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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Places of Interest in Chennai

Krishna Srivatsa Nimmaraju
Chennai is a gracious city that has a clear skyline, long sandy beaches, parks, historic landmarks and tourist facilities which make it a convenient entry point or base to start your tour of Tamil Nadu and South India. 
(Source: http://neoavatara.com/blog/?p=4239)
              Except weather, Chennai is a very good place in terms of tourism and Tamilnadu Tourism is taking all the steps in preserving the beauty of Chennai and also other tourist places in Tamilnadu. In this post i'm going to give you a brief introduction about all the best places of interest in Chennai. I will update this post frequently with new places of interest and also will include new categories.

Chennai Adventure Destinations:

Try Scuba diving, surfing and diving courde @ Pondicherry. Started by two Australians, Padi Dive Centre has recently opened in Pondicherry. The idea is very new, as both diving and surfing appeared recently in the Bay of Bengal (south east coast), contrary to the west coast where you could find some of these activities.  Goa beaches for instance. Opening a centre in Pondicherry was thus an original initiative! The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is actually the world's largest recreational diving membership and diver training organization. For more information visit http://templeadventures.com/contact.htm

(Source:http://www.indiainvites.com/scuba_diving.htm)
Want to do parasailing, rapalling, rock climbing  and scuba diving at one place, then visit Adventure Zone which is located at a distance of 90km from Thiruvanmiyur. For more information on the packages available at Adventure zone visit http://www.adventurezone.8k.com/custom3.html


I recommend doing Catamaran ride at Taj Fisherman Cove, Kovalam. It costs around 600 per person and if you are lucky enough, you can spot dolphins too. Even though there are many operators in Kovalam operating catamaran rides at much lower price, ride organized by Taj Fisherman's Cove is the best. One can call directly to the hotel and book the ride. 


TTDC is organising water sports at mudaliarkuppam in the name of Raindrop boathouse. Mudaliar kuppam, next to mahabhalipuram on ECR (90km from chennai), is an excellent place with backwaters from the Bay of Bengal which extends to about 10 kms and has a Beach Island which can be reached after a 15-20 minute boat ride. The place has water sports such as Para sailing, Banana Boating, Water Scooter, Kayaking, Speed boat ride apart from regular rowboat and pedal boats.


 If you are interested in doing off road adventures, then try ATV ride on ECR road at OFFROAD SPORTS. It is located ata distance of 6kms after crocodile park and 8kms before Mahabalipuram on ECR. Other activities includes ATV ride on offroad and on beach, paint ball, fishing, camping and boating. For more information visit http://www.offroadecr.com/index.html


(Source: http://gayathriraghavan.blogspot.com/2010/10/atv-ride.html)
You can try Wild Tribe Ranch located on Vijayawada Highway after Redhills. It conducts activities like ATV rides, camping, Paint Ball, Trampoline Jump and some interesting activities. This is one of the best weekend destination from chennai for those who are interested to spend whole day doing adventure activities. For more information visit http://www.wildtriberanch.com

Located 36 kilometers off Chennai, Muttukadu Boat House is an unusual spot in backwaters for tourists and holidaying families. Also, Muttukadu is a paradise for anglers since prawns and jelly fish are in abundance here. Activities at Muttukadu boat house includes  wind surfing, canor, karfak, pedal Boat, Row Boat. It costs just rupees 50 per person for a three kilometer ride around the vast expanse of water that may be of 45 minutes duration.  The backwaters at Muttukadu are also favourable for a couple of adventure water sports like wind-surfing.  What thrills the visitors the most is the stunning effects caused by a rocking bridge over the backwaters.

Interested in Go-karting?? then visit Kart Attack - Chennai's oldest go-carting centre located on the East Coast Road close to VGP. The track is 300m long and the surface is concrete. And also there is one small track in Mayajaal too.


Beaches in Chennai:-
Chennai has so many beaches and among them in the city, Elliot's beach is the best beach. But these beaches are crowded all the time and  if you want privacy then opt for the private beaches on ECR.

Marina Beach: Chennai's seashore hosts the second longest  urban beach in the world, stretching for 13 kms (8 miles) along the eastern flank. The Marina, connecting Fort St. George with San Thome Basilica almost 5 kilometres away. It is a favourite place for Chennai's citizens to escape the humidity and enjoy the sea breeze. The walk along Kamarajar Salai takes in parks, tree-lined cobbled streets, spectacular colonial and Indo-Saracenic Buildings.

