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Landmarks in Chennai – A Vibrant City to Explore

Beautiful Chennai is the quintessential South Indian city; a bustling, busy precinct of colonial splendour, religious artefacts and gorgeous sunny oases of beach, framing the Indian Ocean.


Marina Beach

This is the world's second longest 'natural' beach on the globe; Marina Beach stretches a total of 13 kilometres from the St George Fort to Mahabalipuram. The beautiful sandy stretch is loved by locals and tourists and is always a hive of activity. The ideal precinct for not only enjoying loads of golden sunshine but for observing local behaviour, this beach is a hub for leisurely cricket matches, impromptu fish markets, children flying kites and even wandering fortune tellers, who will predict your future right there on the beach.


Fort St George

This is India's first fortress; it was founded, in 1644 by the British East India Company. Culture buffs should not miss a chance to explore this beautiful precinct; home to a number of vintage relics. Within easy reach of the Chennai property of Turyaa Hotels, the fortress has within its folds a vintage Anglican Church - St Mary's, an interesting museum which displays a number of colonial time British artefacts and antiques, as well as, the Wellesley House. The fort is one of the city's most iconic landmarks and is found on Rajaji Salai Road, within close proximity to 5 star hotels in Chennai.


Broken Bridge

Broken Bridge is just that, a broken bridge. The iconic landmark was built to link Santhome Beach to Elliot Beach, thus allowing fishermen to cross via rickshaws and bicycles. The bridge, however, collapsed in 1977, as a result of strong river currents, and has never been repaired. Overlooking the scenic Adyar Estuary, the bridge is a popular 'shooting' spot for Tamil filmmakers, as well children who love playing in the precinct. Plan your visit in time to catch the sunrise or sunset and you won't be disappointed.


The Senate House

The Senate House is cherished for its clever architectural design, owed to Robert Fellowes Chisholm, genius architect. The building is considered one of the most beautiful in Chennai, consisting of two towers and domes, exuberating earthy tones. Culture buffs will be fascinated by the complex which is considered one of the best examples of Indo-Saracen features, well amalgamated with Byzantine architectural styles. Erected on six stone pillars, the huge inner hall is its most prominent feature, while the six porches constructed from brick and limestone are quite impressive.


The Madras High Court

Located close to Marina Beach and St George Fort, this is undoubtedly the most iconic of all landmarks in Chennai. A must visit, and popular tourist destination, this courthouse is one of the three, built during the reign of Queen Victoria in the 19th century when India was still under British rule. It is also deemed the world's second largest Court House. Designed and constructed in 1862, by popular architect Henry Irwin, this complex too is a fine example of Indo-Saracen architecture styles. There are domed ceilings and stained glass doors as well as vintage style corridors to admire.

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