Chennai previously known as Madras, is a 369 year old city and a capital of Tamil Nadu state in India. Chennai is famous for many things like Kollywood (Rajnikant) , IT hub, Visa Office, beaches, Cultural and heritage sites, Bharatanatyam etc. We visited Chennai during our visa stamping and had some time to roam around the city. While in Chennai we observed that this city really reflects and sticks to its culture but also having a very mixed population. Chennai is generally very humid place so summers can be really harsh there.
If you like Idli/Dosa, your taste buds will be really satisfied having great food there, although its little different than Karnataka version of Sambhar. Because we were there for just short time and had 1 day to spend, we visited below places while in Chennai:
This beach is must place to visit if you are visiting Chennai specially in summers. You can go there in evening and enjoy your family time there. The beach is not very clean although but in hot temperature like Chennai’s it really gives you good time in evening. There are plenty of local vendors for food and some rides horse also. So on the whole you should visit there for the long walk on beach and enjoy the view as this may not be very good beach if you are going for swimming purpose.
Mahabali Puram is very close to Chennai , I guess it took us half an hour to 45 minutes to Mahabali puram. It is known for its incredible architectural inventions. You will find old heritage temples and shrines in this city which are really an amazing specimen of Indian architecture. You can see the sites there like Shankaracharya Seer, Mahishasurmardini Caves, Shore Temple, Krishna Mandapam, Arjun’s Penance and Panch Rathas. You can find private tours/guided tours from tripadvisor etc sites but those are generally a day trip so we booked Ola to visit the place as due to limited time and he charged us some Rs. 500 approximately. All in all this is must visit below , check out the pics below:
Rock art at Mahabali Puram
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