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Things to Do in Chennai for Youngsters 2024: ✔ Activity list

Budget Hotels > Travel Blog > Destinations > Chennai > Things to Do in Chennai for Youngsters 2024: ✔ Activity list

A combination of modern neighbourhoods and beautiful villages, Tamil Nadu ’s capital city has a lot to offer to youngsters. Whether you are a seasoned traveller or a person who is just looking to hang out with his/her friends, the city will pleasantly surprise you with an array of popular tourist attractions. While Marina Beach has become a tad bit crowded, there are now a good number of quirky cafes and artsy boutiques for you to explore. And for those of you, who are simply looking forward to having a good time, go through our list of things to do in Chennai for youngsters. We have tried to keep it short and full of unique things to do around Chennai , so take notes as you read along.

1.  Hang Out with your Tribe at Elliot Beach

#1 of 9 Things to do in Chennai for Youngsters

#1 of 9 Things to do in Chennai for Youngsters

One can always go for a long walk along Marina Beach. It is, after all, the longest beach in India. However, if you are planning to spend some lone time with just your friends, head to Elliot Beach. Located in Besant Nagar, the beach forms the end-point of the Marina Beach shore. Touted as one of the cleanest seafronts in India, Elliot Beach is perfect for getting that perfect suntan. You can take a walk along the beach, or simply watch the sun go down as you catch up with your friends.

There are a variety of cafes and restaurants nearby making it perfect for people who would love to sample different cuisines (both South Indian and Malaysian); New Shangri La and Lee’s New Chinese Restaurant are some recommended ones.

2. Indulge in Watersports at Muttukadu Boat House

#2 of 9 Things to do in Chennai for Youngsters

#2 of 9 Things to do in Chennai for Youngsters

Just an hour’s drive away from Chennai is the serene and small coastal village of Muttukadu. Renowned for its pristine beaches and stunning landscapes, this place is perfect for letting your hair down and simply relaxing. If you want to take your experience to the next level, head to the boat house and indulge in watersports. You can rent row boats, speed boats, peddle boats, motor boats and even high-speed jet skis. 

  • Location : East Coast Road, Muttukadu
  • Timings : 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; everyday
  • Ticket Price : ₹ 120 to ₹ 700 (depending on boat)

3. Party the Night Away at the Best Nightclubs

#3 of 9 Things to do in Chennai for Youngsters

#3 of 9 Things to do in Chennai for Youngsters

Chennai’s nightlife scene has evolved a great deal with an impressive line-up of some amazing rooftop lounges and nightclubs. So, whether you are looking for a mellow ambience, wherein you and your friends can simply catch up on life, or a buzzing one which makes you want to dance the night away, Chennai has a club for you.

Some of the most popular nightclubs in Chennai are:

  • Gatsby 2000
  • 10 Downing Street

4. Experience Rain Dance at MGM Dizzee World

#4 of 9 Things to do in Chennai for Youngsters

#4 of 9 Things to do in Chennai for Youngsters

While the water park at MGM Dizzee World is pretty amazing, the one thing that you have to experience in your youth is the rain dance. With your friends by your side and the grooviest Tamil music (or Bollywood) in tow, a fun time is guaranteed.

           10:30 am to 06:30 pm; weekdays

            10:30 am to 07:30 pm; Weekends and Public Holidays

  • Entry Fee *:

           Jumbo Package* per Adult – ₹ 699 per person

           Jumbo Package per Child – ₹ 549 per person

 5.  Devour Books at the Anna Centenary Library

#5 of 9 Things to do in Chennai for Youngsters

#5 of 9 Things to do in Chennai for Youngsters

If books and coffee are your thing, plop down on one of the chairs at the Anna Centenary Library. This magnificent library is among the largest in all of Asia. Yes, you read that right! After all, it does have 9 floors with more than 1.2 million books. Reading books in the library is one of the most amazing things to do in Chennai alone . You just have to stop by at this library and you might end up spending a couple of hours.

So, which book are you going to pick up on your next visit to this beautiful library?

  • Location : Kotturpuram

          Own Book Section – 08:00 am to 09:00 pm

          Other Sections – 09:00 am to 08:00 am

  • Entry Fee : Free Entry

6. Watch the Conservation Process of Olive Ridley Turtles

#6 of 9 Things to do in Chennai for Youngsters

#6 of 9 Things to do in Chennai for Youngsters

A proper conservation walk is organised along the beaches of Chennai between December and April. This is the season when the Olive Ridley sea turtles lay their eggs, and if you care about animals and environment in general, do take part in this fascinating walk. It includes finding the eggs spread across the beaches and getting them to safety to ensure they incubate and hatch in a good environment. It is one of the most interesting things to do in Chennai for youngsters, who love nature or are simply looking for an offbeat experience.

7. Catch Fish at the Barracuda Bay

#7 of 9 Things to do in Chennai for Youngsters

#7 of 9 Things to do in Chennai for Youngster

Tripping around Chennai won’t be complete without a session of fishing at Barracuda Bay. After all, Chennai is a delightful coastal city. However, if you want to learn more about the types of fishing techniques, signing up for a class here would be a good idea. While the idea of catching a fish and roasting it for your dinner sounds appetising, how about trying angling for environment’s sake?  

  • Location : Royal Madras Yacht Club
  • Timings : 6:00 am to 5:00 pm; everyday
  • Entry Fee : ₹ 6500 (2 hours); ₹ 8600 (3 hours)

8. Go on the Best Open Boat Ride of Your Life

#8 of 9 Things to do in Chennai for Youngsters

#8 of 9 Things to do in Chennai for Youngsters

In short – catamaran rides. Yes, they have a term for this fascinating and amazing activity that might seem a bit daunting at first, but is totally worth it. Let the waves splash on your face, and if you feel like, take a dip or two in the ocean and climb back right up. It is one of the most adventurous, and at the same time relaxing things to do in Chennai. Don’t forget to sip on the much-deserved Pina Colada after such a thrilling adventure; the drink has references in 19 th -century seafaring lore, being associated with pirates.

9. Watch a Movie at Sathyam Complex for Just ₹ 10

#8 of 9 Things to do in Chennai for Youngsters

This iconic theatre of South India has its tickets priced as low as ₹ 10. So, what if you get to sit closest to the screen, you get to watch an entire movie for just ₹ 10, which is less than any subscription service you must be using right now. Go check out their shows right away! Read also – Places to visit in Chennai

Bet you didn’t know about at least a few of these amazing things to do in Chennai for youngsters. If you haven’t ticked off any of these activities from your list, it is time to start jotting them down right now.

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Best Fun Places To Visit In Chennai With Kids 2023

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When someone mentions the word “Chennai,” what comes to mind? Aren’t there lovely beaches, gorgeous temples, a commercial hub, and exciting activities? Chennai definitely offers a lot to explore!

Well, Chennai is really all about it, and with so many entertaining things to do here in Chennai, you wouldn’t expect anything less. Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in the country’s southern reaches. It welcomes a huge number of visitors, either as holidaymakers or as employees of its large workforce.

Many factors contribute to Chennai’s prominence. Art, architecture, dance, music, and theater are some of the fascinating things about it.

12 Best Indoor and Outdoor Places To Visit In Chennai With Kids 

You’ve come to the correct place if you’re new to Chennai and looking for best things to do with kids in Chennai. Traveling with kids is frequently challenging, yet Chennai is completely child-friendly. When traveling with children, it is recommended to visit Chennai between June and February to avoid the sunny summer months.

I’ll tell you about some of the most spectacular things you can (and should) do with your kids in the city in this article. So, here we go, everyone.

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Do you and your child like learning about history? If you want to learn about the history of Chennai or Tamil Nadu, make a point of visiting the Madras Museum. So many galleries of artifacts maintained and presented in this Museum would pique your child’s interest.

The Government Museum, often known as the Madras Museum, is the country’s second-oldest museum. The museum, which first opened in 1854, houses the world’s greatest collection of Roman antiquities outside of Europe. It comprises about 40 galleries dedicated to archaeology, numismatics, geology, botany, art, anthropology, and zoology, among other subjects.

The doll gallery is the most popular among the children who visit this location. They say that traveling teaches you something. So there you have it!

What is the fee for visiting the Government Museum

For Indians – Rs.15 per adult and Rs.10 per child, Rs. 5 for bonafide students

Foreign nationals – $5 per adult, $2.5 per child and $1.5 for bonafide students

Advisory: The museum is big; touring all of the galleries likely takes more than half a day.

Gingee Fort is in Tamil Nadu’s Villupuram District, some 160 kilometres from Chennai, the state capital, and close to the Union Territory of Puducherry.

This is yet another fantastic place in and near Chennai for families with children. The Gingee Fort is a well-known historical site with a big space to fascinate you and your youngster. While exploring the depths of this fort, you may also enjoy a perfect picnic.

The ruins of the Gingee fort, with their stunning beauty, create a tranquil backdrop that makes it a worthwhile stop. As a result, a day excursion to the fort is unavoidable. You’ll undoubtedly return with some incredible photographs and a deep understanding of history.

What is the fee for visiting the Gingee Fort

Indian citizens- INR 15

Foreign citizens- INR 100

A trip to Dakshinachitra is recommended to grasp southern Indian culture and traditions.

This is one of the most fascinating sites for children in Chennai, with great exhibits of art and craft.

This living museum of performance arts, crafts, and culture helps children comprehend the culture of Chennai, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu.

Workshops for children and adults are also held by Dakshinachitra. To learn more, visit their website. Private vehicles, taxis, and buses can all be used to get to the museum.

Vernacular architecture – regional dwellings from the four states replicated for visitors; folk performances; and a glass blowing demonstration are among the museum’s key attractions.

