Painting the picture of South India’s incredible past, Chennai is rich with historic monuments, calm beaches, peaceful temples, emerald spaces and eye-catching wildlife. The locals of the city are deeply inclined towards their cultures which shows in their day to day lifestyle, festivities and even the food they eat. Take strolls through the narrow streets of Chennai to explore its hidden old world charms which make this city stand out.
All vacationers visiting Chennai start their holiday by enjoying a full day of picnic at the very beautiful Marina Beach. The beach offers the most charismatic views of nature and gives a perfect backdrop to unwind. Semmozhi Poonga is another paradise for nature lovers where they can explore over 500 varieties of trees and plants. Enjoy leisurely strolls at this 20-acre park where some of the plants are more than 100 years old.
Chennai is extremely popular for its intricately carved temples. Kapaleeswarar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati, catches the attention of all with its Dravidian style and design. Navagraha Temples, comprising a set of nine temples, were constructed during the Chola Period and are known for their remarkable architecture. Also, visit the Kalikambal Temple which is dedicated to Shri Kāligāmbāl.
Architecture lovers must also add Fort St George to their travel itinerary. Built by the British East India Company in 1640, Fort St George beautifully houses a museum exhibiting ancient artefacts. Another historical wonder of Chennai is the National Art Gallery which is a true exemplar of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The gallery has been divided into four sections - Tanjore Painting Gallery, Ravi Varma Painting Gallery, Indian Traditional Art Gallery and Decorative Art Gallery.