Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu is sited on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. It has played a very crucial role in the traditional, historical and academic growth of the country, representing the different elements of the highest variety of the Dravidian civilization. Today, Chennai, the capital city is the 4th largest city of India and is also the leading commercial centre of South India.
The amour-propre of Chennai, the famous Marina Beach, has been acclaimed as the second-longest beach in the world with a white sandy foreshore that looks as though extending to infinity. Entertaining activities are lined up when you are taking a stroll on the sands. The food stalls serve delicious seafood at optimum prices.
At the same time, pony rides, beach games, and kite flying activities are also present to make your evening relaxing.
Distance and time from the venue: 21 km and 40 min.
Though a less crowded beach than Marina, Eliot has its own catch. Now named at Besant Nagar Beach, it attracts people because of the serene beauty and clean brown sands. The Schmidt Memorial is a huge draw of Elliott Beach which was built in remembrance of a Dutch sailor, Karl Schmidt. recognition. Apart from that, on the southern side, the famed Ashta Lakshmi Temple and Velankanni Church are present, popular among the residents of Chennai.
Distance and time from the venue: 18 km and 35 min.
The exotic destination with a distinct culture in the neighbourhood of Chennai is Mylapore. Known for tree-lined avenues, Kapaleeswarar temple, and Ramakrishnan Math as famous attractions, the zone has a combination of thousands of temples, churches, and mosques on its land. San Thomas Basilica and Adi Kesava Perumal Temple have their prominence stand tall. Known as the oldest residential area this place is historically known as Vedapuri.
Distance and time from the venue: 17 km and 36 min.
Also known as Mamallapuram, it is one of the best places to visit near Chennai. Mahabalipuram is an ancient place known for rock- cut built-up architecture with extensive carvings that will just awestruck anyone. The iconic Shore Temple, built in the 7th century depicts the royal taste of Pallava dynasty. This work of genius was recognized and listed amongst the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. A short distance from this place of worship is ‘Descent of the Ganges’ or ‘Arjuna's Penance’. Among the world's biggest bas-reliefs, it depicts the story of the descent of the River Ganges from Heaven to Earth. The Pancha Rathas, Krishna’s butter ball and light houses are few other attractions in Mahabalipuram.
Distance and time from the venue: 59 km and 1.5 hr.
The sparkling vast white structure of San Thome stands on the tomb of St Thomas. This place is definitely an important one in religious terms but doesn’t fail to attract travellers from all over Chennai. This monument is one of the best places to visit in Chennai as it reminds us of the colonial past relations that Indians had.
Distance and time from the venue: 19 km and 35 min.
Since the architecture has a special corner in the heart of Chennai, Thousand Lights Mosque stands tall in this list. The place has got its name because of a special feature i.e. a total of 1000 oil lamps light up the hall of the mosque. Imagine the beauty!!! Also, it is one of the biggest mosques in the country.
Distance and time from the venue: 17 km and 32 min.
A little away from the city centre, Arignar. The zoological park is home to more than 500 species of wild beings were some of which are endangered. An aviary, lion safari, deer safari, and an elephant safari form the most popular sections of the zoo. Apart from this, a separate section for nocturnal animals could be reached too. An aquarium, butterfly house, reptile house, amphibian house, crocodile enclosure are part of the premises which makes it one of the best places to visit in Chennai.
Timings: 9 am to 5 pm (except Tuesdays)
Entry Fee: INR 30 for adults and INR 10 for children between 5-12 years
Distance and time from the venue: 25 km and 40 min.
Also known by the term ‘Living-history museum', the museum is built in order to explain the historical aspects of Tamil culture to the present generation. Built in an area of 10 acres, Dakshina Chitra is a small village has been recreated using replicas of traditional South Indian houses dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries.
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm (except Tuesday)
Entry Fee: Fee: INR 100 for adults INR 30 for children between 5-12 and INR 250 for foreign visitors.
Distance and time from the venue: 36 km and 1 hr.
Muttukadu is one of the tourist places near Chennai at the backwater of Bay of Bengal. This place offers a relaxing aura in nature with fun-filled activities for its visitors.
The Boathouse in Muttukadu is where all the action is. Apart from this, the beach at Muttukadu draws a sizeable crowd during trips to this area. Get a glimpse of various species of birds at the backwaters during migratory season.
Distance and time from the venue: 38 km and 1 hr.