Elliot's Beach is located in Besant Nagar, Chennai, India. It forms the end-point of the Marina Beach shore. It has the Velankanni Church and the Ashtalakshmi Kovil nearby  The beach is a prominent hang-out zone for most of the college-going crowd in Chennai. On weekends, it becomes quite an experience to find parking space on the beach roads. The beach also has found importance with families, who now no longer travel to the famous Marina Beach. There are many restaurants near the beach.

Besant nagar beach
East Coast Road popularly known as ECR starts from Thiruvanmiyur, hosts many beautiful beaches. There are many resorts and private beaches in the ECR stretch. Among them beach at Fisherman's cove is very beautiful with white sands, but it is not open to everyone.
Fisherman's cove Beach
Theme Parks in Chennai:

Chennai is one of the best destination in India for the theme park lovers. Chennai has many theme parks situated in ECR road, sriperumbudur and Tambaram . The best among them are:

Kishkinta: India's No.1 Theme Park at Tambaram. Offers among other amusements hi-tech ones like space shuttle, wave pool, white water and Kiddies Kingdom. Visit http://www.kishkinta.in/ for more information

Queen's Land: Queens Land, Chennai, is a very good amusement park for both kids as well as adults. There are about 50 rides and it would take a whole day for you. So, reach the park as early as possible (by 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM) so that you can enjoy the fun.Visit http://www.queenslandamusementpark.com/ for more information

MGM "Dizzee World" Beach Resort: Situated 24 kms towards Mahabalipuram, (Near Muttukadu). Amusement park with unique water sports. Visit http://mgmdizzeeworld.com/ for more information

VGP Universal Kingdom, Golden Beach: Located on ECR road VGP is a popular beach resort and amusement park filled with children's games, parks and seaside restaurant. For more information visit http://vgpuniversalkingdom.in/


Dash 'N Splash: Located 30 kms from Central Station. It is South India's exclusive water park. Go for wave spiral and free fall slides and flumes from height of 12ft to 35ft. For more information visit http://www.dashnsplash.co.in/

 

Shopping in Chennai:

T Nagar: No shopping in Chennai is complete without a trip to Ranganathan Street - if you are up to tackling the crowds that throng this busy street. Ranganathan Street, T Nagar is a good place to shop for a variety of items. From safety pins to exquisite jewellery, the place is choc-a-bloc with stores brimming with goods.Ranganathan Street is a shopper's paradise for people belonging to all ages. Right from tots, school kids, teens and the elderly, Ranganathan Street has a lot to allure every visitor. 
(Source: http://chennaicityconnect.com/mtc-copythathouston/archives/117)
Spencer Plaza: Spencer Plaza, one of the biggest shopping malls in South Asia, is located on Mount Road, and is one of the landmarks of modern Chennai. 

Express Avenue Mall: It is Chennai's largest shopping mall and South India's second-largest mall, with 900,000 sq. ft. of retail space. It is also home to the largest gaming arcade in South India.

Ritchie street: It is the electronic shopping hub of Chennai city (earlier known as Madras) in India. All types of electronic goods imported from different part of world especially from China and Korea are available at moderate to cheap rates here.  It is located near Anna salai opposite to Walajah road crossing and between Higginbothams and Bata mount Road show room. Ritchie Street is credited by the Second Largest Electronic Market for computer spares and peripherals in India. The street is always crowded and very little space is available for movement of vehicles or pedestrians. For more information visit http://www.ritchiestreet.info/

Places of worship in Chennai:-

Sri Kapaleswarar Temple : This temple is situated near Kutchery Road, Mylapore. This ancient Siva temple is a delightful introduction to Dravidian temple sculpture and architecture. The magnificent 37 meter tall gopuram is one of the main attractions of this temple. It is very famous for its astonishing sculpture, which has an interesting story behind it. It is believed that a saint known as Gnanasambandar sung and brought a dead girl back to life.
(Source: http://mmkmanish.blogspot.com/2010_04_01_archive.html)

Vadapalani Temple: The Vadapalani temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga situated in Kodambakkam. This temple attracts a large number of devotees. The Shiva temple at Tiruvotriyur - 12 kilometers north of Chennai is associated with Pattinathar, a great devotee of Lord Shiva. Innumerable legends are woven around Sundarar. Valluvar Kottam, located at the meeting of the Kodambakkam High road and the Village road, is one of the modern landmarks of modern Chennai.
Parthasarathi Temple: It is at Peter's Road, Triplicane. It is one of the oldest temples in Chennai, built by Pallavas in the 8th century and rebuilt by the Vijayanagar Kings in the 11th century.

