Sun, sand, and sea – that’s probably what you expect when you move to Chennai. And you’re right because those are some of the quintessential qualities of the city. But this is a place that has a whole lot more to offer. Of course, there are some incredible beaches but at the same time there are several museums, parks, temples and cafes in Chennai that you need to check out. And that’s why we’ve brought you a list of the most awesome places in Chennai for you to hang out:
If you’re a north Indian, this is THE place for you to visit so that you can stop thinking of South India as one jumbled picture. Located thirty minutes outside the city, Dakshinachitra is well worth a day trip. It contains eighteen traditional houses that narrate the culture and diversity of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. A great place for you to increase your knowledge and immerse yourself in the culture of the southern states.
This is considered to be the cultural hub of Chennai despite being over 1500 years old. And the reason is simple. It’s home to some of the most historic temples, authentic south Indian eateries, and sprawling beaches. The ultimate destination for a day out with your roommates.
Thousand Lights Mosque
If you’re looking for some spiritual revival, the Thousand Lights Mosque is one that you definitely need to visit. Over two hundred years old, this medieval marvel gets its name from the thousand lights that were required to light it up when it was built in 1810.
Guindy National Park
Who said Chennai is all about beaches? There’s some incredible greenery on offer too if you head to Guindy national park. The perfect getaway from the crowded city, you’ll want to bring your camera with you to capture photographs of the park’s 100+ species of birds, mammals, and reptiles.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is an architectural gem that was rebuilt after Portuguese colonists destroyed the original temple. Featuring a medley of Dravidian and Vijayanagara style architecture, you’ll marvel at the sights here. Head there in your traditional finery so that you can capture some great slo-mo reels for your Instagram.
Connemara Public Library
Book lovers, assemble! It’s not always that public libraries manage to find their places on lists like these. But the collection at CPL is not one that you should miss if you’re a bibliophile. You can easily spend hours lost among the stacks here and it’s sure to end up as one of your favourite spots in the city if you’re a bookworm.
MGR Film City
Why only watch South Indian action movies on screen when you can watch them in action? Head to the MGR Film City where you can visit popular sets and even catch a glimpse of some famous faces if you’re lucky. A great place to hang out with your friends.
BM Birla Planetarium
It’s not often that you get the chance to stargaze in big cities. But the Birla Planetarium will give you a chance to do just that. Sign up for a virtual tour or a cosmic tour and gaze at the marvels of the universe. Make sure you also check out some of the state-of-the-art galleries that are on display here.
Although we started off by telling you that there’s more to this city than beaches, we can’t have a list of places to visit in Chennai without including its most famous beach. Marina beach is the longest beach in India and the ideal place to chill with your friends. The sunrise and sunset views are absolutely stunning, and you can enjoy some delicious seafood while you’re there. The ideal spot to relax or even enjoy some watersports with your buddies.
So, here are some of the best places to visit in Chennai and enjoy with your friends. We hope you check out some of these spots and have a great time.