What is the fee for visiting the Dakshinachitra

For Indians:- Rs. 100 per adult, Rs. 30 per child, Rs. 50 for students, 

Foreign nationals Rs. 250 for adults, Rs. 70 for students

Because of this unique Railway Museum, Chennai has become one of the most popular summer holiday destinations for children. This museum has everything intriguing for kids, from miniature train models to different elements of the tracks and even spectacular demonstrations of the system. The main attractions are Joyrides, AV shows, the flower plowing engine, and scaled models of many trains from India before and after Independence. A historic engine replica is also on show at the museum. To add to the allure, there is a children’s park outside the museum that will keep them completely amused.

What is the fee for visiting the Railway Museum

Rs 10 per person

The Pulicat Lake, India’s second largest saltwater lake, is a haven for migrating birds such as flamingos, pelicans, and painted storks. The magnificent view of the lake, mixed with the variety of birds, is the major attraction.

Due to pollution and silt, the Pulicat lake is on the verge of drying up completely in the next 100 years. A trip to the lake can teach your children about environmental issues. Between November and February is the best time to come and the suggested hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. This location also has a fantastic packing facility.

What is the fee for visiting the Pulicat Lake

Free for all

Yercaud is a popular picnic and camping spot in the Chennai area. Without a doubt, this hill station is stunning and has absolutely superb natural beauty! Also, your children will enjoy camping and trekking in this safer and greener habitat. The most appealing feature of Yercaud is its large, natural lake, which is known as the Emerald Lake. This lake is a visual feast, surrounded by beautiful cloud-peaked hills and a well-kept garden on its banks. In Yercaud, there are also some spectacular waterfalls where you and your child will undoubtedly enjoy playing in the pouring and streaming water.

What is the fee for visiting the Yercaud

The bamboo floating boathouse on Muttukadu Lake is one of the kids’ famous attractions. At the lake, you may also try out different boating activities with your family. Water activities, pedal boating, row boating, speed water bicycling, and boat races are the primary attractions for children. Although entry is free, speed boat rides and high-speed aqua scooter rides in the backwaters are not.Here you will find parking, restrooms, and a restaurant.

What is the fee for visiting the Muttukadu Lake

If you and your children enjoy beaches and are seeking for an affordable and pleasant way to spend an entire day at the beach in Chennai, VGP Golden Beach is a good option. The VGP Golden Beach, a private beach managed by the VGP Universal Kingdom entertainment park, is one of Chennai’s most stunning beaches. Other tourist attractions include the Aqua Kingdom, Panneer Fort, and the Statue Man, as well as the VGP 2000 Millennium Tower. Under the supervision of the guides, swimming is a safe activity. It is also one of Chennai’s cleanest beaches. Take a look at our travel tips to keep your toddler engrossed during travel.

What is the entry fee for visiting the VGP Golden Beach

Rs.350 for adults and Rs. 300 for kids for the VGP Universal Kingdom.

Rs. 475 for adults and Rs. 375 for children for the Universal Kingdom and the Aqua Kingdom

Elliot Beach is another peaceful beach popular in Chennai. The beach is lovely, and there are various food stalls nearby, as well as plenty of parking. Flamingos and pond herons can be seen on the beach early in the morning. You can reach the beach easily by public transport. Ensure you have car seat for your kids because car seat is a safer option for kids  during road trips.

What is the entry fee for visiting Elliot’s beach?

In Chennai, Cocoplaynut is a real-time children’s play area. It is one of Chennai’s best indoor play spaces, well-designed to provide utmost safety to children without jeopardizing the fun factor. Cocoplaynut’s indoor play zone includes a Toddler Play section. It is well-designed just for curious and adorable toddlers. To ensure the safety of children, all of the equipment in the toddler play area meets the strictest safety standards. There’s also a party hall, a mother’s room, and a large cafeteria here in an indoor space. Outdoor play areas are also designed with a large arena of entertainment components for the enjoyment of children. Cocoplaynut is the ideal blend of learning, growing, and exploring to round out your child’s life in a variety of different ways. A fun-filled day in Cocoplaynut is one of the best things to do in Chennai with kids. Grab these fun-filled holiday craft activities to add more fun to your holidays.

Your children will like the Express Avenue Mall, which houses South India’s largest gaming arcade. The mall contains a play area named Fun City, which offers more than typical mall rides. Older children may appreciate the 5D movie theater on Express Avenue. A play zone is suitable for kids from 4 to 12 years. Aside from that, the restaurants are excellent with several food and beverage options, and there is so much to buy that you may shop till your heart’s content.

Overall, it is a fun spot for the kids to hang out. If you have a day off between touring and traveling, take advantage of it by visiting the Express Avenue. It’ll be a hit with your kiddos.

What is the fee for visiting the Express Avenue Mall

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After a long day of touring or travelling, a mall is the ideal location to relax. The Forum Vijaya Mall is enormous, with a large food court serving a variety of cuisines to tempt your taste buds. A children’s play area with mini slides, basketball, and automobiles is also available in the mall. A glass wall separates the play area from the food court, allowing parents to keep an eye on their children as they eat.

What is the entry fee for visiting the Forum Vijaya Mall

Spencer Plaza is India’s oldest commercial mall and a landmark in Chennai, having been constructed under the British Raj. Many famous boutiques, private banks and organizations, and restaurants may be found in the old-fashioned mall. In addition to Ceylon tea, spices, apparel, and footwear, the mall contains around 15 Sri Lankan brand stores.

What is the entry fee for visiting the Spencer Plaza

MGM Dizzee World is one of India’s oldest and largest amusement parks. During summer vacation, from mid-April to the end of May, and winter break, from mid-December to the end of January, it is open until 7:30 p.m. There is something for everyone at the park. There are intense thrill rides, but there are also beautiful and enjoyable ones. The kids’ rides include the Batman Jet, Caterpillar, Jurassic Train, Mini Slambam, Rough Rider, and Scooty Ride. Shoe House, Stone House, and Mushroom House are all fun and safe locations for the kids. There’s also an aqua park with a variety of fun rides and games, such as artificial ocean waves, that you can enjoy with your friends and family. The park sells large packages directly at the gate, so you don’t have to buy individual tickets for each ride. You will be able to ride all of the rides in the park with this one-time payment. We’ve rounded up hassle free travel tips to keep your toddler happy and engrossed during travel. Have a look at the post.

MGM Dizzee World is about 35 kilometers from Chennai’s central business district. It is located on the well-traveled East Coast Road. As a result, you can get there by utilizing public transportation. However, if you want to travel by car or cab, you can do so as well. Traveling by Fast Track cabs will save you 20% on the entrance fee. Read here about why a car seat is a better option for kids during road trips. and if you’re looking for the best car seat options in India, <<< tap here.

Overall, this amusement park is an excellent choice for a fun day out with your family and children.

What is the fee for visiting the MGM Dizzee World

Adults: INR 699 & Children: INR 549

In Chennai, Kartwheel was the first to provide a playspace and a pleasant entertainment play zone for children. A relaxing environment for youngsters accommodated with remarkable and well-planned activities for children aged 1 to 7. Here, you’ll find a big indoor play area with a 3,000-ball ball pool, a bouncy castle, a rock climbing wall panel, a jumbo rope slide, and an air-conditioned room to beat the heat. The other major characteristics of this kids’ play zone are the kitchen toy and shopping market with carts and the clean and comfortable bathrooms with small potty and wash basins for young kids. It is the greatest venue to provide you and your children with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you are looking for the best travel food tips for your kids during travel, take a look at this post.

What is the entry fee for visiting the Kartwheel

Rs.200/- Per Child for 2 Hours

The Birla Planetarium in Chennai, one of the few planetariums created by the Birla Foundation, is a terrific spot to spend time with youngsters. It comprises eight galleries dedicated to topics such as physical science, innovation, transportation, and energy. The planetarium also provides two science shows, one in English and the other in Tamil, that are frequently repeated throughout the day. Overall, it is a nice place to visit with young learners. 

What is the fee for visiting the Birla Planetarium

Entry fee: Rs. 45 for adults and Rs.25 for children for a complete planetarium package

The VGP Universal Kingdom, formerly known as VGP Gardens, is an amusement park located on Marina Beach. It’s a popular hangout spot for locals and tourists alike due to its proximity to the beach and handy location. The park offers a variety of thrill rides for kids, teens, adults, and families. If you’re lucky, you might get a glimpse of a Hollywood star or two filming a scene in the park. You can visit the VGP beach and the amusement park on the same day if you prepare beforehand.

What is the entry fee for visiting the VGP Universal Kingdom

Rs. 350 per adult and Rs.300 per child for the amusement park

Rs. 475 per adult and Rs. 375 per child for the amusement park and water park

Semmozhi Poonga or Semmoli Poonga is a Botanical garden quite popular amongst nature lovers.

What is the fees for visiting the Semmozhi Poonga

 Rs. 5 per person

Chennai, India’s fourth-largest city, has a long and illustrious history. Chennai was originally known as Madraspatnam, a fishing community. The East India Company afterward built Fort St. George, India’s first major English settlement. As a result, Chennai was the first British settlement on Indian soil. Chennai is the first city in India to have a comprehensive Wi-Fi network.

Madras was appointed the capital city of Madras State following independence, and Madras State was renamed Tamil Nadu in 1969.

Marina Beach, the world’s second-largest beach, is located in Chennai. The ‘Gateway to South India’ is another name for it.

Bharatnatyam, India’s oldest classical dance form, was born in Chennai. Every year, Chennai hosts the Madras Music Season, which is one of the world’s most important cultural events.

