When I read the alphabet C, the first thing that comes to my mind is my very own birth place Chennai. Yes, I am a proud Chennaiite. The typical Chennai girl who has grown up with beaches and temples. But apart from that, there are lots to Chennai. It is the place of Idly-Sambar-Vada, filter coffee, sundal, chilli bajji, historically rich museums, magnificent forts, enthralling amusement parks and refreshing shopping malls. Lots of information about the best tourist spots are widely available on the net. Here I am going to list out a few less frequently visited places in Chennai. So, please make a note of these and make sure that you visit them. 🙂
Elliot’s Beach, Besant Nagar:
A newcomer to Chennai may know only Marina beach. But this beach in Besant Nagar is a serene one where you can spend quality time with your family, friends and loved ones. Since it is a calm beach, you can take long walks or just gaze at the nature. The Karl Schimdt memorial is also situated in the beach, which is a popular spot for photography. For all the spiritual beings, there is Velankanni Church and Ashtalakshmi Kovil situated nearby.
Spencer Plaza, Anna Salai:
This is the oldest shopping mall in Chennai. Unfortunately, this mall has lost its charm after malls like Ampa Skywalk, Express Avenue and Phoenix Marketcity took over. But Spencer Plaza was a popular hangout during the 90s and early 2000. Since it is devoid of crowd, you can shop at peace or just go for window shopping.
ISKCON temple, ECR:
This temple is situated in the renowned East Coast Road and is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple is built on five levels and the teak-wood altars constitute the deities of Lord Krishna, Radharani, Lord Chaitanya and Lord Jagannath. This temple is a recently built one. The huge prayer hall provides ample space for devotees and tourists to pray peacefully. Since it is situated near the sea, the sea breeze will be refreshing.
Shirdi Sai Baba temple, ECR:
There are lots of Sai Baba temples all over Chennai. But nothing can beat the serenity of this temple in Injambakkam. Located very near to the sea, this temple is an abode of peace and harmony. The shrines are also artistically constructed, which makes the temple elegant. If you are on a temple tour to Chennai, don’t miss this one!
Chokhi Dhani, Tandalam:
If you wanna delve in Rajasthani culture and cuisine, then Chokhi Dhani is the right place. It is not only popular for the mouth-watering Rajasthani thali, it offers many attractions like the Rajasthani folk dance, puppet show, acrobatics on bamboo, magic show, bullock cart ride, mehendi and tonga ride. You needn’t visit Rajasthan, this Chokhi Dhani village will show you what Rajasthan is.
Anna Centenary Library, Kotturpuram:
Touted to be the largest library of South Asia, this enormous library is a dream come true for all bookworms. It houses nearly 6,00,000 books and is visited by approximately 2500 persons per day. It has incorporated high technology like Braille books and audio books. There is also an auditorium, a fun-filled children’s reading area, an amphitheater and a food court.
Dakshina Chithra, ECR:
This was once a popular tourist spot in Chennai. It still is, but not with the urban youngsters who would rather hangout in malls. But let me tell you, you must visit this place at least once. It is a complete real-time museum dedicated to South Indian heritage and culture. The entire place is a recreation of a village and boasts of 18 heritage houses depicting the lifestyle of people in Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Guindy Children’s Park and Snake Park, Guindy:
Forget Vandalur zoo, just visit this park along with your family. The Children’s Park is the house to different species of birds, animals, plants and reptiles, including the cormorant, blackbuck, honey buzzard and rhesus monkey. The Snake Park includes various types of snakes (king cobra, vipers & pythons) and also provides information on how poison is extracted from snakes.
Cholamandalam Artists’ Village, Injambakkam:
This village is a permanent residence of various painters and sculptors. It showcases artworks, sculptures and paintings of Madras Movement. For all those who wish for an aesthetic place, this village consists of museums, art galleries and an open-air theater for drama and dance performances.
Amir Mahal, Royapettah:
This is the oldest heritage building in Chennai. Constructed in 1798, this Mahal has been the official residence of the Nawab of Arcot from 1876. Right now Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali lives there along with his family. The Indo-Saracenic architecture of the palace is sure to entice the traveler in you. You can visit the palace from 10 AM to 6 PM after acquiring a permission.
So, if you have a plan to visit Chennai, do check out these rare gems in addition to Marina Beach, Vandalur Zoo, Express Avenue mall, VGP Universal Kingdom, Fort St.George, Santhome Church and Parthasarathy temple. 🙂
Happy Traveling! 🙂