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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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Must-Visit Tourist Attractions in Chennai

Chennai is one of the most prominent cultural hotspots in India, and has a lot to offer, from beautiful beaches to captivating temples and memorable museums.


Marina Beach

This is one of Chennai's most reputed attractions and is the second longest beach in the world. Due to its size a variety of activities take place here, including a wide range of water-sports such as fishing and wind-surfing. There are also beach-bound games such as volley-ball that take place in pockets scattered throughout the beach. The beach is an interesting place since it attracts the wealthiest of Chennai's as well as the city's least privileged. If you're staying at a nearby serviced apartment in Chennai with many to choose from such as Somerset Greenways Chennai, you should definitely visit this renowned stretch of beach.


Semmozhi Punga

A park like no other, this green space is bound to take your breath away. Once the metropolitan madness starts to take its toll, the beautifully designed environments of this park, consisting of luxuriant gardens, and stunning landscapes are sure to provide much-needed mental Zen. All of the botanical components of the park are quite significant with certain trees being more than a hundred years old. There are also a variety of medicinal plants that grow within the park, as well as ones that provide wonderful aromas. With play structures for children, seating for the elderly and long winding walkways for those looking for some exercise.


Arignar Anna Zoological Park

For a truly fulfilling experience, you can visit a massive zoo and a historic monument at the same time. This is India's first ever zoo and was built in 1855 within the Moor market, and later moved to a newer location in Vandalur during 1976. The park contains almost two hundred species of wild-life, including tigers, hyenas, and elephants. You can travel across the entire expanse of the park on foot, with the option of taking an electronic vehicle. Among the other attractions are lion safaris and elephant rides.


Pulicat Lake

This is widely regarded as one of the most essential places to experience if you're in Chennai, and has a truly serene environment. Once you reach the lake, a boat ride is crucial, where you can lose yourself in the aquatic embrace of the lake, or even do some fishing. The lake is also an ideal location to carry out some bird-watching, and there's even a bird sanctuary located right next to it. Among the rare bird species, there's also the ruins of a 17th century colonial fort.


Kapaleeswarar Temple

This is one of the oldest temples in the city, and is so old that the architect remains a mystery. It is widely believed that the temple was built by the Pallava Kings, who lived during the 7th century. Some have said that although such a temple was built, it was subsequently destroyed by the Portuguese and the current one was constructed in the 16th century. The Dravidian architecture of the temple is mesmerising and it is truly a sight to behold. Be sure not to miss it if you happen to visit Chennai.

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