Chennai, the cultural as well as political hot pot of Tamil Nadu, is well known for its cultural heritage as well as traditions. Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu is also popularly referred to as the Gateway to the South, due to its unique geographical positioning. It is not only the seat of the Tamil Nadu government, but also a cultural hub and metropolis as well. Chennai, earlier known as Madras, has played a significant role in shaping the history of India. Its contribution to the art and culture of the nation is also unparalleled and the remnants of this rich culture can be seen all over Chennai even during the present times.

There are many important places to visit in Chennai. Some of these places are the Madras High Court (a popular monument and landmark), Marina Beach (one of the longest urban beaches in the world), Thousand Lights Mosque (a popular pilgrimage destination of the Shia community of India), Covelong Beach (one of the finest beaches in the state of Tamil Nadu), Government Museum (considered as the oldest Museum in India, it is also known as Central Museum), National Art Gallery ( offers a fine example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture), St. Mary’s Church (located within the historic site of Fort St. George) and Valluvar Kottam (a popular destination in Chennai) among others.

Apart from these, there are several other religious places to visit in Chennai like the Velankanni Church, Christ The King Church, San Thome Basilica, Adeeswar Temple , Parthasarathy Temple, Freemasons Hall, Kapaleeswara Temple, Ashtalakshmi Temple, Ayyappan Temple, CSI Wesley Church, Kaaraneeswarar temple, Qurasani Mosque and the Theosophical Society, to list a few.

There is virtually no end to the list of places to visit in Chennai. Anna Memorial, St. George Fort, Senate House, MGR Memorial, Elliott Beach, Kamaraj Memorial House, Guindy Snake Park, Barathi Memorial Museum, Ripon Building, Breezy Beach, MGM Dizzee World, Birla Planetarium, Guindy National Park and the Arignar Anna Zoological Park among others. Almost all these places hold a special place in the history of Chennai and a visit to these monuments will help one to learn more about this wonderful city at one’s own leisure.

A visit to Chennai is incomplete without a visit to these places. As they are conveniently located near the heart of the city, it is fairly easy to pay a visit there. Chennai enjoys good connectivity with other parts of the country and hence people from all over the nation can come to Chennai quite easily. The best time to visit would be during the months of November to February, as the climate would be pleasant then. Varied accommodation options are available here in aplenty.

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