Chennai's top 10 must-visit tourist attractions

Oct 4, 2023

By: Shagun Chaudhary and Ayush Mehrotra

Marina Beach

Stretching for 13 kilometers along the Bay of Bengal, Marina Beach is one of the longest urban beaches in the world. Stroll along the sandy shores, enjoy the sea breeze, and savor local street food.

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Kapaleeshwarar Temple

This ancient Dravidian-style temple, located in Mylapore, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is renowned for its stunning gopurams (towering gateways) adorned with intricate sculptures.

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Fort St. George

The historic Fort St. George, built by the British in 1644, houses the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and Secretariat. Explore its museum to learn about Chennai's colonial past.

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San Thome Basilica

This Gothic-style Roman Catholic basilica is built over the tomb of St. Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. The church's stunning architecture and serene ambiance make it a peaceful retreat.

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Government Museum and National Art Gallery

Located in the heart of the city, this museum houses an impressive collection of art, archaeology, and history. Don't miss the Bronze Gallery and the ancient artifacts on display.

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Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Also known as Vandalur Zoo, this sprawling wildlife park is home to a wide variety of animals, birds, and reptiles. It's a great place for a family day out.

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Valluvar Kottam

Valluvar Kottam is a memorial dedicated to the renowned Tamil poet and philosopher, Thiruvalluvar. The monument's architecture is shaped like a chariot and houses a massive stone inscribed with his verses.

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Guindy National Park

Located in the heart of the city, this protected area is home to diverse flora and fauna. It offers a peaceful escape from the urban hustle and bustle.

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DakshinaChitra

Located on the East Coast Road, DakshinaChitra is a cultural heritage center that showcases the art, architecture, and lifestyle of South India through well-preserved traditional houses and exhibits.

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Parthasarathy Temple

This historic temple in Triplicane is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is one of the oldest in Chennai. The temple's architecture and spiritual significance make it a must-visit.

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