Chennai: Popular Destinations you need to visit in

Major tourist spots in Chennai

Chennai does once known to be Madras. It officially changed in the year 1996. The name refers to the sale deed dated back to the year 1639. Chennai Corporation is the second-oldest corporation in the world. One of the largest cities in India, the largest and capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai ranked at 36th position in the world as the most visited city in the year 2019.

Chennai – Gateway of South India

UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) added Chennai city to its list for its rich musical tradition. Additionally, various magazines such as Lonely Planet, India Today, and National Geographic listed Chennai as their top-ranking city. In view of tourism, food, and culture. According to Global Cities Index, a think tank that categorised world cities under three tiers ranked Chennai as a city in the category Beta level.

Chennai City’s economy

Chennai’s economy is one of the largest in the Indian subcontinent. The city has located on the coast of the Bay of Bengal which connects other major South Asian cities. Consequently plays a significant role in its economy which ranked fifth. Furthermore, as Urban population ranked in the world’s thirty-sixth. For the reason of having a population of people residing out of their native country being third in its nation. Another key point is the 1,00,000 estimated in the year 2016.

Chennai City’s safety and travel

When it comes to the safety of the people Chennai stands at the top among other major Indian cities. Thus, Chennai does call the safest city. Accordingly, Chennai continues one of the most visited cities by foreign tourists among Indian cities. Chennai has well developed public transport system. CMRL is India’s third-longest metro rail system. Chennai Metro Rail Ltd constructing a new headquarters in Nandanam, Chennai.

Industrialised city – Chennai

The capital of Tamil Nadu homing many major industries in the country, India such as the automobile industry. The city had named the ‘Detroit of Asia‘. Chennai’s Information Technology industry is one of the largest IT hubs. The medical industry of the city attracts a large number of medical tourists into the city. As providing world-class service. The Tamil film industry made Chennai city to be the most important production centre among the centre of Indian film. National Smart Cities Mission envisioned by the Indian government enlisted various cities to develop across the nation. Chennai city stands as one of them.

Chennai's Marina beach and Vivekanandar Illam


People visiting Chennai city never can go back without seeing one of the most beautiful urban beaches in the country which is the longest as a naturally formed urban beach. The beach runs along the Bay of Bengal for almost 6 km from Fort St. George to Foreshore Estate in the south with an average width of 300m making 50,000 people visit the beach daily. Various structures were built along the beach road such as statues, monuments and memorials.

Timing: Always open


Vivekanandar Illam, earlier known as Ice House or Castle Kernan, is a historical building in Chennai, India. The building had constructed in 1842 by Frederic Tudor. Indian Saint Swami Vivekananda stayed in the building when he visited Chennai in 1897. Illam has later renamed in his honour. It is currently maintained by Ramakrishna Math and houses an exhibition on the life of Vivekananda. In 1963, on the Birth Centenary of Swami Vivekananda, the Government of Tamil Nadu renamed the building ‘Vivekanandar Illam’. It means ‘Vivekananda House’ in Tamil. In 1997, the Government of Tamil Nadu leased the building to Ramakrishna Math. The building currently houses an exhibition on the life of Swami Vivekananda.

Timing: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Chennai's Victoria Public Hall and Fort St George


Victoria Public Hall, or the Town Hall, is a historical building in Chennai, named after Victoria, Empress of India. The Public Hall renovation is a part of the Chennai Central Square project. Moreover, combines various historical buildings in this region. One of the finest examples of British architecture in Chennai, Victoria Hall. Hall had built to commemorate the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria. It served as a theatre and public assembly room in the late 19th century and the early 20th century. It now houses the South Indian Athletic Association Club.

Most importantly, Victoria Public Hall, an example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. In front, The hall has designed by Robert Fellowes Chisholm (1840-1915) in the Romanesque style. Additionally, The Public Hall had built by Namperumal Chetty between 1888 and 1890. Subsequently, it has opened to the public by Lord Connemara in 1887.

Timing: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Historically known as White Town, Fort St George has founded in 1639. As well as the first built English Fortress in the Indian sub-continent located in the coastal city of Chennai. In sum, the construction of the fort motivated future settlements and trading activity, in the uninhabited land in this region. Thus, it has a real argument to say that the city advanced around the fortress. The fort currently houses the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly and other official buildings. Never miss exploring the British stronghold and the country’s first garrison settlement.

