Best Travel Guide To Chennai: Top Places to Visit in Chennai

The party city in South India, Yeah !!! it is  THE CHENNAI. Chennai known to be Madras in early days is the capital of Tamil Nadu.

Chennai is one of the Coastal city in the Bay of Bengal. Chennai is said to be one of the biggest cultural, economic and educational centers and shopping malls etc. Chennai the most popular city, famous fast-growing urban city in south India.

Chennai is also one of the most visited Indian cities by lots of foreign tourists. Chennai is ranked in the 43rd most visited place in India.

Chennai is one of the largest metropolitan city in India and it is said to the head place for all type the business in all domains. The culture and people are just fabulous, to have a great trip, Chennai is the best place.

There are places which blow your mind which you must visit in Chennai. It is said to be the best place for shopping from top to bottom.

The top 20 places to visit in Chennai are:


Marina beach, it has the real beach experience. Marina beach starts with the sunset and has an arcade atmosphere, with horse riding and fun games and fast food stalls.


The beach, which is the longest urban beach in India, it starts near Fort Saint George. It has a lot of statues and monuments from starting till the end of the beach.

It is the best place to hang out with people and friends. Thousands of people visit the beach daily. The lighthouse has also been opened for tourist.

You can see people doing yoga, playing games, working out, going for a jog etc and it is the best place to hang out with our friends and to play in the water.

2. Fort Saint George:

It belongs to the British East India Company, the Fort Saint George is now home to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and Secretariat.

It was built in 1653. The grand Saint Mary’s Church, which is one of the oldest surviving churches built by the British, and the Museum are the part of this fort.

Fort Saint George

The museum has a lot of verities of military memorabilia, relics, paintings, and artifacts from the old period on the display.

Some of the other places are Chettinad Palace, Palatial House, and Chepauk Palace.

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3. Mylapore:

The soul city of Chennai’s historic neighborhood is Mylapore. It is the oldest residential parts of the city, it was inhabited by Brahmins. It is filled with culture.

It has the most impressive temple, like the Kapaleeshwarar Temple dedicated to Lord
Shiva, which was built in the 17th century.


Other attractions include San Thome Cathedral, built by the Portuguese in the neo-Gothic style and the Ramakrishna Mutt Temple. One of the icons of Tamil literature, Thiruvalluvar was born in Mylapore.

4. Pondicherry- Beach/ party City:

Pondicherry is one of the most popular tourist destinations near Chennai. It is a big hangout place for everyone.

It is best for having weekend getaways from Chennai & Bangalore for a two-day visit. Pondicherry is in Coromandel Coast of Bay of Bengal.


The Territory of Puducherry has four coastal regions, they are Karaikal, Mahe, and Yanam and another one is Pondicherry. These coastal places are the best place to go for a long drive along the beach side.

5. Kanchipuram:


Kanchipuram has a rich history. It is one of the oldest cities in Tamil Nadu. The temples of Kanchipuram are known for their grand aura and it is known for its great architecture, on how it was built by the great kings.

The architecture of Kanchipuram monuments was trendsetting. It helped others to construct the buildings.

It has great sculpture work and it has a unique style. It has become a benchmark for South Indian architecture for all architects.

6. Mahabalipuram:


Mahabalipuram is the famous heritage place in Chennai. It is in Kanchipuram, which is famous for sarees. It is famous for its shore temples built by great kings.

Mahabalipuram is one of the must place to visit if we get into Chennai. it is declared as the world heritage site by UNESCO. It is also a great place for shopping.

It is off 190kms from Chennai. You can get to know about the ancient lifestyle of kings. The carvings on the wall illustrate the stories of the great Pallava kings, who ruled the place. You have to visit it, even if you get it to spend one day in Chennai.

7. Kanipakam-Pilgrimage:

Kanipakam is a village and it is one of the pilgrimage center located in Andhra Pradesh. It has one of the famous  Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple.


It is a big getaway place and it has a lot of green environment places. You can also go for trekking. It is near banks of Bahuda River.

The famous temple was built by King Chola’s and it has a lot of waterfalls around it.

8. Talakona Waterfall- Adventure / Trekking:

Talakona waterfall is the best greenery place to visit. It is located in between Chennai and Andhra. It has dense forest and you can go to the nearby park and play on the nearby lake.


You can get to see animals. You can also shop some forest product like rubber and some décor items. It will be so fresh to go for a picnic with family or with friends.

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9. Tirumala – Pilgrimage:

Tirumala is a huge heritage place and it has a huge temple which is built for Sri Balaji. It is also near to Chennai from 200 km. The cloth is also famous in Tirumala.

You can get to see all type of medical plants and other medical oils. You can visit the temple at dawn and in the twilight.


They conduct a huge function, which resembles a small festival. It takes time to reach the temple on the top of the hill, so you have to start your journey.

10. Vellore-Historical & Heritage:

Vellore is one of the popular and one of the oldest cities in the Southern part of India. It is located on the banks of Palar River. This is among the popular weekend getaways from Chennai. People can go for a  1-2 day tour.

