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.
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Best time to visit Chennai is from November to February
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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.
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.
Most people know this as George Town today but the labyrinthine alleys noticed if the person takes the effort to walk through this locality definitely makes you reminisce about the 16th century colonial era gone by when this was known as Black Town instead. Situated along the eastern coastal plains, George Town is home to one of the busiest market places but effortlessly enchanting nonetheless.
5. A little North, down South -Sowcarpet is a heaven to shop for lehengas, churidars, cholis and other such dresses native to North India. The market can be located in the northern part of Chennai and as one would have guessed it, is filled with North Indians. Readymade garments in all their jazz and glory are sold here. You need to visit this market to experience what this write-up endeavors to tell you. Perhaps, then only drawback here us that you will need a local to take you around and communicate on your behalf as most speak Tamil here. Nevertheless, you will go home with more that what you thought you would buy. You better empty your wardrobe or buy a new suitcase before you start shopping here. That wallet of your will soon start thinning down with all the trips you make to Sowcarpet.6. Roads that deliver deals -While there is markets and mall, the best shopping experience is on the streets. Yes, browse through the numerous shops and make your purchases along the way. Some good spots would be Pangal Road, Ranganathan Street, North Usman Road and BB. Bharani Colony. These streets are dotted with stalls and stores that sell fabric, readymade garments, footwear, bangles and junk jewelry, bags and purses and much more. As a matter of fact, the locals prefer to shop while they walk along the streets and then hit the market areas. You will be better off doing the same – shopping while enjoying the best of South Indian culture at the same time. It is advisable to start early on as the roads get crowded by 10 am and also because most shops offer good bargains early on in the day. While there may be no specific name to this shopping spree, the roads here must be included in our list of 6 cheap places to shop in Chennai. So take time and see how you benefit from the best deals in Chennai.You may want to see some related articles:Cheap Shopping in Delhi, Cheap Shopping in Hyderabad, Cheap Shopping in Bangalore, Cheap Shopping in Kolkata, Cheap Shopping in Pune, Cheap Shopping in Mumbai, Cheap Shopping in Jaipur
Manali Old Age
One of the most beautiful hill stations of India, Shimla is situated in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The city is in the northern ends of the beautiful Kullu Valley. There are a number of attractions to see in and around this place. Some of the most popular places are the Gulaba Camp known for its scenic beauty, the Nehru Kund is a clear water spring which has been named after the Late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. This is on the very famous Keylong Road. The Vashishth Village is then a very popular place especially for hot water springs. The Arjun Gufa, Kothi, Jagatsukh Temple, Rohtang Pass and Old Manali are other attractions to visit around.
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.
4. Eye-Popping deals at Parry’s Corner -Parry’s Corner is located on Godown Street, that which is around 200 years old. This street began with dealing with textiles. Business was only open to wholesale parties. Of course, this has changed thus making Parry’s a force in the shopping arena and guaranteeing it a place on our list of 6 cheap places to shop in Chennai. This place is way cheaper than any other shopping destination in Chennai and one can expect discounts ranging from 30-40%. Items from China, Taiwan, and other Asian countries, fill the shelves of the many stores here. Now it is for you to decide, as Parry’s offers great bargains. Get a good pair of shoes on and start your scouting. Don’t forget to carry water; you will need it after much hassling and bargaining.
T Nagar, Ranganathan Street
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.
Another name for the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, this is the first zoo in India which was originally based in Chennai better known as Madras in the 19th century. This park is spread over a large area and houses gorgeous animals out of whom none are exotic in that way. The animals are kept withing high boundary walls but are not caged at all. They are allowed to roam around freely but have limits which they are unaware of. This is to keep each of the animals safe and also the tourists safe while they are exploring the region. The Chimps or Chimpanzees among all other animals grab the most attention with its humour.
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.
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.
VGP Golden Beach
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.
State Highway 49
From various things to do in Chennai, taking a road trip on the East Coast Road would be my favourite.The Great East Coast Road (ECR) along the Bay of Bengal, also known as State Highway 49, is said to be one of the most scenic routes in India. The blissful ride on the ECR will give you some pure wind-in-your-face delight as you slowly lose yourself in the enthralling views.3. Visit the fascinating town of Mahabalipuram
Bessy BeachNothing can hold a light to Elliot’s Beach or Bessy Beach (as locals fondly call it) in Besant Nagar with it’s small cafes on one side, a church on the other and Karl Schmidt memorial standing royally in between, is a spectacular spot to hangout during the evenings. The farthermost corner is also home to a privately-owned open theatre ‘Spaces’ which showcases arts and culture events from around the country.
This is the most important temple of the city of Madurai and also the most popular attraction. This temple complex shares space with the Sundereshwarar Temple and it is said that the life of Madurai revolves around these two temples. The original name of this temple is the Meenakshi Amman Kovil and the temple dates around 2000 years back. There are about 12 big and small shrines inside this temple complex and the Golden Lake is also situated inside the temple complex. The name golden lake was because the very rare, rather supernatural golden lotus grew in the pond here with which the first puja of Goddess Indira was done. The rulers who have ruled this place in the early years have all contributed hugely for the betterment and expansion of this great temple.
Cholamandal Artists' Village
As soon as I entered the place, I was mesmerised by the bohemian vibes of the place. Cholamandal Artists' Village is the "largest artists' commune in India." The artists of this village are credited to bring the Madras Movement of Art almost entirely on their own. It was nice to know that the place I was marvelling the paintings at was so significant and yet there was hardly any soul in sight.
8. Quibble Island, Tamil NaduIn the salty lagoon of Adyar River lie four tiny islands, the largest of them being Quibble Island. Long time ago in 1746, a battle was fought between French-led Indian soldiers and Nawab forces in the shallows of Quibble Island. This led to the formation of the well known cemetery on the island.Despite being in close proximity to Chennai and crowded neighbourhoods, Quibble Island remains an undetected gem.How to reach: You can reach Adyar by road and then take a ferry to Quibble Island. The nearest railway station is Guindy Railway Station.
1. Theagaraya Nagar – a shopping hauntThe largest shopping district of the county lies in the city of Chennai and is known as Theagaraya Nagar. While most of the shops here deal in gold jewelry, there are a host of shops that sell almost everything that one can ask for. From silk sarees to household items - crockery, cutlery, toiletries, cosmetics, clothing and footwear, the list is endless. The market is also known for its varied price range. One can get a very good bargain here while some items are extremely expensive. The roadside stalls are a must visit as they stock some very good products to be purchased at good bargains.If you happen to go shopping during the festive season, be ready to brave the crowds. Yes, people come in droves to do shopping here as they prefer the quality and pricing of products here. A good number of eateries are also to be found here, should one get hungry after all that shopping and bargaining. Get ready for a hectic day as you go about shopping here.
Chennai Snake Park
Constituted in 1972, this is acknowledged to be India’s first reptile park. The park is well stocked with a variety of species - namely adders, pythons, vipers, cobras and other reptiles as well. This was the delightful surprise to me, honestly, since hardly any adults I came across knew anything about this place at all. Maybe because it's more popular amongst the kids.