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Things to do in Chennai

Best attractions to visit in Chennai

1. Chennai Central railway station - Chennai

Chennai Central railway station

Not only is the Chennai Railway Station one of the most prominent landmarks of Chennai, it is also a symbolic milestone for the people who travelled to South India when the British were in power. The central station sees around 350,000 passengers on a daily basis. The Chennai Central Railway Station was originally designed and built by George Harding in a Gothic Revival style with a capacity of 12 coach trains and four platforms in total.

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2. Government Museum - Chennai

Government Museum

The Government Museum was brought to life in 1851 making it the second most ancient museum within India. Commonly known as Madras Museum, it consists of culture and history, and continues to maintain rich numismatic and archaeological collections. It is widely known for having the broadest collection of Roman antiquities outside Europe, such as the highly impressive colossal Museum Theatre. The complex of the Government Museum is made of 46 galleries within 6 buildings and about 16.52 acres of land in total.

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3. Kapaleeshwarar Temple - Chennai

Kapaleeshwarar Temple

Located in Mylapore, Chennai, the Kapaleeshwarar Temple is an ancient place of worship and is respected and valued greatly amongst Hindus. There are numerous shrines inside the temple, but the more prominent are those of Karpagambal and Kapaleeswarar. Every day between 5.3 a.m to 10 p.m, a total of six rituals are conducted throughout, as well as four major annual festivals are celebrated within the premises of the temple. There are two main entrances to the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, the East and the West, which are marked by the gopuram.

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4. Madras Light House - Chennai

Madras Light House

Madras Light House is located on Marina Beach, Chennai. Madras was the old name of Chennai. This is one of the few lighthouses of the world which has an elevator to reach the top. The observation deck of Madras Light House offers the spectacular panoramic view of Marina Beach and Bay of Bengal. There is also a small museum there which showcases all the lights which have been used in the lighthouse since its creation.

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5. Parthasarathy Temple - Chennai

Parthasarathy Temple

Parthasarathy Temple is an 8th century temple located in Chennai. The temple is named after the ride or vehicle of Arjuna. Arjuna was a protagonist in the epic tale of Mahabharata along with Krishna. The temple is teemed with the legends of Hindu mythology. Parthasarathy Temple hosts many annual festivals which attract devotees not only from the state of Tamil Nadu but all of India. Due to the rich history associated with it, Parthasarathy Temple has been a favorite place for tourists to visit.

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6. San Thome Basilica - Chennai

San Thome Basilica

San Thome Basilica, a Roma Catholic church in the city of Chennai, is a very significant and revered Basilica for Roman Catholics all over the world. The reason for this is that it is one of the three churches in the whole world which are built on the tombs of Jesus’s apostles. San Thome Basilica was built in 16th century by the Portuguese, in a time when India was being explored by various western nations. The church is beautifully constructed on Catholic architectural style draped in all white. San Thome Basilica is visited by people from all over the world.

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7. St. Thomas Mount - Chennai

St Thomas Mount

St. Thomas Mount is one of the three marks with Little Mount and San Thome which show the journey of Thomas, the apostle, in the city of Chennai. St. Thomas Mount is located in the suburbs of Chennai on a small hillock. Christians of the sub-continent believe that St. Thomas was murdered on this hill. He was the one who introduced Christianity in the region. Christians revere and pay their visits to St. Thomas Mount. People who are interested in religious history also find this place appealing.

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8. Valluvar Kottam - Chennai

Valluvar Kottam

Valluvar Kottam is a chariot shaped monument located in Chennai, dedicated to the famous poet and philosopher of Tamil literature, Thiruvalluvar. The exterior design of the stone chariot is intricately designed with the South Indian architectural design. There is a statue of Thiruvalluvar inside the chariot. There is a garden and pond around the monument. Valluvar Kottam also has a big auditorium which hosts various cultural events throughout the year. Valluvar Kottam is a manifestation rich in Tamil culture. That’s why it is visited by people who have interest in South Indian cultural history.

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9. Vivekanandar Illam - Chennai

Vivekanandar Illam

Vivekanandar Illam is a historic building of cultural and social significance located in Chennai. Formerly used as an ice house by the British in 19th century, after the fall down of the ice business, the place was then used for residential purposes. Vivekanandar Illam got its significance when Swami Vivekananda, the chief disciple of Ramakrishna, stayed there for 9 days in 1897 for the Ramakrishna movement. The architecture of the building fuses the modern and old times. Vivekanandar Illam is now permanently used as an exhibition place showcasing Swami Vivekananda’s life and the Ramakrishna movement.

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