR 15 (adults) and INR 10 (kids)
33. Wallajah Mosque
Wallajah Mosque | #33 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Inspired by the Mughal style of architecture, Wallajah Mosque or Triplicane Big Mosque is made of granite entirely. Built by the family of Muhammad Ali Khan Wallajah in 1795, is beautiful mosque is considered as the oldest and largest in Chennai. The mosque also serves as a good example embodies of the peaceful coexistence of Muslims and Hindus as most of its administrative staff are Hindus.
- Location: Triplicane High Rd, SVM Nagar, Ellis Puram, Padupakkam, Triplicane
- Timings: 5:00 am to 8:00 pm
34. Chennai Rail Museum
Chennai Rail Museum | #34 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Definitely among the best tourist attractions in Chennai , this museum is a 6.25 acre affair, featuring numerous heritage and technical exhibits. Admire steam engines from the British era and vintage coaches, and enjoy a ride on the toy train.
- Location: New Avadi Rd, next to ICF Furnishing Division, Lakshmipuram, Villivakkam
35. Victoria Public Hall
Victoria Public Hall | #35 of 35 Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Constructed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee and opened in 1890, this regal building will take your breath away with its exquisite British architecture. During the late 19 th and early 20 th century, it acted as a public assembly hall and theatre.
- Location: 11/33, Evr Salai, Park Town Park Town, Kannappar Thidal, Poongavanapuram
- Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Entry fee: INR 15 (adults) and INR 10 (children)
Frequently Asked Questions About Chennai:
Q: What are the best places to shop in Chennai?
A: Pondy Bazaar and T. Nagar are the most popular markets in Chennai. Other popular shopping places in Chennai include Sowcarpet, Ritchie Street, Burma Bazaar, Cotton Street, Panagal Park and Parry's Corner.
Q: When is the best time to visit Chennai?
A: Chennai remains hot and humid almost throughout the year; hence, the ideal time to plan a trip to Chennai is in the months of November through February when the weather is pleasant.
Q: Suggest some good places to visit in Chennai at night.
A: Go to Marina Beach or Besant Nagar Beach for a night stroll. But if partying is more your thing, explore clubs and bars in Chennai like Pasha, Gatsby 2000, 10 Downing Street, Blend, The Leather Bar and Bay 146. Burma Bazar is also open till late night and is a must-visit for street food lovers.
Q: Are there any good places near Chennai for a one-day trip?
A: Mahabalipuram is one of the best places to visit near Chennai for a one-day trip. Other options include Kanchipuram, Tirupati, Vellore, Pondicherry and Tiruvannamalai.
Q: Which street foods are available in Chennai?
A: Top street foods in Chennai include bhajji, murukku sandwich, idli, sundal, chaat, puttu, uthappam, dosa, idiyappam, thukpa, athouk, atho and kothu parotta.
Q: Which temples in Chennai are a must-visit?
A: Kapaleeswarar Temple, Parthasarathy Temple, Thyagaraja Temple, Ashtalakshmi Temple and Vadapalani Andavar Temple are the most popular Hindu shrines in Chennai that are worth exploring.
Q: I am in Chennai for a day. Where all can I go?
A: You can cover top tourist attractions in Chennai like Marina Beach, Santhome Cathedral Basilica, Parthasarathy Temple, Kapaleeswarar Temple and MGR Film City. Also, don't miss T. Nagar for shopping and savouring the street food of Chennai.
Q: How to travel from the airport to hotels in Chennai?
A: The cheapest way to travel to the city from Chennai International Airport is suburban train. The air gateway is also well-connected to different parts of the city via metro, prepaid taxis and app-based taxis.
Q: Is there more than one railway station in Chennai?
A: Yes. Chennai has two major railway stations namely Chennai Central and Egmore. Chennai Central services daily trains from important cities across India like Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Ahmedabad while Egmore connects the city to other places across Tamil Nadu and a few other major cities.
Q: How is the bus service to Chennai from other cities?
A: Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT) is one of the largest bus stations in Asia. It services state-owned corporations operating buses between Chennai and other cities in South India. Omni Bus Terminus services many private buses to and from Chennai. Both stations are connected to the airport and railway stations by bus.
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The enchanting city of Chennai boasts of many amazing places to see, each promising a unique experience. Whether you are looking for a relaxed vacation by the beach or a fun holiday with family or an education tour for school children, Chennai has ample of places to visit, catering to a varied range of interests.
From forts and ancient buildings to religious places, from museums and art galleries to beaches and parks, every visitor will find something of his or her interest in Chennai. Here are some of the sightseeing places in Chennai.
Beaches in Chennai
Very few places can boast of being a metropolitan city as well as a beach destination. Chennai presents its residents and visitors with the best of both the worlds. Shimmering golden beaches are an intrinsic part of the city that no one can miss when in Chennai.
01 . Marina Beach Chennai
Marina Beach is undeniably one of the most popular beaches in Chennai. It boasts of being the second longest beach in the world. Marina Beach stretch is located opposite to many prominent buildings in the city such as Madras University, Presidency College, Swami Vivekananda Museum and House, AIR and various government offices.
The Marina beach runs from Fort St. George to Besant Nagar. Sunset and sunrise at the beach is worth seeing along with the view. The beach presents an active environment, filled with food stalls, pony rides, games, etc.
02 . Elliot’s Beach/ Besant Nagar Beach Chennai
If you are looking for a less crowded beach, then visit Elliot’s Beach in Chennai. Now called Besant Nagar Beach, its shimmering stretch presents some calm moments with your loved ones. Another attraction of this beach is the Schmidt Memorial which was constructed in the memory of Karl Schmidt, a Dutch sailor.
03 . Covelong Beach Chennai
Once a prominent port, It is situated 40 km away from Chennai. Covelong Beach can be reached on the way to Mahabalipuram. This beach is popular among tourists for the varied beach activities that it offers. Some of the activities that you can try at Covelong Beach are wind surfing, swimming and many more. You can also club visit to this beach with a visit to various monuments that are located close by.
04 . Breezy Beach Chennai
Another beach that you can visit in Chennai is Breezy Beach, especially if you are looking for some peaceful time, away from the usual crowd. Located in Valmiki Nagar, this beach is around 10 km away from the Chennai Airport.
Visit this beach in the early morning for an exceptional sunrise. It is known to be one of the cleanest beaches of Chennai as well. Near the beach, Thiruvanmiyur market is located. There are also a few shacks and restaurants located nearby.
05 . Golden Beach Chennai
As the name suggests, Golden beach greets its visitors with an impressive spread of golden sands that shimmers next to the blue waters of the sea. It is a private beach and can be visited on a trip to VGP Universal Kingdom. An ideal place to spend some relaxed time with family or even alone, it is a perfect hangout site.
What adds to the charm is the ample number of fun activities that are offered at the amusement park. So visitors can club walk and surf at the beach with exciting rides at the park. Located along the East Coast Road in Injambakkam, Golden Beach is about 20 km away from the Chennai Airport.
06 . Akkarai Beach Chennai
Situated in Injambakkam, Akkarai Beach is undeniably one among the most peaceful and cleanest beaches of Chennai. Around 23 km away from Chennai Airport, this beach is the place to visit if you are looking for a place away from the common tourist destinations.
As not frequently visited by tourists, this beach presents you with a peaceful surrounding. Nestled amid lush greenery and the sparkling water of the ocean, it is sure to refresh everyone who visits.
Parks in Chennai
Chennai is blessed with many parks that one can visit during their Chennai tour. These parks are spread across the city and serve as lung spaces for you to breathe in fresh air and relax.
07 . Semmozhi Poonga Park Chennai
Spread across 20 acres of land, Semmozhi Poonga Park is one of the most popular places to visit in Chennai. A botanical Garden that was established by the State Horticulture Department, it presents a refreshing environment amid the concrete jungles of the city.
It was opened to the public in the year of 2010 and is located in the centre of the city. This botanical garden presents a rich collection of flora including various varieties of rare medicinal herbs. The park complex consists of a water and rock garden, a fern garden, Butterfly Park and many other theme sections.
08 . Guindy National Park and Snake Park Chennai
Located in the middle of the city, Guindy National Park and Snake Park is a place to visit by every nature enthusiast. Its rich fauna and lush green landscapes attract many visitors each day.
When here you can see spotted deer, jackals, blackbucks, tortoise, cobra, pythons and avian fauna such as quail, partridge, fly catcher and buzzards. Its timings are from 9 AM to 5.30 PM. A minimal entry fee is charged as well as additional fees for still camera and video camera.
09 . Arignar Anna Zoological Park Chennai
Established in the year 1855, Arignar Anna Zoological Park is the first public zoo of India. Located around 31 km away from the centre of the city, it is spread over 510 hectare of land and is home to around 1500 species of wild animals and birds.
This zoo consists of an aviary, aquarium and butterfly house. There is an option of lion safari, elephant safari and deer safari at the zoo. Arignar Anna Zoological Park timings are from 9 AM to 5 PM. It is open on all days of the week except on Tuesdays.
Historical buildings and Museums in Chennai
The city of Chennai is synonymous to culture and history. It played an important part in the journey of India as a country, its culture and the civilization. Along with being a home to many great scholars and saints, this city offers various monuments and buildings that one can visit. The museums in Chennai allow you to explore its historical background in depth.
10 . St. George Museum Chennai
It is a place that should not be missed when on a Chennai tour. Now maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, St. George Museum was first opened to the public in 1948.
Consisting of 3 floors, it presents a rich collection that is displayed in 10 galleries. Some of the items showcased at the museum are swords, rifles, pistols, cannon, daggers, various British army uniforms for different ranks, silverware and various other artefacts from St. Mary's Church and Tranquebar Zion Church.
11 . Vivekananda House and Museum Chennai
Another sightseeing place that you cannot miss on your Chennai tour is the Vivekananda house and Museum, located at Kamaraj Salai on the Marina Beach Road. Initially, built in 1842 to store ice blocks, it was called the Ice House. Later, it was bought by a renowned lawyer, Bilagiri Iyengar, who named it Castle Kernan in the respect of his friend.
In February 1897, Swami Vivekananda had stayed at this Victorian style two-story home for a few days. In the honour of this, Vivekananda Navaratri was celebrated here every year, and eventually named as Vivekananda House.
It now presents an insight into the life of Swami Vivekananda through an exhibition on his life as well as on Indian Culture which is organised all around the year. It is now maintained by the Ramakrishna Math. Visitors can see the bedroom, dining area, kitchen and the garden, which is also known as Vivekananda Park. His teachings can also be learnt at the gallery and the meditation room.
12 . Connemara Public Library Chennai
Established in 1896, Connemara Public Library is a historically rich place with an impressive architecture. This library is home to various rare and ancient publications that are more than 600,000. It is considered as one of the largest libraries of Asia. It is located in Museum Compound, Pantheon Road, Egmore. The entry timings of Connemara Public Library are from 9 AM to 7.30 PM.
13 . National Art Gallery Chennai
National Art Gallery is another popular place to visit, especially for those who are interested in exploring various arts, belonging to different centuries. Established in 1907, it presents a brilliant example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. This art gallery consists of various sections, each presenting a rare collection, with some even dating back to the 11th century.
14 . DakshinaChitra Museum Chennai
Located on ECR Highway, Muttukadu, DakshinaChitra Museum is one of the popular sightseeing places in Chennai. Living upto its name, which means “portrait of the South '', Dakshin Chitra presents a glimpse into the culture, architecture, crafts of the South India.
Founded and maintained by the Madras Craft Foundation, this museum was opened in the year of 1996. There are 18 houses in the museum that presents more than 4000 artefacts belonging to all the five states of Southern India (Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh). You will find displays including clothing, art forms, architecture and even farming.
15 . Government Museum Chennai
One of the oldest public museums in the country, Government Museum Chennai is home to some of the rare artefacts. Visitors on their tour to the museum can get a detailed view of Tamil history.
There are various modern bronze items along with a few displays dating back to the 10th to 13th century. Marble sculptures in its Amaravathi Gallery are specially mesmerising. It is situated on Pantheon Road, Egmore and opens on every day except Friday and national holidays. The entry timings are from 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM. The complex also has a Museum Theatre and Connemara Public Library.
16 . Chennai Rail Museum
Another place to visit if you love to explore the bygone, or historical facts is the Chennai Rail Museum. Located on the New Avadi Road in Lakshmipuram, this museum is spread over an area of 6.25 acres. Here visitors can explore technical as well as heritage aspects of a locomotive or engines.
There are steam engines dating back to Colonial times, as well as vintage coaches for you to explore and admire. A toy train ride is another attraction if you are visiting with children. The Chennai Rail Museum timings are from 5 AM to 8 PM. The entry is free for all.
17 . Fort St. George Chennai
Built in 1653 by the British East India Company, Fort St. George is a prominent landmark of Chennai. Along with high historical significance, this place still holds immense importance as many state legislature and secretariat buildings are located within its complex. Along with these, it also houses two ancient buildings namely St. George museum and St. Mary’s Church.
18 . Ripon Building Chennai
Known for its impressive Roman style of architecture, Ripon building beholds everyone’s attention with its sparkling white structure. Named after Lord Ripon, the then Governor-General of British India, it is located on the Raja Muthiah Road, Periyamet.
It opens from 10 in morning to 6 in the evening so you can visit Ripon Building at any time of the week, except Sundays and Saturdays. One of the attractive features of this building is the Westminster Quarter chiming clock.
19 . Madras High Court
Madras High court, one of the most prestigious courts in the country, is a place to visit even if you are not inclined towards learning the judicial processes that this court handles. It is a place to visit by every architecture lover.
The red building with its towering height is sure to draw your admiration as soon as you see it. Its magnificent structure adorned with stained glasses and carved ceilings is a sight worth remembering. It is located at N Fort Road, Parrys, George Town, Chennai.
Popular places of worship in Chennai
The historical city of Chennai boasts of many ancient and historically significant places of worship as well. Centuries old temples, churches from colonial times and mosques have become an integral part of the city which every visitor must experience.
20 . Ashtalakshmi Temple/ Ashtalakshmi Kovil Chennai
Situated just a few kilometres away from Elliot's Beach, this temple is a popular site among Hindu devotees. Built in the similar way as the Sundhararaja Perumal Temple of Uthiramerur, it was built to honour the wish of Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal of Kanchi Mutt, who is popularly referred as Sage of Kanchi.
Dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, Ashtalakshmi Temple gives devotees the opportunity to worship eight primary forms of the Goddess. With the Bay of Bengal in its close proximity one can hear the soothing lull of waves along with the chanted mantras at this temple. It is open for visitors from 6.30 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 9 PM.
21 . Marundeeswarar Temple Chennai
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is located at Lalitha Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur. Temple’s impressive structure in Dravidian style and historical importance is another reason to plan a visit here. Constructed during the Chola Dynasty in the 9th century and then expanded during the reign of Vijayanagar rulers, Marundeeswarar Temple is now maintained by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu.
As per the legend, Lord Marundeeswarar had taught the great Sage Agastya about the medicinal importance of various herbs. Hence, many people come here to seek blessings and cure their ailments. The prasad of the temple is also believed to cure illnesses.
22 . Parthasarathy Temple Chennai
Another temple that attracts not only devotees but also history and architecture enthusiasts is the Parthasarathy Perumal Temple. One among the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu, this temple dates back to the 6th Century. It was built during the Pallavas' reign and later expanded by the rulers of Chola Dynasty and the Vijayanagara Dynasty.
Located in Thiruvallikeni or Triplicane, Parthasarathy Temple boasts of a captivating structure which is dotted with exquisitely carved pillars and decorated gopurams. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and the presiding deity of the temple is Sri Parthasarathy Swamy.
There are shrines of Sri Mannadha Swamy, Sri Vedavalli Thayar, Sri Thellia-Singa-Perumal (Sri Narasimha Swamy), Sri Gajendra Varadaraja Swamy, and Sri Andal. As per the legend, seven sages, the Saptarishis worshiped five deities here.
23 . Kapaleeswarar Temple Chennai
One of the oldest temples in the city, Kapaleeswarar Temple is said to be built in the 7th century during the reign of Pallava Kings. However, it is said that the original temple was destroyed by the Portuguese and the present structure of the temple was built in the 16th century. Traditional songs of Nayanmars mention this. Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Karpagambal, it has been built in the Dravidian style of architecture.
24 . Annai Vailankanni Shrine Chennai
Located close to Elliot's beach, Annai Vailankanni Shrine is another place to visit. Its captivating white structure, standing by the side of Bay of Bengal, attracts hordes of visitors every day. It is often visited by those who wish to have some peaceful time. Its opening timings are from 5 AM to 9 PM.
25 . Thousand Lights Mosque Chennai
Other places that showcase a beautiful architecture is the Thousand Lights Mosque. There are multiple domes with two minarets that enclose the main hall of the mosque. It consists of a separate prayer hall for men and women.
26 . San Thome Church Chennai
An ancient building, Santhome Church is one of the most prominent churches in Chennai. It is said to be one of the few churches in the world which stand over the tomb of a direct Apostle of Jesus Christ.
San Thome Church has an attractive architecture as well. Built in 1523, the structure of the church was built in the architectural style of neo-gothic. In the year of 1956, it was given the status of minor basilica. This church is dedicated to Saint Thomas. Within the church premises, there is a museum, a shop for prayer related materials and a library.
27 . St. Mary’s Church Chennai
Another religious site in Chennai that one can visit is the St. Mary’s Church. Boasting of being the first Anglican Church in the country, it is situated within the complex of Fort St. George. Apart from its religious relevance, this church attracts visitors with the rare painting of Last Supper which adorns the altar.
28 . Wallajah Mosque Chennai
Popularly known as the Triplicane Big Mosque, Wallajah Mosque presents you with a glimpse of Mughal architectural style. Built only in granite, this mosque is said to be the oldest mosque in the city. It was constructed in the year of 1795 by Muhammad Ali Khan Wallajah’s family. It opens at 5 in the morning and closes at 8 in the night.
Other places to see in Chennai
There are many other places in Chennai that one can explore if staying for longer. These are a few more sightseeing places that you can add to your Chennai Itinerary.
29 . Crocodile Bank Chennai
Started with the motive of preserving various species of reptile, Crocodile Bank now houses more than 2500 creatures. Once you visit you can spot snakes, sea turtles, alligators and water birds. Timing of Crocodile Bank is from 9.00 AM to 5.30 PM. It is open on all days except on Mondays. There is a minimal entry fee and extra charges if you are taking a still camera or video camera.
30 . Birla Planetarium Chennai
Located near Anna University, Birla Planetarium is another place to visit in Chennai. A part of Periyar Science and Technology Museum, planetarium not only includes an interesting range of exhibits on various subjects including solar system, sky and seasons, etc., but also conducts various audio-visual programs on astronomy. Timings of Birla Planetarium are from 10 AM to 5.45 PM. There is a minimal entry fee of Rs.40 for adults and Rs.25 for kids.
31 . Royapuram Fishing Harbour Chennai
Also known by the name of Chennai Fishing Harbour or Kasimedu fishing harbour, it is indeed a place to visit if you have a few hours extra to yourself. This harbour is located toward the north of the Chennai port and is mainly inhabited by the fishing communities.
Visiting here will give you first-hand experience about the intricacies of fishing. You can witness the process of catching fish, unloading them and their auctioning to the various buyers. The view of the sunrise in the morning is an added bonus if you plan to visit.
32 . Broken Bridge Chennai
If in case you are looking for something unique to explore, then the Broken bridge is the apt sightseeing place. Located at the start of the Adyar River, this bridge as the name suggests is broken. It broke in 1977 and has remained unrepaired since then.
Currently used as a shooting location, it is often sought by those who are looking for some peace. The view of the river during sunrise is a huge pull for nature lovers and photographers. However, it is advisable to visit this place in a group and in the daylight only, owing to its seclusion from the hustle bustle of the city, and lack of streetlight and vehicle access.
33 . Theosophical Society Chennai
Located in Adyar, Theosophical Society is one of the oldest organisations in Chennai. Theosophical Society is a worldwide organisation that preaches the power of truth and all-inclusion, into a universal brotherhood.
The Theosophical Society was founded in the year of 1875. This place boasts of a bewitching lush green campus which houses a well-stacked library and an impressive banyan tree which is more than 450 years old. A number of events and seminars are organised here every month.
34 . Victory War Memorial Chennai
Earlier known as Cupid’s Bow, Victory War Memorial was built to honour the martyrs of WWI and then those from the Madras Residency, who sacrificed their lives in the Second World War. It is built in white marble. One can see inscriptions of the martyrs’ names on the structure. Names of the martyrs from the 1948 Kashmir Aggression, 1962 Indo- China War and the Indo-Pakistan War are also inscribed here.
The Remembrance and Cross-of the Sacrifice is not to be missed once you are at the War Memorial. On important national days such as Army Day and Vijay Diwas, a special tribute is conducted by the defence forces. Around 5 km away from the Chennai Airport, It is located within the complex of Madras War Cemetery in Nandambakkam. It can be visited from 8 AM to 6 PM every day of the week.
35 . Valluvar Kottam Chennai
Highly revered saint, poet and philosopher from Tamil Nadu, Thiruvalluvar is known to almost every Indian, especially by the seekers of literature. Valluvar Kottam is a chariot that was built in the honour of the poet. This monument comprises Kural Mani mandapam, an intricately carved arch and an auditorium.
The kottam was conceptualised and constructed under the leadership of the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. Karunanidhi and was inaugurated in the year of 1976 by Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, the then President of India. Located on the Nungambakkam Lake Area Main Road, it is easily accessible. It can be visited from 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM.
36 . Cholamandal Artists Village Chennai
A must visit for art lovers, the Cholamandal Artists Village is the place where one can witness the best of art and cultural performances. Comprising an open air theatre, two galleries and a bookstore, this place is well equipped with everything an artist or art lover might need.
The craft shop within the complex lets you take some souvenirs back too. Located in Injambakkam, it is open for visitors from 9 in the morning till 6.30 in the evening. A minimal entry fee of Rs.20 per adult and Rs.5 per child is charged here.
