On 8th October 21, morning at 9.30 we checked out S4 Residency, had breakfast and coffee and went to visit St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica and National Shrine of Saint Thomas. It was built in 1523 by a portuguese explorers, over the tomb of Saint Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. In 1896, it was rebuilt by the British. The British style church still stands today. This church is one of the only three known churches in the world built over the tomb of an apostle of Jesus. It is a large beautiful well maintained church with beautiful architecture and sculptures. It has musium where visitors can go. After spending some time at church we went to visit Valluvar Kortam which is 3.2 km away from church. Entry ticket is Rs.10/-
Valluvar Kottam is a monument in Chennai, dedicated to the classical Tamil poet philosopher Valluvar. It is the city’s biggest Tamil cultural centre. The monument consists of a decorative arch, an auditorium that can accommodate around 3,500 people, and the Kural Manimandapam, where all the 1,330 couplets from all 133 chapters of the Kural literature are inscribed on bas-relief. The monument is the 128 feet stone car, a replica of the famed temple chariot of Thiruvarur. The chariot is made of around 3000 blocks of granite stone and weighs 2,700 tonnes. The four giant-sized wheels of the chariot measure 11 feet in diameter and 2 feet in thickness. A life-size statue of Valluvar has been installed in the chariot. The chariot is adorned with the famed Kalamkari drawings. The huge lovely stone chariot is the main attraction of this place. Excellent place to visit in Chennai but bad maintenance. After visiting Valluvar Kortam we went to Chennai rail Museum. Distance is 8 km. Entry ticket is Rs 50/- for adults and Rs.25/- for children.
Chennai Rail Museum is a indoor and outdoor museum which displays vintage engines, steam engines and coaches, shows miniature train rides. Also you can have toy train ride. There are Indoor Galleries 1.ICF Gallery 2.Rail History Gallery 3.Art Gallery etc. A 90-seater air-conditioned Dolby Digital Movie Theatre (Railway and Railway Heritage Films but now a days it is not operational for public), Natyarangam, Amphitheatre, a Number of Metal Sculptures made from scrap, 3D MURAL at the entrance, Cartoon Hero Characters better viewed from the Joyous Toy Train Ride, Rail Coach Restaurant, Eco Green Park, Lust Green vegetation, etc., The museum is managed and maintained by the ICF. You must have 2-3 hours time to visit this place but this is must visit place. This is a treat for train lovers, youngsters, kids, mechanical students. While visiting museum you can learn so many things about Indian Railway. We had tea and omlet sandwiches at Rail Coach Restaurant and then search for our stay and checked in Admire rooms. Our hotel manager told that on Saturday, Sunday Marina beach is closed for visitors, so after taking bath we went to Marina beach by auto at Rs.60/. First we went to Dr.M G Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa samadhi which is near the Marina beach. It is a great place with good atmosphere but too crowded. It is called as Dr MGR and Jayalalithaa memorial complex. It was built in the memory of former chief minister of Tamilnadu M G R and Jayalalithaa, whose bodies were buried at the site. It is a beautiful place and it's marvelous structure is beyond one's imagination. The design and architecture of this memorial is awesome. Never seen before such a big designer construction in marble. It includes a 15-metre tall monument, a museum and a “knowledge park”, surrounded by landscaped gardens with two roaring lions at the entrance. We spent some time there and went to Marina beach. To reach till shore we had to walk at least 15 minutes through sand. Beach is 6 km long, making it the longest natural urban beach in the country. It is one of the most crowded beaches in the country and attracts about 30,000 visitors a day during weekdays and 50,000 visitors a day during the weekends and on holidays. On the way there is big market. Too many stalls, shops of eatables, clothes, toys, bags and many more. We spent one hour at beach had some snacks and ice-cream and came to hotel.