Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. The city is known as the ‘Detroit of India’ for its automobile industry. This is the second financial hub in the city, after Mumbai. The city is a major centre for art, music and culture in India. Chennai remains the most visited city in the country with its temples, beaches and Centers of historical and cultural significance including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram. The primary recreation areas of the city include zoo, beaches and wildlife parks.
The Arignar Anna Zoological Park, one of the largest zoological parks in the world is located here which attracts nearly 20 lakh visitors per year. The two popular beaches here are the Marina & Elliot’s. Guindy National Prak is another picnic spot in Chennai which houses a children’s park and a Snake park.
The main tourist attractions in Chennai are:
Mahabalipuram: This is one of the main nearby tourist attractions of Chennai. The place is famous for its ancient temples and rock carvings of the 7th century Pallava Kingdom. It is situated in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu. The main attractions here are the Krishna’s Butter ball and an elephant in single stone. The monuments here are located close together and can simply walk from one monument to another. Pancha Pandava Rathas, Sea Shore Temple, Krishna Mandapam, Mamallapuram Light House, Ganesha Ratham, Trimurti Cave, Varaha Mandapam, Mahishasuramardini Cave, Pancha Pandava Ceve, Varaha Cave Temple and the beach are the main attractions here.
Marina Beach: This is the second longest beach in the world. The beach offers picturesque views of sunrise and sunset. You can have some beach activities such as fishing, wind surfing and beach volley ball.
Senmozhi Poonga: The Park is located at city’s center. This Park is spread over 20 acres with scenic landscapes and beautiful gardens. There are about 500 varieties of trees in the Park. Some of the trees are over 100 years old. There is an artificial waterfall and a children’s play area also in the Park.
The Huddleston Gardens of Theosophical Society: The world headquarters of theosophical Society is in Chennai. The Huddleston Gardens is spread over 260 acres. This is a birdwatcher’s paradise. You can find a wide range of migratory birds here. There is a banyan tree at the center of the garden more than 450 years old. The tree covers a massive 59500 sq.ft area of land. There is a library also inside the campus.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park: The first zoo in India. It was established in 1855. The zoo is spread over 510 hectares housing over 170 species of wildlife including tiger, hyena, lion, panther, Elephants, etc. You can have Elephant rides and lion safaris here. You can also opt battery operated vehicle rides.
Pulicat Lake: The Lake is located on Tamil Nadu’s border. This is a great place for bird watching. The Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary is located near the lake inhabiting flamingoes, kingfishers, pelican, ibis etc. Here you can also find the ruins of the 17th century Danish Fort.
The other main tourist attractions here are Kapaleeswarar Temple, Breezy Beach, National Art Gallery, Connemara Public Library, Little Mount Shrine, etc.
Chennai city is home to several malls, due to its IT hub status. The city is well connected by air, rail and road transport.
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