The heat and humidity of Chennai can at times dilute the fact that it is a beautiful and historic city. But if you keep your mind open to experiences, the blistering sun will be enveloped by the rich cultural background, and the large heartedness of people who call Chennai their home. The cultural capital of India was established by the British during 17th century and this historical past is evident from some of the famous architecture in the city. If you are planning a visit to Chennai or are a new resident here, make sure that you visit the following places :
Semmozhi Poonga offers a great escape from the scorching sun, and it is a visual delight to your eyes. Located in the heart of the city, the park offers scenic landscapes and lush gardens. The well-maintained gardens have varieties of trees and plants from all parts of the world.
Marina Beach is the instant choice for everyone who visits Chennai. This is the second longest beach in the world. The large expanse of golden sand allows for a great walk along the seashore. Sunrise and sunset views are picturesque in this perfect setting.
Pulicat Lake is located at Tamil Nadu’s border. The atmosphere is serene and you can have a relaxed day here. This is a great place for bird watching. Do not miss Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary located near Pulicat Lake as you will find rare species of birds such as flamingoes, kingfishers, pelican, ibis and others.
The Huddleston Gardens Of Theosophical Society
Located in Adyar, a part of Chennai, Theosophical society commands respect from people belonging to all faiths. The Huddleston Gardens, which surrounds the society, are a birdwatcher’s paradise. You will find a wide range of migratory birds here. The library inside the campus has great collections exceeding two lakh books. Other collections include palm-leaf manuscripts and many ancient books of various faiths.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park
Arignar Anna Zoological Park was established in the year 1855, making it the first ever zoo in India. The massive zoo houses over 170 species of wildlife. Some of the animals found here include tiger, hyena, lion, panther, elephants and so on. Elephant rides and lion safaris are available.
Connemara Public Library
Connemara Public Library was established in the year 1896. You could find many unique and rare collections in the library, which boast of possessing wealthy information across various subjects. The library itself is intricately designed and the architecture is a blend of Southern Hindu Deccani, Gothic, Rajput and Mughal. The bibliotheca houses a periodic hall, a video room and a reference room. Braille library is also found here.
Kapaleeswarar Temple is one of the oldest temples in the city. It is not clear as to who built the temple. It is hypothesised that the Portuguese destroyed the original temple, and the present construction belongs to the 16th century. The temple stands a classic example of the Dravidian style of sculpture and architecture.
Little Mount Shrine
Little Mount Shrine has a rich history associated with it. You can find the cave where St. Thomas went hiding before being martyred. It is a worth a visit if you want to experience a touch of the past and indulge in some obscure history.
National Art Gallery
National Art Gallery was established in 1907. The influence of Indo-Saracenic architecture is evident in the red sandstone construction, which has four sections namely Tanjore Painting Gallery, Ravi Varma Painting Gallery, Indian Traditional Art Gallery and Decorative Art Gallery. Artists would love this place as it has on display some of the ancient paintings and handicrafts that date back to 11th century.
Chennai has many beaches and while Marina beach is the longest in Chennai, Breezy beach holds attraction for the unpolluted surrounding. It is situated in Valmiki Nagar in Chennai. This small beach remains untouched by commercialization and hence is very serene. This is a perfect place for a breezy walk.
Rest assured that once you start exploring the city you won’t be able to stop yourself from falling in love with Chennai. If you know such more spots that are worth visiting, do inform us.
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