- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Travel to Chennai, India
If tourists prefer an educational tour, then Chennai would be one of the places that they should consider visiting. Besides being the fourth largest city in India in terms of the number of people who reside in it, Chennai is also considered as the cultural capital since it has the most interesting and deep stories with regards to the history and tradition that make up the area.
The city is also regarded as the one which makes India truly a culturally diverse country despite its national unity. Within its 350 years of existence, Chennai has become a city of many activities, majority of these pertaining to financial matters. The city is also very open to many developments, regardless of these being technological or agricultural, as long as the people in the area will not experience famine. Still, they were able to preserve their attractive spots, mainly because they do not forget to prioritize it while pursuing other endeavors.
What makes Chennai a good place to visit is that it is situated near the beautiful Bay of Bengal, which was the main trading port of the British people who had ruled the area before. In the area is also one of the best features of Chennai – the Marina Beach. Regarded as the second longest beach worldwide, this beach offers more than just that. With its clear waters connected to the white sands become a golden view during the evenings.
Things to see in Chennai
Fort St George
Named after England's patron saint, this fort was built in 1644 and was the first bastion of power for the British East India Company and the oldest British construction in the country. The sprawling compound houses the State Legislature and Secretariat. The Fort Museum contains assorted relics from the British Raj, including weaponry, silverware, portraits and military uniforms, as well as Indian antiquities, porcelain and silverware.
Named after King George V, George Town has long been the historical and also commercial hub of the city. Along Popham's Broadway are the beautiful Armenian Church (1772) and Wesleyan Church (1820). Chennai’s longest road, Mint Street, starts near Central Railway Station and threads 4km (2 miles) towards Vallalar Nagar. Also look out for the High Court Buildings and Old Lighthouse Tower.
Government Museum and National Art Gallery
Constructed as part of the 18th-century Pantheon Complex, the Government Museum is housed in one of the finest colonial buildings in the subcontinent. The museum displays the state’s archaeological collection, including impressive galleries of South Indian Buddhist and Hindu stone sculptures and bronzes, plus displays on natural history, and anthropology. Also in the complex are the Connemara Public Library and National Art Gallery.
Steeped in mythology, the striking 30m-high (120ft) gopuram tower of this ancient Dravidian temple dominates the street. Said to be founded in the 7th century, its oldest inscriptions date to AD1250. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, 63 Shaivite saints adorn the courtyard – the only area non-Hindus are permitted to enter.
Guindy National Park
Adjacent to Raj Bhavan, this forest reserve is home hundreds of native species, including rare black buck, spotted deer, jackals, mongoose, snakes, geckos, plus over 60 types of butterfly and 100 species of bird, including parakeets, kingfishers and lapwings. It’s nature trails and lakes are great for getting away from the noise and chaos of urban India for a few hours.
High Court Building
Built in 1892, this red Indo-Saracenic structure is one of Chennai's main landmarks. The world’s second largest judicial building after the Courts of London, it remains a working court, with Madras Law College in the same complex. Thronging with lawyers, students and defendants, tours and courtroom visits are available through the registrar.