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Chennai City

Chennai City, with all its hustle and bustle, offers the tourist a wide variety of places to visit. From shopping centres to places of historical importance, Chennai has it all. Formerly known as Madras, Chennai stretches for 19 kilometres along the Coromandel Coast. As you fly into Chennai, you will not only see this amazing coastline, but also notice the vast cityscape that stretches into the horizon.

Some of the places of interest in Chennai are Fort St. George, Anna Memorial, Santhome Church, Birla Planetarium, and Elliot's Beach.


Fort St. George

Built in 1653, and one of the most interesting historical monuments to be seen in the city, Fort St. George is a splendid example of British military architecture. The fort was remodelled in 1749. Part of the fort is converted into a museum, which showcases remnants of the first British outpost in India and allows viewers to understand the regality of the age. The other part of the fort acts as the legislative and administrative seat of the state.

The fort is surrounded by a six-metre tall wall, which has withstood numerous sieges, ranging from the Mughals in 1701, to the Marathas in 1741, and Hyder Ali in the eighteenth century. There are a number of buildings of importance within the fort. Some of the more notable ones are Clive's Corner, which commemorates Robert Clive, and St. Mary's Church, which is the oldest Protestant Church in the East. There is also Wellesley House, the place where Arthur Wellesley, lived during his first active military duty. Wellesley went on to become the First Duke of Wellington and is renowned for his contribution in the battle of Waterloo. Fort St. George is the site for Madras's first lighthouse, first commercial bank, and first club.


St. Thomas Mount

St. Thomas Mount is one of the most visited spots for both tourists and the locals in Chennai. Renowned as the mount where St. Thomas was caught by his pursuers, the hill draws people of all religions. The mount is situated close to Chennai's cantonment area, Defence Colony. It is accessible by a long flight of steps leading from the base of the mount right up to the top where an old church is located. The church was built around 1523 by the Portuguese. The church has a number of relics, such as a stone cross that is said to bleed. The last occasion it was said to have bled was in 1704.


Little Mount

Smaller in size than the imposing St. Thomas Mount, the Little Mount is considered to be the place where St. Thomas resided. This mount has a small church which has an opening to a small cave where he used to hide. Access to the cave is possible through a passage cut into the rock that is so small that most people have to crouch and crawl to enter it. It is an experience that is definitely not recommended for claustrophobics.

Inside the cave there is a small altar and another opening leading to the east. This opening is said to lead to a passageway through which St. Thomas fled from his pursuing assailants to St. Thomas Mount. This tunnel is not accessible to the public. The origin of the tunnel itself, is thought by some to be a miracle. Near the tunnel's entrance is a clearly visible palm print, considered to be that of St. Thomas himself.


Guindy National Park

Guindy National Park is one of India's smallest national parks and among the very few that are located within a metro. This park is situated near the Tamil Nadu Governor's bungalow. The park boasts of a wide variety of flora and fauna for its size. It has more than 24 varieties of trees, 14 varieties of shrubs, 14 types of mammals, and 37 varieties of birds.


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Katherine.4 years ago
really nice place....must visit in winter to explore the place really well.
 
 
 
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Ramakrishna.4 years ago
Chennai is a city of temples and you haven't mentioned many temples. Please do as it will help people who do not know much about the place.
 
 
 
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Lucina.4 years ago
nice description....please also suggest some small relatively unknown places of interest in Chennai
 
 
 
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