Chennai, which is located on the Bay of Bengal and is the capital the Tamil Nadu state, was called madras in the olden times. In fact even today many people refer to it by its old name Madras.
Chennai is often known for its hot and humid climate. But that doesn’t stop the tourists to come and visit. I visited Chennai when I was in standard 8th and a couple of more times after that. For first time visitors, I would suggest you to look for hotels near chennai airport, if you are travelling by air. Semantics is major issue over there. Communicating with a local person could be a little troublesome. Because most of them only special the native language that is Tamil.
There are many places that are worth visiting if you are in Chennai, below are some just to name a few:
- The beaches– Because of the state being located on the Bay of Bengal, there are a few popular beaches in Chennai. If you love the cold water and hot sand feel against your feet, you need to visit the beaches. Although over the few decades, the beaches have not been maintained quite well and because of which there is a load of garbage found on the sea shore, one would be delighted to know that preventive steps are being taken to preserve the beaches of Chennai.
- The churches– The city has many old churches that are or great religious and historical importance. Not just the Christians, but also the Hindus like to visit these churches because of its calm and serene environment.
- Arignar Anna Zoological Park– Also popularly known as the Vandalur Zoo is located in the suburban part of Chennai. It is about 31 kilo meters away from the centre of the city. It was opened in the year 1985 and has over 2000 animals and over 170 different species. If you visit Chennai, try visiting the zoo because you may not get a closer look to the wildlife anytime soon. So, this is the best way to it.
- Kapaleeshwar temple– This temple is devoted to lord Shiva and located in the Mylapore region of Chennai. The architectural style is referred to as the Dravidian style. It is believed that this temple structure was built during the Vijayanagar rulers of the Tuluva dynasty (1491-1570).
- Government Museum– The Government Museum also known as the Madras Museum is a human history museum. It was started in the year 1851 and it is one of the oldest museums in our country. In fact, it is the second oldest museums after the Indian Museum in Kolkata. If you have any interests in art of history of human life, then this place would be loved by you.
So, these were a few places that are a must visit when you are in Chennai. Try to have a few extra days in hands when you visit Chennai so that you don’t miss onto any of the places.