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Top Things to Do in Chennai – Land of Tradition and Colour

Chennai is well known as a favoured shopping destination but it is also rife with historical temples and buildings that are well worth exploring.

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Browse the Cinemas

Taking movie night to a whole new level the Sathyam Cinema experience in Chennai is quite unforgettable. Bringing the world of contemporary movie magic to a wide range of audiences the Sathyam cinemas offer a multiplex theatre boasting 360 degree movie experiences. The setting exudes new age elegance promising a fabulous silver screen encounter.

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Kapaleeshwarar Temple

One of Tamil Nadu’s iconic temples the Kapaleeshwarar temple is located in Mylapore Chennai. It is a temple dedicated to the God Shiva and his wife Goddess Parvati. The Goddess is revered at this temple as Karpagambal meaning ‘Goddess of the wish yielding tree’. The temple was built in the 7th century and is dedicated to the worship of Shiva in the form of a peacock. In fact the Mylapore area is believed to have been established around the temple since Myil in Tamil means peacock. If you are a culture buff make it in time to observe one of the six daily rituals held there; wander around and admire the halls and many shrines dedicated to various gods.

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Parthasarathy Temple

This is another historical 8th century kovil or temple that is dedicated to the god Krishna; it is situated in Triplicane Chennai. The name Parthasarathy in ancient Sanskrit means ‘Charioteer of Arjun’ which was Krishna’s role according to the Mahabharata Chronicles. The temple showcases the 5 avatars adapted by Vishnu. Exploring this ancient building is quite a treat for within you will find 8th century inscriptions in Telugu and Tamil as well as intricate sculptures of Krishna. If you are considering exploring the cultural delights of Chennai consider the convenience of booking an apartment near Chennai CBD. Fully serviced apartment hotels offer the best in modern conveniences with all the freedom of an at home stay. Ideal for short or long term stays the reputed Chennai hotels offer a fully equipped kitchen, living space, laundry facilities and breakfast. Sitting quite centrally within the Chennai CBD is the Somerset Greenways Chennai.

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Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

The temple is dedicated to the Hindu saint Shirdi Sai Baba, built in 1952 the temple reflects the love and devotion of all Shirdi Sai Baba followers. It is believed that Sai Baba did not belong to a single faith and his main goal was to unite the religions of Hindu and Muslim. Either way visiting the temple during a pooja will help you observe and understand the preaching’s better.

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Kalikambal Temple

Dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kalikambal the temple is located in George Town Chennai. Originally established along the seashore the kovil was moved to its present location in 1640 AD.

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Vadapalani Andavar Temple

The temple is located in the namesake area of Vadapalani it is a kovil dedicated to the Lord Muruga. This temple is visited by India’s film stars giving rise to its popularity, having been renovated in the 1920’s. The temple is the venue for marriage ceremonies of over 7000 couples annually.