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Chennai City Information and Travel Guide

Chennai City Information

Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the fourth largest city in India and capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai has long sandy beaches and the climate is tropical with temperatures ranging from 26-35°C during the summer, and from 21-29°C in the winter.

Chennai is an established business hub and a vibrant cultural destination often called the “Gateway to the South”. This cosmopolitan city is the musical and cultural capital of India and is known for its classical dance shows, art centres, Kollywood movie industry as well as its temples and historic landmarks.
 
 
Essential Chennai
 

Parthasarathy Temple

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

 

Timings – Mon to Fri: 0600 to 1200 hrs & 1600 to 2100 hrs

 

Sat & Sun: 0600 to 1300 hrs & 1600 hrs to 2200 hrs Distance from the hotel – 12 km and approximately 30 min to reach

 

Ashtalakshmi Temple

Ashtalakshmi Temple is a highly revered shrine situated in Besant Nagar, on the shores of Bay of Bengal. The architecture of the temple is unique, with the deities installed in 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 separate shrine for the Ashtalakshmi forms of Goddess Lakshmi. Ashtalakshmi Temple has a shrine for the Dasavathars (the 10 incarnations) of Lord Vishnu.

 

 

Kapaleeshwarar Temple

Kapaleeshwarar Temple is located at the southern part of Kutcheri Road in south Mylapore, Chennai, is a holy relic dating back to 1250. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity of the Kapaleeswarar Temple. The architecture is a supreme example of ancient Dravidian style, with typical side entrances, gopurams, courts and a tank built around the central shrine.

 

Timings – 0600 to 1300 hrs & 1600 to 2000 hrs daily

 

Distance from the hotel – 9.5 km and 30 min to reach

 

 

Santhome Cathedral Basilica

Santhome Cathedral is a historical ancient pilgrim centre built during the period of the 14th to the 15th century A D by the Portuguese. The cathedral, near Chennai beach, got its name from St Thomas, the doubting discipline of Jesus Christ. A museum is located in the grounds nearby. Main attraction of the museum is a 16th century map of South Asia.

Santhome Cathedral is one of the prominent attractions in Chennai. People with Christian faith visits this place and attend the Mass.

 

Service Timings – 0615 to 2000 hrs

Museum Timings – 0900 to 2000 hrs

Entrance Fee – Nil

 

Distance from the hotel – 12 kms and 30 min to reach

 

Egmore Museum/Art Gallery

Government Museum, Chennai 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 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Commercial film/video shooting is not permitted.

 

Timings – 0930 hrs to 1700 hrs

(Closed on Fridays &National holidays)

Entrance Fee – Rs 15.00/- (Adults) & Rs 10.00/- (Children below 12 yrs)

Camera Fee – Rs 200.00/- & Video Camera – Rs 500.00/-

 

Distance from the hotel –12 kms an approximately 30 min to reach

 

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 – 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs (Closed on Fridays)

Entrance Fee – Indian National – Rs. 5.00/- & Other National – Rs 100.00/-

(No entry fee for children up to 15 yrs.)

Distance from the hotel – 15 kms and approximately 30 min to reach

 

 

Chennai Retail

 

  • T Nagar
  • Khadar Nawaaz Khan Road
  • Express Avenue Mall
  • Phoenix Market City
 


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