Chennai Cultural & Religious Hotspots

Cultural and Religious Places to Visit near Chennai

The Kapaleeshwarar Temple dedicated to Indian Lord Shiva, this temple was rebuilt at the centre of Mylapore on Kutcheri Road, a bustling neighbourhood in Chennai.  The Kapaleeshwarar Temple, which is over 300 years old, is one of the most iconic places of worship for South Indian Hindus and a very important symbol of the majestic Pallava style of architecture in the city.

Operational hours: 6:00 am – 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Operational days: Open all days of the week

Distance from Park Hyatt Chennai: 9.8 kilometres


Parthasarathy Temple is an 8th century Hindu Vaishnavite temple dedicated to Lord Krishna in Chennai.  It is considered one of the 108 divyadesams or holy abodes of Lord Vishnu.  The name 'Parthasarathy’ means the 'charioteer of Arjuna', in Sanskrit and Lord Krishna is worshipped in that role in this temple.


Operational hours: 6:00 am –12:00 pm & 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Monday to Friday

6:00 am –1:00 pm & 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday

Distance from Park Hyatt Chennai: 12 kilometres


Ashtalakshmi Temple is a highly revered shrine situated in Besant Nagar, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal.  The architecture of the temple is unique, with the deities installed on four levels.  It looks different than the other South Indian temples as it a modern construction, less than 25 years old. The temple enshrines Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth and Lord Vishnu as the principal deities.  The temple has a separate shrine for the Ashtalakshmi forms of Goddess Lakshmi.  Ashtalakshmi Temple has a shrine for the Dasavathars (the 10 incarnations) of Lord Vishnu.


Operational hours: 6:30 am – 12:00 pm & 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Distance from Park Hyatt Chennai: 10 kilometres 


The Santhome Basilica is a historical ancient pilgrimage centre built during the 14th and 15th century AD by the Portuguese.  It is one of only three basilicas in the world and is built over the tomb of St. Thomas.  Renovated in the early 1970s, this Basilica draws huge crowds.  It is home to a beautiful stained glass window that portrays the story of St. Thomas and the central hall has 14 wooden plaques depicting scenes from the last days of Christ.

Service hours: 6:15 am – 8:00 pm

Museum operational hours: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Distance from the hotel: 12 kilometres approximately


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