Chennai Travel Guide – best places to visit in Chennai
Have you been looking for the best places to visit in Chennai?
Chennai is one of the most beautiful places to visit in India that attracts many tourists from all over the world. It is the capital of Tamil Nadu. The beaches of Chennai are pristine and happening due to the people visiting the beaches. The weather is so pleasant that you don’t mind moving out at any time of the day. So that you experience Chennai at its best, here are some of the best places to visit in Chennai.
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- Marina Beach is a natural sandy beach in Chennai.
- The beach runs near Fort St. George in the north to Foreshore Estate in the south at a distance of 6.0 km (with average 300 m width), making it the longest natural urban beach in the country.
- Bathing and swimming at the Marina Beach are prohibited because of the dangers.
- It is one of the most crowded beaches in the country and attracts around 30,000 visitors a day.
- Even during summers, around 15,000 people visit the beach daily.
- There are many food and corn stalls on the beach where you can enjoy some local dishes.
- Marundeeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai.
- It is believed that Chola kings expanded this temple during the 11th century.
- The temple has two seven-tiered gateway towers, a huge tank, with the overall 1-acre temple area.
- The temple was renovated in May 2008 and is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
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- It is located in Valmiki Nagar away from all the hustle and bustle of the city.
- You can experience a beautiful sunset with a cold breeze and capture photographs as a memory for the lifetime at this place.
- The nearest railway station is Chennai Egmore station. From there you can take a taxi to reach the beach which is only 10 km away.
- It is mostly deserted and you will not find much crowd here. You can just sit, relax and spend some good time here.
- The Ashtalakshmi temple is situated in Besant Nagar, Chennai.
- The temple is dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi, and her eight primary forms. Ashtalakshmi is said to be the giver of wealth, offspring, success, prosperity, courage, bravery, food, and knowledge.
- The sanctorum are set on a multi-tier complex in such a way that visitors could visit all the shrines without stepping over any of the sanctorum.
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Connemara Public Library
- Connemara Public Library in Egmore, Chennai is one of the four National Depository Libraries which receives a copy of all books, newspapers and periodicals published in India.
- This library was established in 1890 and is a repository of centuries-old publications.
- The idea of the formation of the library goes back to 1860 when Captain Jesse Mitchell set up a small library as a part of the Madras Museum.
- Hundreds of books had been found in the libraries of Haileybury College (where civil servants of the Indian Civil Services were trained in Hertford Heath, Hertfordshire) and these books were sent to the Madras Government, which handed them to the Madras Museum.
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- Valluvar Kottam is a monument in Chennai dedicated to the classical Tamil poet-philosopher Valluvar.
- The point where the monument now stands was once the deepest point of a local lake called the Nungambakkam Lake.
- The construction of the Valluvar Kottam was started in 1970 by the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Mr M. Karunanidhi.
- The monument was inaugurated by the 7th President of India Mr Fakhruddin Ali Ahmedin in April 1976.
If you are planning to make a visit to Chennai, do try to visit these places.
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