Places to Visit in Chennai
Overview of Chennai Popularly known as the gateway to South India, Chennai is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the largest commercial centre in the whole of south India. It is tagged as the Detroit of India because of its thriving automobile industry. The city tracks its origin to the stone-age and has been the epicenter of the empires of Chola, Pandyas and Cheras. The city is also home to Fort St George which was home to the first colonial building by British in India. The city is well connected and served by Chennai International Airport- one of the biggest in South India. Chennai happens to be a good city for its amazing culture and sightseeing places. Things to do in Chennai Kapaleeshwarar Temple This Shiva temple in the heart of Mylapore draws crowds of thousands each year. One of the oldest temples in the city, it’s on our list of must-visit sites in the city. San Thome Church First built in the 16th Century by the Portuguese, this church was later built by the British in the 19th Century. A short walk from the sea, visit this gorgeous church when you’re in Chennai. Madras Crocodile Bank The Madras Crocodile Bank is located on East Coast Road, and is a great weekend getaway for anyone who’s interested in spending some time outside the city and in nature. Besant Nagar Beach Popularly called “Bessie”, Besant Nagar Beach is a perfect place to spend your evening in Chennai. With a carnival like atmosphere, there’s a large selection of sea-facing eateries where you can grab a bite. Connemara Public Library This 19th Century library is filled with books, magazines, manuscripts and even books in braille. Apart from the old world charm, the sheer volume of books in the library makes it a must-visit. Where to eat in Chennai? Adyar Ananda Bhavan Adyar Ananda Bhavan is one of Chennai’s best known chain of restaurants. Make sure you stop here for scumptuous South Indian food. Saravana Bhavan Another restaurants that has won the hearts of Chennaiites over the years, try the elaborate meals at Saravana Bhavan when you’re in town. We assure you, you won’t be disappointed. Murugan Idli Shop If you’re craving idlis and a Tamil style sambhar, Murugan Idli Shop is a great place to grab a bite. The restaurant also serves uthapam and dosas for breakfast, and meals during lunch time. Amethyst Cafe Tucked away in a corner in Royapettah, Amethyst is an upmarket cafe that serves excellent continental food. We recommend getting a table in the garden, where you can forget about the busy roads outside and enjoy their mocha cold coffee. Royal Sandwich This Chennai establishment serves over 140 varieties of sandwiches, ranging from Rs 30 to Rs 100. We highly recommend stopping here even if you’re busy sightseeing - it’s a sandwich shop like no other.