37 . Muttukadu Lake Chennai
The Muttukadu Lake situated on the East Coast Road is a beautiful lake with boat trips which tourists love. You can do rowing, windsurfing, water skiing, Aqua scooters and explore all other water sports during your trip to Chennai. There are beautiful bamboo boathouses and floating boat jetty here. The best time to visit Chennai is between October and February and during this time you can take a boat trip here in Muttukadu Lake.
38 . Mylapore Chennai
A visit to Mylapore is also something that will add in making your Chennai tour memorable. Also known as Thirumayilai, it is also considered to be the birthplace of renowned philosopher Valluvar. This cultural hub of the city has many places to see such as Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Ramakrishna Math, San Thome Basilica, etc. One can find equally exciting options for shopping and eating here at Mylapore. The vibrancy of this place is contagious and is sure to leave visitors with a sense of happiness.
39 . MGR Film City Chennai
MGR Film City is an ideal place to visit for movie buffs. Spread in an area of 70 acres, this film city is sure to transport you to at least one of your favourite movies. It is home to many captivating movie sets, consisting of famous temples and monument’s replicas, well-kept gardens and vast lawns along with varying city and rural landscapes, offering ample photo opportunities to visitors. Located in Tharamani, it is open from 8 AM to 8 PM. If lucky, you can get sight of one or two film actors as well.
40 . VGP Universal Kingdom Chennai
Another fun place to visit in Chennai is the VGP Universal Kingdom. This amusement park is spread over an area of 45 acres, comprising various kinds of rides and slides such as Tornado, Wave Swinger and Viking. What makes this amusement cum theme park unique is the adjacent beach. It has a private beach which one can access via the park. This is in addition to a petting zoo. It is located on the East Coast Road and opens every day from 11 AM to 7.30 PM.
41 . MGM Dizzee World Chennai
Located on SH 49, Muttukadu, Dizzee World is another amusement park that the city of Chennai offers everyone. A visit to this fun park is sure to add a touch of fun to your Chennai tour, especially if you are travelling with kids. Exciting rides such as roller coasters, spider spin, and funny mountain promises a few entertaining moments.
There are water slides and a wave pool as well to beat the summer heat of the city. An amphitheatre which is located within the compound of the amusement park holds varied and interesting performances. It opens at 9.30 AM till 5.30 PM on weekdays while on weekends and national holidays, it opens at 11.30 AM till 7.30 PM.
Shopping in Chennai
Can you call a visit an accomplished tour unless you take away a few souvenirs from the destination you are visiting? The sense of the place through its various aspects, a symbol of its culture and traditions, is what shopping in Chennai will offer you.
42 . T Nagar Shopping District Chennai
One of the most popular Chennai shopping places is the T Nagar Shopping district. Thyagaraya Nagar, also known as T Nagar has unanimously emerged as the commercial hub of the city. It offers almost everything, ranging from designer boutiques to jewellery emporiums, trend relevant fashion clothing to wedding wear.
This shopping district has various prominent shopping streets. North Usman Road and Ranganathan Street are two prominent places where many popular shopping complexes are located. In addition to these two, you will also find many more smaller shopping markets and ample restaurants as well. Pothys, Saravana Stores, Shivani Stores, One Style, Instore, NAC Jewellers, Lalithaa Jewellery, Prince Jewellery are just a few of the most visited shops here.
For eating, Hot Chips, Woodlands and The Crown, Residency Towers are quite popular. If you are looking for a fun time, then trying rooftop football at Tiki Taka is a good choice.
43 . Burma Bazaar Chennai
One of the oldest markets in Chennai, Burma Bazaar has almost everything that one can think of. Located near the Chennai beach railway station, this place offers shoppers with ample of choices. From pre-owned books and refurbished electronics to brand new items of clothing and gadgets, from in-fashion clothing to ethnic wear, this place is nothing less than a heaven for shopping lovers.
In the 1960s, when Tamil refugees had fled from Myanmar, the government of Tamil Nadu assigned this area for them. Set in 1969, this market is now run by Burma Tamizhar Marumalarchi Sangam.
44 . Express Avenue Chennai
Located in Express Estate, Royapettah, Express Avenue is the place to visit if you want to shop for branded and designer products. Open from 10.30 AM to 9.30 PM on weekdays and from 10 AM TO 10 PM on weekends, it is ideal for shopping popular brands. There are apparel, electrics, departmental as well as automobile stores. Fine dining options and movie halls make shopping here all the more fun.
Some of the other popular places to shop in Chennai are Sowcarpet, Pondy Bazaar (Soundarapandianar Angadi), Parry's Corner, Cotton Street and Ritchie Street.
Along with these, there are many other tourist attractions in Chennai that you can visit if time permits. Nettukuppam Beach, Del Monte Colony, Panagal Park, Tada Falls, Kolavai Lake and Pulicat Lake are a few other places that are worth exploring. You will also come across captivating memorials of Kamarajar, Rajaji, Mahatma Gandhi and Bakthavatsalam near the stretch of Raj Bhavan.
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1. Kapaleeshwarar Temple
2. VGP Snow Kingdom
3. San Thome Church
4. Marina Beach
5. Besant Nagar Beach
6. Arulmigu Thiruvallikeni Parthasarathy Temple
7. Express Avenue Mall
9. Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
10. T Nagar, Ranganathan Street
11. VGP Marine Kingdom
12. Vadapalani Murugan Temple
13. Ramakrishna Temple
14. VGP Universal Kingdom
15. Viswaroopa Adhivyadhihara Sri Bhaktha Anjaneyaswami Temple
16. Chennai Central Railway Station
17. Guindy Snake Park
18. Ashtalakshmi Temple
19. St. Thomas Mount National Shrine
20. Kalikambal Temple
21. Arignar Anna Zoological Park
22. Kamakshi Amman Temple
23. Marundeeswarar Temple
24. ISKCON Chennai, Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple
25. Chennai Rail Museum
26. The Anna Centenary Library
27. Queens Land
28. Jagannath Temple, Kanathur
29. Government Museum
30. Elliot's Beach
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20 Must-Visit Attractions in Chennai, India
South India’s cultural capital and gateway city, Chennai, is frequently counted among the best cities to visit in the world for food and culture among other things. But what really stands out in terms of Chennai ‘s potential as a tourist destination is the sheer number of cultural, historical, architectural and other sites it is home to. If planning a visit anytime soon, these are the top attractions you shouldn’t miss.
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Chennai’s Marina Beach is famous around the world for being the second-longest urban beach in the world. It is counted among the most popular beaches in India and is undoubtedly Chennai’s biggest landmark. In fact, more than a landmark, it was indeed this long and wide coast that led to the British founding the city of Madras here in the first place. Apart from its history, the beach is also a cultural identifier for Chennai and preferred venue for everything from weekend picnics to political rallies and protests.
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Fort St. George
The other major landmark that is crucial to the very existence of Chennai is the Fort St. George . It was the first British centre of power in the south and continues to be the seat of the Government of Tamil Nadu since independence. The Fort is a landmark steeped in history and it was around its walls that Madras coalesced and grew into a city. It has seen a number of wars and conflicts since its inception in 1644 and even saw action during World War I.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park/Vandalur Zoo
The Vandalur Zoo, in its current form, is the largest zoological park in the country and attracts thousands of visitors on a daily basis. However, its history dates back to 1855, when it was started as the Madras Zoo in the Government Museum complex by noted conservationist Edward Balfour and was the first public zoo in India. Today, the zoo is spread over more than 600 Ha in Vandalur and houses more than 1,500 wild species, including 46 endangered species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects.
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Government Museum, Egmore
Counted among India’s first and oldest public museums , the Government Museum complex in Egmore’s Pantheon Road has been one of Chennai’s most famous recreational and educational attractions for more than 160 years. The museum is best known for its extensive numismatics collection and artefacts related to Tamil history. The museum complex also houses other popular attractions such as the Museum Theatre, a popular stage venue in the city and the Connemara Public Library, which is one of the oldest in the country.
Besant Nagar Beach/Elliot’s Beach
While the Marina Beach certainly attracts more crowds than any other beach in the city, the Besant Nagar Beach is definitely the more popular one among youngsters in the city, primarily because of its numerous restaurants, cafes, and dessert joints. Named as Elliot’s Beach in honour of the once governor of Madras Edward Elliot, this beach has been a popular hangout spot in the city since the 20th-century. Among the popular restaurants and dessert spots along the promenade are Murugan Idli Shop, Mash, Cozee’s, and Amadora Gourmet Ice Cream.
Located within the Fort St. George compound, the Fort Museum is Chennai’s go-to place for anyone with an interest in Chennai/Madras’ British heritage. Among prized collections of the museum are several colonial-era uniforms, weapons and even a number of personal letters written by eminent persons such as Robert Clive and Lord Cornwallis. The building originally housed the first office of the Bank of Madras, which was later merged with two other such banks and would come to be known as the State Bank of India.
St. Mary’s Church
Famous for being the first Anglican church in India, the St. Mary’s Church is also located inside the Fort St. George compound and continues to be an important Christian religious centre in the city. The church boasts an illustrious history, and at the time of its consecration in 1680, was the only bombproof building in the fort. At the altar is a prized painting of Last Supper, which was brought to Madras as spoils of war from Pondicherry .
With a history going back nearly a 1,300 years, the Kapaleeswarar Temple in Chennai ‘s Mylapore is one of the oldest places of worship in the city. Apart from being a religious landmark, the temple is a major centre of culture and regularly hosts several classical music and dance performances. The surrounding area of the temple still retains its traditional Agraharam style of architecture and the temple complex also includes a large water tank. The temple’s tallest Gopuram stands at over 40 m, while there is another smaller Gopuram facing the water tank.
Santhome Cathedral Basilica
The Santhome Basilica in Chennai’s Mylapore neighbourhood is an important Christian site in not just Chennai but all over the world. Said to be one of the only three basilicas in the entire world to be constructed over the tomb of a direct Apostle of Jesus Christ, the church was constructed in the year 1523 by the Portuguese. Built in the neo-gothic style of architecture, the church was raised to the status of a minor basilica in the year 1956.
Guindy National Park
Chennai is one of the few cities in the country to have a fully-fledged national park within its limits. While the Guindy National park might be the eighth smallest national park in the country, the green space definitely boasts a spectacular diversity of flora and fauna and serves as the lungs of Chennai . The park spreads over 2.70 sq. km and is home to over 130 species of birds and 14 species of mammals, including the Blackbuck, spotted deer, and jackal.
Madras Crocodile Bank Trust
The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust is not only one of Chennai ‘s best-known wildlife attractions, it is also a premier research and conservation agency working in the field of reptile conservation and herpetology. With an exhibit of more than 2,400 reptilian species, including 14 major species of crocodiles and alligators in the world, the MCBT is the largest crocodile sanctuary in the country. Started in the year 1976 by pioneering conservationists Zai and Romulus Whitaker, the MCBT has so far bred over 5,000 specimens of crocodile and is also extensively involved in the conservation of Olive Ridley turtles.
The Birla Planetarium in Chennai is one of the three major such planetariums in the country and is an important educational site in the city. Started in 1988, the planetarium boasts several astronomical models, exhibits, and educational materials spread across a total of eight galleries covering different disciplines of science including physics, energy, electronics, and transport. It also has a large gallery that provides a great virtual experience of our night sky.
T Nagar Shopping District
In Chennai, shopping is usually considered synonymous with T Nagar, its largest shopping district . From massive fashion and jewellery emporiums to great boutique stores, this neighbourhood is a must-visit for anyone interested in regional specialities such as the Kancheevaram silk sarees. The most major mainstream shopping complexes are located on Ranganathan Street and North Usman Road and are heavily crowded on weekends and holidays. But T Nagar also has a number of great roadside shopping markets and smaller shops and boutiques that are just as great for shopping.
One of the oldest and most chaotic markets in the entire country, Chennai’s Burma Bazaar has a vibrant history of cultural confluence. From used books and cheap grey market electronics to great street food , Burma Bazaar is a paradise for anyone who likes to shop on the road. It gets its name from the Tamil-Burmese community that set up several shops here when they settled in Chennai after being kicked out of Burma (present day Myanmar) when military rule was established there. The bazaar has been named one of the best shopping districts in several international lists and is also famous for being the go-to destination for Burmese Atho cuisine.
This quaint offbeat attraction is basically exactly what its name suggests – a broken bridge. While it’s not any good for commuting, it has some of the best views of the Bay of Bengal in entire Chennai. Located right on the mouth of the Adyar river estuary, the Broken Bridge is a great vantage point for viewing sunsets and is also smack dab in the middle of an untouched and pristine estuary ecosystem. It’s popular among youngsters and couples, but staying late after dark is not advisable since it’s also famous for being a den of delinquents and revellers in the night.
The Theosophical Society is one of Chennai’s oldest organisations and boasts a continuing history of more than a century. But what this organisation is best known for in Chennai is its sprawling international headquarters campus in Adyar that cuts across the Adyar river estuary. One of the best-maintained green spaces in the city, the campus is a cultural and spiritual centre with a fully-fledged library and also hosts a number of talks and events. It is also home to the Adyar banyan tree, which has a history of more than 450 years and is one of the largest banyan trees in the country.
Anna Centenary Library
This relatively new complex was completed in the year 2010 and is one of India’s largest and most modern libraries. Frequented by students, locals and experts from all across the country, the library is home to over 1.2 million books, periodicals, encyclopedias and volumes. The library features several state-of-the-art facilities such as a digital library and internet centre, an extensive braille and children’s section and also an entire floor dedicated to regional and Tamil language books.
Chennai is one of India’s oldest colonial cities and boasts a history of nearly 400 years. While the city has changed tremendously post-independence, part of it, especially the region near Fort St. George and Poonamallee High Road, still retains its colonial charm with several British-era landmarks and architectural marvels. Some of the most popular heritage structures in this area are the Ripon Building , Victoria Public Hall, Southern Railways Headquarters, and the Madras High Court Complex.
East Coast Road and Kovalam
The East Coast Road is one of the most scenic highways in not just Chennai but all of India. Hugging the coast for almost its entire distance, the part of this highway that comes under Chennai city limits is a great destination for a long drive and also has some great attractions including hidden beaches, resorts, and cultural establishments. Some of the most popular attractions along this stretch are the VGP Resorts, Cholamandal Artists Village , and ECR, Akkarai, and Kovalam beaches.
If you want a complete experience of South India’s culture, traditions, and artworks without having to extensively tour the region, Dakshin Chitra in Chennai is your best bet. This cultural museum is a repository of the culture of four (now five) major South Indian states and boasts exhibits such as pre-colonial clothing, farming, music and dance forms, and architecture. This complex, located on the scenic ECR Highway is also popular for its numerous stalls that sell everything from traditional and ethnic jewellery to fashion and souvenirs.
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Top places to visit in Chennai and things to do
Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu and a prominent business hub, located conveniently near the sea. It is also an important tourist destination in India and has a large number of tourist spots for travellers and adventure enthusiasts. If you are a tourist, you will find no dearth of places to visit in Chennai. You can take a look at this list of tourist places in Chennai which will help you plan the ideal itinerary. You can visit Chennai during most part of the year, as the weather is generally comfortable, except in summer, when the heat rises.
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How to reach Chennai?
By air: Chennai International Airport is one of the major airports in India. The airport is connected to both, domestic and international terminals in India and abroad. People can easily travel to the airport and then take a cab to reach any part of the city.
By rail: Chennai Central railway station is the main railway station in the city. The station is also connected to other local railway stations near Chennai and can be accessed by all major cities in India. Regular trains from cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, and Delhi come here everyday.
By road: Chennai is easily accessible by road from Bangalore and Hyderabad. Tourists can take NH44 to travel to Chennai. Alternatively, Chennai is also connected to Hyderabad by the NH16 highway.
Best tourist places in Chennai
When it comes to the best places to visit in Chennai, there is no dearth of spots you can choose from. So, here is a Chennai tourist places list you can check out.
Places to visit in Chennai #1: Marina Beach
Marina Beach is among the most famous places in Chennai and a must-visit for tourists. Stretching from Fort St George to Foreshore Estate, the shoreline is covered with parks and shops. You can explore the beach and watch the amazing sunsets it has to offer. Additionally, there are plenty of snack stalls on the beach selling fritters and pani puris for visitors. Children can also enjoy the various rides available on the beach. For history buffs, there is no better place to visit in Chennai than this.
Chennai tourist places #2: Chennai lighthouse
A major landmark on the Marina Beach is the Chennai lighthouse, which is also the only lighthouse in India that is present within the city limits. While it was closed for some time to visitors, Chennai lighthouse was reopened to visitors in November 2013. History behind the Chennai lighthouse mentions that it was built by the East Coast Constructions and Industries in 1976 and put to use from 1977.
Chennai tourist places #3: Chennai Museum
The Chennai Central Museum at Egmore is a renowned museum open to visitors. The museum was established in 1851 and is the second-oldest museum in India , making it one of the best places in Chennai for those who like learning about a place’s history . The museum is famous for its collection of Roman artefacts and ancient bronze idols. The displays of old sculptures date back to 1000 BCE and further.
You can take a tour of the premises and galleries as it is one of the best places to visit in Chennai to explore artefacts, paintings, sculptures and antiques, which adorn its walls. There is also a souvenir shop within the premises which sells gifts and handicraft items. You can shop here and take back a token from Tamil Nadu for your family and friends. The museum is open from 9:30 am to 5 pm everyday, except Fridays.
Chennai places to visit #4: Breezy Beach
Breezy Beach in Valmiki Nagar is among the best places to see in Chennai. This serene beach is among the top Chennai tourist places. It is the hub of photographers who come to take scenic photos of the sea and its shore. Comparatively uncrowded, you can come here to watch the sunrise or unwind after a long day. You will find plenty of hotels and resorts nearby. Even if you stay far away, you can always use public transport to reach the spot. Make sure you take some amazing shots at the tourist spot to take home some souvenirs for yourself.
Places to see in Chennai #5: Arignar Anna Zoological Park
Arignar Anna Zoological Park (abbreviated AAZP) or the Vandalur Zoo, is located in Vandalur, Chennai. It is a short drive away from the main city and only 31 kilometres from Chennai Central. The zoo was founded in 1855 and was the first public zoo in India. Spread over 1,490 acres, the zoo is home to a large number of flora and fauna. You will find a variety of mammals, reptiles, fishes and birds in the Park. The entry fee is nominal. It is also the second-largest national park in Chennai. This best place to visit in Chennai is ideal for families with children who will enjoy watching and learning about all the animals at the zoo.
Famous places in Chennai #6: Valluvar Kottam
Valluvar Kottam is an enormous monument dedicated to the classical Tamil poet Valluvar. This landmark monument is a centre of culture in Tamil Nadu and is open to all tourists. It was constructed in the 20th century and is located at the intersection of the Kodambakkam High road and the Village Road in Nungambakkam neighbourhood of Chennai. The impressive 39-metre-high stone car here, is a treat for the eyes and a mark of splendid Indian architecture. Regular handicraft exhibitions are also conducted here, so you can come to enjoy the beautiful displays, which can also be purchased here. Located in the heart of Chennai, this Chennai visiting place is easily accessible and can be reached via auto or car services.
Tourist places in Chennai #7: Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple
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Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple in Chennai is located in Besant Nagar. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the God of wealth and abundance. Counted among the top places to visit in Chennai, t he temple is relatively new and was constructed in the late 20th century. The temple is open to tourists and devotees who can perform pujas here if they wish. You can visit the temple to worship, or spend time marvelling at its architecture. Elliot’s Beach is located nearby and can be travelled to quite easily. You can turn it into a short trip and enjoy the calm ambience of Besant Nagar.
Chennai visiting places #8: Elliot’s beach
Elliot’s Beach at Besant Nagar, is a quaint beach slightly away from the main city. This beach is quite different from the Marina Beach since it lacks the crowd and the noise. The small serene beach is perfect for people who want to avoid crowds and do not like to travel a long way through the sand to reach the water. You can reach the beach by private and public transport for a minimal price. You can have a small picnic by the beachside and spend the evening and sunset hours in peace and tranquillity. If you stay close by at one of the hotels, you can even take a short walk t the beach, to observe the sunrise and feel the fresh sea breeze in the morning. This is definitely one of the best places to visit in Chennai for nature lovers.
Tourist places near Chennai #9: VGP Golden Beach
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The Golden Beach is located only a short distance from the main city. The beach has a resort alongside, which invites tourists to spend time and avail of the entertainment provided. There are a number of arcades and rides within the premises, which can be enjoyed at extra charge. You can make a day trip out of Golden Beach and spend the entire day having fun with your family and relaxing on the beach in the evening. VGP Golden Beach is definitely among Chennai’s best places and can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Places to visit in Chennai #10: St Thomas Cathedral Basilica
St Thomas Cathedral Basilica or Santhome Cathedral in Chennai is a major pilgrimage site for Christians. The Basilica is said to be the resting place of St Thomas and was built in 72 AD. The current structure of the Basilica is made in the neo-gothic style by the Portuguese and the British, who altered the original Church and expanded its premises.
The Basilica receives hundreds of tourists who flock to the shrine to pay their respects. The Basilica has an impressive design, with chandeliers and stained glass windows. You can visit the St Thomas museum to explore the relics of the Saint and pray at the underground Chapel located within. Whether you are architecture enthusiast or someone who likes to explore their spirituality, this church is a great place to visit in Chennai for you.
Chennai places to visit #11: Thousand Lights Mosque
The Thousand Lights Mosque in Chennai was constructed in the 19th century by Umdat ul-Umara. Located in Anna Salai, the Mosque is a spiritual place for Muslims and reflects the Mughal architectural style in India. You can visit the Mosque and marvel at its beauty while learning more about its historical significance. It is conveniently located within the city and easily accessible by road. You can opt for a private vehicle or take a local auto and reach the place readily from anywhere in Chennai.
Places to visit in Chennai #12: Kapaleeswarar Temple
Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore is a top place to visit in Chennai. The Kapaleeswarar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The temple is a significant place of worship for Hindu pilgrims and devotees of Shaivism. Constructed around the 7th century, the temple has a brilliant Dravidian style, complete with sculptures of Gods and demons.
