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Here, history blends seamlessly with the present; leaving a visitor astonished at the contrast of experiences. On one end, there is a bustling metropolitan city and on the other, a centre of culture, art and learning. Welcome to Chennai!

Chennai district is the smallest and the most densely populated district in Tamil Nadu. It lies on the northeastern corner of Tamil Nadu along the Coromandel coast and is bounded by the Bay of Bengal and is surrounded inland by the districts of Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Chengalpattu. Referred to as the ‘Gateway of South India’, it has a long coastline of around 25km.

The district has emerged as a cosmopolitan hub and has an important role in the historical, cultural and intellectual development of India. A perfect combination of South Indian architecture, music, dance, drama, sculpture and other arts and crafts can be seen in the district. The British developed the region into a major urban centre and naval base.

The capital district has a wide industrial base in the automobile, technology, hardware manufacturing and healthcare industries. Home to much of India’s automobile industry, the district is the country’s second-largest exporter of software. The annual Madras Music Festival is known the world over for the performances by hundreds of noted artistes.

With temples, beaches and historical monuments, the Chennai district is one of the most visited cities in India. Fort St. George, Government Museum Complex, Valluvar Kottam, MGR Film City, Birla Planetarium, Kishkintha, Marina Beach, Santhome Cathedral Basilica, Edward Elliot’s Beach and Arulmigu Sri Parthasarathy Temple are some of the popular attractions in the district.

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Guindy National Park

Right in the midst of a metropolitan urban settlement lies a serene strip of land, so relaxing and comforting. Living in its heart are a variety of species that are well protected and looked after. Guindy National Park is a wonder that Chennai has for the world.

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Crocodile Park

Here they rest, in a pensive mood; sometimes looking as if lost in thoughts or meditation and at other times frolicking in the cool pool that is all theirs. The Crocodile Park in Tamil Nadu is indeed a place of great interest.

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Here, history blends seamlessly with the present; leaving a visitor astonished at the contrast of experiences. On one end, there is a bustling metropolitan city and on the other, a centre of culture, art and learning. Welcome to Chennai!

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Kapaleeshwarar Temple

One of the imposing religious sites of Chennai city is the noted Kapaleeswarar Temple that is majestically set in the Mylapore region of Chennai. It is said the Shiva Lingam in the temple is Swayambulingam, which means it is self-manifested.

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Sri Parthasarathy Temple

Sri Parthasarathy Temple at Thiruvallikeni in Chennai is one of the 108 Divyadeshams mentioned in Divya Prabandha, the works of literature by Tamil saints or the Alvars.

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Thiruvanmiyur Beach

Just a small drive from the heart of the city, but a blissful location that will win the hearts of every visitor. A beach buzzing with life, activities and the sheer pleasure of beach leisure. Thiruvanmiyoor beach is Chennai’s gift for you.

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Covelong Beach

The sea is calm here. The sun shines above gleamingly and the coast reflects a shimmering aura that captivates and enthralls every single visitor. Covelong Beach is one such spectacular spot that is more than ideal for that perfect vacation.

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Elliot’s Beach

No matter how busy this beach gets, you still get to experience the tranquility that fills the air. Here is where a city comes together to celebrate every moment. Elliot’s Beach is a shore that reflects the richness of Chennai’s soul.

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Marina Beach

There are certain attractions that define a city in many unique ways; reflecting the essence, the character and the very soul of that destination. That is what Marina Beach is to Chennai – the city’s heart that reflects everything that is best about the city.

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Thousand Lights Mosque

According to a legend, the mosque got its name as in olden times thousand lamps were needed to illuminate the prayer hall. The mosque has a special significance for the Shia Muslims. It is dedicated to Imam Hossain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, who is respected among the Shia sect around the globe.

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Sri Ramakrishna Math

The landscaped garden, ornamented parapets and colourful pathways give us a pleasant welcome. The main temple at the place is the Universal Temple. It is open to anyone irrespective of their caste, creed, gender or status in the society.

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Santhome Cathedral and Basilica

Also known as St Thomas Cathedral Basilica and National Shrine of Saint Thomas, San Thome Church is a Roman Catholic minor basilica at Santhome in Chennai. It was built over the tomb of Saint Thomas in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers.

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Fort St. George

Along with the Central Railway Station, Fort St George is one of the remarkable colonial structures in the city that hark back to the times of the British rule in India.

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Vivekananda House and Museum

Vivekananda House or Vivekanandar Illam in Chennai played a significant part in the spread of Ramakrishna Movement in South India. Swami Vivekananda stayed here for nine days in 1897, after his return from the West.

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VGP Golden Beach

Golden sands, cool sea breeze, great ambiance for the perfect day out – it’s a beach of dreams. VGP Golden Beach has a charm that is unmatched. The pristine shore shines brightly all day, making it a beach lover’s paradise.

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Nettukuppam Beach

Away from the madding city crowd, nestling in a tranquil setting, lies a quiet beach that would mesmerise any visitor. Nettukuppam beach might not be a part of popular hype, but worth every visit you make. Come, be embraced by serenity.

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Police Museum

This 14 acre property with its Bungalow was built by Arunagiri Mudaliar. Lt.Col.John Carne Boulderson became the first Police Commissioner in 1856 as per the City Police Act of XIII of 1856. The once rented property now became the asset of the Police via Lt.Col.John Carne Boulderson on July 22, 1856.

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Things to do


15 free things to do in Chennai, India's southern capital

Chennai, the steamy capital of Tamil Nadu, is huge, sometimes hectic, and a perfect introduction to the wonderful, frenetic energy of South India. The city sprawls for miles along one of the world’s largest urban beaches, dotted with temples, museums, Raj relics, and restaurants serving what could well be the world’s finest vegetarian cuisine.

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6 top day trips from Chennai for steamy southern adventures

Often overlooked by the crowds who flock to Delhi and Mumbai, fascinating, foodie Chennai is the gateway to India’s steamy south. Within easy striking distance of the Tamil Nadu capital are timeless temple towns, coastal nature reserves, old colonial outposts and beach resorts that are as popular for monsoon watching as sitting on the sand.

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History, built up

In our times of matchbox apartments and crowded parks, uninspired design and soulless malls, Chennai offers up a slice of both grandeur and grace through its several heritage buildings reflective of colonial times. Part 18 of an Outlook special on lesser-known destinations in Tamil Nadu

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Colonial Cousins

Chennai is graced with a rich architectural legacy from the times of British colonial rule. Part 19 of an Outlook special on lesser-known aspects of Tamil Nadu as a tourist destination.

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