Category Archives: Sightseeing & Tourism

New dress code to Foreign tourists visiting Chennai temples

Foreign tourists visiting temples in Tamil Nadu are draping themselves in saris and dhotis to comply with the new dress code prescribed by the Madras High Court. At the Kabaleeshwarar temple in Chennai, a group of tourists from France including women were seen draped in dhotis. They went shopping to buy the wrap around outfit […]

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An enduring affair

Since the turn of the millennium, amidst the music season and the New Year celebrations, tennis has sneaked its way to become part of the city’s culture at this time of the year. And for the 20th straight year the city will host the ATP Chennai Open from Monday at the SDAT stadium. But how […]

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Interesting facts about the Chennai

Chennai, the first city of Modern India in Tamil Nadu completes 375 years today on August 22nd. The occasion is celebrated annually as Madras Day. On this occasion, we present some interesting facts and trivia on the South Indian city.   Origin On 22 August 1639, the British East India Company under Francis Day bought […]

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How Vandalur zoo prevented possible escape of animals during Chennai floods

A slew of measures taken on a war footing at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park (Vandalur zoo) stopped the possible escape of animals from the premises during the recent heavy rain and floods in Chennai. Zoo director KSSVP Reddy said collapse of the perimeter wall, overflowing of water in a few moated enclosures and inundation […]

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Chennai Airport to Increase Capacity to 30 Million in 3 Years

The international and domestic terminals of Chennai Airport are to be integrated by 2019 under the second phase of the airport’s modernisation, said Deepak Shastri, director, Chennai Airport, Airports Authority of India (AAI) while speaking to Express. It would ensure hassle-free movement of passengers between Anna International and Kamaraj Domestic terminals. For example, a passenger […]

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Chennai is most popular Tamil Nadu tourist destination

Tamil Nadu abounds in fascinating hill stations, pilgrim spots, revitalising ru­ral spots besides forts and palaces. But it is Chennai th­at seems to have attracted more visitors, including foreign nationals, than all ot­her tourist spots in the st­a­te in 2013. Though pilgrim destinations, like Rameswa­ram and Madurai, were among the spots preferred by Indians, it […]

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MAAMALLAPURAM

An ancient seaport, on the shores of Bay of Bengal, built by the Pallava king Narasimhavarman I, in the 7th century AD, Maamallapuram is a treasure trove of South Indian sculptural and architectural heritage. It is called Maamallapuram in tribute to its royal patronNarasimhavarman I, who was a famed wrestler (‘Maa malla’ means ‘great wrestler. […]

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TADA

On the border between Tamil Nadu and Andra Pradesh lies a small spot of paradise called TADA.     So small a spot, it is not even on the map. Tada is regularly given the slip by the normal tourist, mainly because of ignorance. But this place is a regular jaunt for the ones who like to […]

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PITCHAVARAM

Pitchavaram is a mangrove forest in the middle of rural south India. 16 kms from Chidambaram, this is a popular tourist destination. The lush greenery and the calm backwaters drew me, from far off Chennai, to make a visit. The main attraction of the forest is the boating trips on the estuary through the mangrove […]

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MADURAI MEENAKSHI TEMPLE

One of the most magnificent examples of Dravidian architecture and sculpture, theMadurai Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple at Madurai is surely one of the high-points of any tour of the country. Originally built by the Pandyas (who made Madurai their capital as early as 550 AD), the temple as we see it today was given complete shape […]

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KANYAKUMARI

It is the only place where, on a full moon day, you can see the sun set and the moon rise simultaneously. At the confluence of the three seas (the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea) Kanyakumarimarks the southernmost tip of India. A little off shore is theVivekananda Rock (named in […]

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NATESAN PARK

Dr. Natesan Park, in T.Nagar, attracts hundreds of visitors everyday. The park, spread over 4 acres, with long walkways, fountains and garden lights, was opened to the public on September 13, 1950, by the then Minister of Agriculture,A.B.Shetty. Situated in the heart of the city, the park has a variety of trees and plants.Crotons, aralias, […]

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NAGESWARA PARK

Opened to the public in October 1940, the park, which was originally much smaller than it is today, was developed further afterRamayee Ammal, M. Nainappa Mudaliyar, V. Kumaraswamy Raja and Aravamadhu Iyengardonated a major portion of land adjacent to the park, in that same year. The park at Luz corner, which remained neglected for more […]

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SAN THOME BASILICA

At the southern tip of Marina is the towering basilica built on the spot where St. Thomas (an apostle of Jesus Christ) was buried. This is the church of the Archbishop of Chennai – pastoral head of the Catholic community in the region. Besides the beauty of its rising spire, this Gothic styled church has […]

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CHRIST THE KING CHURCH

Designed and built by an Indian mason, commissioned by French clergymen, this fine example of gothic architecture stands proudly in the middle of Loyola College campus. Its pointed arches, ribbed vaults, rose windows, three-aisled nave and the flying butresses are a worthy testament to the Gothic style. TheLoyola Chapel was built in 1933. Covering an […]

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VIVEKANANDA ILLAM

Originally called Ice House, this landmark was re-christenedVivekananda Illam in 1963. This was in remembrance of Swami Vivekananda‘s brief sojourn here. (in 1 897 when he delivered seven historic lectures at Chennai). The building served the Tudor Ice Company, which used it for storage of ice from 1842 to 1874. Its structure was such that […]

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VALLUVAR KOTTAM

Opened in 1976 in memory of the poet-saint Thiruvalluvar, Valluvar Kottam is a massive auditorium, constructed on reclaimed land from an unused lake filled with the city’s garbage and debris. The auditorium can seat up to 4000 people. All 1330 verses of the poet’s epic – the Thirukkural, are inscribed on the granite pillars that […]

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PERIYAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRE

Adjacent to the Planetarium, at the Periyar Science and Technology Centre, scientific inventions are explained through working models. Among the several galleries here, are those on Transport, Energy, Material Science, Life Science, Physical Science, Innovation, Electronics and Communication. The campus also facilitates learning while at play, through its Science park, Traffic park and Eco park. […]

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BIRLA PLANETARIUM

Set up in memory of industrialistB. M. Birla, the Planetarium takes visitors on an information-richjourney through space. A 236-seater hemispherical theatre houses a computerised projector that creates a simulated unravelling of the astronomical mysteries. The right place to kick-start amateur night-sky observation as a hobby. Open 10.00 am to 5.45 pm. Closed on Mondays.

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GOVERNMENT MUSEUM

Just one day at this Museum will not do justice to its collection. That we guarantee you. The first Government-sponsored Museum in the country opened in Chennai in 1851. It is housed in the Pantheon Complex, which gives the road that lines up in front, its name. Its collection of Bronzes and Buddhist antiques is […]

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