A major spiritual place in Chennai, the temple conducts regular pujas, which can be attended by devotees. You can visit the temple as a part of the Chennai city itinerary and spend some time within its peaceful premises.
Chennai places to visit #13: Arulmigu Marundeeswarar Temple
The Arulmigu Marundeeswarar Temple in Chennai is another Hindu spiritual place. This temple is famous among Shaivites who worship the Hindu God Shiva. The temple has a beautiful exterior and the premises are kept clean and in pristine condition. The temple finds relevance in texts that date back to the 6th century. Within the temple premises is also a shrine for Rishi Valmiki, who wrote the epic Ramayana. You can explore the old architecture of the temple, which predominantly follows the Chola empire traditions during which the premises were renovated.
Tourist places near Chennai #14: Kolli Hills
Kolli Hills is located only a short drive from Chennai. One of the ideal tourist places near Chennai, this destination is for people looking to spend some time on the hills. The resort village has one of the most picturesque roads in Tamil Nadu and must be at the top of your Chennai tourist places list. Located in Tiruchirapalli district, the hill station offers some breathtaking views of the Eastern Ghats and the lush greenery surrounding it. You can visit the village as a part of a day trip or stay back at nearby hotels. You can also club it with other tourist destinations located within close range. To reach Kolli Hills from Chennai, tourists need to take the Chennai-Theni Highway or Chennai-Villupuram-Trichy-Kanyakumari Road
Places to visit in Chennai #15: Parthasarathy Temple
The Parthasarathy temple is situated close to the Marina Beach and is among the major attractions in the city due to its architectural beauty. It is a 6th-century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has an intricately designed pyramid-shaped dome called rajagopuram. The temple features five forms of Lord Vishnu namely Yoga Narasimha, Rama, Gajendra Varadaraja, Ranganatha and Lord Krishna as Parthasarathy.
Places to visit in Chennai #16: Kamakshi Amman Temple
The Kamakshi Amman Temple is among Chennai’s famous tourist places list. Constructed in 7th century by the Pallava kings and rebuilt in 14th century, the temple is dedicated to goddess Kamakshi. It is situated in Kanchipuram city near Chennai.
Places to visit in Chennai #17: Anna Centenary Library
Located at Kotturpuram, this is one of the largest libraries in south Asia and attracts book lovers in large numbers. It was built at a cost of Rs 172 crores and named after the former Tamil Nadu chief minister, C. N. Annadurai.
Top things to do in Chennai
In addition to sightseeing, there are several other enjoyable things to do in Chennai to make your trip more memorable than ever.
Things to do in Chennai #1: Shopping in Chennai
We advise you not to skip a shopping expedition in Chennai. Chennai has some amazing malls and markets with various shops selling branded and handmade local goods. You can visit places like Express Avenue mall, Forum Mall, Phoenix Marketcity, etc., to shop from top South Indian and Western brands. The local markets can be visited for some traditional South Indian goods like pattu sarees, Kanjivarams, kemp jewellery, gold jewellery, home decor, etc. You can also explore the market next to Kapaleeswarar Temple to buy some authentic handicraft items and jewellery.
Things to do in Chennai #2: Local cuisine
Visiting south Indian local eateries should be a priority on your trip to Chennai. South Indian food has a variety of dishes in the vegetarian and non-vegetarian categories. From street food to restaurants, Chennai is filled with eateries selling delectable cuisines. The coastal and seafood cuisines at Chennai are must-haves when visiting Chennai. You can enjoy the fried goodies from the street stalls at Marina beach or navigate through Chennai’s top restaurants to have a complete meal. Some well-known eateries are Annalakshmi Restaurant, Dakshin, The Flying Elephant, The Waterfall Restaurant, and Avartana.
Things to do in Chennai #3: Take a stroll across Thalankuppam Pier
If all you want is a little peace and quiet and to be surrounded by the serenity of nature, taking a stroll across the beautiful Thalankuppam Pier is just what you need. The pier is located in a small fishing hamlet in northern Chennai called Thalankuppan. Oozing tranquillity and scenic beauty, this is the place where the Thalankuppam River meets the far-reaching sea. Serving as one of the best places to visit for those who love all things nature, Thalankuppam Pier is a great place to make some fond memories.
Things to do in Chennai #4: Photography at Ubbalamadugu Falls
Whether you are a photography enthusiast or just someone looking to explore the natural wonders of Chennai, a visit to the gorgeous Ubbalamadugu Falls is a must. This exquisite tourist spot features clear waters cascading down amidst the lush green forests of Siddulaiah Kona. If you want a spot for clicking Instagram-worthy pictures, you won’t have to look any further.
Things to do in Chennai #5: Have fun at MGM Dizzee World
Who doesn’t like amusement parks? Whether you are visiting Chennai with friends or family, MGM Dizzee World is an awesome amusement park for you to have a fun-filled day with near and dear ones. Chock full of exciting rides and water slides, it is a particularly great destination to explore with kids. Make sure you enjoy all the rides this park offers for an unforgettable experience. Also, the food court offers an incredible opportunity to indulge in some of the local fare.
Is Chennai worth visiting?
Chennai is a beautiful city and the capital of Tamil Nadu. The city has some beautiful and serene beaches, along with some famous tourist attractions, which make it worth visiting.
What is famous in Chennai to buy?
Chennai is famous for its beautiful and traditional temple jewellery and silk saris. Since Chennai is close to the textile industries in Coimbatore, it also has a huge collection of cotton saris and other clothing items.
Which is the best month to visit Chennai?
While tourists can visit Chennai whenever they want, the summer months can be avoided.
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With large stretches of white sand, diverse ethnicities and ancient monuments enhancing its natural, cultural, artistic and culinary vibe, the modern city of Chennai (formerly Madras) lies along the coast of Bay of Bengal.
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Celebrating eight divine forms of lakshmi.
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World’s second longest urban beach.
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Chennai’s cleanest beach.
Hogenakkal Falls, Tamil Nadu
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Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is now situated on the Coromandel Coast of the Gulf of Bengal and serves as the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. When it comes to trade,education, and culture, Chennai is one of India's most significant cities, and it is reflected in various places to visit in Chennai.
Top Places to visit in Chennai
Ashtalakshmi Temple , located on the beach of Besant Beach, is devoted to the eight incarnations of the goddess Ashtalakshmi. Lord Hanuman and Lord Ganapathi are also honoured with their own temples in the compound. It is among the most revered places to visit in Chennai.
Fort Saint George , which the British constructed in 1640 on the Bay of Bengal's shores, served as the city's initial focal point. It now houses several government and administrative agencies and is among the top places in Chennai.
DakshinaChitra is a museum and art gallery 25 kilometres south of Chennai that showcases the rich culture of southern India via displays of traditional dwellings, recreated streets, and displays of folk art. It is one of the perfect places to go in Chennai city.
Kapaleeswarar Temple is one of the unique places to visit in Chennai, and it features shrines to both Lord Shiva and Goddess Karpagambal. From 5:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m, temple-goers can see six of the day's daily rites.
Besides being the birthplace of the great poet Thiruvalluvar, the city of Mylapore also boasts a number of important religious structures and monuments that serve to illustrate the city's rich cultural heritage. It definitely deserves a spot in your tourist places in Chennai list.
Best Time to visit Chennai
December marks the start of winter, which lasts until February. During this time of year, you can expect an average temperature of about 18 degrees Celsius. Cyclones originate in the Bay of Bengal and frequently strike Chennai in the winter months of November and December.
The months of June to August are the wettest and windiest. Though Monsoon rejuvenates the landscape and brings lush greenery, allowing you to explore the places to visit in Chennai at the peak of their beauty.
The summer months in Chennai begin in March and last till May. The summers are sweltering, with highs reaching 40°C and high humidity. It is the ideal time to explore the places to visit in Chennai.
Places to visit in Chennai with family & friends
Marina Beach , one of the good places to visit in Chennai, is the beating centre of the city, stretching for nearly 13 kilometres and drawing visitors with its wide waves, beautiful promenade, and welcoming community vibe. This is one of the places to visit in Chennai in 1 day.
Guindy National Park is a paradise for eco-tourists and birdwatchers since it is home to more than 600 different plant and animal species. It is among the most scenic places to visit in Chennai.
Easily accessible from different places to visit in Chennai, the historic port city of Mahabalipuram is a sight to see with its breathtaking scenery, rock-cut buildings, and all-encompassing sculptures.
Best Places Chennai for couples
East coast road.
One of India's most travelled routes, East Coast Road is also one of the country's most beautiful and interesting places to visit in Chennai. The road between Thiruvanmiyur and Mahabalipuram is a popular spot for couples in Chennai.
Between the Adyar River and the seashore is this quiet and peaceful section of Chennai. The Theosophical Society grounds are an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city, with over 100 hectares dedicated to greenery and tranquillity. It is one of the perfect places to visit in Chennai.
Besant Nagar Beach
One of the most romantic places to visit in Chennai, Besant Nagar Beach is more than just a place to watch the dawn or sunset. It also features shops, restaurants in Chennai , and bars along with a pleasant promenade.
Good Places to visit at Night in Chennai
Pasha, a nightclub in Chennai's The Park Hotel in Nangambakkam, is widely regarded as one of the city's finest nightlife destinations. Lounges decorated in the Persian style and delicious fare let you unwind at this club. It is one of the ideal places to see in Chennai for a relaxing time with your loved ones.
The British-themed restropub 10 Downing Street in T. Nagar is among the places in Chennai because of its upbeat vibe, stylish drinks, and fun theme evenings.
As a result of its active live music scene, and energetic atmosphere, Bay 146 at the Savera Hotel in Mylapore has earned a cult following among young people and is one of the most exciting places to visit in Chennai.
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Covelong, a little fishing town in Tamil Nadu, is a paradise for everyone who enjoys relaxing on the sand. It is a great weekend retreat from Chennai because of its proximity to the city.
Srikalahasti, a municipality near the holy town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, is more often known by its informal name, Kalahasti. This settlement was established near the Swarnamukhi River.
Kanchipuram , one of the oldest cities in Tamil Nadu, has preserved most of its colonial architecture. Temples aren't the only thing that has made this city renowned; it was also the seat of power for the Pallava rulers. Kanchipuram is one of the best nearby places to visit in Chennai.
Tourists are drawn to Chennai by the city's lively streets, breathtaking beaches and beautiful heritage temples that make up the best places to visit in Chennai. Chennai, one of the largest cities in Tamil Nadu, is also one of the largest IT parks in Asia, with a strong technological industry.
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What are the best places to visit in chennai.
Chennai has loads of places that you can visit on your vacation. Our recommendation of the best places to visit in Chennai include - Ashtalakshmi Temple, Marina Beach, and Guindy National Park. Apart from these, there are multiple other places to visit that you can explore if you are on a longer trip!
The most loved attractions in Chennai are Ashtalakshmi Temple, Marina Beach and Guindy National Park.
How is the weather of Chennai in peak season?
The weather of Chennai in peak season is pleasant weather with occasional rainfall. It means you can easily plan a trip to Chennai in the months of November, December, January and February to enjoy your trip to the fullest.
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#1 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 4 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station (located at Kamarajar Road, near local Chepauk Railway Station), the famous Marina beach is the second longest beach in the World and runs to a length of 13 Km. This is one of the top tourist places to visit in Chennai city and also one of the popular attraction not to miss in a Chennai tour packages . Situated on the beach, the Anna Park, named after the founder of D.M.K Anna durai and the tomb of M.G. Ramachandran who was a film star (both were former Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu) and the Statue of Labour is a splendid sculpture depicting the efforts of a team of labourers who are at hard manual labour. The beach can be ideally visited in the early mornings or in the late evenings when the area becomes a virtual ground with food stalls and other entertainments.
#2 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 4 km from Chennai Central Railway Station, Governement Museum is a museum situated on Pantheon Road in Chennai. This is one of the oldest museums in India, and among the top tourist places to visit in Chennai city. Established in 1857, Government Museum is the second oldest museum in the country after the Indian Museum in Kolkata. The museum is located in what is known as the Pantheon complex, or 'public assembly rooms.' Situated in the Egmore suburb of Chennai, it is built in the Indo-Saracenic style. It is the third-largest museum in the world, and with 0.6 million visitors in 2018. It is particularly rich in archaeological and numismatic collections. It has the richest collections of bronze idols, 500 of them dating to 1000 BC, in Asia. The museum has the largest collection of Roman antiquities outside Europe. Among them, the colossal Museum Theatre is one of the most impressive. .....
Sri Parthasarathy Temple
#3 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 4.5 km from Chennai Central Railway Station, Sri Parthasarathy Temple is a Hindu temple located in the Triplicane locality of Chennai. It is one of the popular temples in Tamilnadu , and among the must-visit places during your Chennai Trip . Sri Parthasarathy Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It was originally built by the Pallavas king Narasimhavarman I in the 6th century CE and was renovated by the Vijayanagara kings around the 15th century. It is one of the oldest temples as well as the famous places to visit in Chennai . The temple was built in the typical Dravidian architecture style, complete with gopurams and mandapas with intricate carvings and stucco figures. The temple has icons of five forms of Vishnu: Yoga Narasimha, Rama, Gajendra Varadaraja, Ranganatha, and Krishna .....
#4 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 6.5 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station (located in Mylapore), the Kapaleeswarar Temple dedicated to Shiva is built in 8th Century by Pallavas. But the current structure is rebuilt by the Vijayanagara rulers in 16th century. The 37 meters tall and grand gopuram is made in the characteristic Dravidian style of architecture. This is one of the top tourist places to visit in Chennai city. This temple has some beautiful sculptures, among which the bronze idols of 63 Saivaite Saints or the Nayanmars. The Arubathumoovar festival dedicated to the 63 Nayanmars held in March-April every year is a special attraction. Timings: 5 AM to 11 AM and 4 PM to 9.30 PM.
San Thome Cathedral Basilica
#5 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 7 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station (located at the Southern end of Marina Beach, in Mylapore), San Thome Cathedral Basilica is one of Chennai's historic landmarks. This Cathedral was originally built in 1504. It was rebuilt in 1890 with a 180 ft basilica. This is one of the top tourist places to visit in Chennai city. The church 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. Several years later, another church was built further inland and his mortal remains were transferred here. Timings: 5 AM to 9 PM
#6 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 7 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station (located in Vaikuntapuram, less than 1 Kms from local Kodambakkam Railway Station), Valluvar Kottam is a monument built to pay homage to Tamil Poet Saint Thiruvalluvar. Inaugurated in 1976, the memorial is the form of 101-feet high temple chariot and is the replica of the temple chariot in Thiruvarur. A 33m tall life-size statue of the saint has been installed in the chariot. Another amazing attribute of the auditorium is that it is not supported by a single pillar and stands without any support. The 133 chapters of his famous work Thirukkural have been depicted in bas-relief in the front hall corridors of the chariot. All the 1330 verses of the poet's epic are depicted on the granite pillars, which surround the auditorium. The auditorium at Valluvar Kottam is said to be the largest in Asia and can accommodate about 4000 people. Timings: 8.30 AM - 5.30 PM Entry Fee: Rs. 10 for Adults & Rs. 5 for Childre .....
#7 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 10 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station (located at Kotturpuram near Guindy, less than 1 km from local Kotturpuram Railway Station) the Birla Planetarium is the most modern planetarium in India. It houses a fully computerised projector that depicts the heavens on a hemispherical dome. The Planetarium presents audiovisual programmes on various themes in astronomy. Adjoining the planetarium is the Periyar Sceince and Technology Museum, which is of interest to students and other science enthusiasts. Timing : 10 AM to 5 PM, Closed on National Holidays only English Programme Timings: 10.45 AM, 1.45pm and 3.45 pm. Tamil Programme Timings: 12.30 AM and 2.30 PM. Entry Fee: Rs. 45 for Adults & Rs. 25 for Children (which includes Science Centre, Planetarium, 3D Science Movie & Science Park)
Vadapalani Murugan Temple
#8 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 10 km from Chennai Central Railway Station, the Vadapalani Murugan Temple is a Hindu temple situated in Vadapalani area of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Also known as Vadapalani Andavar Temple, it is among the most popular temples in Chennai and also one of the famous places to visit in Chennai . Vadapalani Andavar Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. Built around 125 years ago, this temple is one of the most frequented temples of Chennai. According to the legend, Annaswami Nayakar, an ardent devotee of Lord Murugan was the founder of the temple. During his worship, he experienced divine power entering his body and inspiring him to speak surprising things later found to be true. His utterance went by the name of arulvakku and relieved people in several ways, like curing diseases, getting jobs and marriages, etc. The presiding deity idol in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple resembles the original .....
National Art Gallery
#9 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 3 km from Chennai Central Railway Station, the National Art Gallery is situated inside the Government Museum Complex on Pantheon Road in Egmore, Chennai. This is one of the oldest art galleries in India and also one of the must visit Chennai Tourist Places. The National Art Gallery was built of sandstone in the year 1907 by T. Namberumal Chetty. Earlier known as Victoria Memorial Hall, the National Art Gallery was built during the celebration of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in Indo-Saracenic style, designed by architect Henry Irwin. It has been identified as a Heritage site by the CMDA. The National Art Gallery consists of four different sections, which include Tanjore Painting Gallery, Decorative Art Gallery, Indian Traditional Art Gallery and Raja Ravi Varma Painting Gallery. The miniature paintings from the Mughal era, handicrafts from 11th and 12th centuries and Rajput paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries are also on display. Portraits of various .....
#10 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 13 Kms from Chennai (located in Besant Nagar), The Elliot's Beach is a well known destination for people who seek relief from the crowded metropolitan life of the Chennai . The Adyar River drains into the sea here. Popularly known as 'Bessie' among locals, this is an extremely calm and tranquil place. The Beach has become a popular hangout for the young generation. Elliot's Beach is also a favorite haunt of foreigners where they can peacefully take their sun bath. The Ashtalakshmi Temple near the beach is around 20 years old and has modern style architecture. Velanganni Church is a pilgrim place for the Christians. Elliot's Beach has good connectivity and transportation options from Chennai.
V.G.P. Golden Beach
#11 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 21 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station and 40 Kms from Mahabalipuram (situated on East Coast Road between Chennai and Mahabalipuram ), VGP Golden Beach is the only resort in Chennai city limits. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Chennai . This Beach cum Amusement Park is developed by The Tourism and Entertainment Corridor of Tamil Nadu, and offers wide range of entertainment options like Gokarting, Dashing Cars, Water Chute, Giant Wheel, Break-dance, Dragons belly, Super trooper and many more. Kids can enjoy the special sight seeing of Jurassic Park and Aquarium. There is an Art Centre which sells handicrafts and articles made out of sea shells. The sea facing Swimming pool is an extra attraction. The beach is clean and ideal for sun-bathing. The Resort has a Multi-cuisine .....
#12 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 3 km from Chennai Central Railway Station, MGR Memorial is a memorial structure situated within the picturesque surroundings of the Marina Beach in Chennai. It is one of the popular places of sightseeing in Chennai. The memorial was built in the memory of M.G. Ramachandran, India's first actor cum chief minister and that too for three consecutive terms until his death. Considered as one of the greatest political leaders and actors of the state, his followers idolize him as Puratchi Thalaivar (Revolutionary leader). He was honoured with Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of India after his death. Spread over 8.25 acres, the memorial is located adjacent to the Anna Memorial and has the highest number of visitors along the seafront. The memorial was built in 1988 and was inaugurated by Janaki Ramachandran, wife of M. G. Ramachandran, in May 1990. The memorial was remodeled and the whole complex was laid with marbles and opened in 1992 by J. Jayalalitha .....
#13 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 12 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station (next to Guindy National Park), The Snake Park is a popular spot with most visitors to the city. Established in 1972, the park has been home to a wide range of snakes, from the deadly King Cobra to pythons, vipers and other reptiles. The Snake Park has become a breeding point of endangered pythons in the country. A museum of preserved specimens of reptiles and amphibian's is an added attraction. Adjacent to the Snake Park, there is a Children's Park with a collection of birds and animals. This area also houses a play park for the kids. The elephant and pony rides are popular with the children visiting this park. Timings missing 8.30 AM - 5.30 PM, Closed on Tuesday. Adult: Rs 5/-, Child: Rs 1/- Still Camera: Rs 5/-, Digital camera: 20/-, Video Camera: Rs 100/-
Cholamandal Artist's Village
#14 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 20 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station (near Injambakkam, on Mahabalipuram Road), The Cholamandal Artists Village established in 1964 is an institution of fine arts and crafts. Established by students of the Madras School of Arts and Crafts, it has come to be recognized as a significant school of arts and crafts. It is a heaven for art lovers and artists. Artists live as a community and pooled together their skills and resources. Developed in an area of 8 acres, it has a permanent art gallery to hold exhibitions. Sculptures made of granite, wood, copper and bronze are created within the Artists Village. Items are kept for exhibition and sale with in Artists Village.
Muttukadu & Dakshina Chitra
#15 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 31 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station and 27 Kms from Mahabalipuram (on East Coast Road between Chennai and Mahabalipuram ), Muttukadu is a backwater destination and excellent picnic spot. Muttukadu offers wide range of water sports options like Boating, wind surfing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, etc. The windsurfing regatta held every February attracts worldwide watersports lovers. TTDC ( Tamilnadu tourism Development Corporation) has introduced boathouses in Muttukadu. Training programs are available in windsurfing and other water sports activities. Dakshina Chitra, located at a distance of 2 Kms from Muthukadu is a famous heritage centre. The architectural and cultural heritages of the South Indian states are showcased here. The architectural features of each state, the typical homes of each region of South India are built here. Timings: 10 .....
Arignar Anna Zoological Park
#16 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 38 km from Chennai Central Railway Station, Arignar Anna Zoological Park is a zoo park located at Vandalur in Chennai city of Tamil Nadu. Also known as Vandalur Zoo, it is one of the finest zoos in India, and among the best places to visit as part of Chennai Tour . Established in 1855, Arignar Anna Zoological Park is the first public zoo in India, and is said to be one of the biggest in South East Asia. It is shifted to the current location of Vandalur reserved forests in the year 1979 and officially opened to the public in 1985. It is affiliated with the Central Zoo Authority of India. It is one of the popular Chennai tourist places . Spread over an area of 602 hectares (1,490 acres), the zoo houses 2,553 species of flora and fauna. As of 2012 the park houses around 1,500 wild species, including 46 endangered species, in its 160 .....
