Chennai is located in the state of Tamil Nadu in India on the Bay of Bengal. The city was formerly a British military garrison and East India Company trading outpost, when it was called Madras. Chennai is a city adorning a multitude of colours, being a metro city in India, Chennai has moulded itself to a new cosmopolitan layer but has managed to retain its essence. Withe the best sightseeing tours in Chennai, it is all about is beautiful museums and temples, delectable and authentic South Indian delicacies and exploration of the lovely Marina Beach.
Chennai is frequented by many tourists throughout the year owing to its moderate sultry climate. Filled with the best sightseeing options in Chennai, the city acts as a gateway city to major tourists places of Rameshwaram or Pondicherry. The Government museum built during the colonial era is well equipped and well known for housing the Bronze Gallery, that contains an envious collection of South Indian bronzes belonging to the 7th Century. The Kapileswara Temple strikes a pretty imposing picture by adorning main architectural elements of a Tamil Nadu temple with a rainbow-coloured gopuram, pillared mandapas and a huge tank, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the state's most popular deity.
Chennai also houses beautiful churches, the most notable among them is the SanThome Cathedral which is a Roman Catholic cathedral located near the beach. The church was founded by the Portuguese in 1523, then later was rebuilt by the British in neo-Gothic style and is said to mark the final resting place of St Thomas the Apostle. St George Fort, Kalakshetra Foundation, Theosophical Society, Vivekananda House, Sri Ramakrishna Math and the Book Building are among other major tourist attractions in Chennai.
Santhome Church is a standing testament to the belief of the Christian followers and is among the three wonders of this world that house the tombs of Christ’s original disciple. The other two are Santiago de Compostela in Spain and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. It was constructed in the memory of Saint Thomas who was an Apostle of Jesus Christ. Santhome Church is the greatest symbol of multi-culture and religious harmony as people from all religions visit this Church to seek solace and eternal peace.This church was built initially as a mausoleum, but it has now transversed into a Basilica owing to it’s gaining popularity and importance. Beneath the towering white embodiment of this basilica lies the body of Saint Thomas who came to India in 52 AD to preach about Christianity. He was successful in converting a large population of the locals residing in Tamil Nadu and Kerala with his wisdom and powerful preaching. He thereafter formed a community that is now known as Syrian Christians. This church also houses a museum that displays souvenirs of Saint Thomas and gives visitors an insight into the glorious past of this church during the historical times.
Known popularly as a beautiful and alluring spot for picnickers in Vandalur, Arignar Anna Zoological Park happens to be one of the best places for exploring fauna and flora of this region. Calling on to adults and children for weekend getaways, Arignar Zoo gets a heavy influx of visitors each year. Located at an approximate distance of around 32 km from Chennai and spread across an average area of about 1260 acres, it is known as South East Asia’s largest zoo. Sheltering more than 138 species of creatures, Arignar Anna Zoological Park is a paradise for every nature and animal lover. This park houses umpteen varieties of animals, including mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, fishes, and butterflies. In addition, the place also has a small Jurassic Park that adds to overall excitement offered by the destination. Other special aspects of this park include a children’s park, a learning centre, and Elephant joy rides. Arignar Anna Zoological Park is frequently visited by photo fanatics, wildlife lovers, nature lovers, peace seekers, and experience seekers. The park provides its visitors the opportunities to go on safaris and watch the various animals closely. The park also houses a small library where children as well as adults can get to read and learn more regarding the habitat and living styles of the different animals living in this place. In addition to all these exciting experiences, visitors can also indulge in nature and wildlife photography during their visit to Arignar Anna Zoological Park.
Located on the East Coast Road in the Sholinganallur locality of South-Chennai, ISKCON Temple is the spiritual and cultural hub of the city. This temple in Chennai is not only the biggest Radha Krishna temple in Tamilnadu but one of the biggest ISKCON temples in India. With the history of the ISKCON temple in Chennai dating back to the late 1970s, the construction of the temple began in the late 1990s and was completed in 2012 in many phases. The temple houses the deity of Lord Krishna, alongside Radharani and their friends Lalita, Lord Chaitanya, Lord Jagannath, Baladeva, and Subhadra inside three teak-wood alters which are one of a kind. These deities are sourced from Rajasthan and Orissa. Under the guidance of Sri Bhanu Swami, the beautiful architecture is inspired by the Kalinga and Pallava kingdoms’ architecture. At the entrance of the temple, one would see the wonderful design of various Hindu universes on the marble flooring. The various universes are circled a central pillar called Mount Meru. The design is implicated from the ancient Vedic Puranas where Mount Meru is described as the centre of all the universes. The temple is a blend of various cultures with modern scientific technology. To attract more and more people in the ISKCON movement, the authorities of the temples organize lectures and audio-visual programs about the Hindu philosophy. Spread over an area of 1.5 acres, the ISKCON temple or the Hare Rama Hare Krishna temple is built on five floors.