Top 21 Places to visit in Chennai

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Best things to do in Chennai and sightseeing in Chennai

Chennai, standing as the fourth largest city in the country, is still known as Madras by many residents. Kapaleeshwar temple, though always crowded, remains a popular visiting site where one can witness southern India's multi-hued spiritual energy and the beautiful sculptures bedecking it. A place to unwind and enjoy some good street food would be Marina Beach. Those who wish to avoid the crowd, however, should pick Eliot's Beach, which is also relatively cleaner. The Anna Centenary Library is also a great refuge for peace and solace. If anything vintage charms you, make it a point to visit the 17th century British Fort, St George and the historical neighbourhood of George Town circumscribing it, now thronged with bazaars selling everything from spices to flowers and bangles. Parallel to this commercial hub is the Armenian street housing an 18th century Armenian Church. Nature lovers will dote over the Madras Crocodile Bank, where these sunbathing beauties can be seen and thoroughly learnt about. On the same lines, Arignar Anna Zoological Park is another must visit, especially for families with children, who will receive the much required infotainment. Chennai is an unforgettable site of colours and music during January when the festival Pongal is celebrated. Restaurants such as Copper Chimney, Hotel Saravana Bhavan, Dakshin remain widely known for their exquisite versatile cuisines constituting the whole of south India.

Marina Beach - Chennai

Known as the second longest beach in the world, the Marina is a beautiful beach in Tamil Nadu. The golden sands and the cleanliness around serves as the main attractions. The slope is gentle too and this makes it ideal for swimmers. Picnics are a common sight here and you also walk along the shore as this is very long. There are a number of eateries surrounding the beach as well.
Awesome Coast Line stretching from Chennai to Nagapattinam.
Prathamesh sathe

263 Followers, 32 Reviews


The longest beach, and also one of the jolliest! Horse riding, get tanned, or take long baths, and shop shell goodies! and a lot more fun activities. The best place! And also, take long long walks on the beach.
Sushmita

223 Followers, 5 Reviews


The color of the sand is darker than other beaches in Chennai. One would see many food stalls with seafood and peanuts all along the beach. It lures you away and makes you feel like you have always belonged to the seas!
Subhraleena Deka

253 Followers, 10 Reviews


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beaches
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Arignar Anna Zoological Park - Chennai

The first zoo in India was created in the year 1855 in the city of chennai which was then known as Madras. This was later shifted to become a part of the Vandalur Wildlife Reserve. This is a park which conserves animals in a way that they feel safe and feel at home. They are not trapped or used for any kind of entertainment purpose at all. They are just free to roam around anywhere and the tourists are taken out on jeep safarais by expert guides around the reserve. The Arignar Anna Zoological Park is just a small part of the whole wildlife reserve and the chimpanzees here are fun to watch when they do funny activities.
The zoo charges for entry are Adults: Rs.20, Children: Rs.10 and for Photo camera: Rs.25. You can see many varieties of animals, birds, fishes in the zoo. The zoo is situated on a large forest land with lot of space for each animals, so the area you need to cover is quite huge. There seems to be lot of vacant areas with no animals and the overall animal count seems to be low compared to the area of the zoo. You can cover the entire zoo in multiple ways: by walk by renting a cycle (just after the entrance in front of Hotel Tamilnadu) buy a ride in the electric golf-carts (you need to wait for this in a queue) buy a ticket in the zoo tours (in motor van or trams, these are to be booked in advance for the same day) We went there in the afternoon (in the scorching sun, which was not a good idea) around 1:30PM. By the time we went options 2,3,4 were not available for us – so we took the trip by walk. We saw the animals near the entrance (Monkeys, etc.), then the birds and so on. There are adequate number of resting area (shades) provided for sitting and relaxing, Toilet facilities are okay. The zoo severely lacks in food courts and cafeterias. Inside the zoo area there are a Aavin ice-cream booth, a small snack shop and in the entrance a restaurant Hotel Tamilnadu owned by Tamilnadu Government. After spending nearly two hours walking, we were tired and hungry – we wanted to get some snacks and my son wanted to eat a ‘dosa’. At that time we were half-way inside the zoo, we walked all the way back to the entrance and went to Hotel Tamilnadu hoping for some eatables. To our utter dismay the restaurant was in bad condition (water stagnating on the floor), people having arguments with the billing counter staff (only one for a crowded zoo) and non-availability of any food. They don’t seem to be serving Dosa/Idly or any other light snack – only rice items, veg and non-veg biryani’s which too had ran out very soon. This re-enforced my general view that Governments (that too in India) have no business running a service industry, Hotel industry is a great example of that and you can add Resorts, Airlines to that list. We decided to cut-short our trip and came out of the zoo. The parking lot attendant helped us by suggesting a “Hotel Sangeetha” which was on the other side of the national highway, just opposite to the zoo. We drove down there, had some good Dosas and Fruit-Juice, came back re-energized.
Mayank Raj