Chennai residents are enthusiastic about movies, which is why it is one of the very few places in India where movie tickets are low. This is because of a rule that prohibits multiplexes and cinema halls from costing more than Rs. 160 each ticket. 

Children love parks, rides, boating, and seeing animals they have only read about in their books or watched on TV. Chennai has some amazing places for children to whet their appetite for fun n frolic. below listed are some amusement parks, lakes, beaches, etc.

  • Railway Museum at Villivakkam, Chennai
  • Marina Beach for picnic and water sports
  • VGP Universal Kingdom amusement park
  • Pulicat Lake and Bird Sanctuary
  • Muttukadu Lake for boating
  • Queens Land Amusement park
  • Children Museum
  • MGM Dizzee World- Amusement park
  • Birla Planetarium
  • Guindy National Park
  • The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology (Reptile zoo)

Chennai is one of the most popular cities in India and holds a prominent place in Indian history. It is also among the most visited Indian cities by foreign visitors. Chennai was ranked the 36th-most visited city in the world for the year 2019. Below are some of the historical places that you must visit if history interests you.

  • Chennai Rail Museum
  • Cholamandal Artists village
  • Government Museum
  • Live Art Museum
  • Fort Museum
  • Mahabalipuram
  • Vivekanand House

Chennai boasts of having one of the largest urban beaches- The Marina beach which is 14 km long. The other popular beach is Elliot’s beach. There is also Covelong beach, popular as one of the most beautiful beaches in the city.

  • Marina Beach
  • Elliot’s Beach
  • Covelong Beach
  • Breezy Beach
  • Pebble Beach
  • Kasimedhu Beach
  • Santhome Beach
  • VGP Golden Beach
  • Neelankarai Beach
  • Nettukuppam Beach
  • Palavakkam Beach
  • Mahabalipuram Beach

Malls are turning into comfortable shopping hubs in any city. Chennai has many good malls. Below listed are some of the best malls in Chennai

  • Express Avenue- Biggest Mall in Chennai
  • Phoenix Marketcity Mall- Best Mall in Chennai
  • The Marina Mall
  • Forum Vijaya Mall
  • Bergamo Luxury Mall
  • Chennai City Centre Mall

Kids long to let their energies out, they need safe play areas and entertainment centres, especially indoor ones in the hot weather. Chennai has some really good play areas and entertainment centres. We have listed some of these below-

  • Kartwheel soft play area
  • Fun City ( there are 4 centres in Chennai)

What is famous in Chennai for kids?

There are many wonderful and fascinating places to take your children. The city houses several kid-friendly museums, parks, and lakes.   Marina Beach, Chennai Government Museum, and Dakshinachitra, the Railway Museum, MGM Dizzee World, VGP Universal Kingdom, Arignar Anna Zoological Park, and Yercaud are the best places for kids in and near Chennai 

The Marina is one of Chennai’s most popular beaches for kids. Marina promenade is the world’s first natural urban beach. The beach stretches for 13 kilometers, making it the world’s second-longest natural urban beach. Every day, about 30,000 people visit the beach. Entry is free for everyone. The best time to visit is between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. You may find excellent parking and a variety of delectable food vendors here.

Nagalapuram is a hill station in the Chittur district of Andhra Pradesh, around 90 kilometers south of Chennai. There are five falls in all, however some say there are seven. It is known as the “Queen of WaterFalls” and is one of Chennai’s coldest areas.

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The largest library in South Asia, second longest beach in the world, the birthplace of South Indian cinema, Detroit of India, cultural capital of India – ring a bell?

You got it right! We are talking about the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, which stands among the top 50 largest urban centers in the world.

Chennai, also known as the “Gateway to South India,” is a city full of exciting places to visit for kids. From forts to zoos to art galleries and shopping centers, there’s something for every child to enjoy.

Nicknamed The Gateway to South India, Chennai plays the self-appointed keeper of the South Indian traditions and culture . The city has numerous temples, malls, amusement parks, museums, beaches, parks and historical monuments that make up the must-to-visit tourist attractions in Chennai.

MomJunction gives you a list of places to visit in Chennai with your children.

Beaches In Chennai

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The warm and friendly city of Chennai lies along the Coromandel coast, which makes it privy to some of the prettiest beaches in the region. A trip to one or more of these beaches is one such prior things to do in Chennai on your vacation.

1. Marina Beach

The Marina is perhaps the most visited beaches in Chennai. The world’s first natural urban beach, Marina promenade stretches to 6.5km or 4 miles . The total length of the beach is 13km, which makes it the second largest natural urban beach in the world. Approximately 30,000 people visit the beach every day.

Where: From Fort St. George to Foreshore Estate, Chennai

Attractions: An aquarium near the beach, walk along the beach, horseback riding, and water sports.

Hours: Recommended time of visit – 6am to 7pm

Entry fee: Nil

Amenities: Car parking, food stalls

Things to consider: The undercurrents of the Marina beach are pretty strong, so take extra care with kids. Do not leave them unattended in the water.

Prakalya Prakash, a blogger, shares his experience of staying in Chennai for three days for business reasons. He says, “I stayed in Nungampakkam which is very close to the iconic ‘Valluvar Kotam’. It is a historical monument honoring Thiruvalluvar, a Tamil poet who wrote Thirukural, a work of 1330 verses divided into 130 chapters. Mr. M. Karunanidhi constructed it in the 1970s. The place is known for its magnificent chariot which is 40m in height.I also made time to visit the ICF (Indian coach factory) museum set up by Indian Railways. Couple of other places I visited were — Besant nagar beach, Marina beach and the lighthouse. I would say the Besant nagar beach is a must visit if you are planning for Chennai ( i ).”

2. VGP Golden Beach

A private beach managed by the VGP Universal Kingdom amusement park, the VGP Golden Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Chennai. The beach has been one of the most preferred locations for movie shooting. It is a safe place to go swimming under the watchful eye of the guides. It is also one of the cleanest beaches in Chennai.

Where: Injambakkam, Chennai

Attractions: The private stretch of the marina is beautiful and clean. Rides in the Aqua Kingdom, Panneer fort, and statue man (see if you can move him), VGP 2000 millennium tower are other tourist attractions.

Hours: 11am to 7:30pm

Entry fee: Rs.350 for adults and Rs. 300 for kids for the VGP Universal Kingdom, Rs. 475 for adults and Rs. 375 for children for the Universal Kingdom and the Aqua Kingdom

Amenities: Car parking, food stalls, restrooms

Things to consider: If you are looking for an economical and comfortable way to spend the entire day at the beach, the VGP Golden Beach is it.

3. Covelong Beach

Covelong is a serene fishing village and another best place to visit in Chennai. The beach stretches along the Bay of Bengal, towards Mahabalipuram . The blue and white sea waters and the white, shiny sand make for a picturesque view on a bright, sunny day.

Where: 40km from Chennai

How to reach: Private vehicles, taxis, and buses

Attractions: Adventure sports, walk along the beach, ruins of a Dutch fort and fishing

Amenities: Parking, restaurants with restrooms

Things to consider: It is a quiet beach ideal for relaxing. You might want to consider visiting it only if you have time to spare.

4. Breezy Beach

An isolated beach in the vicinity of Chennai, Breezy Beach is a great spot for a quick swim or a quiet picnic with the family. If you do not want to spend too much time here, just be there at sunset to have a breathtaking view.

Where: Valmiki Nagar, Chennai

Attractions: Sunset point, boat rides are sometimes offered by local fishermen

Amenities: Parking on the roadside

Things to consider: While Breezy beach is one of the best beaches in the city, it may not be the most exciting beach to take your kids to in Chennai.

5. Elliot’s Beach

Elliot Beach is another quiet beach that people in Chennai visit to get away from the noisy city. The beach is beautiful and has several food stalls around, with ample parking space. If you visit the beach early in the morning, you can spot flamingos and pond herons.

Where: Besant Nagar, Chennai

Attractions: The beach is quiet and makes an ideal spot for a relaxing evening.

Amenities: Parking, food stalls

Things to consider: If your plan is to spend some time at the beach, Elliot’s Beach is a better and less-crowded alternative to the Marina beach.

Museums In Chennai

Does history intrigue you? Do you want to learn about the history of Chennai or Tamil Nadu? Then make sure you include one or more of these best places to visit in Chennai with family.

6. Government Museum

The second oldest museum in the country, the Government Museum or the Madras Museum has more than 40 galleries dedicated to archeology, numismatics, geology, botany, art, anthropology, and zoology. The museum complex, which is an architectural marvel in itself, opened in 1854 and has the largest collection of Roman antiques outside of Europe .

Where: Egmore, Chennai

Attractions: Children’s Museum and Dolls gallery are favorites among kids. The Roman antiques gallery, contemporary arts gallery that showcases art history of Tamil Nadu and Tanjore painting gallery are a must see.

Days open: All days except Fridays and National Holidays

Hours: 9:30am to 5pm

Entry fee: For Indians – Rs.15 per adult and Rs.10 per child, Rs. 5 for bonafide students, Foreign nationals – $5 per adult, $2.5 per child and $1.5 for bonafide students

Amenities: Parking and guide services

Things to consider: The museum is huge – it can take you over half-a-day to visit all the galleries.

7. Dakshinachitra

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For a thorough understanding of the culture and traditions of southern India, a visit to Dakshinachitra is a must. The living museum of performance arts, crafts and culture showcases the lifestyles of people in the four southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Where: Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

Attractions: Vernacular architecture – regional houses from the four states recreated for visitors; folk performances, glass blowing demo

Days open: All days, except Tuesdays and Diwali

Hours: 10am to 6pm

Entry fee: For Indians Rs. 100 per adult, Rs. 30 per child, Rs. 50 for students, Foreign nationals Rs. 250 for adults, Rs. 70 for students

Amenities: Parking, restaurant.