Basilica of Santhome: This Cathedral is at the end of Kutchery Road, Mylapore. It is believed that the Apostle Saint Thomas lived his last years in South India. This Cathedral was originally built in 1504. It was rebuilt in 1890 with a 180 ft basilica. It is believed that St. Thoma's body was entombed inside this neo-Gothic structure.
(Source: http://www.indiantouristdestiny.com/chennai-spots.html)

Krishna Srivatsa Nimmaraju / Author & Editor

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16 comments:

  1. cattamaram ride IN ECR

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  2. I went for Catamaran Ride last saturday, it was an amazing experience,
    What is Catamaran Ride?
    Remember Anjana song from the movie Yuva? Partha mudal naal from Vetayadu vilayadu? if yes you will know what this ride is. You will be taken to the sea, 2km from the shore in a Catamaran/Motor Boat with Life Jackets and you will be thrown into the sea(Optional, you can jump by yourself also) and then the sea is all yours. A life gaurd will accompany you and trust me, you cant get more than this, dont worry even if you want you cant sink, you cant swim either, all you can do is stay there in water and do all the stunts. A rope will be there for you to hold, so its all safe.
    Catamaran Ride in Chennai:
    In Chennai, Pleasant Trip offers this, only members. If want to go personal trip may charge around Rs.600 + taxes + Food Charge EXTRA

    Total PACKAGE Cost = 900 RS ( Including Food )
    Details:
    • Traditional Boat Ride
    • Floating

    Starts with Welcome drinks


    lunch deatils
    1) soup
    2) green salad
    3) chapathi (or) pulka (or) parota
    4) dhal fry (or) veg curry (or) allu gobi masala
    5) chicken biryani
    6) onoin ritha (or) brinjal thokku
    7) gobi manchurian (or) veg manchurian
    8) fish fry (or) crab fry (or) chilly chicken
    9) veg fried rice (or) veg pulao (or) jeera rice
    10) steam rice
    11) egg masala
    12) rasam
    13) curd rice
    14) poriyal
    15) gulab jamun
    16) ice cream
    Evening snacks
    tea & madubonda (or) onoin pakoda
    We offer you

    1) swimming pool
    2) indoor games
    3) outdoor games

    Time: 10.00 AM TO 06.00 PM
    Facilities: Bath/Change rooms and people are available to take care of your belongings
    Best Time: 4 to 5
    Available time: 9 to 5
    If You Want Food PLS Inform
    You need to call them one day in advance to book your slot.
    Name : SHEIK MP
    Or call : 9444260500
    1. Carry Camera/cell – you can give it to the life Gaurd, I missed this
    2. Even if you know swimming, forget it, you cant do anything there, just enjoy.:
    Dont miss it

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  3. Chennai is the best city for all the peoples migrating from other city or state. Vadapalani is center of the city, here you can get anything what you need instantly. To know more about this area visit to http://vadapalani.bestinchennai.com/Travels/

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  4. ONE DAY TRIP
    what is Catamaran Ride?
    Remember Anjana song from the movie Yuva? Partha mudal naal from Vetayadu vilayadu? If yes you will know what this ride is. You will be taken to the sea, 2km from the shore in a Catamaran/Motor Boat with Life Jackets and you will be thrown into the sea(Optional, you can jump by yourself also) and then the sea is all yours. A life guard will accompany you and trust me, you can’t get more than this, don’t worry even if you want your cant sink, you can’t swim either, all you can do is stay there in water and do all the stunts. A rope will be there for you to hold, so it’s all safe.
    Catamaran Ride in Chennai, PLEASANT HOLIDAYS offers this, If want to go personal trip may charge around Rs.450
    It’s quite possible to see the sea from the coast. Is it possible to visualize the seashore from middle of the sea? This feat surely is from our check.
    Packages

    1) DAY OUTING: RATE: PER HEAD RS 450 TIME: MORNING OR EVENING 3 HOURS
    Min NO 5 Max No 60
    The Rate quoted inclusive of all packages:
    Tour Aspects:
    • Welcome Drink
    • Traditional Catamaran Boat Ride
    • Floating
    • Outdoor Games
    For Confirmation 50 % of the amount to be transfer to our bank a/c
    Taxes Applicable
    “With Sweet Memories of the PLEASANT HOLIDAYS“