It has major historical and heritage site. Since it has green valleys and waterfalls and handicrafts shopping center. You can also visit his place for its food.

This is also a great place to visit and the best hang out place with family.  You can go for a one day visit or for a picnic.

11. VGP Golden Beach:

This is also one of the best beaches and a great tourist place. It is near to Chennai. People can go to one day travel with family or friends.

This Beach resembles an Amusement Park which is developed by The Tourism and Entertainment Corridor.

It has the entertainment games like Giant Wheel, Break-dance, Zig-Zag and much more. It is the best place for kids as well as for game lovers.

12. Besant Nagar Beach:

It is also called Elliot’s beach. This is also a great place to hang out and it is one of the best places to visit in Chennai.


It is also the best place for couples it is near 100km to Chennai. You can play, jog and go for a walk with pets and play games.

13. Kapaleeshwarar-Temple:

The city of Chennai is home to some of the most famous temples in TN, Kapaleeshwarar Temple at Mylapore. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is a lovely place to visit.

Kapaleeshwarar templeIt is one of the must visit place in Chennai. You get to know about is architecture and the paintings did by ancient place. It is within 200kms from Chennai.

Some of the other temples are Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Parthasarathy Temple, Vadapalani Andavar Temple and Kalikambal Temple.


Government Museum and Chennai Rail Museum are two most famous museums in Chennai. It is rich in archaeological and numismatic collections. Madras Museum has the largest collection of Roman antiquities, it makes your mind blogging.

It is a great place to see the past culture, it is also the best place to visit and hang out. Some of the other places are Chennai Rail Museum, Madras Museum, and Birla Planetarium.

15. Santhome_Basilica church:

St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica Church is a pilgrimage center in India. San Thome Basilica is known for its great architectural style.

Santhome basilica Church

It is said to be the one of five Basilica in TN. It is a holy place for all Christians. The place is usually crowded during weekends. The view is just stunning.

You can also visit St. Thomas Shrine, San Thome Basilica, Annai Vailankanni Shrine and St Andrew’s Church. It is within 100kms from Chennai.

16. Madras_War_Memorial:

You can find a lot of memorials constructed in Chennai. Some of them are  Victory War Memorial, Madras War Cemetery and Rajiv Gandhi Memorial are only a few.

Madras war memorial
You can find MGR memorial structure built on the Marina beach. They were built in the remembrance of them and it also denotes their contribution in this society.

You can also visit Victory War Memorial, MGR Memorial, Anna Memorial, Madras War Cemetery, Rajiv Gandhi Memorial.


Valluvar Kottam is a temple chariot. It is constructed to all the classical Tamil poet. It is one of the popular monument in Chennai.

It is within 100kms to 150 km’s from Chennai. You can also visit Kannagi Statue, Labour or Triumph, and Napier Bridge.

18. Water World:

We love playing in the water, right. You can visit the best water parks in Chennai. Queens Land is one of the theme parks in Poonamallee is a theme and amusement park. It is 100kms from Chennai.

There a lot of slides and games. You can hang out with friends and with your closed ones or with family. It is one the most visited place in Chennai.

Water world
You can also visit places like MGM Dizzee World, Kishkinta Theme Park, and Urban Parks.

Semmozhi Poonga is a botanical garden in Chennai. You can see the popular exotic flora and rare plant species. The garden has an artificial duck pond, fountain light and different varieties of flowers.

It is also the best place for couples and you can go for a picnic with the family. It is a soothing place to visit on. Some of the other parks Annie Besant Park and Anna Nagar Tower Park.

19. Chennai_High_Court:

You might have it in all news and movies, it is a famous place to visit in Chennai. These historical buildings are an exquisite example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture of olden days.

It is a place you should visit in one day. Some of the other places are Madras High Court, Connemara Public Library, Southern Railway Headquarters and Chennai Central Railway Station which describes Chennai.

20. Lakes:

Lake awesome place where you can go for a ride and the best place to go for a family picnic and for a couple.

Chembarambakkam Lake is one of the best lakes and it is located about 40 km from Chennai city. It is one of the reservoirs for water supply to Chennai city.

Some of the other famous lakes are Chetput Aeri and Perungudi Lake, Pulicat Lake and Perungudi Lake.

These are the top 20 tourist places in Chennai, you must visit.

Some of the other attractions are:


Guindy National Park is the smallest national park in India, situated in Chennai with beautiful forests, lands, and lakes.

Arignar Anna Zoological Park is another prime tourist attractions of Chennai, Where you visit a lot of birds and animals, the best place for adventures people. You can also visit Madras Crocodile Bank and Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary.

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East Coast Road is a two-lane highway along the coast of the Bay of Bengal. It connects Chennai with Cuddalore via Pondicherry. It is the best place for a long drive and best place for couples and friends.

Chennai is the best place for tourism and it helps others to know the South Indian culture and the monuments and the architecture. You can get to know the people and you get to visit different places.

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