Chennai is the grand entrance to Southern India. The city was one of the first British Colonies in the country. Colonial rule led to the development of the city structurally and architecturally. Many of the buildings constructed during colonization still stand. However, Chennai already had a rich cultural heritage that it continues to preserve. May it be the authentic South Indian cuisines, the melodic Carnatic music or the stunning beaches, everything in Chennai exclaims exotic.

The footprints of colonial rule still exist in the old neighborhood of Georgetown. However, that is not the only attraction here. Chennai is home to the second longest urban beach in the whole world, Marina Beach. Exemplary buildings such as Madras University line the shores of the beach. You can stroll along the beach during early morning hours when it is serene and not busy. Plus, during the evening you can taste a variety of local dishes served in food carts next to the shore.

Elliots’s Beach and Breezy Beach are quiet places if you just want to soak in the sun. Kapaleeswarar Temple and Karaneeswarar Temple are ancient temples surrounded by flower shops. St. Mary’s Church and St. Thomas Mount are tokens from the British era. The intimidating parapets and high ceilings feel like you are taking a walk into a regal British Church.

Valluvar Kottam is a memorial made in resemblance of a chariot in the Nungambakkam neighborhood. The Fort of St. George is a gorgeous post from British times. The science geek in you should not miss the Birla Planetarium in Kotturpuram.

Arinjar Anna Zoological Park and Guindy National Park are the only national parks in Chennai. The breathtaking seafront in Kamarajar Salai offers you an exciting journey as you walk up and down the city. You can view the unique art deco architecture of the surrounding buildings and enjoy the water breeze.

Getting Around:

It is best to visit between January and March rather than October through December. The city receives heavy rainfall from October to December, which can spoil your travel plans. South India is a literate part of the country. Thus, any average Chennai local can speak with you in English, although the lingua franca is Tamil. Autos and Taxis are the primary means of transport inside the city. Take note; it is better to travel in metered autos rather than being duped in an unofficial car.

December 8, 2016 9:27 am Published by

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