Timing: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Chennai's Egmore museum and Valluvar Kottam


The second-oldest corporation in the world built India’s second-oldest museum. Moreover, as the 10th oldest museum in the world. It has located in the neighbourhood of Egmore. The Chennai government museum has situated within the Pantheon complex or Government Museum Complex on the road where its name has taken from Pantheon road. The complex houses Connemara Public Library and National Art Gallery along with the museum. Egmore Museum has established in the year 1851. Indeed, on the land where the governor of Madras awarded an estate to a civil servant later bought back by the government.

Timing: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm


The monument dedicated exclusively to one of the greatest Tamil poets and philosophers, Valluvar, is built in the cultural city of the country, Chennai. Valluvar Kottam monument comprises a decorative arch, an auditorium that can house around 3,500 people, and the Kural Manimandapam, where all the 1,330 couplets from all 133 chapters of the Kural literature have inscribed on the bas-relief. The hallmark of the monument is the 39-meter-high (128 feet) stone car, a replica of the famed temple chariot of Thiruvarur. Valluvar Kottam has located at the intersection of the Kodambakkam High road and the Village road in the Nungambakkam neighbourhood of Chennai.

Timing: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Chennai's Guindy National Park and Semmozhi Poonga


Do you want to feel the adventure? Never forget to visit Guindy National Park. Guindy National Park is a 2.70 square kilometre protected area of Tamil Nadu, located in Chennai, India, as the 8th-smallest National Park in India and one of the very few national parks situated inside a city. The park is an extension of the grounds surrounding Raj Bhavan. It has formerly known as the ‘Guindy Lodge’, the official residence of the Governor of Tamil Nadu, India. It extends deep inside the governor’s estate, enclosing beautiful forests, scrub lands, lakes and streams.

Timing: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm


Semmozhi Poonga, the name has translated from Classical Language Park from a classical language Tamil. It is a botanical garden in Chennai set up jointly by the Horticulture and Agricultural engineering department of the Government of Tamil Nadu. Encompassing an area of 20 acres, it had built at ₹80 million. More than 500 species of plants are being grown in the area. In addition, 80 trees were already in existence during the park’s development. In addition, some of them have more than 100 years old.

The garden houses some of the familiar exotic flora and rare plant species, medicinal and aromatic herbs. From countries like China and Thailand, the park has imported many exotic plants. Specifically, the plethora of bonsai varieties of ficus microcarpa and ficus ginseng.

Timing: 10:00 am – 7:30 pm

Chennai's Dakshina Chitra and Vandalur Zoo


The Madras Craft Foundation founded a museum, DakshinaChitra, a living history of South Indian traditional Architecture. Moreover, it has dedicated to South Indian heritage and culture. Currently, located on the East coast road 25 km to the South of Chennai on 10 acres of land at Muttukadu. Developed as a heritage village, DakshinaChitra has an array of displays and relocated originals of dwellings depicting the life pattern of people in the states of southern India. Furthermore, the exhibits portray the architecture, art, folk performing arts and craft of South Indian traditions. The amenities include a research unit, a crafts bazaar, a playground, an area to hold religious functions, a stone workshop, and souvenir kiosks.

Timing: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm


Arignar Anna Zoological Park does also known as the Vandalur Zoo. As well established in 1855. Accordingly, it holds the first public zoo in India. It has a zoological garden located in Vandalur, in the southwestern part of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, about 31 kilometres (19 mi) from Chennai Central and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Chennai Airport. Besides, New Kilambakkam Bus Terminus getting constructed close to the Vandalur zoo.

Arignar Anna Zoological Park has spread over 602 hectares (1,490 acres), including a 92.45-hectare (228.4-acre) rescue and rehabilitation centre. In addition, the park has the largest zoological park in India. The zoo houses 2,553 species of flora and fauna across 1,265 acres. As of 2012, the park houses around 1,500 wild species, including 46 endangered species, in its 160 enclosures.

Timing: 10:00 am – 7:30 pm

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