Things to consider: Dakshinachitra also organizes workshops for kids and adults. Check their calendar online to know more.

8. Railway Museum

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Trains excite kids, which makes the Chennai Railway Museum one of the places you should visit with children. From running models to miniature rail networks and souvenirs, the museum features a variety of exhibits that appeal to kids. The museum also has a children’s park and vintage engine models on display.

Where: Villivakkam, Chennai

Attractions: Joyrides, AV shows, Fowler ploughing engine, and scaled models of several trains from India, before and after Independence.

Days open: All days, except Mondays

Entry fee: Rs. 10 per person

Amenities: Car Parking

Things to consider: Try and make it to one of the AV presentations that the museum has every hour.

9. National Art Gallery

The National Art Gallery is one of the museums in the Government Museum, Chennai. The gallery has a wide collection of arts and crafts, especially paintings from the 14th and 15th centuries. Children would love the rock and cave art showcased in this gallery. The museum also displays paintings of renowned painter Raja Ravi Varma.

Attractions: Thanjavur paintings, Ravi Varma paintings, Bronze sculptures, rock and cave art and ancient manuscripts

Days open: All days, except Friday

Hours: 10am to 5pm

Things to consider: This is purely for art and craft lovers. It could be an inspiration to aspiring artists.

10. Vivekananda House

Swami Vivekananda is a source of immense inspiration to the young. Visit the Vivekananda House, a landmark in Chennai, where Swami Vivekananda stayed for nine days after his return from the US . The house is now a museum that showcases the rich Indian culture and the life of Swami Vivekananda when he stayed there.

Where: Triplicane, Chennai

Attractions: Experience Vivekananda initiative, an excellent way to understand the man and what he stood for.

Days open: All days except Mondays

Hours: 10am to 12:15pm and 3pm to 7pm

Entry fee: Rs.10 per adult, Rs. 5 per child

Amenities: Limited parking

Things to consider: The museum is opposite Marina beach. You can club your visits to the beach and the museum to save time.

Historical Places In Chennai

The city’s rich history is evident from the many historical monuments it houses. Here are some of the Chennai’s tourist attractions you should visit with kids.

11. Fort St. George

St. George Fort is the first English fortress that was built in India, in 1644. The fort is an architectural marvel and currently houses the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly. The fort also has a museum that showcases medallions, coins, paintings and letters belonging to the East India Company personnel who lived here.

Where: Rajaji Salai, Chennai

Attractions: St. Mary’s Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India, and the St. George Museum

Hours: 9am to 5pm

Entry fee: Rs. 5 per person for Indian citizens and $2 for foreign nationals (entry free for children up to 15 years of age)

Amenities: Parking, restrooms, food stalls/canteens

Things to consider: The visit to the fort can be an educational trip for your kids. It can be an exciting experience but not a place to have fun or folly (the Tamil Nadu Assembly is in the same building!)

12. Alamparai Fort

The Alamparai Fort was built in the 17th century by the Mughal Empire, and is another good place to visit near Chennai. The French later seized the fort and then the British empire, when it was partly demolished. At present, you can only see the ruins of the fort with the beautiful backwaters of the Bay of Bengal on one side.

Where: 100km from Chennai

Attractions: Picturesque backwaters and the ruins, which have made it a favorite spot for filmmakers, bird-watching, photography, and boating.

Days open: All days

Hours: Recommended time of visit – 9am to 5pm

Amenities: Parking on roadside

Things to consider: The Alamparai Fort is in a secluded area that makes it less ideal for families and kids. Go there during daytime for a good view of the backwaters.

13. Tranquebar

Tranquebar, now known as Tharangambadi, is home to Dansborg, a 400-year-old fort built by the Danish invaders. An erstwhile port city for the rulers Cholas and Pandyas, the small port town is now a tourist hub with resorts and other facilities. In addition to the fort, there is a 300-year-old church and a museum that the kids may be interested in.

Where: 270km from Chennai

How to reach: Buses, private vehicles, and taxis

Attractions: The Dansborg Fort, the Town Gate, Zion Church and the Ziegenbalg Museum Complex

Hours: Overnight stay is necessary to cover all the sights in the region

Amenities: Accommodation, restaurants

Things to consider: It takes nearly eight hours to reach Tranquebar from Chennai. Unless you have that kind of time, this place should not be on the itinerary.

14. Valluvar Kottam

A favorite monument in Chennai, Valluvar Kottam is a memorial to a famous Tamil poet, philosopher and saint Thiruvallur. The monument is a 39-meter high chariot that houses a statue of the saint. It is a tribute to the poet’s work called Thirukkal, which has 133 chapters with ten verses each. There is also an auditorium that often hosts classical programs.

Where: Nungambakkam, Chennai

Attractions: The monument stands on a lake and was built without a pillar for a base. The magnificently carved stone chariot appeals to kids and adults alike.

Hours: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Amenities: Parking, restrooms, food stalls

Things to consider: While the kids may be fascinated by the size of the stone chariot, they may not comprehend the importance of the monument or the poet’s works.

15. Kolli hills

Kolli Hills, also known as Kolli Malai, is a small mountain range situated in central Tamil Nadu, spanning across the Namakkal district and Tiruchirapalli District of India. The range derives its name, Kolli Malai, from the goddess Etukkai Amman (also referred to as Kollipavai), who is believed to guard the hills with her divine protection. The Kolli hills are prominently mentioned in various classical Tamil literary works, and the area was ruled by Valvil Ori, who is considered to be one of the seven great philanthropists of ancient Tamil Nadu in around 200 CE.

Where:  330 km from Chennai

How to reach: Trains (Salem is the nearest railway station), private vehicles and buses.

Attractions: Agaya Gangai waterfall, Arappaleeswarar temple, Masila falls, Namma Aruvi falls, Botanical garden

Days open:  All days

Hours: 6 am to 6 pm. Overnight stay at the resorts can give a better experience.

Amenities: Shops, resorts

Things to consider: You have to climb a total of 1302 steps up and down to see Agaya Gangai waterfall. So, the journey might be a little difficult and tiring as the steps are steep.

Malls And Entertainment Places In Chennai

There is no dearth of malls or amusement parks in this metropolitan city. Here are our picks for malls and amusement or entertainment places to see in Chennai.

16. Forum Vijaya Mall

A mall is a perfect place to unwind after a long day of sightseeing or traveling. Forum Vijaya Mall is huge and has a spacious food court that serves different cuisines to tickle your taste buds. The mall also has a play area for kids with mini slides, basketball, and cars. The play area and the food court are divided by a glass wall, allowing parents to watch over their children while they eat.

Where: Vadapalani, Chennai

Attractions: Play Zone has video games, mini rides for kids, crane and puzzle games and other redemption games. The mall also has a toy train ride for younger kids.

Hours: 10am to 10pm

Amenities: Parking, restrooms and restaurants

Things to consider: Kids will have a gala time playing in the Fun Zone, but there are only so many games you can play there.

17. Spencer Plaza

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A modern mall that was built back in the days of the British Raj, Spencer Plaza is India’s oldest shopping mall and a landmark in Chennai. The old-fashioned mall is home to many brand stores, private banks and organizations, and restaurants. The mall also has over 15 Sri Lankan brand stores where you can get the finest Ceylon tea, spices, clothing, and footwear.

Where: Anna Salai, Chennai

Attractions: Good food for less, one place where you can bargain and get good stuff at lower prices.

Amenities: Parking, restrooms, restaurants

Things to consider: Spencer Plaza is the oldest mall in the country and was made purely for business. There may not be a lot of things that appeal to kids here.

18. Express Avenue Mall

The Express Avenue Mall is one your kids will love as it has the largest gaming arcade in South India. The mall has a play area called Fun City, which has more than the usual rides you find in a mall. Express Avenue also has a 5D movie theater that older kids may enjoy. Other than that, the restaurants are great, and there is so much to buy that you can shop till you drop.

Where: Roypettah, Chennai

Attractions: Fun City

Hours: 10:30am to 9:30pm

Amenities: Parking, restaurants and restrooms

Things to consider: If you have a day to spare between sightseeing and traveling around, use it to visit the Express Avenue. Your kids will love it.

19. Queens Land

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Queens Land is an amusement park in Chennai that has over 50 rides. In addition to the joy rides, the amusement park has all the amenities that make it an excellent place for a fun family time. Of the 50 rides, 18 are for kids, and that means your day at the park will have no wasted time!

Where: Chembarambakkam, 13.3 km from Chennai

Attractions: Cable Cars, Himalayan Water Ride, Wave Pool, Bumper Cars, Orchestra, Go Karting, Frog Slide and Thumbrole.

Hours: 9:30am to 6pm

Entry fee: Rs. 550 for adults, Rs. 450 for children

Things to consider: The amusement park is huge and spread over an area of 70 acres. You may not be able to complete all the rides in one day. So choose wisely.

20. MGM Dizzee World

MGM is a household name in Chennai. The Dizzee World is one of the largest amusement parks in Chennai and offers more than 35 fabulous joy rides for kids and adults. The park also has an amphitheater, and an exclusive children’s zone called Marryworld. The park also offers hot air balloon rides for the entire family!

Where: Muttukadu, Chennai

Attractions: Hot air balloon rides, boating, MGM express, wave pool, splash pool and a simulator ride called Imagine.

Hours: Weekdays – 10:30am to 6:30pm Weekends and public olidays – 10:30am to 7:30pm

Entry fee: Rs. 599 per adult, Rs. 499 per child (includes all rides and water park access)

Amenities: Parking, food court, restrooms, first aid

Things to consider: Avoid the adult rides for kids – they may be highly exhilarating for you, but scary for kids.