    2) ONE DAY PACKAGE RATE: per Head RS 999 TIME 09 am to 06 pm

    MIN NO 10 MAX NO 60
    Package Details:
    The Rate quoted inclusive of all packages:
    Tour Aspects:
    • Welcome Drink
    • Non Veg Buffet Lunch
    • Coffee & Snacks
    • Traditional Catamaran Boat Ride
    • Floating
    • Outdoor Games
    • indoor games
    • Swimming Pool

    TIME CHECK:
    For entry, the check in time 09.00 AM & out time will be 06.00 P M.
    For Confirmation 50 % of the amount to be transfer to our bank a/c
    Taxes Applicable
    “With Sweet Memories of the PLEASANT HOLIDAYS“
    Best Time for catamaran ride: 10 to 12 & 4 to 5
    Available time: 9 to 4
    If You Want Food PLS Inform
    you need to call Two days in advance to book your slot.

    Name: SHEIK
    PLEASANT HOLIDAYS
    9444260500, 9884894544, 044-22531127
    www.phaclub.com
    1. Carry Camera/cell – you can give it to the life Guard,
    2. Even if you know swimming, forget it, you can’t do anything there, just enjoy.
    Don’t miss it
    The Catamaran Ride Guarantees fun & Adventure While Creating a Common Bond between Team Members so They Remember the Experience for a Long Time.

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  6. I have never imagine that Chennai would be such a great tourist place. This post contains lots of attractions of the city.

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  7. Best,Chennai is emerging tourist spot and above gives helpful info. we can called this is a fun filled travel. It would be really great to have boat ride.

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  9. Chennai has a lot of places to see.Check out other popular Things to do in Chennai

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  10. what is Catamaran Ride?
    Remember Anjana song from the movie Yuva? Partha mudal naal from Vetayadu vilayadu? If yes you will know what this ride is. You will be taken to the sea, 2km from the shore in a Catamaran/Motor Boat with Life Jackets and you will be thrown into the sea(Optional, you can jump by yourself also) and then the sea is all yours. A life gaurd will accompany you and trust me, you can’t get more than this, don’t worry even if you want your cant sink, you can’t swim either, all you can do is stay there in water and do all the stunts. A rope will be there for you to hold, so it’s all safe.
    Catamaran Ride in Chennai:
    It’s quite possible to see the sea from the coast. Is it possible to visualize the seashore from middle of the sea? This feat surely is from our check.
    In Chennai, PLEASANT HOLIDAYS offers this, only members. If want to go personal trip may charge around Rs.600 + taxes + Food Charge EXTRA
    Total PACKAGE Cost = 900 RS (including Food)
    Details:
    • Traditional Boat Ride
    • Floating on the Ocean
    • Swimming pool
    • indoor games
    • outdoor games
    • Lunch
    Starts with Welcome drinks
    lunch details
    1) soup
    2) green salad
    3) chapathi (or) pulka (or) parota
    4) dhal fry (or) veg curry (or) allu gobi masala
    5) chicken biryani
    6) onoin ritha (or) brinjal thokku
    7) gobi manchurian (or) veg manchurian
    8) fish fry (or) crab fry (or) chilly chicken
    9) veg fried rice (or) veg pulao (or) jeera rice
    10) steam rice
    11) egg masala
    12) rasam
    13) curd rice
    14) poriyal
    15) gulab jamun
    16) ice cream
    Evening snacks
    tea & madubonda (or) onoin pakoda
    Time: 10.00 AM TO 06.00 PM
    Facilities: Bath/Change rooms and people are available to take care of your belongings
    Best Time: 11 to 1
    Available time: 9 to 5
    If You Want Food PLS Inform
    You need to call them Two days in advance to book your slot.
    Name: SHEIK
    PLEASANT HOLIDAYS
    9962235555, 044 43516999
    www.facebook.com/phaclub
    www.phaclub.com

    1. Carry Camera/cell – you can give it to the life Gaurd,
    2. Even if you know swimming, forget it, you can’t do anything there, just enjoy.
    Don’t miss it
    The Catamaran Ride Guarantees fun & Adventure While Creating a Common Bond between Team Members so They Remember the Experience for a Long Time.