#17 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 0.5 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station (located on the West of the Central Railway Station), the Rippon Building is one of the most elegant buildings in Chennai. Built in 1913, it is being used as Municipal Corporation office since then. It is a part of a large municipal complex, which includes parks and gardens, the Nehru Stadium, Victoria Public Hall and Moore Market. Named after the Governor General of India, Lord Rippon, this building is one of the best examples of British architecture in India and has still preserved its vintage look. The building also has been a witness to a number of historical events. It covers an area of 9628 square meters which was built at an approximate cost of around 8 lakhs. The high ceilings of the Rippon Building are supported by Teak wood joints and the floors are decorated by marble flooring.
#18 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
Located at a distance of 1 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station (near local Fort Railway Station), Fort St. George was built in the year 1640 by the British East India Company, under the supervision of Francis Day and Andrew Cogon. The Fort has a 20 feet thick wall. The flag staff at this fort is the tallest in India with a height of 150 ft. Fort St. George houses St. Mary's Church & The Fort Museum. St. Mary's Church - St. Mary's Church, within the Fort St. George, was established in 1680, and it is one of the oldest churches in India. The tombstones that are found within the premises of the Fort St. George, are among the oldest tombstones of British origin in India. The Fort Museum - The Fort Museum located within Fort St.George is a large repository of arms and armaments of British era. The museum exhibits a wide range of artifacts like, Weapons, Canons, Shields, Uniforms, Manuscripts, Paintings, Letters, coins, medals, etc. Timings 10 AM - 5 PM, Friday .....
#19 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 4 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station (located near Babu Jagjivanram Road in Triplicane - around 1 Km from local Triplicane Railway Station), The Big Mosque, also called as Wallajah Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in entire south India. Constructed in 1795, it was built by the family of the Nawab Wallajah in his memory. The architecture embodies the fusion of Indian, Islamic, and Iranian influences. The Big Mosque is built completely out of gray granite and has been successful in outliving the ravages of time. Neither wood nor steel has been used in any part of this mosque. The mosque is provided with two lofty minarets at the front. The architecture is quite typical of the medieval period. The use of iron or other such materials which are susceptible to the elements have been completely avoided while constructing this mosque. This is one of the important Muslim sites of pilgrimage in the south.
Thousand Lights Mosque
#20 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 7 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station (located in Anna Salai Road), Thousand Lights Mosque is a well-known worship place for the Muslims of Chennai. Built by the Nawab of Arcot in the 1880's, the mosque is famous for its architecture, historical and religious importance. In early 19th century, the place where the mosque presently stands used to be the assembly place of Muslims during the month of Muharram. Later, the assembly hall was built, following which the mosque was constructed. Built in an area of 3 acres, the land was donated by Nawab Wallajah. The average height of the minarets is around 64 feet above the ground. There is a main hall at the ground floor to offer prayers for men & women separately.
Little Mount & St.Thomas Mount
#21 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 12 & 15 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, Little Mount and St.Thomas Mount are famous sacred places for Christians in South India. According to legend, St. Thomas was one of the first Christians to reach India in 52 AD and to preach Christianity. He has spent the last years of his life in a cave on Little Mount. Legend states that Thomas was assassinated by a shot of an arrow in 72 AD on adjacent Mount, which later acquired the name St. Thomas Mount. Little Mount has an ancient church built by the Portuguese in 1551. At the entrance is a portrait of St. Thomas and Portuguese inscription. A shrine dedicated to 'Our Lady of Expectation' was built in 1523 by the Portuguese on St. Thomas Mount where St. Thomas was martyred in 72 AD. The stone cross embedded into the wall of the alter is said to be the 'bleeding cross' that miraculously bled between 1558 and 1704. This place was visited by Pope John Paul II during his visit to India in 1986.
Tada Falls / Ubbalamadugu Falls, Near Srikalahasti
#22 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 29 km from Tada, 45 km from Srikalahasti , 85 km from Tirupati, 92 km from Chennai, 130 km from Nellore and 156 km from Chittoor, Tada falls or Ubbalamadugu Falls is situated in Varadaiahpalem mandal of Chittoor district. It is situated on the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and is an ideal place for trekking near Chennai for a day trip. The falls are located in a dense forest called Siddulaiah Kona. The falls are located within the Kambakam hills and are a popular destination for trekking, climbing and picnicking. The terrain that surrounds the falls includes rocky hill formations and lush forests interspersed with a number of streams. To reach the falls visitors have go through the Varadaiahpalem village, about 12 km from Tada falls. There is only 7 km rugged path and the remaining distance has to be trekked through. SUVs or vehicles with high ground clearance are best suited to reach the trekking ..... Distance (From Chennai): 92 Kms Trip Duration (From Chennai - Including Travel): Full Day .....
Guindy National Park
#23 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 13 km from Chennai Central Railway Station, Guindy National Park is a protected area located on Sardar Patel Road in Chennai. It is the 8th smallest national park in India , and among the very few national parks situated inside a city. Set up in 1976, the park spread over an area of 2.70 sq. km and is maintained by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Before the park came into existence, this space was considered as an extended part of the Guindy Lodge which is presently referred to as the Raj Bhavan, the Governor of Tamil Nadu's official home. It is one of the popular Chennai places to visit . There are over 14 species of mammals including blackbuck, chital or spotted deer, jackal, small Indian civet, common palm civet, bonnet macaque, hyena, pangolin, hedgehog, common mongoose, and three-striped palm squirrel. The park also has a .....
Kailasakona Waterfalls, Near Tirupati
#24 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 13 km from Puttur, 25 km from Nagari, 46 km from Tirupati, 92 km from Chennai, 76 from Chittoor, 86 km from Kanipakam , 85 km from kanchipuram and 110 km from Vellore, Kailasakona Waterfalls are a natural perennial waterfall in the valley of Nagari hills in Chittoor District. The water originates from the split in a mass rock. The height of the waterfalls is about 30 meters and it cascades down into a small pond below the rock. The water here is crystal clear having considerable mineral values & medicinal powers and can heal ailments. The tourists are not allowed to go uphill to the top of the falls. There is a small temple of Lord Shiva and Parvati near the waterfall. According to the legend, Lord Kailasanatheswara Swamy came down to earth to attend the marriage of Lord Venkateswara Swami with Goddess Padmavathi at Narayanavanam which is 9 km from Kailasakona falls. Lord Kailasanatheswara was impressed with the ..... Distance (From Chennai): 92 Kms Trip Duration (From Chennai - Including Travel): 4-6 Hours .....
#25 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 13 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station (in Thiruvanmiyur), Kalakshetra is a cultural academy that focuses on preserving traditional Indian dance. Founded by Rukmini Devi Arundale in 1936, Kalakshetra now became an institution dedicated to classical dance, music, traditional textile designs and weaving. With a 100-acre campus in Thiruvanmiyur in South of Chennai, Kalakshetra has students from around the world who are trained in the ancient gurukul system. Over the years, Kalakshetra has also focused on promoting ancient cultural traditions of India. The theater within the Kalakshetra is built according to the Natya Shastra. The institute conducts research into works of several renowned Sanskrit scholars to stage dance productions, not only for an Indian audience but also for major world theaters.
Madras Light House / Marina Lighthouse
#26 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 6 km from Chennai Central Railway Station, the Madras Light House, popularly known as Marina Lighthouse, is a lighthouse facing the Bay of Bengal in Chennai. It is a famous landmark on the Marina Beach and also one of the popular tourist attractions in Chennai. Chennai Marina Lighthouse was built by the East Coast Constructions and Industries in 1976 replacing the old lighthouse in the northern direction and was opened in January 1977. The lighthouse marks the end of the promenade on the northern half of the Marina Beach. It was closed for visitors after the assassination of the former Prime Minister of India, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 but it was opened for visitors from 14th November 2013. The present lighthouse is a triangular cylindrical concrete one with lantern and double gallery and is 11 stories high. The tower is attached to a three-story circular harbour-control building. The height of the lighthouse tower is 45.72 m and height of the light source is .....
Thiruttani, Near Kanchipuram
#27 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 13 km from Arakkonam, 44 km from Kanchipuram, 86 km from Chennai and 65 km from Tirupati, Thiruthani is a holy town located in Tiruvallur District of Tamil Nadu and is famous for the Murugan Temple. This temple is one among the six Padai Veedus (Battle Grounds) of Lord Murugan, other five are Palani, Swamimalai, Tirupparangunram, Pazhamudircholai and Thiruchendur. This place represents the site where Subramanya stayed after destroying the demon Surapadman. Tiruttani is also said to be the place where the Lord Subramanya married Valli - one of his two consorts. This temple has been mentioned in the Sangam period work Tirumurugaatruppadai composed by Nakkeerar. According to legend, Devayani, daughter of Indra married Lord Murugan and was presented Indra's elephant Airavatam as part of his dowry offering. Upon Airavatam's departure Indra found his wealth waning. Lord Subramanya is said to have offered to return the white elephant, however Indra refused to accept a ..... Distance (From Chennai): 86 Kms Trip Duration (From Chennai - Including Travel): 4-6 Hours .....
Covelong Beach, Near Mahabalipuram
#28 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 23 Kms from Mahabalipuram and 35 Kms from Chennai (on Chennai - Mahabalipuram Road) Covelong/ Kovalam is a famous beach resort and one of the popular tourist places to visit near Chennai . It was originally just a small fishing village, but now also expanded to become one of the most famous beach resorts in South India. You can still explore the old sea port that used to exist there. Numerous quality beach resorts can be found at Kovalam. The beaches at that location are absolutely exquisite, and are greatly enjoyed by all that visit there. It is also to these beaches that the well-known Olive Ridley Turtles travel to every year to hatch their eggs. Swimmimg and wind surfing are popular activities at this beach. Distance (From Chennai): 35 Kms Trip Duration (From Muttukadu - Including Travel): 1-2 Hours .....
#29 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 57 km from Chennai, 65 km from Kanchipuram, 96 km from Pondicherry, 420 km from Madurai, and 290 km from Trichy, Mahabalipuram (also called Mamallapuram) is situated in Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the major heritage sites in Tamilnadu , and one of the best places to experience Tamilnadu Tourism . Mahabalipuram is known for its historical monuments, sculptures, scenic beauty, culture, and tradition. Built-in 7th century CE, shore temples are the prominent attractions that can be visited as part of Mahabalipuram tour packages . These temples built largely during the reigns of Narasimha Varman and his successor Rajasimha Varman, showcase the movement from rock-cut architecture to structural buildings. The mandapas and the rathas shaped as temple chariots are made from the granite rock face, while ..... Distance (From Chennai): 58 Kms Trip Duration (From Chennai - Including Travel): Full Day .....
#30 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 68 km from Vellore, 65 km from Mahabalipuram, 75 km from Chennai, 108 km from Tirupati & 127 km from Pondicherry, Kanchipuram or Kanchi is a temple town and the headquarters of Kanchipuram district. It is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Chennai and among the major places to visit in Tamilnadu . Kanchipuram is one of the most famous places of pilgrimage in Tamilnadu . Kanchipuram has a rich history and it's one of the oldest cities in India. The temples of Kanchipuram are known for their grandeur and great architecture. The architecture of Kanchi monuments was trendsetting with great sculpture work and unique style and became a benchmark for South Indian architecture. This is another popular attraction to visit as part of Chennai tour packages . The ..... Distance (From Chennai): 70 Kms Trip Duration (From Chennai - Including Travel): Full Day .....
Nagalapuram, Near Tirupati
#31 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 16 km from Nagalapuram town, 44 km from Puttur, 87 km from Chennai, 78 km from Tirupati, 107 km from Chittoor, 130 km from Vellore, 120 km from Kanipakam & 288 km from Bangalore, Nagalapuram is a small historical town located in the Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh. Nagalapuram is famous for two things, one is Sri Vedanarayana Swamy Temple and the other one is Nagalapuram falls trekking (also known as Saddhi Koodu Madugu). This is one of the popular sites for trekking near Chennai and also among ideal weekend getaways around Chennai for a two day trip. Sri Vedanarayana temple is grand shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is said to have been built by Krishna Devaraya of Vijayanagar Empire in remembrance of his mother Nagala Devi, after whom the town is named. The temple reflects the Vijayanagara architectural and the main deity idol is facing west. The ..... Distance (From Chennai): 87 Kms Trip Duration (From Chennai - Including Travel): Full Day .....
Pulicat Lake & Sanctuary, Near Srikalahasti
#32 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 9 from Sullurpet, 50 km from Srikalahasti , 105 km from Nellore & 88 km from Chennai Central Railway Station, Pulicat Lake is the second largest brackish water lake in India, after Orissa's Chilka Lake. It lies at the border of Thiruvallur district in Tamil Nadu and Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh states. The island of Sriharikota (home for famous ISRO) separates the lake from the Bay of Bengal. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Chennai and an ideal weekend getaway near Chennai. The sanctuary is home to wide range of migratory birds that migrate in large numbers in winter. It is one of the best places for bird watching in the vicinity of Chennai city and at the same time experience the memorable boat riding in Pulicat Lake. The entrance to the ..... Distance (From Chennai Central Railway Station): 88 Kms Trip Duration (From Chennai Central Railway Station - Including Travel): 6 Hours .....
Arunachala Temple - Tiruvannamalai, Near Kanchipuram
#33 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 83 km from Vellore, 120 km from Kanchipuram, 195 km from Chennai, and 204 km from Bangalore, the Arunachaleswara Temple is a sacred Hindu shrine situated at Thiruvannamalai near Kanchi in Tamilnadu. It is one of the greatest Shaiva places of pilgrimage in South India and among the most popular temples to visit near Bangalore & Chennai. Also known as Annamalaiyar Temple, Arunachala Temple is a breathtaking temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple was constructed by Vijayanagara kings between 16th and the 17th centuries. It is significant to the Hindu sect of Saivism as it is one of the pancha bhoota sthalams, which are dedicated to the manifestation of five natural elements. Legend has it that the Lord has manifested himself as an element of fire or Agni in this temple. The temple is believed to be the eighth-largest Hindu temple in the world, ..... Distance (From Chennai): 200 Kms Trip Duration (From Chennai - Including Travel): Full Day .....
#34 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 71 km from Chittoor, 413 km from Vijayawada, 556 km from Hyderabad, 763 km from Vizag, 134 km from Chennai and 259 km from Bangalore, Tirupati is a pilgrimage city in the extreme southeast of Andhra Pradesh in Chittoor district. It is often referred as a synonym to Tirumala (called as Tirumala Tirupati), which is a sacred temple town famous for Sri Venkateswara Temple also known as Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. Tirupati along with Chandragiri is an ideal Chennai getaways for a two day trip and also one of the top Andhra Pradesh tourist places . Tirupati is one of the most ancient and sacred pilgrimage sites in India. Tirumala, the home of Lord Venkateswara is at a distance of 22 km from Tirupati. However, Tirupati is the town and transport hub to Tirumala at the bottom ..... Distance (From Chennai): 150 Kms Trip Duration (From Chennai - Including Travel): 1-2 Days .....
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Near Mahabalipuram
#35 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 53 km from Mahabalipuram, and 89 km from Chennai, Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is a protected sanctuary situated at Vedanthangal near Mahabalipuram. It is one of the oldest water bird sanctuaries in India , and among the popular weekend getaways from Chennai . Vedanthangal literally means 'the hamlet of a hunter' in the local Tamil language. It was so named as being a famous hunting grounds for the local landlords during the 18th century. Realizing this ornithological importance of the region, the British government declared it as a bird sanctuary in the year 1798, making it the oldest of its kind in the country. And, among the most popular places to visit near Mahabalipuram . Covering a total area of 30 hectares, the Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is a popular migratory home ..... Distance (From Chennai): 89 Kms Trip Duration (From Chennai - Including Travel): 4-6 Hours .....
Sripuram, Near Vellore
#36 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 10 km from Vellore, 70 km from Kanchipuram, 120 km from Tirupati, 146 km from Chennai, and 212 km from Bangalore, Sripuram Golden Temple is a sacred Hindu temple situated in Tirumalaikodi at Southern Vellore, Tamil Nadu. It is one of the popular pilgrimage sites near Bangalore , and among the must visit places during Vellore trip . Sripuram Golden Temple is dedicated to the goddess Mahalakshmi. Constructed in the year 2007, The temple is built in 100 acres area of land and constructed by Vellore-based Sri Narayani Peetham, headed by spiritual leader Sri Sakthi Amma. The Vimana and Ardha Mandapa have been coated with gold both in the interior and exterior. Sripuram is the biggest structure made out of gold as one and a half tonnes of gold has been used for the construction of the temple with a cost of 600 crores. This is one of the prominent Vellore places to visit . The ..... Distance (From Chennai): 146 Kms Trip Duration (From Chennai - Including Travel): Half Day to Full Day .....
#37 of 37 Places to Visit in Chennai
At a distance of 70 km from Kanchipuram, 106 km from Tirupati, 142 km from Chennai, and 214 km from Bangalore, Vellore is a city and the administrative headquarters of Vellore district in Tamil Nadu. Situated on the banks of the Palar River, Vellore is one of the oldest cities of South India, and among the popular Tamilnadu tourist places . Vellore is popularly known as the Fort City of Tamil Nadu. Now a very calm and understated place, it was once a battleground and has seen many wars. The name Vellore also means a City of Spears. Vellore along with Sripuram is one of the popular weekend getaways from Chennai , and among the top attractions, you must include in South India Trip . Vellore has an enriching legacy reflecting the early Dravidian culture. It has been ruled by the Pallavas, Cholas, Vijayanagara Empire, Rashtrakutas, ..... Distance (From Chennai): 142 Kms Trip Duration (From Chennai - Including Travel): Full Day .....
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Chennai is highly humid area and Winter from October to February is the best time to visit Chennai . December is also the busiest season and hotels are usually very expensive in this season. This is also the time for exploring the beautiful beaches and several historical places of Chennai
Chennai usually requires complete 2 days to visit the most important attractions. However, there are several wonderful places to visit around Chennai like Mahabalipuram which usually take additional one day. Chennai can be mixed with near by wonderful destinations like Pondicherry, Kanchipuram, Chidambaram and Vellore by adding few additional days to your trip.
Budget of Chennai trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Chennai tour packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 5000 per person for a 2D/1N trip and from INR 7500 per person for 3D/2N vacation.
Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Chennai like Marina Beach, Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Govt. Museum, Valluvar Kottam, Kapiliswarar Temple, Birla Planetarium and Elliot's Beach. If you have time, you can visit near by places like Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram with additional day for each place.
Buying souvenirs is a great way to bring back some of the cherished moments you had during the trip to Chennai. The beautifully-woven silk saris of Kanchipuram, Gold Jewellery, stone carvings from Mahabalipuram, Tajore Painting, bronze, brass castings and traditional jewellery from Kumbakonam and leaf handicrafts from Tirunelveli are the must by things in Chennai. T Nagar, Pondy Bazar, Sowcar Pet and Anna Nagar the popular shopping places to buy these souvenirs.
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11 Best Places to Visit Near Chennai
Popular Chennai Side Trips Including Tamil Nadu's Golden Triangle
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There are many places to visit near Chennai that are popular side trips from the city. The tourist circuit of Chennai, Mammallapuram and Kanchipuram is often referred to as Tamil Nadu's Golden Triangle. These destinations can also be individually visited as day trips from Chennai. If you'd like to get close to nature, consider Vedantangal Bird Sanctuary or Madras Crocodile Bank. Further afield, Pondicherry attracts a lot of visitors from Chennai and can be covered on a long day trip. It's really worth staying there though, as it's a relaxing place to spend some time.
Mammallapuram (or Mahabalipuram as it's otherwise known) has a thriving backpacker scene. Famous attractions include the windswept Shore Temple on the water’s edge, Five Rathas (sculptured temples in the shape of chariots), and Arjuna's Penance (a huge carving on the face of a rock depicting scenes from the Mahabharatha). Mammallapuram is known for its surfing and stone sculpture industry as well. The annual Mamallapuram Dance Festival is held during late December to late January at Arjuna's Penance. Plan your trip there with this Mammallapuram beach travel guide.
- Location: About a hour an a half south of Chennai, along the East Coast Road.
Looking for sand and surf? You don't need to go as far as Mammallapuram. The fishing village of Kovalam (also called Covelong) has one of the best surf schools in India, Covelong Point Social Surf School . The school's fantastic new surf facility opened in mid 2015, with a cafe, lounge and guest rooms right on the beach. Part of the earnings go towards funding social projects in the village. A Surf, Music and Yoga Festival is held every September, and free surfing lessons are offered as part of it. The Taj hotel group also has a luxury resort, the Fisherman's Cove , in the area.
- Location: About an hour south of Chennai, on the East Coast Road.
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If you're heading down the East Coast Road, do spend some time at Dakshina Chitra, on the way to Kovalam and Mammallapuram. One of the top museums in India that showcase the country's culture , it features a collection of 18 authentic historical houses from all over south India. Each one has been transported and reconstructed on the premises, and contains an exhibition related to the lifestyle of the community that it belonged to. The museum is a project of the Madras Craft Foundation. It opened in December 1996. Crafts are promoted via activities and workshops for visitors, and there's also has a handicrafts shop on the premises.
- Location: Muttukadu, about 50 minutes south of Chennai on the East Coast Road. Next to MGM Dizzee World.
- Opening Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and Diwali.
- Tickets: 100 rupees for Indians. 250 rupees for foreigners. Discounts are offered for students.
