Best Places to Visit in Chennai | Things to Do and Tourist Destinations


Chennai Lighthouse


Chennai light house is located near marina beach.This is the one and only light house in India which is within city limits and with elevator. The light house was built in 1976 and was opened in 1977. After the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, the light house was closed for years and it was re-opened in 2013. It uses solar energy for functioning. It is triangular in shape with 11 stories totaling a height of 57 meters from sea level.

Guindy National Park

Guindy National Park

Guindy national park is the 8th smallest national park of India situated in Chennai city. Spotted deers, Jackals, tortoises, black bucks, snakes, geckos, crocodiles etc.. are seen here. More than 7 lakh people visit every year. The park is governed by Tamil Nadu Forest Department. It shares its borders with Raj Bhavan and IIT Madras.

Phoenix Marketcity

phoenix mall

The Phoenix Marketcity is a shopping mall developed by Phoenix Mills Limited which was opened in 2013. More than 250 stores and services are open in the mall. This mall houses Chennai's first IMAX screen. Luxe cinemas is the movie theater in the mall. This is one of the largest shopping malls in Chennai.

St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica


St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica is also known as San Thome Church or International Shrine of Saint Thomas, which was built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century. The Church was built over the tomb of Saint Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. It was rebuilt by the British in 1893. This is one of the three churches in the world built over the tomb of disciples of Jesus.

Chennai Rail Museum

rail museum

Chennai Rail Museum is a railway museum located near Perambur which was opened in April 2002. The museum exhibits a good number of trains which were used during the British rule and other trains designed in Integral Coach Factory. Toy train rides, Coach themed restaurant and a small theater which shows films on Indian railways are other key attractions in the museum.

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