21. VGP Universal Kingdom

Once popular as VGP Gardens, the VGP Universal Kingdom is an amusement park along the Marina Beach. The proximity to the beach and a convenient location makes it an ideal hangout spot for locals and tourists alike. The park has a wide choice of joy rides for children, teens, adults and families. If you are lucky, you could spot a movie star or two in shooting a scene at the park.

Where: Injambakam, Chennai

Attractions: Statue Man, Dashing Car, Roller Coast, Water Chute, Jungle Car, and the Doll Kingdom. If you’re bored with the rides, you can go to the beach!

Hours: From 11am to 7.30pm on weekdays and till 8pm on weekends

Entry fee: Rs. 350 per adult and Rs.300 per child for the amusement park, Rs. 475 per adult and Rs. 375 per child for the amusement park and water park

Amenities: Parking, restaurant, restrooms, locker facility

Things to consider: Plan a visit to the VGP beach and the amusement park on the same day.

Lakes And Parks In Chennai

Lakes or parks – do they fascinate you? Look on for those beautiful visiting places in Chennai, which is a home to some rare birds and animals found in their natural habitats around the city or in the enclosed parks.

22. Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Chennai has a lot of firsts, including the first public zoo – the Arignar Anna Zoological Park or the Vandalur Zoo. The park is home to over 2000 species of plants and animals. It is also the largest zoo in India and has close to 50 species of mammals, 63 bird species, 31 reptile species, and a variety of fishes, amphibians and insects.

Where: Vandalur, Kanchipuram, 38.8km from Chennai

How to reach: Buses, private cars and taxis. Trains until Vandalur railway station

Attractions: Deer safari, Shark Aquarium, Nocturnal animal house, water birds habitat, lion safari, and serpentaria.

Days open: All days except Tuesdays

Entry fee: Rs. 30 per adult and Rs. 10 per child. Additional cost for safari vehicles

Amenities: Parking, food stalls, restrooms, and vehicle to tour the zoo

Things to consider: Touring the entire zoo will take at least four hours.

23. Semmozhi Poonga

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A relatively recent addition to Chennai’s list of parks, the Semmozhi Poonga is a botanical garden with over 300 species of plants. The park was developed around 80 trees that were in the area for years. Some of these trees are over 100 years old. Introduce your kids to a variety of plants including the cacti, bamboo and ficus varieties from China.

Where: Teynampet, Chennai

Attractions: The pond with ducks, the poonga at night, with colorful lights and the old trees that found a home in the garden.

Hours: 10am to 7pm

Entry fee: Rs. 5 per person

Amenities: Parking and restrooms; eatables or plastic bags are not allowed

Things to consider: This is a botanical garden, and may not be of appeal to all kids.

24. Pulicat Lake And Bird Sanctuary

The Pulicat Lake is the second largest saltwater lake in India. A significant portion of the lake lies in the state of Andhra Pradesh, with only 3% of it in Tamil Nadu. There is a bird sanctuary in the lake that attracts migratory birds like pelicans, painted stork, flamingos, and other birds every year.

Where: 93.3km from Chennai

Attractions: The scenic view of the lake combined with the variety of birds you can find there.

Hours: Recommended time of visit – 6am to 5pm. Best time to visit: November to February to see the migratory birds

Amenities: Parking

Things to consider: The Pulicat lake is under the threat of drying up completely in the next 100 years, due to pollution and silt. A trip to the lake can educate your kids about such ecological issues.

25. Muttukadu Lake

A picturesque lake in the city, Muttukadu Lake is known for its floating boat house. The facility is made of bamboo and is run by the Tamil Nadu tourism department and offers boating to explore the lake. You can also try speed boat rides and high-speed aqua scooter rides in the backwaters.

Attractions: Row boating, pedal boating and speed water biking, the TTDC sometimes conducts boat races here.

Entry fee: Nil; Visitors need to buy tickets for boat and scooter rides

Amenities: Parking, restaurant and restrooms

Things to consider: This is a great place for boating for families.

26. Odiyur Lake

The Odiyur Lake is enroute Mahabalipuram. The Mudaliarkuppam Boat House, established on the banks of the lake, is known for water-based activities like row boating, speed boating, kayaking and more. The facility is managed by the Tamil Nadu tourism department and has over 50 varieties of boats that you can try.

Where: 90km from Chennai

Attractions: Kayaking is a great option for adventurers. There are row boats, pedal boats and speed scooters for kids and families. Also, look for pretty pink flamingos, little grebe and different varieties of kingfishers.

Hours: 9am to 6pm

Entry fee: Nil; Tickets

Amenities: Parking, restaurants

Things to consider: The Mudaliarkuppam Boat House is farther than some of the other boat houses near Chennai. Carry binoculars to spot birds.

27. Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

If bird watching and identifying is your favorite pastime, the Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is a place you’ll love. Developed around the Vedanthangal lake, the sanctuary is home to grebes, egrets, cormorants, pintails, pond herons and sandpipers. The sanctuary also hosts migratory birds like the Australian gray pelicans, the glossy ibises and snake birds from Sri Lanka, painted storks from Siberia, spoonbills from Burma, open-billed storks from Bangladesh and the spot-billed ducks.

Where: 75km from Chennai

How to reach: Buses, private vehicles and taxis; train till Chengalpattu (24.4km from the sanctuary)

Attractions: Excellent place for bird watching – an estimated 5,000 birds fly into the sanctuary throughout the year.

Hours: Recommended time to visit – during day, early morning and before dusk

Entry fee: Rs. 5

Amenities: Parking on roadside, guides

Things to consider: You can also spot mammals like the wild boar, jackal and jungle cat here. This place is for wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers.

Other Kid-Friendly Places In Chennai

In addition to the ones mentioned above, these are a few other best places to visit in Chennai that will interest your kids.

28. Birla Planetarium

One of the few planetariums built by the Birla Foundation, the Birla Planetarium in Chennai is a great place to spend time with kids. It has eight galleries that are dedicated to physical science, innovation, transportation and energy among others. The planetarium also has two science shows frequently repeated during the day – one in English and the other in Tamil.

Where: Kotturpuram, Chennai

Attractions: The planetarium shows, rocket model in the science park

Days open: All days, except Republic Day, Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanthi

Hours: 10am to 5:45pm

Entry fee: Rs. 45 for adults and Rs.25 for children for complete planetarium package

Amenities: Parking, restrooms

Things to consider: If your kids have already been to a planetarium, they might not find this visit exciting.

29. The Theosophical Society

The Theosophical Society in Chennai is an interesting place for kids . Consider a visit to the society as an educational tour. You can visit the many temples within the premises, the old banyan tree, and the library filled with knowledge by world teachers like Jiddu Krishnamurti.

Where: Adyar, Chennai

Attractions: The sprawling Huddleston gardens on the premises and the Great Banyan Tree that occupies 40,000sft and is 450 years old.

Days open: All days except Sundays and public holidays

Hours: 8:30am to 4pm

Amenities: Parking and restrooms

Things to consider: If you are taking your kids there, you might want to know about the society beforehand.

30. Tada Falls

Tada Falls is a weekend getaway for many Chennai residents. The place is ideal for a small trek or hike with the kids, and the waterfall is a beautiful sight. The path to the falls is well developed and easy for kids to walk. You can even take a dip in the final pool if you feel like.

Where: 95km from Chennai

How to reach: Local trains, private vehicles and buses

Attractions: The waterfall and the small hike can be fun for kids and adults. You can even camp there if you have the gear.

Hours: Recommended time of visit – during the day

Amenities: Parking near the falls, no restrooms or food stalls

Things to consider: The trek may be tiring for younger kids.

A Brief History Of Chennai

The city was first formed as a Portuguese colony in the 1500s. The Dutch later ruled it, followed by the British and the French invaders, before Independent India made it the capital of Tamil Nadu state in 1956. It is believed that the name Chennai was derived from the name Damarla Chennappa Nayakudu, a Telugu king. Some say it is derived from the name of Lord Chenna Kesava Perumal. The city was later called Madraspattinam, which was a fishing village near the first English Fort.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is famous in Chennai to eat?

Chennai is a metro city that has people from all over the country. While you can find several dishes from around the world to eat in Chennai, this popular city is famous for its traditional foods. Idli, Dosa, Sambhar, Vada, Uttapam, Paniyaram, Appam, and Puttu are some delicious foods one can relish when visiting Chennai.

2. Which sweet is famous in Chennai?

Payasam is the traditional Tamil dish famous in Chennai. It’s usually made with rice, milk, sugar, coconut, and sometimes dry fruit. However, this sweet can also be made with other ingredients like vermicelli and broken wheat. Some other sweets one can devour while staying in Chennai are Mysore pak and Kozhukkatta.

3. What are some popular shopping destinations in Chennai for traditional and modern items?

In Chennai, several shopping destinations cater to both traditional and modern items. Places like T. Nagar, Pondy Bazaar, and Mylapore are known for their traditional products, such as textiles, jewelry, and handicrafts. On the other hand, Phoenix MarketCity and Express Avenue are popular malls offering a diverse range of national and international brands for modern shopping.

These were some of the most loved places to visit in Chennai. To see most of these sites, you’ll have to stay for at least 15 days. However, if you only have a short stay, you might not be able to see all of these attractions. You can also consider visiting Chennai’s best attractions, such as beaches, animal sanctuaries, and amusement parks. Plan a trip to Chennai with your children and family; you will always cherish your time spent in the port city. Do not be surprised if it turns out to be one of your favorite destinations in India to visit.