Madras Crocodile Bank
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For a close encounter of the reptilian kind, don't miss Madras Crocodile Bank where you'll be able to meet more than 35 species of reptiles and amphibians. This includes 17 species of crocodiles (numbering 1,800 of these snappy creatures) as well lizards (including komodo dragons), snakes and turtles. Although it's one of the largest reptile zoos in the world, there is a much broader focus on conservation and education. Activities include guided tours, reptile feeding, and night safaris (when the crocodiles really come to life!). The most infamous crocodile, the massive and savage Jaws III, is publicly fed every Sunday at 4.30 p.m. You can also join the volunteer program.
- Location: Between Kovalam and Mammallapuram on the East Coast Road, south of Chennai.
- Opening Hours: 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m, and 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. (for the night safari). Closed Mondays.
- Tickets: Entry tickets are 60 rupees adults and 30 rupees for kids below 10 years of age. Night safari tickets are 200 rupees for adults and 100 rupees for kids.
Experience "Life on the Udder Side", at The Farm! This property started as a dairy farm 1974, and has grown into a rustic rural tourism destination. The owners opened a restaurant and store there in 2009, where they serve and sell their organic produce. This includes cheese, butter, ghee, pickles, jams, rice, oils, and breads. The restaurant's wood-fired ovens are a highlight, and they churn out delicious pizzas. Those who want to learn about farming can go on a guided walk through the stables (kids can feed the animals) and vegetable gardens. Book ahead on weekends, as it gets busy.
- Location: 1/277 Semancheri Village, Old Mahabalipuram Road. It's about an hour south of Chennai.
Pondicherry and Auroville
Pondicherry, a separate union territory on the east cost of Tamil Nadu, has a French feel and a beach vibe. This former 18th century French colony is home to Sri Aurobindo Ashram , which attracts plenty of spiritual seekers. Sri Aurobindo's teachings were based on the concept of integral yoga and surrendering to a higher consciousness. Nearby, Auroville is a experiential spiritual community set up with the objective of human unity. It was founded in 1968 by a French woman called "The Mother", who was the successor of Sri Aurobindo. Check out these top cultural things to do in Pondicherry and stay at one of these 12 Pondicherry hotels near the beach for all budgets.
- Location: Three and a half hours south of Chennai, along the East Coast Road.
Labeled as the "City of a Thousand Temples", Kanchipuram is not just famous for its distinctive silk saris. It was once the capital of the Pallava dynasty, which ruled widely in south India from the 2nd to 9th centuries. Today, only a 100 or so temples remain, many of them with unique architectural beauty. The diversity of temples is particularly noteworthy. There are both Shiva and Vishnu temples, built by various rulers (the Cholas, Vijayanagar kings, Muslims and British also ruled this part of Tamil Nadu) who each refined the design. In case you want to shop, here are some tips for buying Kanchipuram saris.
- Location: Two hours southwest of Chennai, on the main road to Bangalore .
Vedantangal Bird Sanctuary
If you're into nature, Vedantangal Bird Sanctuary is a good place to go bird watching at the right time of year. A diverse variety of migratory birds come to nest in the open mangrove habitat from November to March. For the best sightings, go early morning or late afternoon at the height of breeding season, in December and January. Bring binoculars and your zoom lenses! Binoculars can also be hired. Nearby, the lesser known Karikili Bird Sanctuary is worth visiting too.
- Location: About two hours south of Chennai, along National Highway 32.
- Opening Hours: 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.
- Tickets: 25 rupees for adults, 5 rupees for children. This is one of the rare places in India where the price is the same for Indians and foreigners.
There are not many forts remaining in Tamil Nadu but Gingee Fort is one of them. It occupies three hills (and requires an energetic climb), on the way to Tiruvannamalai from Chennai. This remote and highly impenetrable fortress was apparently referred to as "Troy of the East" by the British. It's in ruins now but still has many interesting structures, including temples, prison cells, marriage hall, and sacred pond.
- Location: About three hours southwest of Chennai, along National Highway 32.
Instead of going south, head north of Chennai to the historic seaside port town of Pulicat (also known by its Tamil name of Pazhaverkadu). This off-beat tourist destination is part of what's known as Dutch India. Except for a short break, the Dutch ruled Pulicat for 214 years, from 1606 to 1825 when it was relinquished to the British. However, Pulicat's heritage dates as far back as the 3rd century BC, to the ancient Chola dynasty. The town's monuments include a Dutch Cemetery, temples, churches and mosques. In addition, Pulicat has the second largest brackish water lake in India, after Chilika Lake in Odisha . The Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary attracts some rare birds, including flamingos.
- Location: An hour and a half north of Chennai, along State Highway 104.
Storytrails will take you into the countryside near Chennai for a relaxing day trip amid paddy fields and sacred groves. You'll get to learn the techniques of organic farming, experience rural hospitality, hear stories of village life, and visit ancient village temples. The delightful sounds of silence provide a refreshing reprieve from the city for curious, immersive travelers.
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10 Famous Tourist Places to Visit in Chennai
Posted on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 by MTI Team
Home to one of the second largest urban beaches in the world, Chennai is an Indian city that is purely steeped in cultural history and ancient works of art. The bustling Chennai city is home to beautiful beaches, British rule-era style of architecture, and some of the oldest temples in the world. As you plan a Chennai trip, be ready to get amazed by the wide range of culinary south Indian flavours and cultures that will surely entice the traveller in you. This loving breezy beach city has some of the warmest and purest soul people around. Whether you are planning a short trip or a long one, there are plenty of Chennai famous places to keep you indulged and interested.
How To Reach Chennai?
- By Air: If you are thinking of reaching Chennai by booking your USA to Chennai flights, then Chennai International Airport is located at a distance of 7km from the main city centre.
- By Train: Chennai has two main railway terminals. Chennai Central Station is the main serving station for the Chennai location. It is connected to major cities as well as to smaller towns across India.
- By Road: Chennai location is one of Asia’s largest bus stations and is well connected to major cities in Tamil Nadu. Chennai city is also well connected via highways so you can also commute through cars and cabs.
Best Time To Visit Chennai
The best time to visit Chennai is during the winter season. The months from November to February is the best time to visit Chennai. The temperature remains pleasant, and it becomes quite comfortable to explore all of Chennai tourist places. Otherwise, Chennai remains quite hot during the summers. Again, what might be hot for some can be okay for others. Hence, having an overview of the Chennai weather is important before planning your trip.
10 Top-Ranked Places To Explore In Chennai
For all the travellers who don’t mind the hot sun but love to enjoy some warmth hearted people and love rich cultural backgrounds. Then Chennai is the city for you to spend your holidays. There are some mind-boggling destinations in Chennai which you should surely not miss.
1. Kapaleeswarar Temple
Kapaleeswarar Temple is one of the oldest temples with awe-inspiring architectural beauty. The true Chennai beauty resides only at this temple. The temple was built in the 7th century by Pallava kings. Kapaleeswarar Temple is one of the best places to visit in Chennai as it is a true example of Dravidian architecture.
- Location: Within Chennai City
- Timings: 5:30 Am to 12 Pm and 5:00 Pm to 9:00 Pm
- Entry Fee: No entry fees
2. Valluvar Kottam
Valluvar Kottam is one of the most impressive Chennai tourist places located on the East Coast Road. It is dedicated to Valluvar and is an eminent part of Chennai’s literature collection. This ancient monument was inaugurated in the 19th century and is one of the prime tourist attractions in Chennai. Don’t forget to have a look at 133 chapters of the famous inscribed work.
- Location: Valluvar Kottam High Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai
- Timings: 8:30 Am to 5:30 Pm
- Entry Fee: INR 3 for adults and INR 2 for Children
Mylapore is a neighbourhood that is perfect for every type of traveller because it has something for everyone. It is home to a plethora of Chennai places to visit that will entice the traveller inside you for all good reasons. It is one of the oldest residential areas and is a must-visit place during your South Chennai trip.
- Location : Chennai, Tamil Nadu
- Timings: All day long
- Entry Fee : Free
4. Guindy National Park
Love animals a bit too much? If yes, then a visit to Guindy National park is a must. Guindy National Park is one of the smallest national parks in India. It is listed amongst the top places to visit in South Chennai for all wildlife-loving travellers. Additionally, if you also love birdwatching, then bring your binoculars here and spot the numerous species of birds here. It is also famous for the Chennai Snake Park.
- Location: Rangeguindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
- Timing s: 9:00 Am to 5:30 Pm
- Entry Fees: INR 20 for adults and INR 5 for children
5. Birla Planetarium
For all the travellers who get excited about stars, the moon, and planets, Birla Planetarium is one of the best places to visit in Chennai. This amazing large planetarium offers visitors impressive virtual tours, cosmic shows that will impress you in the most surprising ways. There are eight galleries in Birla Planetarium which are dedicated to different subjects of science.
- Location: Gandhi Museum, Duraisamy Nagar, Kotturpuram
- Timings: 10:00 Am to 5:45 Pm
- Entry Fees: Adults (INR 30) Kids (INR 15)
6. Marina Beach
Marine beach is amongst Chennai’s famous places and is surely a paradise for all beach lovers. It is one of the longest beaches in India as well as in the world. It also becomes a crowded beach during the peak season. The enthralling views of sunrise and sunset at the shore of Marina beach are surely something that you should not miss. You can also play games like volleyball, build sandcastles or swim throughout the day.
- Location: Marina Beach, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
- Timings: All through the day.
7. Thousand Lights Mosque
Thousand Lights Mosque is a revered place of worship for all the local Muslim population. It is believed that about 1000 lights were needed to light up the entire hall of this mosque during the earlier times. The major attraction of this mosque is its two minarets that are about 64 feet tall and exhibiting the wonderful architectural style of the medieval period.
- Location: Peters Road, Peters Colony, Chennai
- Timings: 5:30 Am to 8:30 Pm
8. Arignar Anna Zoological Park
For all the animal lovers out there, Arinagar Anna Zoological park is one of Chennai’s best place s. This zoological park is home to more than 500 rare species of animals that are most endangered. Here you can enjoy lion safari and elephant safari. In addition to this, you can also spot other animal species like amphibians, insects, etc.
- Location: Grand Southern Trunk Rd, Vandalur, Tamil Nadu
- Timings: 9:00 Am to 6:00 Pm
Entry fees: INR 30 For Adults, INR 10 for Children
9. Swami Vivekananda’s House
If you are interested in gaining knowledge regarding Indian culture and Swami Vivekanand, then this is the ideal place to visit. It is the main spot where Swami Vivekananda spent the most crucial days of his life. This historical spot in Chennai will fill your soul with complete positivity. There’s also a special park area also called Vivekananda Park.
- Location: Kanraj Salai, marina beach rd, Chennai.
- Timings: 10:00 Am to 12:30 Pm and 3:00 Pm to 7:15 Pm
10. Fort Saint George
One of the most famous Chennai tourist places is Fort St. George. It is the true living example of British history in India. It is one of the main official buildings of the British empire in Chennai. The fort is a popular monument that was founded in the 16th century and now serves as a famous museum in Chennai today. The magnificent and architectural marvel of Fort St. George will surely make you appreciate British Artistry.
- Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
- Timings: 9:00 Am to 5:00 Pm
5 Weekend Getaways from Chennai
Like any other coastal city, Chennai also greets its visitors with its fair share of delightful tourist destinations. Chennai city has numerous mesmerizing weekend getaways to help you enjoy a respite from the hustle-bustle of city life, which you should not miss.
Pondicherry is famously recognized for the existence of Sri Aurobindo and Mother’s Ashram. It serves as a great holiday destination for budget travellers because there is so much to see and enjoy here. From French quarters, picturesque locations to vintage-style colonial buildings, Pondicherry is amongst Chennai best places to visit.
How To Get There : Train is the easiest way to travel from Chennai to Pondicherry. You can also use your private vehicle to drive down to Pondicherry using ECR road.
Coorg is one of the most popular one-day trip locations from Chennai. It is a popular hill station in South India and offers travellers numerous experiences. Coorg also offers many adventurous sports like trekking, camping, and rappelling. Don’t forget to visit the highest peak, Thadiyandamol, to spot stunning vistas.
How To Get There : Coorg is easily accessible by road from most of the cities in Southern Karnataka.
Out of all Chennai beautiful places , Rameshwaram is considered one of India’s holiest pilgrimage sites and ancient temples. It is the part of char Dham yatra (Badrinath, Puri, Dwarka, Rameshwaram). It is mainly known for the famous Ramanathaswamy temple, which also has the largest temple corridor in India.
How To Get There : Rameshwaram is well connected via train and road to major cities like Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, etc. City buses are also available.
4. Koli Hills
You might not have heard of Koli Hills, but it is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions with an abundance of picturesque views, natural beauty, and lots more. The lack of commercialization has saved the serenity of Koli Hills. From coffee to spice plantations to stunning emerald valleys, Koli Hills is a paradise for nature lovers.
How To Get There : Chennai is well connected to Koli Hills via NH45.
Ooty is one of the most popular holiday destinations for a weekend trip from Chennai. Beautifully located in the Nilgiri Hills, Ooty offers breathes and spectacular beauty of nature all around. This hill station offers you a refreshing change from city centre dust and pollution life. From
How To Get There : It is 535 km from the metropolitan city, Chennai and is well connected by road. You can self-drive or hire a cab/taxi to get there.
Q: What are the most famous temples that I should not miss out on during my Chennai trip?
Ans : There are many famous temples in Chennai. However, visiting the ones, you should not miss out on, including Parthasarathy Temple, Marundeeswarar Temple, Astalakshmi temple, Murugan Temple, and many more.
Q: Are there any beautiful churches in Chennai that I can visit?
Ans : Yes, there are numerous beautiful churches located in Chennai. Some of them are Santhome Church, Velankanni Church, and Saint Cathedral Basilica.
Q: What is so special about Chennai?
Ans : Chennai attracts many visitors that include both local and foreign tourists due to its great history, heritage, temples, and cleanest beaches.
Q: What are some of the best trekking trails in Chennai?
Ans : There are plenty of trekking trails in Chennai. But the most popular ones are the Tada Waterfall trek, Kumbakumari trek, and Kotagiri Trek.
Q: What beaches in Chennai are a must-visit for a first-time visitor?
Ans : The bustling city of Chennai offers numerous beautiful and popular beaches. However, some of the best popular beaches you should not miss out on are Akkarai Beach, Santhome Beach, Marina Beach, and Covelong beach that is famous for the blue waters.
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Sun, Sand, and Culture: Explore the Best Tourist Places in Chennai
Chennai, the political and cultural hub of Tamil Nadu is widely acknowledged as a significant city in South India. Commonly referred to as Madras it holds the prestigious title of being the capital of Tamil Nadu establishing itself as the gateway to this vibrant region. Chennai’s exponential growth has substantially positioned it as a premier destination for IT firms and an array of thriving businesses in various sectors.
There are several churches, forts, mosques, temples, mansions, and captivating natural sites in Chennai that you can explore. Chennai is very famous for beaches, fabrics, heritage sites, classical dance and music, and food. Some of the popular tourist Places in Chennai are listed below.
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1. marina beach.
Marina Beach is longest beach in India and the second longest beach in the world with a length of 12 kilometers extending from Beasant Nagar in the south to Fort St. George in the north. No visitor to Chennai would dare to skip a visit to the magnificent Marina Beach.
The aquarium and the Ice House stand out as the primary highlights of Marina Beach. The Chepauk Palace, Senate House, PWD office, Presidency College, and Chennai University are the notable historical buildings here. These architectural marvels contribute to the rich historical attraction of the vicinity. You can do a lot of beach activities in the early morning hours and evenings. Witnessing the sunrise and sunset is a delightful and soothing experience for all. you can shop for souvenirs like shell mementos, and fashion jewelry, from the booths on the beachside. Those are perfect tourist Places in Chennai to visit with friends. You can play games like beach volleyball or build sand castles.
2. Valluvar Kottam
Thiruvalluvar is commended as one of the greatest scholars in Tamil Nadu. Valluvar Kottam is an intricately designed chariot erected in his honor. Tourists come to see its splendid craftsmanship, which is a wonderful sight to behold. In the past, it held the honor of being the largest hall in Asia, which has a capacity of accommodating approximately 4,000 individuals.
You can enjoy the true magnificence of Valluvar Kottam in the early morning or at sunset when the sun bathes its architectural splendor in a captivating glow. Situated at the crossroads of Kodambakkam High Road and Village Road, you can visit Valluvar Kottam by taxi or bus from various parts of the city.
Location: Nungambakkam Lake Area Main Road, Chennai
Timings: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Entry Fee: For Adult the entry fee is Rs.10 Per person and Rs.5 for a child.
3. Thousand Lights Mosque
Thousand Lights Mosque is among the most revered mosques of Chennai. It serves as a significant gathering place for daily prayers as well as various festivals. Thousand Lights Mosque has been constructed in the traditional Islamic architectural style, displaying its detailed and decorative design. It is among the most popular places to visit in Chennai at night because of the emanating radiant glow that captivates the eyes. The mosque showcases the brilliance of medieval architectural style demonstrating its meticulous craftsmanship and accomplished artistry.
The Thousand Lights Mosque in Chennai is visited by lots of tourists and locals. it holds significant importance as a pilgrimage destination, attracting devout from distant places.
Location: Royapettah, Peters Road, Peters Colony, Chennai
Timings: 5:30 am to 8:30 pm
Entry Fee: Nill
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4. Elliot’s Beach
Elliot’s Beach is one of the popular beaches of this amazing city. This beach is located at the end of Marina Beach in Besant Nagar. It is frequently visited by tourists to enjoy its glittering waters and indulging in a leisurely walk along the beautiful seashore. Many tourists visits here due to its serenity and hygiene. You can enjoy the amazing view during sunrise and sunset. It is a very famous place for the couples.
Timings: All through the day
Dakshinachitra Museum is the greatest architecture of Tamil Nadu who is known as one of the best Tourist Places in Chennai. This museum has 18 houses put together which were built to preserve the culture and heritage of all four south Indian states – Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Karnataka which is stretched to an area of 10 acres of land. Here you can get a quick trip to all these states. If you want to visit tourist Places in Chennai with family, It is the best Place to explore.
Location: SH 49, Muttukadu, 25 kilometer in the south of Chennai
Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Children aged 5-12 years: Rs 20
Students: Rs 30
Adults: Rs 110 and Rs 130 during festivals and national holidays
6. Ashtalakshmi Temple
Ashtalakshmi Temple is a Hindu temple which Hailed as the divine abode of Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Knowledge. It is situated in Besant Nagar. It is a few kilometers from Besant Beach. It is one of the best tourist Places in Chennai to visit with your family. An ideal place to find peace and relieve oneself from worries, while simultaneously seeking spiritual enlightenment. The temple complex resonates with the echoes of the ocean waves, enhancing its tranquil ambiance even further.
Location: Elliots Beach, Chennai, Besant Nagar
Timings: 6:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Entry Fee: NA
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7. Government Museum
You should visit here if you love antiquities. You will love this place. This place preserves some of the best ancient and modern South Indian bronzes from the 10th – 13th Century. Moreover, the Amaravathi Gallery proudly exhibits marble sculptures that portray the life of Gautam Buddha, dating back to the 2nd century.
Location: Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai
Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (closed on Fridays as well as national holidays)
Children below 12 years: Rs.10
If you want to dig deep into the culture of Chennai, head to Mylapore as it is considered the cultural capital of Chennai. Mylapore is situated a short distance from the south of the British-built city of Chennai. Mylapore is graced with numerous churches, temples, and mosques. You can visit the Kapaleeswarar Temple where the primary deity worshipped in the temple is Lord Shiva. You can also visit the Adi Kesava Perumal Temple which is constructed in honor of Vishnu. Other temples are Sri Vedantha Desikar Devasthanam , Valluvar Koil, Madhava Perumal Temple, Ramakrishna Math. You will find delicious South Indian delicacies to binge on. Mylapore is very popular for its food, with numerous popular eateries that attract a large number of people.
9. Guindy National Park
You can visit this national park if you are craving some adventures in Tourist Places in Chennai. It has over 300 kinds of trees and plants, 150 species of birds, and 15 animal species, reptiles, and aquatic creatures. You should bring your family here for a visit.
Location: Rangeguindy, Chennai
Timings: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (shut on Tuesdays)
Government and Aided School Children: Rs2
Private School Children: Rs 10
Adults: Rs 15
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10. Sri Parthasarathy Temple
Sri Parthasarathy Temple was built in the 8th century and dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The finely carved pillars and dynamic towering gateways of this place will surely mesmerize and enthrall you. The temple has 2 delicately carved pyramid-shaped rajagopuram or domes, one of them is situated in the east direction of the temple while the other is in the west direction.
Location: Narayana Krishnaraja Puram, Triplicane, Chennai
Timings: 5:30 AM-12 PM and 4:00 PM-9:00 PM
11. Kapaleeswarar Temple
The Kapaleeswarar Temple was built by the mighty Pallavas which was destroyed to the ground by the Portuguese explorers. It was rebuilt during the Vijayanagara Empire. Kapaleeswarar Temple is a magnificent example of the Dravidian and Vijayanagara architectural styles, making it a truly amazing sight to behold.
Location: Vinayaka Nagar Colony, Mylapore, Chennai
Timings: 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
12. Connemara Public Library
If you are a reader and fond of books, you should visit Connemara Public Library. You will find every book available here. From periodicals to ancient scriptures to contemporary books, this library house has an extensive collection of literary works from different time periods, covering periodicals, historical scriptures, and modern-day books.
Timings: 9:00 am to 7:30 pm (Monday-Saturday); 9:30 am to 6:00 pm (Sundays)
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Chennai presents a lot of extraordinary destinations that you can explore from beaches to one of the best libraries in India, you can travel according to your choices. You will undoubtedly enjoy all the above-mentioned places and have an amazing and memorable journey.
Which are the famous places in Chennai?
Government Guindy, National Park, Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Kapaleeswarar Temple, and Connemara Public Library Museum are some famous places in Mylapore.
Which food is famous in Chennai?
Idli sambar, Dosa, Vada, and Uttapam are some famous foods in Chennai
What can I buy in Chennai?
You can buy Handloom Silk Sarees, Thanjavur Paintings Veena, Swamimalai Bronze Statues.
What makes Chennai so special?
Vibrant arts, ancient temples, natural wonders, and a bustling culinary scene make Chennai one of the most popular tourist stops in the southern edges of the country.
