Situated in the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Marina Beach is a natural urban beach along the Bay of Bengal. The beach is stretched out to a distance of 13 kilometres making it the longest natural urban beach in the country, second largest in the world and also the most crowded beach in India with almost 30,000 visitors a day. Marina beach has statues of heroes from the Tamil culture such as Anna and MGR, a salute to their never-ending efforts to make Tamil Nadu a fast growing city of India.
MGR Film City
Having been established in the year 1994, a considerably new structure, the MGR Film city is managed by the Government of Tamil Nadu in loving memory of MG Ramachandran who was not only a crowd-pleasing Tamil actor but also a longtime CM of Tamil Nadu.Covering a massive 70 acres at Taramani in Chennai, the MGR Film City is a popular tourist hotspot and the place-to-be for several South Indian films directors.
Reminiscent of the Mayan ruins in Central America, a complex of stone temples are all that remain of the eighth century Pallava dynasty along the coast two hours south of Chennai. Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram’s (Mamallapuram) most iconic landmark, consists of two intricately carved towers standing watch over the Bay of Bengal. With shrines dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu, the temple is considered one of the oldest in India. The nearby Panch Pandava Rathas, five stone shrines each carved from a single piece of rock, clearly display the astounding talent of the ancient stonemasons who built them.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park
Perhaps one of the most popular picnic spots in Vandalur, Kanchipuram District, the Arignar Zoological Park is an amazing place to discover the flora and fauna of the region. A favorite weekend spot with both children and adults alike, the Arignar Zoo is situated at a distance of 32 kilometers from Chennai city. It is the largest zoo of its kind in South East Asia and is sprawled over an area of 1260 acres.
Vivekananda House also popularly known as The Ice House, is a shrine and pilgrimage center for the admirers and followers of Swami Vivekananda. It is in this house that Swami Vivekananda stayed for six weeks in 1900.Built way back in 1877 or much earlier, the two-story house is a chef-d'oeuvre of Victorian architecture with its distinctive designs of sunburst and saddleback roofs.
Ashtalakshmi Temple, a delightful and soft colored temple complex, is located in Besant Nagar, in the South Indian state of Chennai. The temple complex is built a few meters away from the Besant beach on the coast of the gorgeous Bay of Bengal. Ashtalakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Knowledge resides here and blesses everyone who visits the temple to offer their prayers with a clean soul. Soak in the divine ambiance of the temple on the scenic coast of Bay of Bengal and observe the colorful and intricate tiers on the shrines. The serenity is unquestionable and sure to calm jittery nerves of the pilgrims and devotees.
The year 1896 witnessed the inauguration of a new and remarkable landmark in the city of Chennai- the Connemara Library, which is a treasure trove of books, newspapers, periodicals and other related texts. A library is a place where you will unquestionably find every text that you can look for. In fact, the Connemara Public Library is one of the four national depository libraries of the country and hence, it receives copies of all books and other texts that published in India.
Dakshinachitra Museum, located in Chennai, is one of the living-history museums in India. It stores in itself great works of architecture, crafts, performing arts, and lifestyles that belong to South India. The museum has its vision and mission to promote the cultures of South Indian states by making them more engaging and enjoyable for its viewers. It is a project of Madras Craft Foundation which is an NGO that was opened to the public on 14th December 1996. The heritage museum is home to 4,220 artifacts and 1,000,000 pictures.
The Chennai Sangamam, a large open Tamil festival, also coincides with the Pongal season. It is organized in various open locations like beaches, parks etc and showcases traditional folk events, martial arts, and classical dance, to name a few. In addition, the festival brings together the best that South Indian cuisine has to offer - from tasty panirayams to the traditional Pongal.
Situated in the beautiful city of Chennai, Valluvar Kottam is a temple chariot like-monument built to honor the renowned classical Tamil poet and saint, Thiruvalluvar. This intricately designed monument was built by Kalaignar M.Karunanidhi during the 1970s to honor the contributions of Thiruvalluvar. A popular Tamil poet and philosopher, he has been attributed with the creation of Thirukkurals which are hailed as one of the greatest works of Tamil literature.
The Planetarium regularly holds sky-shows to dispel the heavenly myths, propagate the basic concepts of astronomy and also train the amateurs to appreciate the grandeur of the night sky. The topics include the evolution of the earth, mysteries of cosmos, exploration of Mars and other planets. Interactive sessions are held following the sky-shows. A special live session has been designed and is regularly presented to higher classes to supplement their science syllabi.