    ReplyDelete
  11. MID SEA DIVE
    Catamaran Boat Ride
    It’s a great pleasure with sensational and traditional experience to ride on the sea gives us the sense of flying into the water sparkles of sea water. In the similar situation we feel excitement on boat riding as well as horse riding on the seashore.
    Maintaining our journey in the sea by riding through in a traditional Catamaran could be an exciting and invigorating event could be a spiritual experience.


    Packages

    1) DAY OUTING: RATE: PER HEAD RS 450 TIME: MORNING OR EVENING 3 HOURS
    Min NO 5 Max No 60
    The Rate quoted inclusive of all packages:
    Tour Aspects:
    • Welcome Drink
    • Traditional Catamaran Boat Ride
    • Floating
    • Outdoor Games
    For Confirmation 50 % of the amount to be transfer to our bank a/c
    Taxes Applicable
    “With Sweet Memories of the PLEASANT HOLIDAYS“


    2) ONE DAY PACKAGE RATE: per Head RS 999 TIME 09 am to 06 pm

    MIN NO 10 MAX NO 60
    Package Details:
    The Rate quoted inclusive of all packages:
    Tour Aspects:
    • Welcome Drink
    • Non Veg Buffet Lunch
    • Coffee & Snacks
    • Traditional Catamaran Boat Ride
    • Floating
    • Outdoor Games
    • indoor games
    • Swimming Pool
    TIME CHECK:
    For entry, the check in time 09.00 AM & out time will be 06.00 P M.
    For Confirmation 50 % of the amount to be transfer to our bank a/c
    Taxes Applicable
    “With Sweet Memories Of The PLEASANT HOLIDAYS“

    Time: 9.00 AM TO 06.00 PM
    Facilities: Bath/Change rooms and people are available to take care of your belongings
    Best Time: 11 to 1
    Available time: 9 to 5
    If You Want Food PLS Inform
    You need to call them Two days in advance to book your slot.
    Name: SHEIK
    PLEASANT HOLIDAYS
    9962235555, 044 43516999
    www.facebook.com/phaclub
    www.phaclu.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. MID SEA DIVE
    Catamaran Boat Ride
    It’s a great pleasure with sensational and traditional experience to ride on the sea gives us the sense of flying into the water sparkles of sea water. In the similar situation we feel excitement on boat riding as well as horse riding on the seashore.
    Maintaining our journey in the sea by riding through in a traditional Catamaran could be an exciting and invigorating event could be a spiritual experience.


    Packages

    1) DAY OUTING: RATE: PER HEAD RS 450 TIME: MORNING OR EVENING 3 HOURS
    Min NO 5 Max No 60
    The Rate quoted inclusive of all packages:
    Tour Aspects:
    • Welcome Drink
    • Traditional Catamaran Boat Ride
    • Floating
    • Outdoor Games
    For Confirmation 50 % of the amount to be transfer to our bank a/c
    Taxes Applicable
    “With Sweet Memories of the PLEASANT HOLIDAYS“


    2) ONE DAY PACKAGE RATE: per Head RS 999 TIME 09 am to 06 pm

    MIN NO 10 MAX NO 60
    Package Details:
    The Rate quoted inclusive of all packages:
    Tour Aspects:
    • Welcome Drink
    • Non Veg Buffet Lunch
    • Coffee & Snacks
    • Traditional Catamaran Boat Ride
    • Floating
    • Outdoor Games
    • indoor games
    • Swimming Pool
    TIME CHECK:
    For entry, the check in time 09.00 AM & out time will be 06.00 P M.
    For Confirmation 50 % of the amount to be transfer to our bank a/c
    Taxes Applicable
    “With Sweet Memories Of The PLEASANT HOLIDAYS“

    Time: 9.00 AM TO 06.00 PM
    Facilities: Bath/Change rooms and people are available to take care of your belongings
    Best Time: 11 to 1
    Available time: 9 to 5
    If You Want Food PLS Inform
    You need to call them Two days in advance to book your slot.
    Name: SHEIK
    PLEASANT HOLIDAYS
    9962235555, 044 43516999
    www.facebook.com/phaclub
    www.phaclu.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. Nice blog. Thanks for share about places to see in Chennai. All places are well entertained places. very nice. I need more about Chennai places. Thanks.

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  14. Great post that gives the details of places in Chennai in better way..false ceiling in chennai

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