Places of Tourist interest..
Kapaleeswarar Temple, Mylapore
All great cities have a soul. Mylapore can rightfully claim to be the soul of Chennai city here in south India. It pre-dates Chennai's birth and has seen the city grow as it has, its own. Mylapore retains the look and feel of an old neighbourhood, the culture and heritage typically south Indian, yet it has not escaped development.The Kapaleeshwarar temple is of typical Dravidianarchitectural style, with the Gopuram over powering the street on which the temple sits. Almost every evening there will be some activity in the Temple. After the visit its interesting to walk around the streets and have traditional coffee at “Nitya Amirtham”. Its worth browsing “Giri Trading” (Opp to Temple) which is a shop sells very unique things to accommodate any Pooja room and Drawing room with some bronze collections.
Opening hours 6 AM to 12.30 PM & 4 PM to 8 PM
Government Museum, Egmore
The Government Museum Complex in Egmore houses the Government Museum, Connemara Public Library and the National Art Gallery. Established in 1851 it is the second oldest museum in India after the Indian Museum in Kolkata. The objects displayed in the museum cover a variety of artifacts and objects covering diverse fields including archeology, numismatics, zoology, natural history, sculptures, palm-leaf manuscripts and Amravati paintings. It has the largest collection of Roman antiquities outside Europe. Among them, the colossal Museum Theatre is one of the most impressive.Connemara Public Library is one of the four National Depository libraries which receive a copy of all books, newspapers and periodicals published in India.
Opening hours 9.30 AM to 5 PM
Holiday: Every Friday, Republic Day (26thJan), Independence Day (15thAug) & Gandhi Jayanthi (2ndOct)
Entry Fee: Indians: AdultRs.15/-ChildrenRs.10/- ForeignersAdultRs.250/-ChildrenRs.125/-
Photography ChargesStill CameraRs.200/-Video CameraRs.500/-
Elliot's Beach(popularly known as "Besant Nagar Beach" or "Bessie") is located in Besant Nagar, Chennai, India. It forms the end-point of the Marina Beachshore,and is named after Edward Elliot, onetime chief magistrate and superintendent of police, Madras. A prominent landmark on this beach is the Karl Schmidt Memorial. The memorial is named after the Dutch sailor who lost his life in the process of saving others from drowning. As the beach does not offer much activity, it is ideal for long walks. Moreover, the ones who want to soak their feet in the splashing sea water and lose themselves completely in the arms of the nature, head on. Elliot's Beach is quite a hit amongst both the tourists as well as the natives of Tamil Nadu.
The Ashtalakshmi Temple is around 20 years old and has modern style architecture. It is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and appears different from the rest of the Temples in South India. It has the Velankanni Church and the Ashtalakshmi Kovilnearby. In the colonial era, it was a fairly exclusive place limited to white people.
Open all time
DakshinaChitra is an exciting cross cultural living museum of art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India. The main mission is to exhibit, promote and preserve aspects of the broader, more inclusive cultures of the states and to bring these arts to the public in a participative, enjoyable and engaging way. DakshinaChitra Heritage Museum , a project of Madras Craft Foundation an NGO was opened to the public on December 14th 1996. The Museum is located overlooking the Bay of Bengal, at Muttukadu, twenty five kilometers south of Central Chennai, on the East Coast Road to Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India.
Timings: 10am to 6 pm.
Weekly holiday: Tuesday (open on all national holidays except on Diwali day)
Entrance Fees: Indian Adult -110/- ( During Festivals and Weekends - Rs. 130/-) Indian Child (5-12yrs)-30/- Overseas visitors Adult -250
Vivekananda House, Chennai
Vivekananda House (earlier known as Ice House or Castle Kernan) is an important place for the Ramakrishna Movement in South India. Swami Vivekananda came to Chennai (earlier Madras) in February 1897, and he stayed at Castle Kernan for nine days. During his nine-day stay, he shook India’s national consciousness through his fiery lectures at Chennai. Later, Ramakrishna Math (Monastery) Chennai was founded by Swami Ramakrishnananda, a brother disciple of Swami Vivekananda. The Math functioned from here during its first 10 years (1897-1906) until it got moved to the current location at Mylapore, Chennai. In 1963, during the Birth Centenary of Swami Vivekananda, the Government of Tamil Nadu renamed the Castle Kernan as Vivekanandar Illam (Illam means house in Tamil) or ‘Vivekananda House’. In 1997, on the eve of the Centenary of Swamiji’s return to India (and his stay at House), the Government of Tamilnadu at the request of the Ramakrishna Math, leased out the Vivekananda House and it’s now valid up to 2111. Vivekananda House now houses a Permanent Exhibition on Indian Culture and Swamiji’s Life, maintained by the Ramakrishna Math and is a source of inspiration to thousands of people who visit it every year.