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  • Chennai is known as the cultural capital of India because of its deeply entrenched traditions.
  • Chennai is famous for its beaches, museums, eateries, malls, and lakes.
  • Kid-friendly places like Theosophical Society and Birla Planetarium teach children new things in a fun way.

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10 Drivable Sites In & Around Chennai Promising Fun & Frolic for Kids

People often find it difficult to travel with kids! It is often overwhelming to pinpoint a place that they shall enjoy. Nothing, almost nothing impresses them easily and even if it does, they aren’t glued to it for long. Result – they are again after you, whining that they are bored, to take them somewhere more interesting — and gradually you are out of the energy yourself. And sometimes the location that’s entirely kid friendly has nothing interesting for you. Well, you get bored to the core while they have an amazing time! So, wouldn’t it be great if you could find a place that’s both entertaining and interesting and has something great for all of you?

Let us suggest a very fascinating location! Actually, you can guess it quite easily. It’s called the gateway of the South and holds the largest library of South Asia. Still couldn’t name it?! Let us tell you more inspiring things about this place. It also prides in having the second largest beach of the world and is the birthplace of South Indian Cinema. Well, we also call it the cultural capital of the country. Yes! Now you guessed it right! It’s Chennai – one of the culturally rich cities of India that exudes a right blend of tradition and contemporary. And this is that perfect location where you can take your kids along too. Why? Not only the city is full of interest, but there are also some enticing locations around it which your kids definitely would love. And you would too! Win-win, right?

Top things to keep in mind when travelling in and around Chennai.

  • Best time to plan a trip to and around Chennai — When you are with children, it’s best to plan a road trip to Chennai from June to February and avoid the extreme summer in this region.
  • Things to do in Chennai — Whether or not you are travelling with kids, you can always enjoy the beach time in Chennai along with exclusive sightseeing and visiting some iconic heritage monuments and temples.

Best attractions for kids in and around Chennai

  • Marina Beach
  • The Government Museum of Chennai
  • Dakshinachitra
  • Railway Museum
  • MGM Dizzee World
  • VGP Universal Kingdom
  • Arignar Anna Zoological Park
  • Gingee Fort
  • Monkey Monk

Your road trips around Chennai are certainly going to be fruitful if you are visiting these locations of the city and around it. List it now. You never know when the restless kids would start hurrying to visit them all!

1. Marina Beach

Marina Beach

One of the most spectacular and top attractions of Chennai is the Marina Beach. The top-notch beauty of this beach is incredible, but your kid would especially love the exciting activities here like horse riding, water sports, and sand play. Pro tip — If your kids get hungry after so much play, the roadside stalls of this beach serve a variety of snacks.

  • Time — 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Entry fees — Free

2. The Government Museum of Chennai

Government Museum, Chennai

Do take your kids in a self-drive car rental to the oldest Government Museum of the city. Your child would be intrigued by so many galleries of exhibits preserved and displayed in this Museum. And the doll gallery is the most favourite amongst the children visiting this place. They say, travelling imparts lessons. Well, now you know!

  • Time — 9:30 am — 5:00 pm
  • Entry fees — 15 INR for adults and 5 INR for children.

3. Dakshinachitra

places to visit in chennai for youngsters

Now Dakshinachitra is one of the very interesting places around Chennai for kids. The incredible examples of art and craft samples in this Museum make it very much interesting for the kids and they tend to get a better understanding of the culture of Chennai too.

  • Time — 10:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Entry fees — 100 INR for adults and 50 INR for children.

4. Railway Museum

Railway Museum

Chennai becomes one of the most favourite summer vacations destinations of the kids because they just love to visit and explore its distinct Railway Museum. From miniature train models to different parts of the rails and even exciting demonstrations of the system, this museum holds everything interesting for children. To add to the charm, there’s also a children’s park outside this museum which keeps them entertained thoroughly.

  • Time — 10:00 am — 6:00 pm
  • Entry fees — INR 10

5. MGM Dizzee World

MGM Dizzee World

Looking for the best entertainment and fun places in Chennai? Then you should definitely take them to the MGM Dizzee World. It’s a fantastic theme park full of amazing rides and activities to keep them busy. They’ll surely love to spend an entire day in this park indulging in a fabulous experience throughout the day in the wave swinger, water coaster, bug wheel, Caribbean swing, etc.

  • Time — 10:30 am — 06:30 pm
  • Entry fees — 699 INR for adults and 549 INR for children.

6. VGP Universal Kingdom

VGP Universal Kingdom

Topping the list of amusement parks and waterparks of Chennai is the VGP Universal Kingdom. You’ll get everything exciting in this park in Chennai — from the adventure rides to the happening beach and even a water and snow park — to keep your kids glued to the place. There are also some stalls and canteens to make them happy when they’re hungry apart from the live games and events that are held so frequently in this park.

  • Time — 11:00 am — 7:00 pm
  • Entry fees — 450 INR onwards

7. Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Your road trips from Chennai with kids will turn into a true treasure of happy memories for them when you take them to the Arignar Anna Zoological Park. It’s hardly a 33 kilometres drive from the city, but you’ll surely love the rare species of animals in this zoo. There are more than 150 animals residing here — like the golden jackal, white-backed vulture, grey wolf, etc.

  • Time — 9:00 am — 5:00 pm
  • Entry fees — 35 INR for children and 70 INR for adults.

places to visit in chennai for youngsters

One of the most popular picnic and camping sites around Chennai is Yercaud. This hill station is stunning and has excellent natural beauty, no doubt! But your children will find it interesting to camp over here and trek in this safer and greener location. There are also some fabulous waterfalls in Yercaud where you and your child are surely going to have some fun playing in the gushing and running water.

  • Time — All day

9. Gingee Fort

Gingee Fort

Here is another astounding location in the list of kids’ friendly destinations in and around Chennai. The Gingee Fort is a prominent historical place with a very large expanse of area to intrigue you and your child. You can also enjoy an ideal picnic in this fort while exploring the depths of this fort.

  • Time — 9:00 am — 5:30 pm
  • Entry fees — 30 INR

10. Monkey Monk

Monkey Monk

This is one of the most fantastic and exciting places to take your kids along. This is not your regular amusement park. You will find lots of thrilling and challenging activities for your child which will surely encourage them to do better in sports and even provide them the excitement they’re looking for.

  • Time — 10:00 am — 7:00 pm
  • Entry fees — 450 INR for children and 550 INR for adults.

We are sure now you and your child both will be totally entertained and busy during your stay in Chennai. But do remember that when you have children and family with you, it’s better to only opt for a safe and hygienic car on rent in Chennai from a reputable company like Revv. And if you are on a search for some more such fascinating places, do also check the Wild Tribe Ranch for exciting activities for children, Forum Vijaya Mall for lots of fun rides, Pulicat Lake so that they enjoy exclusive bird watching experience, and Alamparai Fort to enjoy the wonderful weather and panoramic view of Chennai.

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Positioned on the Coromandel Coast, Chennai, Tamil Nadu's capital city is a bustling and vibrant metropolis that has deep ties to its past but remains current. Beyond all its busy streets are iconic sites where family-friendly activities abound. In order to have the best experience of this beautiful city with your family whether you're a local or a tourist planning to visit, here is a list of these wonderful places:

1.Marina Beach:

Stretching over 13 km along the Bay of Bengal, Marina Beach is one of the world's largest urban beaches and one of Chennai's most recognizable landmarks. Families can go for leisurely walks along sandy shores, try street foods and ride horses and do beach based activities. This is an experience that you will always treasure such as lying down and watching either sunrise or sunset.

2.Arignar Anna Zoological Park:

For an eventful day filled with animal encounters head towards Arignar Anna Zoological Park also called Vandalur Zoo. It covers 1,490 acres consisting of lions, tigers, elephants and reptiles among others. With all other creatures there are rides through the zoo where you get close to them hence it becomes an educational trip full of fun.

3.Guindy National Park:

Take a break from hustle-bustle life by stepping into Guindy National Park located at the heart of Chennai City. Over 2.82 sq kms., this reserve hosts several flora and fauna species providing a tranquil environment for those who love nature scenes. You can go for relaxed walks amidst lush foliage, spot some deer within park boundaries as well as use different walking trails coupled with children playgrounds.

4.Cholamandal Artists' Village:

Visiting Cholamandal Artists' Village gives art lovers like kids reason to smile since it is an ideal cultural hub showcasing South Indian artistic heritage in its entirety. It was started in1966 featuring artists such as painters, sculptors and crafts persons whose work is exhibited in galleries or open spaces. Here, visitors have an opportunity to interact with the artists, attend workshops and purchase authentic art pieces making it a learning experience like no other for families.

5.Birla Planetarium:

At Birla Planetarium, which is a school of astronomy and space science, you will find an education center dedicated to satiate your curiosity about what lies beyond planet earth. Inside Periyar Science and Technology Centre complex stands this institution offering interesting sky shows, interactive exhibits and information on celestial events. This gives families an opportunity to learn more about the universe in an enjoyable way.

6.Fort St. George:

Go back in time exploring Chennai's colonial past at Fort St. George which happens to be its oldest English fortress that still exists today. The fort was constructed by the British East India Company in 1644 and now it houses the Fort Museum containing artifacts; relics from prior ages when India was under British rule. Family tours can be organized where they can learn more about how the fort shaped Chennai's history as well as her fight for independence.

7.Besant Nagar Beach (Elliot's Beach):

For a more serene and casual beach experience, head over to Besant Nagar Beach, which is also known as Elliot's Beach. Situated in the bustling neighborhood of Besant Nagar, this sandy stretch offers a peaceful atmosphere where you can unwind with your family. It has got something for everyone from beachside picnics to water sports and great seafood.

