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.
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.
Places of visit
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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
Vedanthangal, which literally translates to the hamlet of the hunter in Tamil, was developed into a sanctuary because of its unique water bodies and ecosystems as early as the 18th century. his sanctuary sees some of the most exquisite and unique birds from across the globe, Birds from lands as far away as Canada, Australia, Siberia and Burma flock here during peak season. The best time to visit is between November and March
The zoo houses around 1,500 wildspecies (including 46 endangered species) and over 1,265 acres of flora and fauna of different species. The zoo also has a large number of mammals like the White Tiger And Himalayan Black Bear, birds (the flightless bird from Australia – Rhea), reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects in the park, which explains why it is so popular and so large.
at this center about 5000 crocodiles of 6 different species, alligators & other reptiles are bred in captivity, kept in open, marshy enclosures.
Ramakrishna Mission is a religious movement that's based on the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna. It was founded by his chief apostle, Swami Vivekananda, in 1897. The teachings follow the system of Vedanta, which combines both Hindu religion and philosophy. The belief is that every soul is potentially divine, and this divinity can be manifested through work, meditation, knowledge and devotion to God (the four Yogas). All religions are recognized and honored, as they are considered to be different paths to the same reality
The teachings of modern sage Ramana Maharshi are based on a process of self inquiry, which he initiated at the age of 16 in 1886. After realizing that his real nature was "formless, immanent consciousness", he left his family home and traveled to holy Mount Arunachala, where he remained for the rest of his life. The core of his teachings can be found in a booklet called, "Who Am I?" It contains instructions that come from his direct experience of self-realization. Free accommodations and food are provided to devotees who wish to practice his teachings at the ashram.
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