The cultural capital city of India, it's recognised for unchanged centuries old tradition and rich heritage. This city had a humble beginning in 1639 then Francis Day and Andrew Cogan, agents of the erstwhile East India Company, obtained a piece of land from the ruler of Vijayanagar Empire. They named it Chennai pattinam very soon, it rose to be a Presidency town and after independence the capital of Tamilnadu.
Fort St. George was one of the earliest construction in Chennai and was the centre of British operations in South India. From it's beginning, the city has taken a giant leap and its now major educational, automobile and industrial hub of India. A perfect amalgam of tradition and modernity the city how was about 200 square kilometres of the land and stands face to face with the Bay of Bengal in the East.
This city has second largest collection of heritage buildings in India there are some of historical places in Chennai should be worth to visit. Now a days Chennai is the biggest economic, cultural and tourism center's in South India in among the most visited Indian cities by foreign tourists. Also it has been rated as the safest city in India and also listed among top city to travel in India.
Established in 1851 also known as Madras Museum, factually being the second oldest museum of India (after Kolkata’s Indian Museum), this museum is a treasure in itself! As a rich repository of finest masterpieces of art, archaeology, anthropology, numismatics and much more, the Madras Museum assures to lure one and all, spread across an area of 16.25 acres of land, the Government Museum is also counted among the largest museums of South Asia. Its campus has six independent buildings with 46 galleries. Timings: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm holiday on Friday Entrance Fees (approximately): Indians: Adult Rs.15/- Children Rs.10/- Foreigners: Adult Rs.250/- Children Rs.125/- Photography Charges: Still Camera Rs.200/- Video Camera Rs.500/-
The campus of Sri Ramakrishna Math is pervaded with an atmosphere of palpable holiness. Anyone who sits in the temple, even for a few minutes, feels profound calmness and soothing serenity. With its lush green surroundings, the Math is an ideal place for the practice of contemplation and meditation. The Math stands as a bright symbol of religious harmony—a place where all are welcome, irrespective of caste, race, nationality or religion. Temple Timings: 5.00 am – 11:45 am and 3.00 pm – 9.00 pm
One of the sacred shrines in Chennai with a lovely and majestic tower exhibits the Dravidian style of architecture. There is a big tank [water body] on its Western Side. The temple and the tank is surrounded by Broad streets on the four sides. The picturesque temple is amidst the crowded residential area. The legend says, Goddess Parvati worshipped Siva in the form of peacock, (means Mayil in Tamil) hence this name Mylapore. Kapaleeswarar and Karpagambal are the main deities. Replicas of 63 revered Saivaite Saints called Nayanmars are located here. Timings: 5.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon and 4.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Santhome church is one of the Basilica built over the tomb of an Apostle in the world. It is believed that the remains of St. Thomas were intermed / Buried in this beach in 78 AD, on which a Church was built. Several years later it was shifted to the present location further towards the land. It houses the mortal remains of St.Thomas. Since then this is popularly called as Santhome Church. Pope John Paul II visited and prayed at this tomb on 5th February 1986. Timings: 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
One of the few light houses in the world with an elevator and the only lighthouse in India within the city limits. It is also a green lighthouse, with a solar panel for power. Open Timings: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Holiday on Every Monday) Entrance Fee: Rs 50/- per foreigner adult (approximately).
It is the pride of Chennai and the Second Longest Beach in the World with distance of 6.0 km (3.7 mi) making it the longest natural urban beach in the country. Bathing and swimming at the Marina Beach are legally prohibited because of the dangers, The stretch opposite to the beach is occupied by Madras University, Government Departments, Senate House, Presidency college, Cricket Stadium and Swami Vivekananda Memorial House
Earlier known as Ice House or Castle Kernan, is a historical building in Chennai, India. It was constructed in 1842 by Frederic Tudor. Indian Saint Swami Vivekananda stayed in the building when he visited Chennai in 1897 and was later renamed in his honor. Timings: 10.00 am – 12:30 pm noon and 3.00 pm – 7.15 pm Closed on Mondays, Entry fee for per Adult: Rs.20/- (Subject to change).
Dating back to the 8th century Parthasarathi temple is believed to be the oldest temple in Chennai. It was previously constructed by the Pallava kings and was further renovated by the Vijayanagar rulers. The temple is a combination of various architectural styles with inscriptions from the time of Pallavas, Chola and Vijayanagar on its walls. The gopuram (towers) and mandapas (pillars) are decorated with elaborate carvings a standard feature of Dravidian temple architecture, (open time: 5:00 am to 12 noon and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm)
This museum is home to a massive collection of around 3661 antique items that, in the best of ways, depict artifacts of different ages of modern Indian history. A treasure trove of a collection in this museum is spread across three floors and divided into 10 galleries. Visiting Hours : 9.00 am to 5.00 p.m - Closed on Fridays - Entrance Fee (approximately): Indians Rs.5/- and Foreigners Rs.100/-
Situated within the Fort St. George, the tower like church of St Mary is also known as "Westminster Abbey of the East". It is the first Anglican Church in Asia and was built in 1680. It witnessed the tying of the nuptial knot of Robert Clive with Governor Elihu Yale, who was pioneer of Yale University. Today the church is taken care of by the Archaeological Survey of India.
