Sightseeing in Chennai

Sightseeing & Attractions in Chennai

Sightseeing in Chennai is packed with a wide vista of culture and a range of engaging activities, giving you a chance to reclaim yourself. Instilled within the tapestry of ancient art and South Indian culture, the list of places to visit in Chennai is detailed and will never cease to amaze you.


Nestled within a city that abuts the ocean and pays homage to the history of Indian civilization, Park Hyatt Chennai offers proximity to a wide range of offsite activities. The kaleidoscope of stunning temples that dot the intricate by-lanes of the city echo the folklore of the grand old Tamilian history. This evolving cosmopolitan city is a medley of time-honoured monuments contrasted with a contemporary cityscape. The rising skyline of newer establishments housing some of the most notable multi-national companies just indicate how seamless this juxtaposition of modern and ancient has been here. This has imparted a remarkable character to this city of Chennai that has seamlessly moved on from an erstwhile Madras.

 

Marina Beach is one of the longest beaches in the world and is popular among Chennaites and tourists alike for its golden sand and fair-like ambience in the evenings. Some beautiful buildings, such as the University of Madras, the Senate-House, Chepauk Palace, several statues of Tamil scholars and impressive sculptures dot the beach road.

 

Distance from Park Hyatt Chennai: 11.6 kilometres

 

Guindy National Park is located in the south-western corner of Chennai and covers an area of 270 hectares. It is the last surviving habitat of the Tropical Dry Evergreen forest type of the Coromandel coast. It includes beautiful forests, scrublands, lakes and streams.

 

Distance from Park Hyatt Chennai: 4.7 kilometres 

 

Madras Crocodile Park Trust and Centre for Herpetology (MCBT) is a reptile zoo and herpetology research station, located south of the city of Chennai.

 

Distance from Park Hyatt Chennai: 32 kilometres

 

Elliots Beach is one of the cleanest beaches in the city of Chennai. It is located towards the south of Marina Beach and is an extremely calm and tranquil place. 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. There are many restaurants lined near the beach for a good meal.

 

Distance from Park Hyatt Chennai: 10 kilometres

 

Egmore Museum/Art Gallery is a multi-purpose State Government Museum located in Egmore, which is the heart of the city, spreading to an area of 16.25 acres of land. Six independent buildings in this Museum campus have 46 galleries.

 

Tickets are issued at the Main Entrance and at the Contemporary Art Gallery from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Commercial film/video shooting is not permitted.

Timings: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

(Closed on Fridays & National holidays)

 

Distance from Park Hyatt Chennai: 12 kilometres

 

Fort St. George The antiquities are displayed in ten galleries spread over three floors. An imposing marble statue of Lord Cornwallis (1738-1805) greets the visitors. The lobby contains drawings showing the stages of constructions and renovations from 1640 onwards.

The Fort Museum exhibits the items of the British rule. This building was completed in 1795 and first housed the office of the Madras Bank. The hall upstairs was the Public Exchange Hall and served as a place for public meetings, lottery drawings and occasionally for entertainment. These relics are the reminder of the British rule in India. The objects on display in the museum are the weapons, coins, medals, uniforms and other artifacts from Britain, France and India dating back to the British period. The original letters written by Clive and Cornwallis make fascinating reading. One set of quaint period uniforms is displayed for viewing, as well. However, the piece de resistance is a large statue of Lord Cornwallis.

 

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

(Closed on Fridays)

 

Distance from Park Hyatt Chennai: 15 kilometres

 

Valluvar Kottam is the memorial to the poet-saint Tiruvalluvar.

The monument was constructed in 1976 in the memory of Thiruvalluvar, the classical Tamil poet and saint who wrote his famous Thirukkurals about 2,000 years before. All the 133 chapters of the Thirukkural which include 1330 verses are inscribed on bas-relief in the front hall corridors.

The construction of Valluvar Kottam is like a temple chariot, and it is a replica of the temple chariot in Thiruvarur. A life-size statue of the saint Thiruvalluvar stands atop the 39 meter high chariot. The auditorium of Valluvar Kottam can accommodate around 4,000 people.

 

Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

(Closed on Fridays & National Holidays)

 

Distance from Park Hyatt Chennai: 13 kilometres

 

Dakshina Chitra is a 10-acre plot along the East Coast Road (ECR), is one of the few spots of cultural activity that distinguish it from all other hotels, restaurants and places of interest along the same stretch of road. You can try your hand at pottery, pot painting, basket weaving and even palm leaf decorations.

The artisans and craftsmen can also be seen in action. Dakshina Chitra truly turns out to be a platform to encourage their dying crafts. They run special workshops where people can learn some of these activities. The course fee ranges between Rs. 250 and Rs. 300. These special courses are usually one-day affairs that come as a wholesome package inclusive of food (lunch) and raw materials needed for the particular art form. 

 

Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

(Closed on Tuesdays)

 

Distance from Park Hyatt Chennai: 13 kilometres

 

 

Please contact our concierge at 91 44 7177 1234 for further information, car rentals or to book for sightseeing tours.

 

 

 

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