8.DakshinaChitra:

DakshinaChitra is a South Indian open-air museum that showcases traditional arts, crafts and architecture. Located on the scenic East Coast Road, it is an area that encompasses heritage homes replicated from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh states in India. The cultural exhibits are vibrant allowing visitors to participate in hands-on workshops while watching live demonstrations by skilled artisans; it will be an insightful journey through the diverse culture of this region.

Conclusion:

Chennai A combination of historical landmarks, natural attractions and cultural experiences; perfect for families looking for adventure. Whether you are exploring its vibrant beaches or diving into its rich cultural heritage or looking at its different wildlife highlights, Chennai will make sure you never forget your experiences as a family. So pack up your bags and gather together your loved ones because there is no better time to go on an enriching trip to this lively city along India's south-eastern coast than now.

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1. breezy beach, chennai.

Breezy Beach, Chennai

Breezy Beach lays in the remote and serene neighbourhood of Valmiki Nagar in Chennai. Being smaller and less polluted, it is the perfect getaway for anyone looking for a peaceful evening. This beach is not as popular and known as the Elliots beach, and is hence more quiet and peaceful. Evenings are very pleasant and breezy here, and in the recent years, lots of tourists have been attracted towards this beach for its beauty. Those looking for an amiable, refreshing and breezy place to chill out and have fun, the Breezy beach of Chennai is the place to be.

2. Marina Beach, Chennai

Marina Beach, Chennai

Situated in the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Marina Beach is a natural urban beach along the Bay of Bengal. The beach is stretched out to a distance of 13 kilometres making it the longest natural urban beach in the country, second largest in the world and also the most crowded beach in India with almost 30,000 visitors a day.

3. Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Chennai

Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Chennai

Perhaps one of the most popular picnic spots in Vandalur, Kanchipuram District, the Arignar Zoological Park is an amazing place to discover the flora and fauna of the region. A favourite weekend spot with both children and adults alike, the Arignar Zoo is situated at a distance of 32 kilometres from  Chennai city. It is the largest zoo of its kind in South East Asia and is sprawled over an area of 1260 acres. In addition to having an extensive collection of endemic and exotic animals, visitors can experience the wild first hand with a trip to safari parks where lions and deer can be easily spotted.

4. Elliot's Beach, Chennai

Elliot's Beach, Chennai

Elliot's Beach aka "Besant Nagar Beach" or "Bessie" is located in Besant Nagar, Chennai. It forms the end-point of the Marina Beach shore and is named after Edward Elliot (who was once the Chief Magistrate, Superintendent of Madras and Governor of Chennai during the British times). It has the Velankanni Church and the Ashtalakshmi Kovil in the vicinity. The mesmerising beach is one of the cleanest beaches in the city of Chennai.

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MGM Dizzee World, Chennai

MGM Dizzee World is one of the largest and oldest amusement parks in India. It boasts of having had given its visitors some unique experiences, many of which were first-timers. It brought Jurong's Bird Show from Singapore to India way back in 1999. It also had a hot air balloon ride in 1998, and even though it sounds unbelievable, there were arrangements for picking up and dropping visitors on a helicopter back in 2000 - probably the first time in the history of entertainment park business.

6. Kishkinta Theme Park, Chennai

Kishkinta Theme Park, Chennai

Situated in Tambaram in Chennai, Kishkinta is one of the most popular amusement theme parks in the city. With a range of rides and slides designed both for kids and adults, the spot is ideal for spending time with friends, family and loved ones.

7. Queens Land, Chennai

Queens Land, Chennai

Located in Poonamallee in Chennai, Queens Land Amusement Park is spread over an area of 70 acres. Boasting of 51 adrenaline pumping rides both water and regular, the park also has a play area, a green space and an enormous food court.

8. VGP Universal Kingdom, Chennai

VGP Universal Kingdom, Chennai

Situated on the East Coast Road in Chennai, VGP Universal Kingdom is a fun-filled amusement theme park in the city. Besides the water park, the main highlights of the park are water cascades, Paneer forts, statueman, Millennium Tower etc.

9. Monkey Monk, Chennai

Monkey Monk, Chennai

Monkey Monk is the most ideal park in Chennai for outdoor activities like rappelling, burma bridge, zip lining, tyre jump, valley crossing, ladder crossing etc. The spacious centre is perfect for a day out with both friends and family; and is especially popular among the adventure junkees.

10. Wild Tribe Ranch, Chennai

Wild Tribe Ranch, Chennai

Situated in Nemmeli near Chennai, Wild Tribe Ranch is a fun outdoor adventure cum amusement park. Offering a plethora of activities and fun games including flying fox, paintball, water activities etc, the park is a haven for adventure enthusiasts and sports junkees.

11. Little Folks, Chennai

Little Folks, Chennai

Especially designed for kids, Little Folks is a children's amusement park situated around 45 kms from Chennai on the Mahabalipuram road. With a plethora of rides and slides, the highlights of the park is the toy train ride, slide into pool, cartoon show, rainbow fountain, paddle pool etc.

12. Guindy National Park, Chennai

Guindy National Park, Chennai

Guindy National Park in Chennai is the dominant factor in contributing to the lush green cover of the city. Known to be the 8th smallest national park in the country, the land is blessed with dense forest area, scrub lands, lakes and streams etc. Boasting of pretty flowers and a rich wildlife, the park receives a large tourist influx throughout the year.

13. Tholkappia Poonga, Chennai

Tholkappia Poonga, Chennai

Also known as Adyar Poonga or Adyar Eco Park, Tholkappia Poonga is an ecological park established by an initiative of the Tamil Nadu government. Situated in the Adyar estuary of Chennai, the park boast of 160 species of trees and is visited by tourists and localites alike.

14. Semmozhi Poonga, Chennai

Semmozhi Poonga, Chennai

Opened in November 2010, Semmozhi Poonga is the first botanical park of Chennai. Boasting of over 500 species of plants, the collection includes herbs and medicinal plants as well. The entire park has been divided into 8 zones with an individual theme. The park is one of the most popular tourist spot of the city owing to its charm, beauty and bounteous nature.

15. Jeeva Park, Chennai

Jeeva Park, Chennai

Located on the GN Jetty Road, Jeeva Park is a popular green park in Chennai. Especially popular among the joggers and kids, the park is also visited by groups of friends and family for an afternoon picnic or to spend some quality time amidst nature and lush greenery.

16. Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Chennai

Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Chennai

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust is the brainchild of revered herpetologist and wildlife activist Romulus 'Rom' Whitaker - an initiative to keep the fading species of crocs in subcontinent safe. Initially, the Croc Bank was built to keep the crocodiles safe and help them breed and multiply until they were fit enough to be returned to their natural habitat, and thus replenish the nature's stock. However, due to lessening wilderness, this practice has been stopped. They are now given home in the Crocodile Bank itself and are open for the public six days of the week.

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  • 23 Things To Do In Chennai To Explore The Southern Pearl Of India In 2024

23 Mar 2023

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘Chennai’? Pristine beaches, beautiful temples and fun activities, right? Well, Chennai is all about it and with so many great things to do in Chennai , you can have a marvellous experience. Chennai, formerly known as Madras is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Quite famous for its religious sites, beaches, and being an IT hub, Chennai is welcoming and a destination that you must visit at least once in your life. It does not matter if you are here for a weekend or a week, just don’t forget to check out some of the amazing things to do in Chennai city and try them out. Chennai is a very developed city and being a coastal city, you will have a lot of fun while you are here.

23 Best Things To Do In Chennai In 2024

If you were wondering about what are the fun things to do in Chennai then you we will tell you all about it. From shopping to lazing around on the beaches, there is no dearth of things to do in Chennai. So, check them out and see what all activities will you be indulging in on your vacation. 

  • Elliot’s Beach : Witness A Beautiful Sunrise
  • Mahabalipuram : Marvel At The Sculptures
  • Mylapore Musings Kapaleeshwar Temple : Take A Look
  • Muttukadu : Try Water Activities
  • Trekking : Hike Around Chennai For Adventure
  • Queens Land : For The Fun Rides
  • IIT-Madras : Take A Nature Walk
  • Pondy Bazaar : Go On A Shopping Spree
  • Birla Planetarium : Visit The Modern Planetarium Of India
  • National Art Gallery : Be Awestruck By The Art
  • Ubbalamadugu Falls : For Some Nature Photography
  • Pulicat Lake : Admire The View Of Birds Flying In Sync
  • Barracuda Bay : Opt For Fishing With Friends
  • Chennai Cuisine : Treat Your Taste Buds
  • Scuba Diving : Gear Up For Some Thrilling Adventure
  • Lion Safari : Head To Arignar Anna Zoological Park
  • Cultural Tour : Explore The Dakshinachitra Museum
  • Parasailing : Get The Panoramic View Of Chennai
  • Fun Day : Go To MGM Dizzee World
  • Beach Hopping : For All Beach Bums
  • Camping : Get Down To Earth
  • Rock Climbing : Try Out This Activity
  • Paintball : Have Fun With Your Gang

1. Elliot’s Beach: Witness A Beautiful Sunrise

Beautiful view of sunset at Elliot's Beach, among the best things to do in Chennai.

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Experience a bliss while catching the sunrise at Elliot’s Beach, one of the best things to do in Chennai with friends, family, or solo. Having a stroll in the morning over here is the best way to pass time. It is located in one of the most famous places in Chennai , Beasant Nagar. This beach has a great walking path with a lot of local food joints and it is also close to the shores. There are temples, churches, and monuments in this beach road which makes it the best place for any kind of person to hangout. There is one certain Karl Schmidt memorial that you have to visit. This has also seen in a lot of movies and it is situated on Elliot’s Beach. So, if wondering ‘what to do in Chennai?’, just escape to this haven.

