10 Top Things to Do in Chennai – Should Not Be Missed

Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu is full of history, culture, traditions and monuments. There are myriad things to do in Chennai. Enlisted here is 10 top things to do in Chennai where travelers can experience the true taste of the city.

10 Top Things to Do in Chennai

Kapaleeswarar Temple

Kapaleeswarar Temple: Top Things to do in Chennai

Kapaleeswarar Temple

The Kepaleeshwara Temple is one of the best places to visit in Chennai. It is a site of remarkable religious and historical importance. The temple was built in the 7th century AD by the Pallavas. The original site of the temple was somewhere else, which was demolished by the Portuguese.

The present temple, built in the 16th century by the Vijayanagara Kings in a typical Dravadian style of architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and His consort Parvati is worshipped as Karapgambal. Bedecked with some of most exotic carvings, The Kapaleeshwara Temple has numerous other shrines as well as many halls.

A total of six daily rituals are performed at the temple from 5.30 a.m to 10 pm. The Arubathimooval festival, falling during the Tamil month of Panguni is one of the most important festivals celebrated at the temple. Read More

Marina Beach

Marina Beach

Marina Beach

The Marina Beach is a landmark that is almost synonymous with the name of Chennai itself. Covered with golden sand, it said to be the second longest beach in the world. It’s cool breeze and wonderful sights of sunrise and sunsets draws many locals and tourists to its shore.

There are many historical monuments and statues of famous personalities built along junction of the pathway sands. Drawing the attention are many stalls of ice-cream, murukku, sundal as well as other South Indian snacks.

An aquarium, situated near the beach, comprises of some of the most astonishing and splendid range of tropical sea and fresh water fish. The Marina Beach is one of the top things to do in Chennai and should not be missed at all. Read More

Rippon Building

Rippon Building

Rippon Building

One of the finest examples of neoclassical style of architecture incorporating a combination of Gothic, Ionic and Corinthian styles of architecture, the Rippon building is one of the most exotic monuments of Chennai. The building, is currently the seat of the Chennai Corporation. It was commissioned in the year 1933 and was designed by G.S.T Harris. It is an all-white structure and stands near the Chennai Central Railway Station.

The exotic building is constructed in the rectangular shape with a 43 meters high tower with a 2.5 meter clock. It is the main attraction of the building and is also called the Westminster Chiming Clock. The building is classified under the heritage structure. Read More                

Varadaraja Temple

Varadaraja Temple

Varadaraja Temple

Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, The Varadaraja Temple is one of Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Lord Vishnu, believed to have been visited by 12 great poet saints. The temple is spread in the total area of 23-arces. It is believed to have been first built by Pallava King Nandivarman. Later it was expanded during the reign of Chola kings.

The temple is located in the suburb of Kanchipuram which is already home to many other famous Vishnu temples. It is one of most sacred sites for Vaishnavites. One of the most famous attractions of the temple is the 9 day celebration of Rama Navmi which is the birthday celebration of Lord Rama. With a wonderful architecture, exquisite murals, magnificent paintings and beautiful colors, the temple is one of the best visited sites of Chennai. Read More

Senate House

Senate House

Senate House

The House is the center of the University of Madras. It was constructed by Robert Chisholm between 1874 and 1879. It is considered to be one of the best and oldest instances of Indo-Saracenic design in India. The building also incorporates many components of Byzantine style and is one of the best attractions in Chennai.

The main attraction however is the central hall, which is huge in size and built on six stone pillars. Besides, a convocation hall, porticos, parapets, meeting halls and the library are other attractions. The Senate House is nevertheless the Chennai’s vintage landmark. Read More

Christ the King Church

Christ the King Church

Christ the King Church

One of the most beautiful instances of Gothic architecture, located in the middle of the Loyola College Campus, Christ the King Church is an awe-inspiring edifice. The structure was commissioned by a French Clergyman but was constructed by an Indian architect. With its ribbed vaults, rose windows, beautiful stained glass windows, exquisite pointed arches, the church is a captivating sight to behold.

The structure covers a total area of 150 feet by 60 feet and has a spire rising 157 feet high. A regular mass involving students and people from the neighboring area is organized each day. Besides the regular folks from the Christian community, the Church is an attraction for travelers coming to admire the Gothic construction, paintings and other exotic structures. Read More

Vivekananda Illam

Vivekananda Illam

Vivekananda Illam

Associated with Sri Ramakrishna Math since Swami Vivekanada’s triumphant visit from the west, the Vivekananda House or the Vivekananda Illam is an important landmark of the Chennai city. The structure is almost like a pilgrimage center for the followers of Swami Vivekananda and is considered to be one of the top things to do in Chennai.

Maintained by Sri Ramakrishna Math, the Illam is a source of transcendental bliss and inspiration for thousands of seekers, who visit here every year. The site now house a permanent exhibition on Indian Culture and on the various aspects of the life of Swami Vivekananda.

It is a great place to know more about Swamiji and his mission and find some peaceful moments in the midst of hustle and bustle of Chennai. Read More

Elliot Beach

Elliot Beach

Elliot Beach

The famous Elliot beach is a place to relax and unwind for locals and travelers. The beach is named after Edward Elliot, the erstwhile colonial governor of Madras. During the British period, it was the exclusive place for the whites to enjoy the cool breeze and getting an escape from the hot and humid atmosphere of the Chennai.

The Elliot beach is one of the tidiest beach in Chennai. It is ideal for long, lazy walks and enjoying the fresh air. There are many restaurants and stalls near the beach where tourists can indulge in local delicacies.

An important landmark on the beach is the Karl Schmidt Memorial, named after a Dutch, who lost his life, saving many other people from drowning. Read More

Chayavaneashwara Temple

Chayavaneashwara Temple

Chayavaneashwara Temple

Chayavaneswarar is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the top rated things to do in Chennai. The temple is located at the confluence of River Kaveri with sea, which is called Kaveri Patnam.

People believe it to be a great religious merit to bath in these waters and then have the darshan of Lord Chayavaneswarar. It is located a couple of miles away from Tiruvengadu. The temple also acquires significance due to its association with Iyarpagai Nayanar, who was one of the sixty three Nayamars of South India. The place is also called Chaikadum and is one of the must see sites in Chennai. Read More

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Government Museum

Government Museum

Government Museum

The Government Museum is the second oldest museum in India, the first being the Indian museum in Kolkata. The museum is rich in numerous archeological and numismatic collections and counts as one of the top things to do in Chennai.

Spread in the total area of 16.25 acres, there are six independent buildings and 46 disparate galleries within the premises offering a historical and visual treat for the visitors. The museum is great lure for general public, who are interested in history, sociology, anthropology and cultural evolution. It remains closed on Fridays as well as on National Holidays. Read More

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Born in New Delhi, India, Mayank grew up admiring, perceiving and then embracing the vastly complex, colorful and paradoxical nature of the Indian Society, which further led him to accommodate and appreciate the tremendous diversity of world. This admiration brought him to travel writing to share his thoughts and personal experiences with readers and travel enthusiasts at large to make them enjoy the wonderful beauty of the world as he sees it. Mayank also reviews books and can be reached through his website at http://www.themayankchawla.com/.

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