239 Followers, 57 Reviews


Best time to visit
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Things to do
wildlife tours, photography
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Tuesday closed
Budget
adults- INR 30, Children (2-10 years)- INR 10, Handycam- NR 150, still camera- INR 25

CKC Campus - Chennai

Start point of the trip
Kashyap

32 Followers, 50 Reviews


Golden Beach - Chennai

This is a beach off the East Coast Road of Chennai which is known as the Injambakkum Region. The place ios popular for film shootings and the name is derived after the colour of the sands here. It is always crowded and you will not find it less throughout the year. This is like a contradiction from those peaceful beaches but people- watching at times can be a happy thing to do as well. People do swim here but watching and enjoying the sceneries is a better thing to do here.
This is the second longest beach in the world. There are resorts and hotels with lip-smacking food. Moreover, there are many other attractions including children's rides in the place. With peppy music, yellow sand, the sun rays on your back and foaming waves, the place is just right for a holiday.
Subhraleena Deka

253 Followers, 10 Reviews


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Domino's Pizza - Chennai

Domino's Pizza is an American restaurant having group of Pizza outel across the world. You wan to taste a verity of pizza must go any of out and order your favorite.
Before visiting Mahabalipuram, we visited Tambaram and had lunch at Domino's Pizza. After having an awesome mamamiia pizza. We then went to Mahabalipuram and thus spent our day at CHENNAI.
Mayank Raj

239 Followers, 57 Reviews


Best time to visit
02:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Things to do
Pizza outlet
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Chennai International Airport - Chennai

The next day i.e, on 19th Dec, we boarded our flight at Veer Savarkar Airport at port Blair for our return journey to Chennai, from where we had our flight for onward journey to Hyderabad. As we were flying over the many small to large islands of Andamans in our return flight , my mind kept on repeating - "Good Bye Andamans....See u again soon, very soon..."
Subhrajyoti Parida

109 Followers, 74 Reviews


Elliots Beach - Chennai

A main beach of Chennai, this is better than most of the other beaches around. The main reason that the place is very clean and also not overcrowded. You can swim here, enjoy picnics or just come here for a friendly visit. The scenic beauty os extraordinary around and thus serves as a perfect place for some awesome photography too.
My friends and I love to just go chill at Bessie, a perfect hang out spot for young people. Always something to do, and a place to grab a bite, Bessie does not disappoint! The most happening time to come is towards the evening, where the sun's not beating down as hard.
Arushi Dutt

729 Followers, 101 Reviews


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beaches
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Besant Nagar Beach - Chennai

Closer to the main city, this beach is just adjacent to the Elliots Beach. Good to visit with family or friends, this is a peaceful place fpr sure. The beach is clean with white sands and blue waters. The good part about this beach is that there are a lot of places to eat around this beach. There are also a number of holiday resorts here whose rooms overlook the view of both the beaches. It is altogether an ideal place to spend some nice time.
The beach is always a great place to relax and unwind, look at the wild ocean and feel the sand under your feet. Since Chennai is located on the East coast of India, the sun rises over the ocean in the morning and it makes for an absolutely glorious start to the day. Waking up early and reaching the beach at the crack of dawn is worth it all. Each sun rise is unique and beautiful, and the best part may be that the beach is calm and quiet at that early hour - there aren't any maddening crowds over powering nature's amazing show. Also, it's completely free! :)
Shivaani Harmsen

241 Followers, 5 Reviews


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Dakshinachitra Heritage Centre - Chennai

