Chennai, the capital city
of Tamil Nadu is the fourth largest metropolis in India. Located on a 17
km stretch of the Coramandel coast, the city is trisected by the waterways
of Cooum and Adyar & the Buckingham Canal. With a population of 6 million
people, Chennai is a vibrant city ever growing, expanding and changing
Popularly regarded as the "Gateway to the South", Chennai presents a
culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India. Music,
dance and all other art forms of the South are cherished and nurtured in
this city, which, though industrialized, continues to be traditional and
conventional in many ways. Chennai is a gracious city that has a clear
skyline, long sandy beaches, parks, historic landmarks and tourist
infrastructure facilities which make it a convenient entry point or base
to start your tour of Tamil Nadu and South India.
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The major attraction of Chennai
is its sprawling golden beaches, the most popular among them being the
picturesque Marina Beach that also boasts of being the second longest
beach in the world. While sightseeing in Chennai, make sure to visit the
beach and enjoy a relaxed day lazing around on the golden sands watching
the azure blue sea. You can also visit a number of other popular beaches
in Chennai like the Elliotís Beach and Covelong Beach.
Anna Zoological Park:
Known as one of the biggest zoological parks in South East Asia, Anna
Zoological Park is a house to more than 170 species of mammals, reptiles
and birds. Watch around 47 mammal species, 63 bird species, 31 reptile
species, 5 amphibian species, 25 fish species and 10 insect species at
none other than the Anna Zoological Park in Chennai. Every measure is
taken by the veterinary section to take care of the species living in the
Anna Zoological Park.
Known as the most modern planetarium in India, Birla Planetarium is
located between Adyar and Guindy at Kotturpuram. Birla Planetarium was
built in the memory of B.M. Birla, the famous industrialist and visionary
and is therefore known as B.M. Birla Planetarium. Birla Planetarium is the
place where the curious students and public can solve their doubts about
the mysteries of the outer space. Birla Planetarium is a part of the
Periyar Science and Technology Museum. Get to know more about the Birla
Planetarium during Chennai Tours.
Crocodile Bank is easily accessible from anywhere in Chennai. The nearest
railway stations from Crocodile Bank are Chengalpattu at a distance of 29
kms and Chennai at a distance of 42 kms. It is just 5 kms from Kovalam and
14 kms from Mamallapuram.
Government Museum houses an Art Gallery, a Museum Theatre, Connemara
Public Library and Department of Natural History. Government Museum is an
amalgam of various sections like the ones devoted to geology,
anthropology, numismatics, botany, zoology, archeology and sculpture.
Watch out exquisite carvings, a good collection of arms, armour, a
collection of South Indian musical instruments, jewelry and exhibits from
the Stone and Iron ages.
Valluvar Kottam comprises of a massive auditorium that is large enough to
accommodate up to 4000 people at a time. Valluvar Kottam is constructed on
a land that was filled with the cityís garbage and debris in Chennai.
Eliminating the pillar support, the auditorium in Valluvar Kottam was
built with grid type roofing. Stone in the corridor running inside and
outside the auditorium are engraved with couplets from the Tirukkural. The
auditorium in Valluvar Kottam is considered as one of the largest
auditoriums in Asia. Valluvar Kottam is a memorial that was created with
over 3000 blocks of stone.
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