Things to Do in Chennai (Madras)

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Marina Beach

Marina beach is a popular urban beach within Bengal Bay in city of Chennai. The coastline stretches for 6.45 km making it one of world's longest beaches.

Kapaleeshwar Temple

Kapaleeshwarar Temple is the shrine of Lord Shiva located in Chennai city. The temple is believed to be one of the oldest, as well as most sacred places in Chennai. It dates back to 7th century and features a Dravidian architectural style.

Besant Nagar Beach

Besant Nagar Beach also known as Edward Elliot's Beach is located in Besant Nagar district of Chennai (Madras) city. It comprises the southern end of the Marina Beach shore. The Beach bears the name of the district it is located in as well as a local policeman and chief magistrate, Edward Elliot.


Madras Crocodile Bank is a reptile zoo and herpetology research center in India. It is located 40 kilometers south to Chennai or Madras city. The zoo is home to 2,483 animals, including 14 crocodile species, 10 turtle species, 3 snakes species, as well as 1 species of lizard.

San Thome Church

San Thome Basilica is a Roman Catholic church in Chennai or Madras city. The Portuguese colony of the city constructed the church back in 16th century over Saint Thomas's tomb, one of Jesus's apostles. The Basilica features a Neo-Gothic architectural style.

T Nagar, Ranganathan Street

Ranganathan Street is a roadside flea market and premier shopping street of Chennai. It starts on the Usman Road and stretches all the way to Mambalam train station. Ranganathan is also the most noisy, crowded and chaotic street in the city.

Express Avenue Mall

Express Avenue is the premier indoor shopping mall of Chennai city. It houses a large number of shops and the biggest gaming arcade in South India. The huge four floor mall also houses several offices and a hotel. 26 lifts, 34 escalators and 4 travelators serve the building.

Sri Parthasarathy Temple

Parthasarathy Temple is a Hindu temple in Chennai dedicated to the Krishna god. It is one of the oldest structures in Chennai. The temple dates back to 8th-century. The temple houses icons of five forms of Vishnu: Narasimha, Rama, Gajendra Varadaraja, Ranganatha and Krishna.

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is a Hindu temple honoring Indian spiritual master and saint Sai Baba. The temple is located in the neighborhood of Mylapore in Chennai (Madras) city. It was built in 1952 and is regarded as the most trusted temple in India.

Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam

Venkateswara Temple is a famous iconic Vaishnavite temple in Tirumala town of India. The Temple honors Lord Sri Venkateswara, an incarnation of Vishnu. The temple is the richest temple all over the world for the donations it has received. It is a very popular pilgrimage destination, making it the most visited holy place in the world.


Mylapore is a neighborhood in Chennai or Madras city, the religious and cultural center of the city. It is one the oldest residential part of Chennai also famous as Thirumayilai.

Vadapalani Murugan Temple

Vadapalani Murugan Temple is a Hindu temple in Vadapalani, Chennai city honoring Lord Muruga. It is one of the most popular temples of Chennai. The history of the temple's construction dates back to about 125 years ago. It's a very popular marriage spot with around 7000 marriages conducted here annually.

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