This is a beautiful museum in the Muttukadu Region off the East Coast Road of Tamil Nadu. The main aim of this museum is to conserve the heritage of South India in terms of architecture, arts and crafts mainly. They have used the art styles of the ancient South India in almost all the exhibits here. They have also put up tribal items on display which you will not even find anywhere else. This place is also like an educational tour especially fpr children. The authorities and management are successfully making people aware of their heritage in this way.
This is the perfect place to learn about the traditions and history of this city. Also located a bit out of Chennai, this is a heritage home filled with arts and crafts, dance performances, festival celebrations and more.
Arushi Dutt

729 Followers, 101 Reviews


Best time to visit
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Things to do
tours
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Tuesday closed
Budget
Indians- INR 100, Foreigners- INR 250, 5- 12 years- INR 30, 13- 18 years- INR 50- INR 70, Foreign students- INR 0, still camera- INR 20

Pondicherry Road - Chennai

The East Coast Road which joins Pondicherry to Chennai is also known as the Pondicherry road and is one of the majormost parts of the road networks of Chennai. This road is also known as the National Highway or NH- 49. The road is built on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. The network has now been extended upto Thootokudi via the network of Chidambaram. This is not only helpful for everyone but has also decreased the time taken to reach the places it connets with.
Chennai to pondicherry via the amazing city of Mahabalipuram, famous for group of Monuments and the Shore Temple. The 158 Km long distance take almost 3 hours along the coast of the Bay of Bengal on the famous East Coast Road. East Coast Road offers scenic views of Bay of Bengal,beach on the coromandel coast and many grand and old Temples.
Mayank Raj

239 Followers, 57 Reviews


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road networks
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Kapaleeswarar Temple - Chennai

Also known as the Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar Temple, this is located in the Mylapore District of Chennai. This temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva who is worshipped here in the form of Kapaleeswarar. The temple is built in the typical Dravidian type of architecture with gopurams and carvings. As usual the idol is placed inside what is called the inner temple or garbagriha or the sanctum sanctorum. The temple dates back to the 7th Century and was built during the short rule of the Tuluva Dynasty. The lord here is wprshipped along with his consort Goddess Parvathi.
This is one of the oldest temples of Chennai. Make sure to bring your cameras to capture some of the beautiful architecture both inside and outside of the temple. You can get a few trinkets at the nearby shops too. A truly local experience!
Arushi Dutt

729 Followers, 101 Reviews


Best time to visit
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Things to do
worship
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Free

Ranganathan Street - Chennai

This is a commercial street with one end being the beginning of another famous road named Usman Nagar. This is also a neighbourhood and is mostly known for offices related to the textiles and jewelry industry. The name of the neighbourhood is T. Nagar of Chennai. There are also a number of residential buildings, shops and restaurants around this place.
Shopping in TNagar is like shopping in a never ending maze stuffed with pretty much anything you can imagine- and more! Starting from the bus stand, wading your way through the crowds is quite a powerful experience as you are a part of a massive wave of people from all stratas of life, all just happily shopping and drinking in the vast sights, sounds and smells. There are many small side lanes with shops spilling out from the buildings, huge fancy shops that have goods spread over multiple stories and medium size enterprises. The lanes are dotted with food stalls and juice carts. It's best to cover ground on foot and look around in all nooks and crannies- you never know what you may find. You can buy just about anything from clothes to art supplies, vegetables to gold jewellery and electronics to encyclopedias. Many places don't have fixed prices, so bring on your haggling game and get things at amazingly cheap prices! The experience may be a tad overwhelming for those who haven't been exposed to crowded places, but it makes for very interesting memories and stories!
Shivaani Harmsen

241 Followers, 5 Reviews


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City tour
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Promenade beach pondicherry - Chennai

This beach is where you can see the crowd of Pondicherry. Its almost same as marina beach of mumbai. People come here early morning to watch sunrise. Even staring at stars in night while enjoying the cool breeze and listening to the sound of waves :)
Meghana Jambhe

202 Followers, 15 Reviews


Pondy Bazaar - Chennai

This is a major shopping district in the T. Nagar neighbourhood. The name of this market is mainly Soundarapandian Angadi and this is after the name of the statue of Soundarapandian. You will find a large number of shops her eselling a variety of items. You are almost sure to find everything that you want out here. Lined along this market are restaurants selling very good food. So you can set out for shopping and then start gorging on delicious food after you are tired and hungry.
This place gets crazy! But has some of the best bargains in all of Chennai. Pushing through the massive crowds, shopping can get a bit exhausting. Make sure you bring along a local to help with the communication.
Arushi Dutt