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Yercaud - 358 km from chennai.
Among the best tourist places near Chennai, Yercaud is cuddled in the verdant green environs and undulating hills of Salem district of Tamil Nadu, places to visit in Yercaud are really mystical. Escape into the array of flora and fauna of this sleepy little getaway when here.
Place s to Visit in Yercaud : The stunning Yercaud Lake which is surrounded by gardens and woods is one you should not miss. The Pagoda Point is another site where you can catch the panoramic view of the enchanting town. Some other natural gems of Yercaud are the Kiliyur Waterfalls, Lady’s Seat, Silk Farm and Rose Garden, Deer Park, Bears Cave, Kottachedu Teak Forest and Anna Park.
Things to Do in Yercaud : Enjoy camping, sightseeing as well as trekking up in the hills of Yercaud as you discover its little-known natural treasures.
Distance from Chennai: 358 km
Best time to visit: October - June Where to stay: Best Yeracaud resorts for a perfect stay .
Yelagiri - 227 km from Chennai
Get pleasantly lost in the magical hill station of Yelagiri, in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. Yelagiri is one of the best tourist places near Chennai. Have a tryst with the charming neighbourhood of tribal villages in here. It is because of the tranquillity and solitude of this hillock that Yelagiri scores high on the list of most popular weekend getaways around Chennai.
Places to Visit in Yelagiri: Yelagiri is for those seeking an easy-paced holiday away from the madness of the city. Perhaps the signature landmark of the place is the Punganoor artificial lake-cum-park where tourists can enjoy a walk or some boating.
Additionally, the picturesque Swami Malai Hills is a dreamy treat to the eyes. One can even take a walk by the cascading waters of the majestic Jalagamparai Falls.
Things to do in Yelagiri : Boating and sightseeing are some easy-paced activities one can entertain themselves with. However, for adventure aficionados, the Yelagiri Adventure Sports Association (YASA) offers a host of thrilling activities.
Distance from Chennai: 227 Km
Best time to visit: November - February Whe re to stay: Best resorts in Yelagiri for a perfect stay .
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Ooty - 547 km from Chennai
Although this cosy hill town is a little too messy for some tastes, the greenery quieter neighbourhoods of this place could easily be mistaken for an English countryside.
A combination of charming British bungalows, temples, parks and gardens, and a number of places to visit in Ooty makes it the most popular hill station of South India and works as a welcome relief from the humdrum scenes of life.
Places to Visit in Ooty : If we had to list down a number of tourist attractions in this scenic town, the Botanical Gardens, Rose Garden and Thread Garden are for those who appreciate living galleries of the natural flora of the Nilgiris.
Then comes St. Stephen’s Church, Tribal Research Centre Museum and Nilgiri Library. For those who want to bask in the misty scenery of the place, Doddabetta Lookout is a must-visit.
Things to do in Ooty : Boating and sightseeing are the activities tourists love to indulge in when here.
Distance from Chennai: 547 km
Best time to visit: May – June and December - February
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Kodaikanal - 518 kms from Chennai
One of the most sought after honeymoon destinations in the country, Kodaikanal, or Kodai as it is lovingly called, is the princess of Hill Stations and rightly so. Not only for the spectacular yet cosy serenity of the place that captivates the soul but for its multitude of phenomenal waterfalls that make this beautiful town the most visited weekend getaway from Chennai. The beautiful places to visit in Kodaikanal make it best for the Honeymoon.
Places to Visit in Kodaikanal : The views from Coaker’s Walk, Moir’s point, Green Valley view and Pillar rocks are stunning. Chettiar and Bryant Parks both are small, pretty, landscaped which explains its popularity amongst canoodling couples. Berijam Lake, Bear Shola Falls, and Silver Cascade are some of the natural treasures of this quaint little town.
Things to do in Kodaikanal : Apart from rowing down the Berijam Lake and going on walks in the parks, one can indulge in a bit of trekking as they head to the various viewpoints here.
Distance from Chennai: 518 Kms
Best time to visit: September - May Where to stay: Resorts in Kodaikanal with best amenities .
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Pondicherry - 161 kms from Chennai
Fondly termed as ‘Pondy’, this former French colony is a sea of tranquillity what with its quiet, clean cobbled streets and colonial townhouses aligned beside them. The vibe of the township is a faded colonial bohemian chic with a touch of new age international French culture.
The presence of the internationally recognized Sri Aurobindo Ashram lends in the peaceful yoga-like feel to the place. By popular demand, Pondy has earned itself a number on the list of most popular weekend getaways from Chennai.
Places to visit in Pondicherry : There are several sights of tourist interest in Pondicherry. The first that comes to mind is the French Quarter, a quaint little neighbourhood laced with cobbled streets, white and mustard romantic colonial buildings. The most well-known landmark is the Sri Aurobindo Ashram founded in 1926 that is un-missable when here.
A series of religious attractions are favourites here as well, namely Notre Dame des Anges, Our lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Sacred Heart Basilica and Sri ManakulaVinayagar temple.
Things to do in Pondicherry : One can either indulge in a bunch of exhilarating water sports adventures or pamper themselves in the multitude of ayurvedic health centres and spa treatments.
Distance from Chennai: 161 Km
Best time to visit: October - February
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Coorg - 597 kms from Chennai
A very popular hill station in the Kodagu district of Karnataka paints a pretty picture of the grandeur of nature. Nestled in the thick canopies of the Western Ghats, Coorg is everyone’s favourite weekend getaway because of the abundant coffee plantations, lush greenery and gorgeous landscapes it houses.
Places to Visit in Coorg : Coorg also has a number of local attractions to its credit, some of which include the Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe, Talakaveri, Omkareshwara temple in Madikeri, and the picnic spot of Cauvery Nisargadhama.
This destination also has three wildlife sanctuaries – thePushpagiri and Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuaries and the Nagarhole National Park. Some of the animal species found in these wildlife parks include the Asiatic elephant, tigers, leopards and wild boars.
Things to do in Coorg : This place is a hotspot for campers and mountain or quad biking enthusiasts. Rafting, microlight flying, and water rappelling are other adventure activities one can partake in when here.
Distance from Chennai: 597 km
Best time to visit: September - May
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Munnar - 575 kms from Chennai
One of the most popular trekking destinations in South India, Munnar is situated approximately 583 kilometres from Chennai. Boasting of many lakes, waterfalls and forests, along with the clean environment, Munnar is one of the best places to visit for a weekend away from the bustling city life of Chennai. Famous all around the world for its tea estates, Munnar is also the commercial centre for some of the largest tea plantations in the world. Moreover, it is also home to some endangered wildlife species, such as the Nilgiri Tahr and the Neelakurinji. Places to Visit in Munnar : The paradise of Munnar attracts tourists all over with its lush environs, lakes, waterfalls, forests that offer some spectacular flora. Some notable tourist attractions in Munnar are Mattupetty Lake, Eravikulam National Park, Echo Point, Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary, Valara Waterfalls and Marayoor.Munnar is rich in tea plantations and hence is known to be one of the tea trade centres in India. Things to Do in Munnar: Tourists visiting Munnar keep themselves occupied by indulging in paragliding, rock climbing, cycling and hang gliding activities. Nature walks, trekking and bird watching are also some of the other activities which one can pursue in Munnar. Distance from Chennai: 575 km Best time to visit: August - May Where to stay: Best resorts to stay in Munnar
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Kanchipuram - 72 kms from Chennai
Also known as the “Silk City”, the popular city of Kanchipuram is not only reputed for its world famous traditionally crafted silk sarees but also its culture and civilization with its glorious display of a thousand temples. If you aim to visit someplace religious, historical and entertaining altogether,Kanchipuram is one of the best weekend getaways around Chennai.
Places to visit in Kanchipuram: Considered the city of thousand temples, Kanchipuram has temples that stand proof of the Dravidian legacy left behind some of which are Ekambareswarar, Kamakshi Amman, Devarajaswami and Kailasanathar.
Another must-visit sight is KanchiKudil, a 90 year ancestral home resembling the olden style of architecture of the entire town. Additionally, a prominent attraction is the Vedanthangla Bird Sanctuary is a bird watcher’s paradise.
Things to do in Kanchipuram: Bird watching and sightseeing are forms of entertainment for tourists who visit the temple city.
Distance from Chennai: 72 km
Best time to visit: September - March
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Nellore - 177 kms from Chennai
Known for its great religious importance bestowed upon by the Telugu poet Tikkana Somayaji, Nellore is located around 177 kilometres from Chennai and is amongst the places that one should definitely visit when they are nearby. Lying alongside the banks of the Penna River, Nellore derived its name from “Nelluru,” where Nel means Paddy and Ooru stands for Place. Nellore is known all around the country for its rich agriculture and is a major exporter of sugarcane, rice, sugarcane-based products, several other crops, as well as prawns and shrimps. The city also has quite a few ancient temples which are culturally and religiously significant and attracts many devotees all through the year. Places to visit in Nellore: The environs of Nellore offer some interesting places as tourist attractions namely the Pulicat Lake and the Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary. Other attractions of a man-made nature are the Somasila Dam, Udaygiri Fort and SatishDhawan Space Centre. Things to do in Nellore : Sightseeing and bird watching are the prominent activities enjoyed by tourists here. Distance from Chennai: 177 Kms Best time to visit: December - February
Rameswaram - 553 kms from Chennai
One of the holiest places to see in India and often considered the Varanasi of the south,Rameswaram, as ancient as the Ramayana, is among perfect weekend getaways from Chennai. The city is a pilgrimage centre being home to some of the most spectacular places of worship in the country. Apart from these pilgrims, Rameswaram is a small fishing town on an island by the name
Places to Visit in Rameswaram : The esteemed Ramanathaswamy Temple that has the largest temple corridor in India is one religious site that is celebrated world over since the time of the Ramayana. Since Rameswaram is an important fishing centre of Tamil Nadu, visits to its neighbouring fishing villages are quite the tourist attraction.
While passing through the Pamban Bridge to reach Rameswaram, park your vehicle and enjoy the captivating view of the ocean as you feel the breeze in your hair.
Things to Do in Rameswaram: Due to the rich cultural heritage of the place, sightseeing the most indulgent activity here.
Distance from Chennai: 553 Kms
Best time to visit: October - April
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Mahabalipuram - 52 kms from chennai.
Listed as a World Heritage Site because of its ancient archaeological wonders, this fascinating place is also known as Mamallapuram or as some call it - “Mahabs” is one of the best places to visit near Chennai. It is a laid-back town which most travellers flock to.
Places to Visit in Mahabalipuram : The windswept Shore Temple is a sight worth catching on the water’s edge. Mahabs is known for the Five Rathas (sculptured temples in the shape of chariots) and Arjun’s Penance (huge carvings on a rock depicting scenes from the Mahabharata).
The Mamallapuram Dance Festival is a remarkable event that one cannot miss. Other religious sights are the Krishna Mandapa, Trimurti Cave Temple, Ganesh Ratha and Draupadi Ratha. The Sculpture museum is a treasure trove of the most magnificent sculptures and paintings in the city.
Things to Do in Mahabalipuram: Bicycling tours to the neighbouring villages offer activities like rice and masala grinding as well as kolam or rangoli drawings. One can even indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments and water sports.
Distance from Chennai: 52 km Best time to visit: December - March
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Pulicat - 55 kms from Chennai
A small seashore township, Pulicat resides in the Thiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu on the island of Sriharikota dividing the Pulicat Lake from Bay of Bengal. Itis renowned for its invigorating sights worth catching a glimpse of.
Places to Visit in Pulicat : The major attractions of the place are the beach, the Dutch cemetery, Fort, church and particularly the bird sanctuary where a variety of migratory birds reside. Between December and January, the Tourism Board organizes the Flamingo festival when thousands of the bird species align on the swampy regions of the Pulicat Lake. Two neighbouring villages of Vedurupattu and Nelapattu are other attractions here.
Things to Do in Pulicat: Bird watching is a prominent activity for tourists as they can catch sight of some of the most stunning species of migratory birds here. Several beach activities and water sports are other forms of entertainment in Pulicat
Distance from Chennai: 55 Kms
Best time to visit: October - March
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Tirupati - 135 kms from Chennai
One of the most important places to visit near Chennai, Tirupati is located around 133 kilometres away from the city. Situated in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati is home to Tirumala, or Venkateshwara Temple, which is one of the most famous and important religious centres in India. Additionally, it is also one of the oldest Indian cities, having its name in the ancient Vedas and Puranas. Tirumala, as it is popularly known, is also home to the seven peaks of the Tirumala Hills. Tirupati also has a unique geological wonder called the Silathoranam. It is a natural arch which is formed out of rocks and is located on the Tirumala Hills. It is one of the only three natural rock formations in the world and is thus an important archaeological monument. Places to Visit in Tirupati : One of the richest pilgrimage centres of any religion and regarded as the most visited temple in the world, TirumalaTirupatiDevasthanam is where you must stop at when in Tirupati. Another place of religion is the Venkateswara temple, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. The geographical marvel that is a naturally formed rock bridge called Silathoranam adds to the beauty of the city. But one cannot miss the evergreen ornate heaven beyond the hillocks of the TirumalaTirupatiDevasthanam that is the TTD Gardens. Things to Do in Tirupati: The activity enjoyed by tourists here is sightseeing since the city has a ton of magnificent historical monuments to offer. Distance from Chennai: 135 km Best time to visit: September - March You Can Also Book: Dhow Cruise Dubai Creek
The Fort City of Tamil Nadu, as it is affectionately called, Vellore has the perfect blend of rich cultural heritage reminiscent of the ancient Dravidian civilization as well as picturesque scenery. Thus it is an ideal weekend getaway from Chennai. Vellore and Yelgiri are among the best Hill stations near Bangalore .
Places to Visit in Vellore: A monument of National importance and a noted tourist attraction, Vellore Fort marks as one of the most prominent landmarks in the city. Within the fort are the ancient Jalakanteswara Temple and the epic State Government Museum.
Srilakshmi Golden Temple that is coated with gold both in the exteriors and interiors is another must-visit in Vellore. Additionally, the Archaeology Survey of Indian Museum is another that must be up on your to-do list.
Things to Do in Vellore: Tourists love to indulge in as many sightseeing activities as possible for the city holds historical and architectural significance.
Distance from Chennai: 136 kms
Best time to visit: October - March
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Horsley Hills - 260 km from Chennai
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Tranquebar/Tharangambadi - 283 kms from Chennai
A tiny windswept town in Tamil Nadu which goes by the Danish name of Tranquebar, Tharangambadiis the ideal weekend getaway if heritage buildings, cultural history and architecture is your thing. The beachy town is also affectionately termed as the “village of the dancing waves.”
Places to visit in Tharangambadi : Besides Fort Dansborg where Danish manuscripts and sculptures are the only remnants of the Danish East India Company, there are a ton of churches that are must-visits here. One of the most significant ones is the Zion Church, a new Jerusalem church built in 1701. There is also the Danish Museum for those of who keen of studying the antiques belonging to the colonial period.
Things to do in Tharangambadi : Tourists love to indulge in sightseeing when in Tranquebar because of its rich colonial heritage.
Distance from Chennai: 283 kms
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Nandi Hills - 358 kms from Chennai
If you want to be enticed by the charming green allure of hills, Nandi Hills is your ideal weekend destination. The lofty hills also known as Nandidurg are an ancient hill fortress in South India and offers a magnificent view from its peaks. It not is a picturesque respite from the humdrum of the city but also lends a cultural significance with Tipu Sultan having resided here during retirement.
Places to Visit in Nandi Hills : Feast your eyes to an array of tourist attractions such as the Bhoganandeeswara Temple, Tipu’s Drop, Tipu’s Summer Palace and Fort, Brahmashram, and Hoskote Lake to name a few.
Things to Do in Nandi Hills : Cycling, trekking & Wine Tour are celebrated activities as visitors love exploring the depths and landscapes of these hills. Bird watching is another loved activity tourist cannot get enough of.
Best time to visit: From sunrise i.e. 6am to 10am
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Mysore - 480 kms from Chennai
The cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore is proudly renowned as the city of palaces. An ancient town with more than 600 years of legacy, it is one of the most flamboyant destinations in the country.
Reputed for its glittering royal heritage, magnificent monuments and a friendly populace, Mysore is also a thriving centre for the production of silk, sandalwood and incense with trade markets worldwide thus making it one of the most frequented weekend getaways from Chennai.
Places to Visit in Mysore : It is but obvious that the palaces of Mysore appeal to one and all;especially the world-renowned Mysore Palace, Jagmohana Palace, Rajendra Vilas, Jayalakshmi Vilas and LalithaMahal. Most of these have been converted to museums dedicated to arts and artifacts for the pleasure of tourists.
Some other notable tourist attractions in Mysore are Chamundeshwari temple, DattaPeetham, Mysore Zoo, Shivasamudram waterfall, Rail Museum and Brindavan Gardens.
Things to Do in Mysore: Sightseeing and royal walk tours are the most cherished activities tourists like to indulge in when in Mysore.
Distance from Chennai: 480 Km
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Br hills - 504 kms from chennai.
BR or Biligiriranga Hills is the slice of heaven between the Eastern and Western Ghats, featuring diverse flora and fauna. The place houses many exotic animals and birds, one of the favorite activities to keep you busy all day. If you are looking for the best weekend getaways near Chennai, BR Hills is your best bet. Explore the Dodda Sampide Mara, signifying the huge Champak Tree, which is also a spiritual site holding the tree for 1000 years. Places to Visit in BR Hills : Among the other places to visit near Chennai, the major attractions and places of interest are the BR Hills. The touristy destinations here include BRT Wildlife Sanctuary, coffee estates, Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple, Dodda Sampide Mara, and many more.
Things to do in BR Hills : You can indulge in activities like fishing, trekking, river rafting, temple visits, animal and bird watching, as well as shopping.
Distance from Chennai: 504 kms
Best time to visit: November to March
Coonoor - 538.6 km from Chennai
Meghamalai - 545 kms from Chennai
One of the many attractive and exquisite places that are abundant in nature’s most beautiful products is Meghamalai, nuzzled in the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu. Also known as the “High Wavy Mountains”, this is an incredible city if you crave your leisure time absorbing the panoramic views of green environs and lofty peaks.
Places to Visit in Meghamalai : Spreading over an expanse of 600 square meters, Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the many famous tourist attractions in the city. Also known as Clouds Land Falls,Meghamalai Falls is very popular for its gushing waters cascading from a height of 190 ft.
Last but not the least,Vellimalai is a scientifically managed expanse of both tea gardens and wild animals that visitors love spending time in.
Things to Do in Megahmalai: As obvious as it is, tourists in Meghamalai love spending a considerable amount of their time sightseeing around this gorgeous destination.
Distance from Chennai: 545 kms
Nagarhole - 557 kms from Chennai
One of the most attractive and diverse wildlife reserves there are, Nagarhole National Park, also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, is located in the Kodagu and Mysore districts of Karnataka. Adjoining Kabini Lake, it forms an important animal corridor that runs through the neighbouring Bandipur National Park.
Its lush green thickets form homes to several species of wildlife that additionally makes for some fantastic wildlife watching. Places to Visit in Nagarhole : The National Park is the most favoured tourist attraction due to the abundant varieties of tigers, leopards, gaurs, elephants, wild dogs, bonnet macaques and common langurs that have made it their home. Things to Do in Nagarhole : Adventure aficionados will love the 20-seater motorboat rides and Government-run jungle safaris that keep the entertainment going in the park. Distance from Chennai: 557 km Best time to visit: October - May Where to stay: Best resorts in Nagarhole to get closer to Wildlife .
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Kabini - 558 kms from Chennai
Kabini, almost 550 kilometres away from Chennai, used to be a private hunting area for the British. Now, it is a famous wildlife spot, with rich flora and fauna and amazing natural landscapes. Home to the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka, this place attracts tourists from all over the world. It also has various natural terrains along with magnificent waterfalls that will leave you awestruck. Situated alongside the banks of the Kabini River, Kabini also boasts of lush green tropical and deciduous forests, which have a wide array of wildlife, from elephants, leopards, tigers and jackals, sambar deer, sloth bears, langurs and pythons. Additionally, there are more than 250 bird species here. Kabini is an ideal spot for nature aficionados and adventure junkies. Places to Visit in Kabini : Apart from taking in the wilderness of the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary that houses a multitude of bird and animal species, Tadiyadamol is another must-visit. It is the highest mountain range in the Coorg region and a trekker’s delight. Also, there is Kumara Parvatha, a famous pilgrimage centre, Kabini Dam and Nagarhole National Park. Things to do in Kabini : Due to its verdant environs, it makes an ideal place to pitch your camps or go trekking in Kabini . The Kabini backwaters are a perfect camping site that allows you to unwind and enjoy the pristine surroundings. Distance from Chennai: 558 Kms Best time to visit: October - May Where to stay: Resorts in Kabini for a perfect stay .
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Thekkady - 561 kms from Chennai
For tourists looking for weekend getaways near Chennai, Thekkady is one place you can visit to soak in the splendour of nature in all its glory. Away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city limits, Thekkady is tucked in cosily amidst nature, Periyar wildlife and serenity. From the quaint little hamlets to dense jungles, Thekkady is also home to various wildlife sanctuaries where you can find majestic elephants and tigers, among other animals. Also boasting of numerous tea, coffee and spice plantations, Thekkady will surely fill your soul with wonder and amazement. It is also among the top places for trekking and mountaineering in South India. Thekkady is located around 569 kilometres from Chennai. Places to Visit in Thekkady : Noted for its biodiversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Periyar Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world. The greatest attraction of Thekkady, however, is the herds of elephants that come down to the river.Kumily, Kurisumala, Pandikuzhi and Murikaddy are some of Thekkady’s neighbours. They are an eclectic mix of exotic flora, fauna and gurgling streams and a panorama of coffee, cardamom and pepper plantations respectively. Things to Do in Thekkady : The most favourite activity here are the elephant rides around the wildlife reserve. Second to that are the plantation rides. What follows them are boat rides on Periyar Lake and trekking. Distance from Chennai: 561 km Best time to visit: September - March
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Mudumalai - 562 kms from Chennai
Sandwiched between the Bandipur and Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuaries, the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is a continuation of Bandipiur’s reserve and is most renowned for its elephant habitat. The river Moyar flows between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and runs inside the sanctuary.
