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Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Also known as the ‘Detroit of India’, Chennai is among the most outstanding metropolitan cities of the country. It wouldn’t be wrong to call Chennai a melting point of distinguished traditions, lifestyles, heritage and cultures. Every aspect of this city, be it the music, cuisine, architecture or customs, is worth exploring. This place is not only an amazing tourist spot but is also a great adventure destination.

Be a Beach Nomad

The coastal town of Chennai offers a plethora of beaches to choose from. The most popular among the lot is Marina Beach, the second largest beach in the world. A visit to Marina Beach is a must, while in Chennai. You can also visit Elliot’s Beach, Covelong or Thiruvanmiyur Beach, Mahabalipuram beach.

Stretching over 13 Kilometers, Marina Beach is unquestionably the “Pride of Chennai”, located almost 5 Kilometers from Chennai City Center. This white sand beach is considered as the most frequented and clean beaches in India.

Named after the British era Governor of Chennai, Edward Elliot, the Elliot’s Beach is the second most popular beach in Chennai. It remains less crowded as compared to Marina Beach. If you want to escape the city life for sometime, this beach is a must visit!

The popular port town, Mahabalipuram is renowned for its stone temples and carvings. This town of Pallavas is now being classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Mahabalipuram is home to a beautiful golden sand beach with rock cut sculptures, the Mahabalipuram beach. While at this beach, you can indulge in various water sports such as diving, wind surfing and motor boating or visit other famous tourist attractions such as Crocodile Bank, snake venom extracting center and School of Art and Sculpture.

Drive around the city and choose one that appeals you the most!

Go Boating in the Covelong region

For all those who wish to get into the azure waters and carried away with the mild breeze, must go on boating adventure in Chennai. The city is home to amazing lakes, ocean fronts, rivers and shorelines, thereby offering sufficient boating destinations. For this, you need to visit Covelong, Pichavaram and Muttukadu regions. One of the most famous facility providers is Muttukadu Boat House off the East Coast Road. This place offers options such as speed boats, pedal boats, aqua scooters, row boats and many more.

Climb some hills in Kambakkam

While some might want to get into the water, others might want to climb some hills. Rock climbing is rated as one of the most enthralling adventure sports in Chennai, by the tourists. Not only the natural settings, Chennai also has institutes and clubs which offer stunning rock climbing experience. Located at a distance of 100 kilometers from the city, Kambakkam is among the best places to go rock climbing.

Explore some amazing Scuba Diving spots

Chennai has a beautiful uninterrupted shoreline, offering ample opportunities to the visitors for exploring the world under water. The transparent water fascinates the scuba diving buffs to take a dive and explore the alluring beauty of this coastal city’s marine enchanters. Among all other scuba diving spots in Chennai, the Covelong Beach is most famous one. This place offers clear shallow water and a relatively even floor.

Witness Chennai’s culture at Kapaleeswarar temple

Devoted to Lord Shive, the Kapaleeswarar temple is the most renowned temple in Chennai. The temple is located in the old area of the city, Mylapore and it is believed that offering prayers here can cure the visitor of any disease. The narrow streets around the temple are home to a numerous small shops offering items like lamps, flowers, brassware and much more to the devotees. This place is an ideal one for witnessing Chennai’s culture Vis a viz its tradition.

FYI: The temple is open from 5.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Savor some tasty free sweets at Grand Sweets

With numerous branches all over Chennai, The Grand Sweets offers the best sweets in the city. If you are in town, make sure to visit the original Grand sweets in Adyar. The shop was established by a man named Natarajan, who initiated a daily tradition of offering sweets to God during “puja” and then distributing the same to the customers for free. This tradition continues till date and if you want your free share, visit the shop early evening!