729 Followers, 101 Reviews


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shopping
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The Forum Vijaya Mall - Chennai

This is a shopping mall in the Vadapalani Region of Chennai. This is a project of the Prestige Group and is spread over a large area giving in to reatils space. The mall accomodates more than 100 shops and alo food courts and entertainment arenas. This is altogether a multiplex from where you can buy anything and everything. The IMAX Theatre is the recent most attraction here and a favorite of movie buffs.
After a long, exhausting day, the place to head is a cool air conditioned mall with some great restaurants! I recommend Cream Center, which is a completely vegetarian restaurant that serves a great range of dishes from different cuisines (Mexican, Indian and Italian!). I love the nachos and panna cotta, and they also have a mean panneer chilli sizzler! The place is a bit pricey, with a meal for one person ranging between 400-800 rupees, but it is still worth it. The mall also has a decent food court for those on a more limited budget, and one can still enjoy the comforts of a mall.
Shivaani Harmsen

241 Followers, 5 Reviews


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shopping, entertainment
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Amethyst - Chennai

Chennai is rightly a metropolitan city with a number of posh shops and shopping arenas. Amethyst is an all-in-one place to spend time in. This is a haveli- style café along with a flower shop and a clothing boutique. The décor of the shop lives up to the graceful name with the number of crystal and amethyst studded showpices. The classy taste of the owner inspires you to trust them on the quality of things they sell. They also sell all sorts of exotic flowers and bouquets for all occassions which have a special importance for you.
Amethyst is a rocking cafe in Chennai. Though a bit on the costlier side, Amethyst provides great quality snacks from pizza, pastries, and coffee. The open gardens provide a pleasant environment for customers to relax in.
Arushi Dutt

729 Followers, 101 Reviews


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shopping
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Bon Bakes - Chennai

This is a simple cake shop but with a difference. They are not just a name but a brand in bakery items. For the best and richest pieces of the guilty delights, you should visit Bon Bakes. They sell all sorts of cakes starting from chocolates to all other regular and exotic flavours. They also make customized caked on advance orders. Snacks are also a specialty here but whatever you get is baked and thus the name Bon bakes!
A really cute bakery with pastries, croissants, cakes, and coffee. Some delightful snacks to taste!
Arushi Dutt

729 Followers, 101 Reviews


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bakers
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Koyambedu Bus Stop - Chennai

Took our bus to Pollachi..
athul balaji

16 Followers, 42 Reviews


Udhavum Karangal - Chennai

This is a Non- Profit organization in Coimbatore. They are a group of volunteers who work for the welfare of women and give shelter to homeless women. There are many people who have been victims of torture and other wild mentalities. The families of these victims have not accepted them and thus they have found a safe home for themselves in the place known as Udavum Karangal. The noble work for the society has earned them a lot of respect and recognition and donations are what fund them throughout the year. They not only give shelter to the woman but also educate and train them in various fields to make them self sufficient.
On our way tot the Chennai airport, we stopped at Udhavum Karangal Orphanage. It has one more branch in Tamil Nadu. Udhavum Karangal means ‘Helping hands’. It’s not entirely an orphanage but houses and serves orphans, single mothers and infants born to their psychiatrist patients. You can spend a day there, interacting with kids, playing with them and taking elementary classes.
Srishti Mehta

670 Followers, 60 Reviews


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charitable institutions
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Chennai Central - Chennai

This historical, 142-year-old building railway station is one of the most prominent landmarks of Chennai, was designed by the British architect George Harding.
athul balaji

16 Followers, 42 Reviews


Redhills - Chennai

This is one of the most populatde towns of Chennai and it derived its name from the Red Hills here. The Red Hills brought a lot of fame to this place and now the most important attraction here is the Central Jail. The place is also considered as holy and people here worship a number of local deities. The Red Hills Lake is also a beautiful spot here with scenic beauty around.
The name derives from the red hills of the area which were once present in the early stage. It is 27 km away from Ooty. Here, the lakes are abundant, the forests are magnificent and the air is pure and crisp. Eye-soothing greenery covers the mountains giving the place tranquility. The soothing atmosphere of the place is soul-enriching. The main attractions are Red Hills Lake, Parson's Valley Lake, Avalanche etc.
Nancy Nance

710 Followers, 187 Reviews


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