Places to Visit in Mudumalai : The main attraction of Mudumalai happens to be the elephant camp called Theppakadu. For plant lovers, there are a ton of medicinal herbs to observe. Look out for plants like Aredesia, Solanancea, LabumusumTerminalia and the likes.
Things to Do in Mudumalai: One can go trekking to explore the captivating magnificence of Mudumalai. Early morning wildlife safaris that take one into the depths of the woods are another favourite.
Distance from Chennai: 562 kms
Best time to visit: February - June
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Masinagudi - 562 kms from Chennai
Harbouring a charming ambience of serenity and calmness, the hill town of Masinagudi is located on the foothills of the Nilgiris. Adorned by the scenic Western Ghats landscape full of lush green thickets, this is reserve plays home to innumerable species of animals. It is reputed for housing the largest tiger population in India.
Places to Visit in Masinagudi : The best tourist attraction in Masinagudi would be catching sight of the rarest wildlife forms in their natural habitats some of which are elephants, Malabar squirrels, langurs, chitals and wild boars. But if you are lucky, you could even spot a tiger.
Things to Do in Masinagudi : Jeep safaris are what everybody opts for when here. 2 hours of this safari around the untouched areas of the reserve during dawn and dusk and you will be coming face to face with the wildlife at its best. From tigers, elephants, deer to wild boars, langurs and peacocks, you will see them all.
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Valparai - 573 kms from Chennai
Located around 600 kilometres from Chennai, Valparai is one of the best places to visit near Chennai. It is a small and tranquil hill station situated in the Anamalai Hills in Coimbatore. Known for its lush green coffee and tea plantations, Valparai also has clean, thick and fresh air and scintillating views of nature and surrounding regions. Amongst the likes of similar hill stations in the country, such as Ooty, Coorg and Kodaikanal, Valparai is one place that caters to every kind of traveller, while offering them a holiday they will never forget. This place caters to both nature lovers as well as those who love trekking and is also known as the “Seventh Heaven” in South India. Places to Visit in Valparai : One could either cool off in the gushing waters of the countless waterfalls here or take in the wilderness of the Anamalai Tiger reserve. To get a panoramic view of the beautiful surrounding around Valparai, one can head to the several lookout points in town. Things to Do in Valparai: Jungle safaris around the Anamalai Tiger Reserve are popular apart from the usual trekking and bird watching opportunities. Distance from Chennai: 573 kms Best time to visit: October – March
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Located on the East Coast Road in the Sholinganallur locality of South-Chennai, ISKCON Temple is the spiritual and cultural hub of the city. This temple in Chennai is not only the biggest Radha Krishna temple in Tamilnadu but one of the biggest ISKCON temples in India. With the history of the ISKCON temple in Chennai dating back to the late 1970s, the construction of the temple began in the late 1990s and was completed in 2012 in many phases. The temple houses the deity of Lord Krishna, alongside Radharani and their friends Lalita, Lord Chaitanya, Lord Jagannath, Baladeva, and Subhadra inside three teak-wood alters which are one of a kind. These deities are sourced from Rajasthan and Orissa. Under the guidance of Sri Bhanu Swami, the beautiful architecture is inspired by the Kalinga and Pallava kingdoms’ architecture. At the entrance of the temple, one would see the wonderful design of various Hindu universes on the marble flooring. The various universes are circled a central pillar called Mount Meru. The design is implicated from the ancient Vedic Puranas where Mount Meru is described as the centre of all the universes. The temple is a blend of various cultures with modern scientific technology. To attract more and more people in the ISKCON movement, the authorities of the temples organize lectures and audio-visual programs about the Hindu philosophy. Spread over an area of 1.5 acres, the ISKCON temple or the Hare Rama Hare Krishna temple is built on five floors.
Known popularly as a beautiful and alluring spot for picnickers in Vandalur, Arignar Anna Zoological Park happens to be one of the best places for exploring fauna and flora of this region. Calling on to adults and children for weekend getaways, Arignar Zoo gets a heavy influx of visitors each year. Located at an approximate distance of around 32 km from Chennai and spread across an average area of about 1260 acres, it is known as South East Asia’s largest zoo. Sheltering more than 138 species of creatures, Arignar Anna Zoological Park is a paradise for every nature and animal lover. This park houses umpteen varieties of animals, including mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, fishes, and butterflies. In addition, the place also has a small Jurassic Park that adds to overall excitement offered by the destination. Other special aspects of this park include a children’s park, a learning centre, and Elephant joy rides. Arignar Anna Zoological Park is frequently visited by photo fanatics, wildlife lovers, nature lovers, peace seekers, and experience seekers. The park provides its visitors the opportunities to go on safaris and watch the various animals closely. The park also houses a small library where children as well as adults can get to read and learn more regarding the habitat and living styles of the different animals living in this place. In addition to all these exciting experiences, visitors can also indulge in nature and wildlife photography during their visit to Arignar Anna Zoological Park.
Santhome Church is a standing testament to the belief of the Christian followers and is among the three wonders of this world that house the tombs of Christ’s original disciple. The other two are Santiago de Compostela in Spain and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. It was constructed in the memory of Saint Thomas who was an Apostle of Jesus Christ. Santhome Church is the greatest symbol of multi-culture and religious harmony as people from all religions visit this Church to seek solace and eternal peace.This church was built initially as a mausoleum, but it has now transversed into a Basilica owing to it’s gaining popularity and importance. Beneath the towering white embodiment of this basilica lies the body of Saint Thomas who came to India in 52 AD to preach about Christianity. He was successful in converting a large population of the locals residing in Tamil Nadu and Kerala with his wisdom and powerful preaching. He thereafter formed a community that is now known as Syrian Christians. This church also houses a museum that displays souvenirs of Saint Thomas and gives visitors an insight into the glorious past of this church during the historical times.
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- 50 Best Tourist Places In Tamil Nadu Ensuring The Most Awesome Vacay
23 Mar 2023
Have you ever been to the south? If yes, you’d know what a gem Tamil Nadu is. If you haven’t, it’s time you think about taking a trip now because the state is home to a lot of beautiful places. In fact, even drop dead gorgeous would be an underexpression to describe the beauty of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu . These places are brimming with beautiful temples, serene beaches, spectacular forts & waterfalls, and more, which only means that there are multiple excuses for you to pack your bags and head for a tour!
50 Best Tourist Places In Tamil Nadu
There are numerous places in the state of Tamil Nadu. However, when looking for some of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu , you can use this list below and choose the best for your next trip.
1. Chennai – Cultural Centre
Being the capital of the state and home to beautiful temples, churches, and beaches, Chennai is best tourist place in Tamil Nadu that would let you have a real glimpse of South India and its lifestyle. With numerous places to visit in Chennai such as Marina Beach, Museums, Kapaleeshwara temple, and much more, this place is one of its kind. If culture, history, or art lies anywhere under your interest list, this is a place you should definitely consider visiting!
Best Time to Visit Chennai: November to February Ideal duration: 3-4 days Places to visit : Marina Beach, Government Museum, Fort St. George, Edward Elliot’s Beach, Ashtalakshmi Temple, Mylapore, Valluvar Kottam Things To Do in Chennai :
- Shop for sarees, jewelry, and other handicrafts at Pondy Bazaar, Anna Salai, or Mylapore
- Spend time at Marina Beach
- Indulge in the famous local food, and party at The Westminster or 10 Downing Street
How to reach : Flights, Railway and Bus
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2. Pondicherry – French Colony
Also known as Puducherry, this is an ideal place for explorers, beach lovers, and experience-seekers interested in French culture and architecture. With an extensive number of romantic places in Pondicherry , this Union Territory reeks of excitement and vibrancy. If you have had too much of Goa already or even if you haven’t, it’s time you witness the charm of Pondy! In addition, traveling from Chennai to Pondicherry has been made much more easier and this is what attracts the young crowd to one of the best tourist attractions in Tamil Nadu and the land of beautiful beaches to rejuvenate and relax.
Best Time to Visit Pondicherry: October to March Ideal duration: 4 days Places to visit in Pondicherry : Sri Aurobindo Ashram , Promendade Beach, Arulmigu Manakula, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Paradise Beach, Auroville Things to do in Pondicherry :
- Visit the famous Aurobindo Ashram
- Indulge in water sports at Paradise Beach
- Savour croissants, baguettes, and other famous French cuisine
3. Mudumalai – Ancient Hills
Located in the Nilgiri hills, Mudumalai is one of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu , which is known for its wildlife persona. For anyone who loves an encounter with nature in the most unique way, the national park here is a must visit.
Best Time to Visit Mudumalai: October to May Ideal duration: 2-3 days Places to visit: Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Madumalai National Park, Gopalswami Hills, Needle Rock View Point Things to do:
- Spot tigers, leopards, golden jackals, and more at Mudumalai National Park
- Capture the beautiful landscapes
- Interact with elephants at the Theppakadu Elephant Camp
How to reach : Railways then taxi, bus or public transport
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4. Dhanushkodi – Beautiful Abandoned Town
If you are someone who’s on a constant lookout for places that are away from the city life, Dhanushkodi is one of the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu . This beach town’s grandeur and beauty make Dhanushkodi one of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu for your next refreshing getaway!
Best Time to Visit Dhanushkodi: October to February Ideal duration: 2-3 days Places to visit: Dhanushkodi Beach, Gulf Of Mannar Marine National Park, Kothandaramaswamy Temple, Shri Ram Setu View Point Things to do:
- Unwind and relax at the Dhanushkodi Beach
- Savor the gorgeous views from the Adam’s Bridge
- Visit the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park
5. Hogenakkal – Gorgeous Waterfalls
Of all the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu , Hogenakkal is a hometown of gorgeous waterfalls. Situated in Dharampuri, this small village is an absolute hotspot for romantic getaways, a short family vacay, and even an offbeat trip with your friends.
Best Time to Visit Hogenakkal: September to March Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Hogenakkal Waterfalls, Hanging Bridge, Crocodile Park, Hogenakkal Falls View Point Things to do:
- Be spellbound by the famous Hogenakkal Falls
- Visit the Melagiri Hills
- Go temple hopping, and explore the Pennagram Village
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6. Tuticorin – Stunning Beaches
This is one place in South India that lets you witness the best of everything at one place. From boasting a beautiful beach, a spectacular wildlife sanctuary to numerous temples & churches, Tuticorin is one of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu that makes sure that every moment of your holiday outshines the previous one.
Best Time to Visit Tuticorin: November to March Ideal duration: 2-3 days Places to visit in Tuticorin: Baisilica of Our Lady of Snows, Hare Island, Muthu Nagar Beach, Thiruchendur Murugan Temple Things to do:
- Visit the Kalakkad Wildlife Sanctuary
- Explore the temples, and unwind on the beaches
- Relish sweets like Tuticorin macaroons
How to reach : Flights, Railways, Bus, Taxi
7. Kanyakumari – Southernmost Tip Of India
Famous for being one of the most exotic places to visit in Tamil Nadu , Kanyakumari is a paradise for experience-seekers. The art, architecture of temples, and even the local cuisine along with so many places to see in Kanyakumari that reflects every bit of its culture will leave you fascinated! It is also a great destination to observe some of Tamil Nadu’s popular annual festivals .
Best Time to Visit Kanyakumari: October to March Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit in Kanyakumari: Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari Beach, Sarvani Shaktipeeth Shri Bhagavathy Temple, Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam, Our Lady of Ransom Church Things to do in Kanyakumari:
- Go on an excursion tour to Kumari Amman Temple or to the Vattakottai Fort.
- Relax at Sanguthurai Beach, the Sothavilai Beach. or the Kanyakumari Beach.
- Visit the famous Vivekananda Rock Memorial
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8. Trichy – Historical Temples
Trichy is one of the fastest emerging cities in Tami Nadu that can be easily explored in a weekend. It offers multiple places for tourists to visit, like temples, churches. Each brings an amazing uniqueness with it that will be etched in your heart for a long time. It is one of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu .
Best Time To Visit Trichy: October to February Ideal duration: 5-6 days Places to visit in Trichy : Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Ucchi Pillayar Temple, Thayumanaswami Temple, Jambukeswarar Temple, Kallanai Things to do :
- Explore the gorgeous Puliyancholai Waterfalls
- Visit the ancient Kallanai Dam and enjoy the mesmerizing view
9. Nagapattinam – Renowned Pilgrimage Site
Nagapattinam is a renowned pilgrimage center with several places of historical significance. The place has many temples, churches and mosques spread all over which attracts tourists from far across the globe and makes it one of the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu . It is also one of the best places to explore during the Monsoon in Tamil Nadu.
Best Time To Visit Nagapattinam: October to February Ideal duration: 2-3 days Places to visit: Nagapattinam Beach, Soundararajaperumal temple, Nagore Sharif Dargah Khadar vali, Kayarohanaswami Temple Things to do:
- Spend some peaceful time at the long stretch of beach
- Enjoy Divya Desam, the Sapta Vidangar and the sacred town of Velankanni nearby
- Explore the beautiful architecture at the Dutch Fort
How to reach : Railways then buses and taxi
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10. Vellore – The Fort City
Primarily known for two premier institutions, Christain Medical College and Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore is an ancient city located in the northeastern part of Tamil Nadu. The city has been aptly named the Fort City due to the enchanting fort located in the heart of the city. There are some great hotels in Vellore too where one can stay during the trip here. This is one of the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu .
Best Time To Visit Vellore: October to February Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit in Vellore : Vellore Fort, Jalakandeswarar Temple, Sri Lakshmi Narayani Golden Temple, Ratnagiri Murugan Temple, Balamathi Hills Things to do in Vellore :
- Visit the marvelous fort and St. John’s church
- Spend some quality time at Periyar Park
How to reach : Trains, Railways, Buses and Taxi
11. Pollachi – Popular Tollywood Destination
One of the most offbeat Tamil Nadu tourist places , Pollachi is located down south in Coimbatore. It is a famous filming spot because of its blissful scenery. The place attracts tourists because of famous attractions like Topslip Tiger Reserve and Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary.
Best Time To Visit Pollachi: December to February Ideal duration: 3 days Places to visit: Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple, Pollachi Mahalingapuram Arch, Pollachi Ayyappan Temple, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve Things to do:
- Jungle trekking and bamboo rafting at the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
- Visit dams and adorn jaggery, coconut, and vegetable fields
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12. Yanam – Unique Culture And History
Yanam is a small city in the district of Puducherry, India and is one of the best amongst all offbeat Tamil Nadu tourist places . The place is famous for its interesting history and culture. One can enjoy the sunrise and sunset view from the viewpoint and visit a few holy temples spread around the city. The city also has some old churches with a touch of French architecture. It is also surrounded by some of the best honeymoon places in Tamil Nadu .
Best Time To Visit Yanam: June to September Ideal duration: 4 days Places to visit: Yanam Tower, Jesus Statue Church, Yanam Botanical Garden Things to do:
- Explore the history and the unique culture
- Visit the Rajiv Gandhi Beach for amazing sunrise and sunset views
13. Tranquebar – A Tranquil Beach Town
Tranquebar is a tranquil destination known as the land of the singing waves. This tiny beach town dates back to the 14th century with the establishment of the Shiva Temple built in 1306. The place has definitely a lot of history to learn, amazing architecture to adore, and a lot of activities to enjoy in one of the best Tamil Nadu tourist places .
Best Time To Visit Tranquebar: November to March Ideal duration: 1-2 days Places to visit: Dansborg, New Jerusalem Church, Tharangambadi Maritime Museum, Danish Fort, New Masilamani Iswaran Temple Things to do:
- Visit the Fort Dansborg
- One of India’s first printing presses at Ziegenbalg Museum Complex on Admiral Street
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14. Chettinad – Every Food Lover’s Paradise
Sitting just a few kilometres from Madurai, Chettinad is a hidden region that is known for its ancient and old mansions, lip-smacking meat curries, and rich heritage. This region is the coolest place in Tamil Nadu for those who are seeking an amazing day-out experience. With plenty of places to witness and ample dishes to relish, Chettinad is a foodie’s paradise. It is one of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu.
Best Time To Visit Chettinad: October to March Ideal duration: 1 day Places to visit: Chettinad Palace, Chettinad Museum, Soorakudi, Pillaiyarpatti, Athmanathaswamy Temple Things to do:
- Unravel the tales of the beautiful Chettinad Palace.
- Indulge in the local cuisine, especially fiery meat dishes, and make your tongue crave for more.
- Experience the village life of Chettinad and witness the beauty of it.
15. Courtallam – Spa Town Of Tamil Nadu
Often tagged as the ‘Spa of South India’, Courtallam is that charming destination sitting in the Western Ghats that makes has the power to distress and rejuvenate travelers in an instant. Blanketing waterfalls, museums, temples, dams, eco-parks, and much more, this town is one of those coolest places in Tamil Nadu that offers an absolute experience to its guests. Courtallam is a must-visit town when going for Tamil Nadu tourist places all thanks to the modern touch amalgamated with the tribal tales, making it one of the beautiful places.
Best Time To Visit Courtallam: June to September Ideal duration: 3 days Places to visit: Five Falls, Courtallam Main Falls, Tigar Falls Road, Things to do:
- Take a dip in any of the famous waterfalls sitting in Courtallam including Main Falls, Five Falls, Tiger Falls, and more.
- Take a stroll in the beautiful temple and pay some respects in the Chitra Sabhai Temple.
- Shop for some beautiful handicrafts, sarees, artifacts, souvenirs, and more.
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16. Madurai – Stunning Architecture
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Constructed like a lotus, Madurai City is mostly popular for its Meenakshi Temple. While visiting here, you can marvel at the intriguing architecture or explore its numerous tourist attractions. To witness the best of the city, you must plan at least 2-day trip to Tamil Nadu.
Best Time to Visit Madurai: December to February Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit in Madurai : Meenakshi Amman Temple, Gandhi Memorial Museum, Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Koodal Azhagar Temple Things to do in Madurai :
- Go temple hopping, and spend time at the famous Meenakshi and Thiruparankundram Temples
- Explore the Gandhi Museum
- Visit the Vaigai Dam
How to reach : Airport, Railways, Buses and Taxi
17. Chidambaram – Gorgeous Temple Town
A beautiful temple town, Chidambaram is situated in the eastern part of Tamil Nadu. The glorious history, rich culture, and diverse traditions of this city have the magic of leaving anyone in awe. One of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu for 2 days trip, this town is perfect if you’re a history buff or have a thirst for knowledge. This place can be reached by any of the airports.
Best Time to Visit Chidambaram: October to March Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Thillai Nataraja Temple, Govindaraja Perumal Temple, Pasupatheswarar Temple, Tirukkazhippalai Palvannanathar Temple Things to do:
- Visit the Pichavaram Backwaters and Mangrove Forests
- Indulge in delectable Tamil cuisines like idli, vadai, and more
- Visit the famous Nataraja Temple
How to reach : Flights, trains – then buses and taxi
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18. Mahabalipuram – Magnificent Carved Temples
Popular for its intricately carved temples and caves, Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu is another gem to marvel at. Located just a few kilometres from the capital city, traveling from Chennai to Mahabalipuram is not at all a hassle. The city has beautiful beaches, magnificent architecture, soothing weather, and offers a refreshing experience to every kind of tourist.
Best Time to Visit Mahabalipuram: November to February Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit Mahabalipuram : Shore Temple, Descent of the Ganges, Pancha Rathas, Varaha Cave Temple, Thirukadalmallai Things to do in Mahabalipuram :
- Rejuvenate on the Mahabalipuram Beach
- Visit the famous Five Rathas and Shore Temple
- Explore Kovalam and Sadras, the fishing villages turned into exotic beach resorts
How to reach : Railways, Buses and Taxi
19. Rameshwaram – Temple Hopping
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Situated on an island, this is one of the most religious places in India . The town is separated by a Pamban bridge from Sri Lanka, and is a perfect place to explore if temple hopping is the sole purpose of your trip. Besides this, there are a plethora of hotels in Rameswaram, offering travellers a
Best Time to Visit Rameswaram: October to April Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit in Rameswaram : Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple, Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, Villoondi Tirtham, Lakshmana Tirtham Things to do:
- Visit the famous five-faced Hanuman Temple
- Witness the poojas at Agniteertham
- Visit the Dhanushkodi Temple and Beach
- Visit the beautiful Rameshwaram Temple and the Rameshawaram Beach
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20. Thanjavur – Centre Of Art
Of all the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu , Thanjavur has a lot to offer when it comes to experiences. This city of temples boast paintings, antiques, handicrafts, textiles, and sarees, which are amongst the popular things to be admired around.
Best Time to Visit Thanjavur: October to March Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit in Thanjavur : Thanjavur Maratha Palace, Saraswathi Mahal Library, Brihadeeswara Temple, Schwartz Church, Thanjavur Palace Things to do:
- Visit the popular Brihadeeshwara Temple
- Explore the Siva Ganga Garden, Palace & Saraswathi Mahal Library
- Admire the grandeur of the Vijayanagar Fort
21. Velankanni – Beautiful Coastal Town
While you may not have heard of Velankanni before like most of the other cities in the state, this place is absolutely worth your time and visit. It is a gorgeous coastal town popular for a spectacular church that was built in the honor of Mother Mary. The distance that one needs to cover from Pondicherry to Velankanni is around 160 kilometres and one can easily find road transport to cover this path.
Best Time to Visit Velankanni: October to March Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, Velankanni Church, Velankanni Beach, Morning Star Church Things to do:
- Visit the famous Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health
- Unwind and relax at the Velankanni Beach
- Explore the town and the museum at Holy Path
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22. Kanchipuram – Pretty Kanchipuram Sarees
Kanchipuram is also known as the Golden City of a thousand temples. This popular tourist attraction is known for its beautiful ‘Kanchipuram sarees’. Tourists who are interested in Hinduism or just want to catch a glimpse of the beautiful South Indian architecture, visit this place.