Madras Crocodile Bank
The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology (or Croc Bank) was the brain child of the legendary Romulus Whitaker and a handful of like-minded conservation visionaries who began work on the facility in 1976, in a desperate effort to save India’s dwindling crocodilian populations. Today, after more than 30 formidable years of cutting edge science and grassroots education, the Croc Bank remains a world leader in the field of frontline conservation and the preservation of natural landscapes.
The Croc Bank currently consists of a large reptile park near Chennai, Southern India, and several field projects located throughout the subcontinent reaching as far afield as the Nicobar Islands. The zoo sees close to half a million visitors per year making it one of the most popular tourist attractions along the famous East Coast Road.
Timings : Tuesday - Sunday
09:00am - 05:30pm
Last Ticket: 5:00pm
Weekly Holiday : Monday
Entry Tickets :
Children (below 10 years): Rs.30/-
Night Safari :
Tuesday - Sunday (Book Now)
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Children (below 10 years): Rs.100/-
Santhome Church in Chennai also known as Santhome Cathedral Basilica and International Shrine of Saint Thomas Cathedral Basilica, sits on the tomb built over the mortal remains of one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. Saint Thomas had come to India in A.D.52, was martyred in A.D.72 and buried in this very site then known as Mylapore. “San Thome” assumes its name from Saint Thomas. There are only two other Basilicas in the world other than Santhome Cathedral that have been built over the tomb of an apostle. One of them being “St.Peters Basilica”, in Rome and the other being “church of St.James the great”, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
There is an underground tomb chapel below the Basilica. Registers mention that St. Francis Xavier lived in the presbytery of the old church in 1545. It is noteworthy to mention His Holiness Pope John Paul II visited and prayed at this tomb on 5th February 1986. St. Thomas is being hailed as the Father of Indian Christianity since he is largely considered to have brought christianity to india.
Opens 6 AM to 9 PM
Paramotoring is an adventure sport and it is the talk of the town today. It makes a perfect Joyride which requires no rigid formalities like license etc. Male or female above 15 years is eligible to be a paramotor pilot. paramotor equipments are not many. With just wing and engine you’re set to fly up. These accessories are easy to carry and fix not at all cumbersome.
Sea Surfing at Kovalam
ANYONE CAN SURF
Our first discovery in India is that any one can surf. The waves are nice and friendly, the water is warm and marine life is perfectly safe for sea goers unlike many parts of the world. All you need is a good institution to get you initiated and you will discover an ocean of joy. Every surfer remembers catching his first wave. The experience of standing up for the first time never gets washed away, no matter how many waves he or she encounters thereafter. ” Bay of Life – First Wave” is a beginner’s course that combines skill and knowledge.
The Off Road Sports (ORS), an adventurous ATV sport center which is unique of its kind, was started on October 2009. To meet the growing demand for an outdoor sports activity center, ORS introduced ATV rides on off-road track and on enthralling beach trials.
ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) is a quad bike, a four wheeler. As the name implies, it plays well in almost all terrian, especially the sand terrian. ATVs ranges from 90cc bike to 1000cc RZRs. Riding an ATV is an ultimate excitement for all age group of people. All our ATVs are high-quality Polaris (US brand ) vehicles, with different ranges to suit kids, families or adventure enthusiasts.
Date A Bike
Date a Bike or DAB in short, commenced on the 14th of February 2015 with the sole objective of providing world class high end premium motorcycles to customers. The concept is "Why buy it when you can rent it"!!. The tagline "Indulge in your dreams" captures the vision of the organization in a nutshell.
The different verticals we deal with are motorcycle rentals, motorcycle tours both guided and custom made, range of motorcycle accessories and a service centre for premium bikes. DAB has a curated, handpicked selection of riding gear and other merchandise – including the latest in jackets, riding pants, helmets, and luggage systems. The team also specializes in designing, planning and executing organized motorcycle tours across the country. We all crave for what we couldn't experience in our earlier years, when resources were limited. Come and let’s indulge this craving, in a responsible way!!
T Nagar Shopping
Thyagaraya Nagar, known locally as T. Nagar, is a bustling shopping district with stores and street vendors selling colorful saris, gold jewelry and produce at budget prices, especially along Ranganathan Street. The area’s side streets are dotted with casual eateries and food stalls offering traditional South Indian meals. Close by, elegant art deco bungalows line G.N. Chetty Road.