It was built in the year 1913. The white building and 132 ft tall clock tower is the solid attraction of this structure. It is the Administrative Complex and Council Assembly House of the Chennai City Corporation. The building was named by the British in honour of Lord Ripon who was the Governor General and father of Self-Government in India (Exterior view only - Visitors not allowed inside)
Classical language Park or Semmozhi Punga, as it is called in Tamil, is a botanical garden considered among the best in the world. Located near the Anna flyover, the 20 acres Garden has been meticulously landscape by the Chennai Horticulture department. It has more than 500 species of plants, in addition to 83 pre-existing trees of which some are more than 100 years old.
Pallavas Grand architectural masterpiece which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel Coast in the 7th and 8th centuries rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. Need not have a reason or season to visit this magnificent Group of Manuments at Mahablipuram
Kanchipuram is a spectacular temple city known as city of thousand temples which reflects the Glorious Traditions of Tamil Nadu and There is no reason or season to experiences the extraordinary sculptural creations of poetry in stone that stands testimony to the unique Dravidian architectural monuments at Mahabalipuram, Eighth-century UNESCO temples, a stunning open-air relief, and tales of a kingdom under the sea in this small town near in Chennai
Places of visit
Places of visit
The city's history dates back more than 2000 years. Originally it was a tiny fishing village called Madaraspattnam, frequented by Armenians and Portuguese traders before the arrival of the British. In 1639 the East India Company set up their warehouse North of the Cooum River. The city gradually grew to be the Center of the Empire's expanding power in South India. Today, Chennai is booming cosmopolitan city and is the center of the Tamils around the world.
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Whether you’re an art connoisseur or a someone looking to get acquainted Indian art and architecture, this tour especially for you
Sripuram Golden Temple
The significance characteristics of Sripuram Lakshmi Narayan Temple's Ardha Mandapam and Vimanam is coated with pure gold including both interior as well as exterior. It is gilded with 1500 kg of pure gold, double the 750 kg gilding of the dome of the Golden Temple at Amritsar (open time 4 am to 7 pm)
Vellore fort (Jalakandeswarar Temple)
Built by Vijayanagara kings in 16th-century, It considered to be among the best of military architecture in Southern India and known grand ramparts, wide moat and robust masonry. This fort was headquarters of the Aravidu Dynasty of Vijayanagara Empire. Fort was constructed in granite and spreads over an area of 133 acres, It houses a temple (Jalakandeswarar Temple), a mosque and a church. The temple sculpture in the porch on the left of entrance is a masterpiece appreciated by the connoisseurs of art and architecture. The mosque was constructed during the last Arcot Nawabs period and the church inside the fort was constructed during the early British period
Museums of visit
This temple is in 5th of the six holy abodes (Arupadaiveedu) of Lord Muruga. It represents the site where Subramanya stayed after destroying the demon Surapadman. Tiruthani is said to be the place where the Lord Subramanya married Valli - one of his two consorts. This hill temple has reached by motorable road (or) has 365 steps that indicating 365 days of the year. It has 4 prakarams and a series of towers. Thiruthani murugan temple has been mentioned in the Sangam period work "Tirumurugaatruppadai" composed by Nakkeerar. It has been patronized by the Vijayanagar rulers and local chieftains and zamindars. (Open time: 6am to 9pm)
Ekambareswarar temple associated with specifically the element of earth, The temple is the largest and one of the most prominent tourist attraction in Kanchipuram. According to another legend, it is believed that Parvati worshipped Shiva in the form of a Prithivi Lingam (or a Lingam improvised out of sand), under a mango tree. Legend has it that the neighboring Vegavati river overflowed and threatened to engulf the Shiva Lingam and that Parvati or Kamakshi embraced the Lingam. Shiva touched by the gesture materialized in person and married her.
Arunachaleswarar temple associated with specifically the element of fire, The temple complex houses many halls; the most notable is the thousand-pillared hall built during the Vijayanagar period. Lord Shiva wife Parvati, once closed the eyes of Shiva playfully in a flower garden at their abode atop Mount Kailash. Although only a moment for the gods, all light was taken from the universe, it was submerged in darkness for years. Parvati performed penance along with other devotees of Shiva. Then Shiva appeared as a column of fire at the top of Annamalai hills, returning light to the world. The hill in itself is sacred and considered a lingam, or iconic representation of Shiva.
Kalahasteeswara Temple associated with specifically the element of air, This is the only temple in India which remains open during Solar and lunar eclipses, while all other temples are closed. There are several other legends connected to the glory of Kalahasteeswara Temple. Prominent among them is of Parvati who was cursed by Lord Shiva to discard her heavenly body and assume the human form. To get rid of the above curse Parvati did a long penance here. Pleased with her deep devotion Lord Shiva again recreated her body – a hundred times better than her previous heavenly body and initiated various mantras including the Panchakshari. Consequent to this, Parvati gained fame and came to be known as Shiva-Gnanam Gnana Prasunamba or Gnana Prasunambika Devi.
Temples of Visit
Temples of visit
Trip to Visit: Vedanthankal Lake Bird Sanctuary fr
Vandaloor Zoo and The Madras Crocodile Park
Tour to Gingee Fort (Troy of the east) from Chenna
Visit Ramakrishna Math & Vivekanadha House in Chen
Visit Sri Ramana Ashram in Tiruvannamalai from Che
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