Best Time To Visit Kanchipuram: October to March Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit in Kanchipuram : Ekambareswarar Temple, Kailasanathar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Tiru Parameswara Vinnagaram, Thiru Ekambaranathar Temple Things to do:
- Visit Kanchi Kamakshi Temple and Kailasanathar Temple
- Attend South Indian classical music concerts in the evenings
- Indulge in shopping of Kanchipuram sarees
23. Coimbatore – A Major Textile Hub
Coimbatore is one of the largest cities of Tamil Nadu, famous for its industry, textiles and manufacturing. For a perfect holiday experience, the place offers you gorgeous waterfalls, breathtaking mountains, and temples in Coimbatore are a must-visit by all the travelers.
Best Time To Visit Coimbatore: July to March Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit in Coimbatore : Marudhamalai, Dhyanalinga, Siruvani Waterfalls, Gass Forest Museum, Arulmigu Eachanari Vinayagar Temple, Things to do in Coimbatore :
- Visit the the Maruthamalai Murugan Temple, Eachanari Vinayagar Temple, the Sree Ayyappan Temple
- Enjoy exciting trekking trails such as the Vellari Mala, the Dhoni Hills, the Perumal Peak, and the Thalaiyar Falls trek
- Visit the famous 112 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva, known as the Adiyogi Shiva Statue
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24. Tirunelveli – Scenic Beauty
Located on the west bank of the Thamirabarani River, Tirunelveli offers many exciting tourist attractions like breathtaking waterfalls, scenic beauty, temples and much more. Along with many religious places, the city also has some wonderful delicacies you can try.
Best Time To Visit Tirunelveli: October to February Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit in Tirunelveli : Nellaiappar Temple, District Science Centre, Sri Subramania Swamy Temple, Holy Trinity Cathedral Things to do:
- Visit Nellaiappar Temple and Nellaiappar Temple
- Enjoy the scenic beauty at Nainar Kulam Lake
25. Kumbakonam – Historic Beauty
Kumbakonam is a beautiful temple town in the Thanjavur district. It is a must-visit place for history lovers to understand the depth of India’s culture and Hinduism. This is also one of the oldest towns in the Indian history known for its famous temples.
Best Time To Visit Kumbakonam: December to February Ideal duration: 1-2 days Places to visit in Kumbakonam : Airavatesvara Temple, Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, Mahamaham tank, Swamimalai Temple, Kasi Viswanathar Temple Things to do:
- Visit the grand festival called Mahamaham festival which is celebrated every twelve years at the Mahamaham Tank
- Shop in the town for indigenous products
- Visit the various famous temples such as Adi Kumbeshwara Temple
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26. Tiruvannamalai – Town With Spiritual Significance
Home to one of the most famous and mighty Mount Arunchala, Tiruvannamalai has spiritual importance latched to itself. With the mountain being tagged as the most silent place in the entire world, Tiruvannamalai is a great escape for those who are seeking to run away from chaos and embrace tranquility. Home to various temples and ashrams, this destination attracts numerous pilgrims and spiritual seekers.
Best Time To Visit Tiruvannamalai: October to March | June to September Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple, Virupaksha Cave, Agni Lingam, Sri Ramanasramam Things to do:
- Explore one of the largest temples of India- Arunachaleshwara Temple.
- Conquer the mighty Mount Arunachala along with other pilgrims.
- Try the healthy, scrumptious dishes served at the Dreaming Tree restaurant.
27. Dharmapuri – City Of Places Of Worship
Dharmapuri, a city often tagged as the land of churches and temples, is one of the greatest places to see in Tamil Nadu. Along with enveloping various places of worship, this town is also home to some of the marvelous wonders of mother nature such as waterfalls, rivers, and more. For those who are seeking to get closer to mother nature and the higher power above us, this place is definitely a steal!
Best Time To Visit Dharmapuri: November to March Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Kalabairavar Temple, Shri Theerthagirishwarar Temple, Dharmapuri Archaeological Museum, Chenraya Perumal Temple Things to do:
- Take a ride on the boat in the pond near the Dharmapuri Falls.
- Try the oil massages that are offered in this town and get relieved of all the stress, even if it is just for a little while.
- Head to the various temples and churches covering the floors of Dharmapuri and offer homage.
How to reach : Flights then buses and taxi
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28. Ooty – Queen Of Hill Stations
Situated in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, Ooty is one of the cool tourist places in Tamil Nadu . It has a gorgeous backdrop of the hills and greenery, which makes it a great destination for both honeymooners and family. Ooty sightseeing is everything one needs to rejuvenate and simply relax on their escape to Tamil Nadu. When traveling from Ooty to Kodaikanal, one needs to cover the distance of 250 kilometres that is best covered by a cab or taxi. Cover all the major places to visit in Ooty on your trip here.
Best Time to Visit Ooty: March to June Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Government Rose Garden, The Tea Factory & The Tea Museum, St. Stephen’s Church, Tiger Hill Things to do in Ooty :
- Visit the popular Ooty Lake
- Take a scenic toy train ride
- Explore the Botanical Gardens
29. Kodaikanal – Breathtaking Natural Beauty
Adorned with dense forests, huge rocks, beautiful waterfalls, and plenty of other places to visit in Kodaikanal, this destination is a perfect romantic tourist place to visit with your loved one. We can bet that the picturesque beauty and romantic things to do in Kodaikanal would add stars to your holiday experience, making it only more memorable!
Best Time to Visit Kodaikanal: March to June and December to February Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit in Kodaikanal : Coaker’s Walk, Kodaikanal Lake, Silver Cascade Falls, Bryant Park, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Bear Shola Falls Things to do in Kodaikanal :
- Indulge in boating at Kodai Lake
- Enjoy horse riding while you savour the scenic views
- Visit the Pillar rocks and the Palni Hills
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30. Coonoor – Thrilling Joyride
Situated at an altitude of 1,930 metres, Coonoor is gradually becoming one of the top cool tourist places in Tamil Nadu . It offers a panoramic view of the Nilgiri Hills and the Catherine Falls, which makes it an ideal hotspot for those whose heart belong in the hills! Moreover, when traveling from Coonoor to Ooty , one can take a train that runs on a regular basis and exhibits some beautiful landscapes of the surroundings.
Best Time to Visit Coonoor: October to March Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit in Coonoor : Sim’s Park, Hight Field Tea Estate, Droog Fort, Tiger Hill Cemetery, Lamb’s Rock, Wellington Lake Things to do in Coonoor :
- Savor the breathtaking views from Dolphin’s Nose
- Trek to the famous Doddabetta Mountain
- Visit the beautiful Sim’s Park
31. Yelagiri – Exciting Adventure Activities
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Trekking in the hills has its own joy and fun. Situated at an elevation of 4,626 feet, Yelagiri Hills is a perfect tourist place in Tamil Nadu surrounded by green valleys, orchards, and rose gardens. This is an ideal place to visit with a loved one, and even your friends if adventure is on your mind!
Best Time to Visit Yelagiri: May to June and November to February Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit in Yelagiri : Swamimalai Hills, Yelagiri Lake, Yelagiri Nature Park, Murugan Temple, Stellar Cave Things to do Yelagiri:
- Trek to Swami Malai Hills through the lush green forests
- Visit the Jalagamparai Falls
- Indulge in paragliding, mountain climbing, etc.
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32. Yercaud – Ooty Of Poor People
Situated close to the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is a gorgeous hill station in Tamil Nadu. This place is a must visit for its vast evergreen forests, rich coffee plantations, and unique flora and fauna. From trekking to admiring the beauty of the famous attractions, there are many things to do in Yercaud that will keep you on your toes.
Best Time to Visit Yercaud: October to June Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit in Yercaud : Kiliyur Falls, Lady’s Seat, Shevaroy Hills, Shevaroy Temple, Karadiyoor View Point, Manjakuttai View Point Things to do in Yercaud :
- Visit the popular Emerald Lake
- Take a tour of attractions like Anna Park, Japanese Park, Bear’s Cave, and more
- Enjoy the gorgeous view of the hills from the Lady’s Seat
33. Kotagiri – Captivating Waterfalls
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Situated in the Nilgiris, this place is a small town known for having one of the best climates in the world. With captivating waterfalls and rich wildlife, Kotagiri is one of the summer tourist places in Tamil Nadu you must visit during your trip to the state.
Best Time to Visit Kotagiri: November to May Ideal duration: 2-3 days Places to visit in Kotagiri : Catherine Water Falls, Lamb’s Rock, Ralliah Dam, Kodanad View Point, Rangaswamy Peak and Pillar Things to do:
- Visit the mesmerizing Elk Falls
- Wildlife spotting at Longwood Shola
- Indulge in a picturesque trekking trail from Kotagiri to Kodanad
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34. Valparai – Beautiful Hill Station
Valparai is a beautiful hill station, situated in the mesmerizing Anamalai Hill Range. Apart from being a part of Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, the town also has a decent number of tea and coffee estates surrounded by forests. It’s the place to be if you believe in staying close to nature, and closer to yourself! One can take a flight to travel from Chennai to Valparaiand cover the distance of approximately 587 kilometres in a feasible manner.
Best Time to Visit Valparai: September to March Ideal duration: 2-3 days Places to visit: Anaimalai Hills, Monkey Falls, Solaiyar Dam, Nirar Dam, Nallamudi View point, Chinnakallar Falls Things to do:
- Go on a backpacking tour to the famous Anamalai Hills
- Visit Nallamudi Viewpoint
- Explore the Sholayar Dam, Monkey Falls, Balaji Temple, and more
35. Theni – The Magical Land
No matter what time of the year it is, Theni is that town in Tamil Nadu that one would always find nestled amidst the foggy mist, making it look like a fairyland. Theni is the best tourist place in Tamil Nadu for those who are seeking to avoid the beaten paths and take the roads less taken. Sitting on the Western Ghats, Theni covers some fragrant plantations, velvety green landscapes, colorful markets, magical waterfalls, and much more.
Best Time To Visit Theni: Throughout the year Ideal duration: 1-2 days Places to visit: Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Suruli Falls, Gowmariamman Temple Things to do:
- Visit the Kolukkumalai Tea estate, world’s highest organic estate.
- Shop for various exotic spices and condiments, handloom products, agricultural products, and much more.
- Plan a picnic to the Vaigai Dam and spend some quality time with your family
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36. Vedanthangal – Paradise For Bird Lovers
You must have heard about Vedanthangal for its bird sanctuary which makes it one of the top places to visit in Tamil Nadu . If you visit the sanctuary during the migratory season, then you can witness around 30,000 birds like spoonbills, herons, and storks. So, if you are a bird lover then make sure that you include this place in your itinerary.
Best time to visit: November to February Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Madurantakam Lake, Karikili Bird Sanctuary, Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary Things to do:
- Visit the bird sanctuary.
- Admire the view of Vedanthangal covered with thousands of birds.
37. Tharangambadi – The Land Of The Singing Waves
Counted among the top tourist places in Tamil Nadu , Tharangambadi is a tiny beach town. The history of this place can be dated back to the 14th century. The name of this town literally translates into ‘the land of the singing waves’. The town overlooks the confluence of the Bay of Bengal and Kaveri River. The place is known for its tranquility which is why it is visited by hundreds of tourists every year.
Best time to visit: November to March Ideal duration: 2-3 days Places to visit: Shri Murugan Temple, Tharangambadi Maritime Museum, New Masilamani Iswaran Temple, Danish Fort Things to do:
- Explore Dansborg Fort where you can witness a mixture of German, Danish, and French colonies.
- Visit the Zion Church that stands still since the year 1701.
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38. Salem – Explore The Bucolic Nature
A visit to Tamil Nadu will remain incomplete if you do not visit its fifth largest city, Salem. That may not be a great fact but it being a home to natural vistas is a great fact. Not only this, there are several ancient temples in Salem that are a must visit. So, make sure to include it in your Tamil Nadu vacation itinerary.
Best time to visit: October to February Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit in Salem : Anna Park, Pagoda Point Road, Yercaud Lake, Kurumbapatty Zoological Park, Eco Tourism Park Things to do in Salem :
- Explore the churches and temples here.
- Get ready to soak in some amazing nature views.
39. Kolli Hills – Ride Through The Bent Curves
Popular as the ‘Mountain of Death’, Kolli Hills is located in the Namakkal District which is untouched by industrialization and retains most of the natural beauty. If you are looking for coolest places in Tamil Nadu then you must include Kolli Hills in your itinerary as several tourists head to this place and watch nature at its best.
Best time to visit: December to February Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Kolli Hill Forest, Puliansolai R.F, Nayinarmalai Forest, Rasipuram Things to do:
- Admire the natural magnificence.
- Visit the famous Lord Shiva’s Arappaleshwar Temple.
How to reach : Trains – then buses and taxi
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40. Palani – Wrapped Within Two Hills
Another amazing place to explore in Tamil Nadu is Palani which is blanketed with two hills – Sakthigiri and Sivagiri. So, where you look, you will get to see these majestic hills creating a beautiful scenery. While exploring Palani, you will come across several lakes that eventually flow to the Shanmuga River at the foothills.
Best time to visit: November to March Ideal duration: 3 days Places to visit: Palani Hill Temple, Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy, Thiru Aavinnankudi Temple, Thanga Ther, Idumban Temple Things to do:
- Explore the lakes making their way through the whole Palani.
- Visit the temples that are famous here.
41. Dindigul – A Historical City
If you are planning a vacation to Tamil Nadu then your trip will remain incomplete without Dindigul as it is one of the famous places in Tamil Nadu . It is a historical city that is wedged between Sirumalai Hills and Palani Hills. One of the must-visit place here is Dindigul Fort which has attracted several tourists to this place.
Best time to visit: October to March Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Dindigul Rock Fort, Soundararajaperumal Temple, Sri Bhaktha Anjaneyer Temple, Murugan Temple Things to do:
- Explore the popular Dindigul Fort on your visit.
- Dig deep into the culture and history of this place.
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42. Mayiladuthurai – The Peacock Town
Another one listed in the places to visit in Tamil Nadu is Mayiladuthurai which is a temple town famous for Mayura Natha Swamy Temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The place was ruled by the Chola dynasty and it still holds reminiscents of that. While traveling on the roads here, you will witness coconut trees lining along the roadsides.
Best time to visit: October to March Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Mayuranathaswami Temple, Parimala Ranganatha Perumal Temple, Mahalakshmeeswarar Temple, Thirupariyalur Veeratteswarar Koil Things to do:
- Admire the Dravidian architecture on your visit.
- Explore the famous Shiva temple.
43. Thiruvarur – A Blend Of Cultures
The list of tourist places in Tamil Nadu also includes Thiruvarur which is popular for its antiquity as it was ruled by several groups like VIjayanagar Empire, Marathas, Medieval as well as Later Cholas, and the British. Apart from this, it is home to three rivers namely Sukumar, Valaiyar, and Odambokki rivers which add to the beauty of this place.
Best time to visit: December to March Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Thyagaraja Temple, Sivan Temple, Perumal Kovil, Kariviranathan Temple, Akshyalingaswamy Temple Things to do:
- Visit the famous Thyagaraja Temple.
- Dig into the rich history of Thiruvarur.
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44. Pulicat – For Bird Watchers
One of the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu is Pulicat which is home to the Pulicat Lake. This is that famous place where thousands of birds migrate here between the months of October & March. You can witness several species including Flamingos.
Best time to visit: October to March Ideal duration: 2-3 days Places to visit: Thirupalaivanam Sivan Koil, Perumal Temple, Jadarayar Temple, Chindamaniseswarar Temple Things to do:
- Visit the famous Fort Geldaria.
- Bird watchers must explore this place
45. Bodinayakkanur – Cardamom Capital Of India
One of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu for all serenity lovers, Bodinayakkanur is a quaint town. With its beautiful surroundings, this town will leave you in awe. This town is famed as the Cardamom capital of India and you must visit it on your vacation. You can observe pleasant weather in Bodinayakkanur at all times and it was called South Kashmir by Jawahar Lal Nehru.
Best Time To Visit Bodinayakkanur: October to February Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Vaigai Dam, Bodi Hill. Things to do:
- Buy the best quality Cardamom
- Explore the town
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46. Javadi Hills – An Unexplored Charm
The Javadi Hills is one of the most popular trekking destinations among travelers that is a stretch of sprawling green landscapes between the Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts. From a diverse variety of flora and fauna to observatories and trails that give a panoramic view of the area, it is among the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu for one day trip.
Best Time To Visit Javadi Hills: March to September Ideal duration: 1 day Places to visit: Shevaroy Hills Things to do:
47. Sirumalai – A Serene Valley
Nestled amidst the green outskirts at a distance of 90 kilometers from Madurai, the Sirumalai region is the last mountain range in the Eastern Ghat. If you are a nature lover and want to explore the far stretches of Tamil Nadu, this place is perfect for a wild weekend getaway.
Best Time To Visit Sirumalai: March to September Ideal duration: 3 days Places to visit: Kolli Hills Things to do:
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48. Devala – A Hidden Gem
A quaint town located in the Nilgiris district, it is one of those small towns that give off the real essence of Tamil Nadu’s local suburban culture. If you are traveling to the state and looking to stay with a family for some cultural tourism experience, this is where you can feel warm and welcome for an exploration of your own.
Best Time To Visit Devala: April to October Ideal duration: 1 day Places to visit: Wild Planet Resort Things to do:
- Local food tasting
49. Ambur – Quaint Escape
From being the home to a popular leather industry to hosting some of Tamil Nadu’s dense residencies, Ambur is an edgy, suburban town situated on the banks of the Palar River. But more than that, it is popular for a spicy non-vegetarian biryani that is known across India for its unique taste. Another much-recommended food item is Makkhenpeda, a traditional sweet that is known for its classic flavors.
Best Time To Visit Ambur: March to October Ideal duration: 1 day Places to visit: Kasi Vishwanath Temple Things to do:
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50. Idappadi – The Best Kept Secret
Located in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu, Edappdi was once a popular town for its power loom industry. The riverside landscape of this town is rocky and surrounded by lakes like Periyayeri, ChettiYeri, and Punka-yeri. If you are looking for an escape in Tamil Nadu where you can enjoy a long-stay, do some sightseeing, enjoy nature walks and observe the local life, Idappadi is the place to be.
Best Time To Visit Idappadi: April to October Ideal duration: 3 days Places to visit: Wild Planet Resort Things to do: Arulmigu Kailashanathar Temple
While these best tourist places in Tamil Nadu are famous for their own attractions, each one of them is worth your time, money, and visit for experiencing the best of the south! Plan your trip to Tamil Nadu right away and have an awesome vacay. While you have a wonderful trip to this amazing place, do not forget to share your experience with us!
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Frequently Asked Questions About Best Tourist Places In Tamil Nadu
What is famous about tamil nadu.
Tamil Nadu is home to numerous popular attractions such as temples, forts, and ancient remains. Apart from the attractions, the place exhibits the true and rich culture of India. You can taste the actual south Indian cuisine here.
Which is the coolest place in Tamil Nadu?
There are numerous cool places in Tamil Nadu but the following are the most popular amongst them: 1. Ooty 2. Yercaud 3. Yelagiri 4. Kodaikanal 5. Coonoor 6. Kotagiri 7. Kolli Hills 8. Anamalai Hills 9. Meghamalai 10. Velliangiri Hilla
Which is the most beautiful place in Tamil Nadu?
Tamil Nadu is home to numerous beautiful places that offer something unique to its visitors. The most popular beautiful places in Tamil Nadu are: 1. Chennai 2. Pondicherry 3. Mudumalai 4. Dhanushkodi 5. Hogenakkal 6. Tuticorin 7. Kanyakumari 8. Madurai 9. Chidambaram
What is Tamil Nadu famous for?
Tamil Nadu is famous for its illuminating temples, rice culture, glorious history, and artists and actors. The most famous temples in Tamil Nadu are located in Tanjore, Madurai, and Kanchi. The place also exhibits the remains of three dynasties of the past, that is Cholas, Pallavas, and Pandyas.
What should I buy in Tamil Nadu?
If you are planning a visit to Tamil Nadu then you must know that Chennai, the capital city is a hub of shopping. The following are the most popular Chennai shopping items- 1. Pure mulberry silk 2. Classical dance accessories 3. Cool cotton fabrics 4. Pandian bangles and accessories 5. Handbags 6. Ladies’ ornaments
Which is the cleanest district in Tamil Nadu?
In Tamil Nadu, Tiruchirapalli is considered to be the cleanest district and therefore is one of the most admired places in this state of India by locals as well as tourists.
Which is the best city in Tamil Nadu?
There’s not just one but a number of cities that are considered the best in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. These are the ones that are renowned as the best here: 1. Coimbatore 2. Madurai 3. Tiruchirappalli 4. Chennai
Which is the best hill station in Tamil Nadu?
There are a number of hill stations in Tamil Nadu that are: 1. Yelagiri 2. Ooty 3. Kolli Hills 4. Coonoor 5. Kotagiri 6. Yercaud 7. Velliangiri Hills 8. Kodaikanal
Which is the best place for a honeymoon in Tamil Nadu?
There are a number of places in Tamil Nadu that are ideal for a honeymoon vacay. Some of them are: 1. Chennai 2. Ooty 3. Meghamalai 4. Kodaikanal 5. Kanyakumari
Which is the safest city in Tamil Nadu?
Tamil Nadu is essentially a safe Indian state but Coimbatore here is considered to be the safest city here. The city is safe for solo female travelers as well. However, one needs to be cautious enough when traveling solo.
For what Chennai is famous?
The capital city Chennai is known for its vibrant eclectic culture, which is worth witnessing. The city is famous by the name ‘Gateway to the South India’ and considered significantly different from the other cities in India.
Is Tamil Nadu beautiful?
Tamil Nadu is one of the most beautiful places to visit in South India. Home to waterfalls, lush greens, trekking trails, beautifully carved temples, picturesque landscapes, and much more, this state of India is one of its kind.
Which place in Tamil Nadu is famous for the mangrove forest?
The floors of Tamil Nadu are covered with the mangrove forest in many regions. But the most famous place in Tamil Nadu is Pichavaram.
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