Chennai is the wonderful capital city of Tamil Nadu with long sandy beaches, parks, landmarks of history, rivers, temples, churches, mosques, zoo, dance and drama theaters along with conducive infrastructural facilities and nature parks. A day out in Chennai is an utterly blissful experience owing to the splendid and varied places in the city. Listed below are some of the most amazing places for a day out, if you happen to be in Chennai.
1. Fort St. George
Fort St. George is an important historical landmark in Chennai. It can boast of being the first British settlement and was occupied by French for some time. The Fort Museum houses the fine collections of original writings of the various personalities who made Chennai’s history for around 100 years. Portraits of past governors, painting of the storming of Srirangapatna and scenes of earlier Chennai adorn walls. It is a must visit for a day out in Chennai.
Visiting Hours: 9 am to 5 pm ( Friday closed)
2. Elliot’s Beach
Former governors used to go for sea bathing at Elliot’s beach. Mostly Tamil movies are shot on the Schidt’s Memorial on the shore washed by the waves. The major highlights nearby are a modern temple and a church.
Timings: All Day
3. Marina Beach
Whether you are a tourist or a local and wish to spend a day out in Chennai, you can certainly not miss out on Marina beach, a long stretch of sandy beach. It is the second longest in the world. You can have a fabulous ride along the Marina.
Timings : All day
4. MGM Dizzee World
A brilliant amusement park, on the East coast road, this is a complete entertaining day out in Chennai for all age groups. With various thrilling rides, wave pool , water slides and an amphi-theatre for performances, everyone can have a great time here.
Timings : 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (Monday – Saturday) 10:30 am to 7:30 pm (On Holidays)
5. St. Mary’s Church
St. Mary’s Church is the oldest Anglican Church in Chennai. It is built inside the fort and it has lots of mementoes of men who made the history of early Madras along with tombs of various ages.
6. Arignar Anna Zoological Park
A lovely and green zoological park that is just 35 kms away from the main city. This is a place to go with friends, family and the kids. The sprawling grounds of the zoo here has more than 1500 wild life species , even some endangered ones.
Timings: 9am to 5pm (Tuesdays closed)
7. Madras Crocodile Bank
Never can you see so many crocodiles at one place. Madras Crocodile Bank would surely delight you as well as your kids. Don’t miss out on this place if you are for a day out in Chennai as along with crocodiles you can also see sea turtles and some huge snakes here.
Timings: 8.30am to 5.30pm (Monday closed)
8. Guindy National Park and Snake Park
One and only national park in the middle of a city this is a must visit place while on a day out in Chennai with kids. One can see spotted deer, blackbucks, tortoise and much more along with various birds. The snake park houses many reptiles including huge pythons and birds too.
Timings: 9am to 5.30pm
9. Dakshina Chitra
Visit this place with kids and family if you want them to be familiarized to the South Indian culture of bygone times. Dakshina Chitra meaning ‘a picture of the south’, a tiny small village has been refashioned with replicas of old-style South Indian abodes of 19th and 20th centuries. View artifacts made by local artisans and also get to know the customs and lifestyles of Southern Indian communities.
Timings: 10am to 6pm (Tuesday closed)
10. Cholamandal Artist Village
This artistes’ kibbutz is a place where all resident painters and sculptors display their creations to the visitors. Situated in Injambakkam village near Chennai, Cholamandal houses two galleries, a book shop, one open-air theatre, and a craft shop. An ideal and serene day out destination for all art and craft lovers.
Timings: 9am to 6.30pm
11. Birla Planetarium
Birla Planetarium is a part of Periyar Science and Technology Museum. One can see audio-visual programs on astronomy and also Solar System, Sky and Seasons, Cycle of Stars, Comets and Man on the Moon exhibits here. This is a special place of interest to the youngsters.
Timings: 10 am to 5:45 pm
12. Victoria Memorial
Victoria Memorial is one of the places you cannot just skip when you are spending a day out in Chennai. It houses the National Art Gallery. This memorial is a beautiful building of the Mughal style given a Madras touch.
Timings: 10am to 5pm
13. Semmozhi Poonga
A perfect day out in Chennai with family and friends, this 20 acre botanical park exotic and rare flora and fauna. The park also has a water body, a rock garden, theme gardens and a lovely butterfly garden.
Timing : 10am to 5pm (Tuesday closed)
14. Government Museum
Government museum is the first government sponsored museum of India. It has the most beautiful and antique bronze collection of international repute, numismatic and arms collection with various departments.
Timings: 9am to 5pm (Friday Closed)
15. Kapaleeshwar Temple
It is a very interesting temple with great architecture. You just cannot fail to visit this temple if you are visiting Chennai.
Timings: 5.30am to 12pm and 5pm to 9pm
16. Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
The peaceful abode of the great saint Sai Baba would surely entice you to visit here. You should certainly visit this temple if you are a loyal Sai Baba worshipper.
Timings: 6.30 am to 11.30 am and 5 pm to 9 pm
17. San Thome Church
It is a landmark church you ought to visit when you are at Chennai. It is a famous historical site too. It has the relic of St Thomas and is easily reachable.
Timing: 6am to 8pm
18. Sri Parthasarathy Temple
This is the oldest temple and that makes it such an attraction for all. It has unique idols and you can walk from Marina beach to this temple.
Timings: 4am to11.30pm
19. Vadapalani Murugan Temple
The best devotional temple in Chennai and the most famous temple is Vadapalani Murugan Temple. Include this in your itinerary whenever you plan to spend a lovely day out in Chennai.
Timings: 5.30am to 9pm
20. Ripon Buildings
Fondly called as the White House of Chennai, Ripon Buildings is nearly 102 years old. It has been built of brick and chunnam with little stone and has been surmounted by a graceful tower with a big clock resembling London’s Big Ben. It looks like a wonderland on full moon nights.
Timings: All Day
Apart from the places listed above, there are a number of temples that you can visit while you are on a day out in Chennai. There are awesome beaches with water sports and children parks too a little away from Chennai. Also there are some splendid fine dining and night out places in Chennai for people of all age gropus.
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