Ideal for: Early sunrise stroll. You can come along with your family or friends or just alone to enjoy the tranquility. Activity cost/Ticket fee: free Timings: open all-day Location: Beasant Nagar, Chennai

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2. Mahabalipuram: Marvel At The Sculptures

Explore the ancient monument, among the best things to do in Chennai.

One of the best things to do in Chennai for youngsters, you can rent two-wheelers and start early morning to Mahabalipuram. You have to drive on the East Coast Road and the experience of the drive itself makes it so thrilling that you will have the best time in the day. You can get crazy with your group of friends and you will still love it! You can explore the architectural wonders of the Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance, Pancha Rathas, or Krishna’s Butterball. You will enjoy the whole town because of its built. This place is a declared UNESCO site for the stone-carved wonders. You can enjoy the amazing Seashell Museum too!

Ideal for: Friends who like to seek outdoor activities as fun. You can visit with your family too. Activity cost/Ticket fee: free Entry timing and closing timings: 6 AM- 6 PM Location: Mahabalipuram

3. Mylapore Musings Kapaleeshwar Temple: Take A Look

Visit the ancient temple, among the religious things to do in Chennai.

Visiting Kapaleeshwar temple is one of the top things to do in Chennai. The Kapaleeshwar Temple was built way back in the 7th century and if you are a history buff, then you have to visit this temple. This famous temple in Chennai depicts the proper Dravidian architecture and it boasts of the different gopurams and the series. The whole temple is a dedication to Lord Shiva who is in the form of a peacock or Mayil. Thus, the town got its name from this temple- Mayilapura or the Town of Peacocks. You will find maamis in the temple who are dressed in their bright sarees, maamas chanting shlokas. The whole atmosphere is very vibrant and you will fall in love with it. This town Mylapore is considered equal to Kailasa.

Ideal for: Historic sites. Activity cost/Ticket fee: Free unless you want a special darshan Timings: 5 AM- 12:30 PM & 4 PM-8PM Location: Kapaleesvarar, Kesava Perumal Sannathi St, Vinayaka Nagar Colony, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600004

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4. Muttukadu: Try Water Activities

The view of Muttukadu Boat House, among the best things to do in Chennai for thrill and fun.

Muttukadu Boat House is a water sports facility located on the East Coast Road. Enjoy an adrenaline-filled experience as there are plenty of thrilling activities to do in Chennai. This is the backwater area of the mighty Bay of Bengal and is around 35 km away from the city center. There are around 15 row boats, 27-speed boats and pedal boats too. This boating spot is quite famous and more than 4000 people come here every weekend. So, if looking for top things to do in Chennai with friends, come and visit Muttukadu Boat House.

Ideal for: Friends and family relatives. You will love it here if you plan a Saturday or Sunday with your cousins. Activity cost/Ticket fee: Varies, you can find the information online. But, they take INR 130 for 30 minutes of row boating. Timings: 9 AM-6 PM Location: East Coast Road, Muttukadu, Tamil Nadu 603103

5. Trekking: Hike Around Chennai For Adventure

Go trekking with loved ones or solo, among the best things to do in Chennai.

Looking for some adventurous things to do in Chennai with friends ? Try out the treks in Chennai! Chennai is a coastal city that has a lot to offer like scenic drives, sightseeing, adventure sports, etc. It also has quite a few trekking options too. There are different grades of treks that you can do in and around Chennai. The complete trek is based on the length of the trip and the place of choice. No mountain is not conquerable so get your boots on and go for that trekking expedition near Chennai .

Ideal for: Adventure seekers Activity cost/Ticket fee: Variable Timings: It usually begins early in the morning around 6 AM. Location: East Coast Road, Chennai. Stay options: Camping at the site of trek

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6. Queensland: For The Fun Rides

 Enjoy thrilling rides at Queensland Amusement Park, among the best things to do in Chennai.

If you are into amusement parks, consider taking some fun rides in Queensland, one of the best things to do in Chennai for all ages. Spread over 70 acres, this theme park is huge. It offers a total of 51 rides which include both the water rides as well as the land rides. You can do some crazy and thrilling stuff here and enjoy all the rides you can get. Freefall down a height of 150 feet, crash into cars and splash through water on twisters and slides are some of the major attractions. It’s a splendid place for group outings. So, if looking for exciting fun weekend activities in Chennai, visit Queensland.

Ideal for: Fun, you can plan a day with families or friends, etc Activity cost/Ticket fee: INR 550 for adults, INR 450 for kids and no charge for children below 2 ft. Timings: 9:30 AM – 6 PM. It is closed on Mondays Location: Chennai-Bengaluru Highway, Palanjur, Sembarambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600123

7. IIT-Madras: Take A Nature Walk

 Visit the famous IIT Institute, among the best things to do in Chennai.

Do you like to take nature walks back to your place? Do you find it relaxing when you hear the birds chirping early in the morning? It’s therapeutic, right? One of the best things to do in Chennai city is to take the early morning nature walk at IIT Madras. The campus is actually a part of the Guindy National Park, and the vegetation here is tropical dry evergreen. There is a special deer park too where several spotted deer have been introduced into the campus in the park. There are more than hundreds of varieties of birds and other aerial insects. If you are a bird watcher, then this place is heaven for you.

Ideal for: Calm activity, or a hangout date. Activity cost/Ticket fee: free Timings: Open 24/7 Location: IIT Madras, Chennai

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8. Pondy Bazaar: Go On A Shopping Spree

Shop at the famous Pondy bazaar, among the best things to do in Chennai.

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If you are looking for some exciting things to do in Chennai, go on a shopping spree in Pondy Bazaar. You can purchase anything from here be it jimikki, kammal or the comfortable slippers. Pondy Bazaar, a tourist shopping spot for all ages, offers a wholesome shopping experience. Here, don’t forget to taste that strongly brewed cup of coffee at Geetha Café. It is an absolute delight to be there! You can also shop at night and it is often viewed as one of the fun things to do in Chennai at night. So, if you are unable to decide what things to do around Chennai, this is your ideal place.

Ideal for: A fun day out. Activity cost/Ticket fee: No activity cost. Timings: 10 AM- 8 PM (though the market starts at 8 AM, things don’t really start to kick off until 10 AM) Location: Parthasarathi Puram, T. Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017

9. Birla Planetarium: Visit The Modern Planetarium Of India

Check out the famous Science Museum, among the best things to do in Chennai.

One of the best things to do in Chennai for youngsters is visiting Birla Planetarium which is the most modern planetarium in India. The planetarium is home to a fully computerized projector that portrays astronomical objects on a hemispherical dome. The Planetarium presents audiovisual programs on various themes in astronomy. Adjoining the planetarium is the Periyar Science and Technology Museum, which is of interest to students and other science enthusiasts.

Ideal for: A place to go with friends and family Activity cost/Ticket fee: INR 45 for adults and INR 25 for children. You can view the Science Center, Planetarium, 3D Science Movie and Science Park. Timings: 10 AM- 5:45 PM Location: Gandhi Mandapam Road, Duraisamy Nagar, Kotturpuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600025

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10. National Art Gallery: Be Awestruck By The Art

Explore National Art_Gallery, among the best things to do in Chennai.

The National Art Gallery was built of sandstone in the year 1907 by T. Namberumal Chetty, earlier it was called as Victoria Memorial Hall as it was built during the Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in a particular Indo Saracenic style. Portraits of many British officers like Lord William Bentinck are also there in the Gallery and visiting the place is often accounted as one of the best things to do in Chennai.

Ideal for: People who love art. Visit with friends or family. Activity cost/Ticket fee: INR 15 for adults and INR 10 for children. Timings: 9 AM- 5 PM , Closed on national holidays and Fridays only Location: Inside Government Museum Complex

11. Ubbalamadugu Falls: For Some Nature Photography

Visit Ubbalamadugu Falls, among the best things to do in Chennai.

One of the offbeat things to do in Chennai is opting for nature photography at the famous Ubbalamadugu Falls. If you are a water baby then this the best place to let the inner kid out. The water from the falls channelizes its path through huge canyons which is a sight to see. If you are traveling with your kids then you must head to this place to admire the natural beauty as it is one of the best things to do in Chennai with kids.

Ideal for: Family, friends, kids, nature lovers Activity cost/Ticket fee: NA Timings: 8 AM- 4 PM Location: Andhra Pradesh 517541

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12. Pulicat Lake: Admire The View Of Birds Flying In Sync

The breathtaking view of Pulicat Lake, among the best things to do in Chennai.

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Listed among the top things to do in Chennai is bird watching at the Pulicat Lake. The place is mostly crammed with birds, especially during the migratory season. If you are a nature lover, then there cannot be a better place to witness some of the most beautiful natural vistas in Chennai than Pulicat Lake. You will also find several photographers strolling around here early in the morning or in the evening to get that perfect shot and capture the natural beauty.

Ideal for: Nature lovers, animal lovers Activity cost/Ticket fee: Free Timings: Anytime Location: Coromandel Coast, Andrha Pradesh

13. Barracuda Bay: Opt For Fishing With Friends

Do fishing at Barracuda Bay, among the best things to do in Chennai.

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Now if you are traveling with your friends and want to indulge in one of the cool things to do in Chennai then you must head to the popular Barracuda Bay which gives a chance to interact with nature again. This place is famous among the adventure junkies due to a variety of activities to do here like fishing. You can visit the Barracuda Bay Sport Fishing Club where you can learn three types of fishing including popping, jigging, and trolling.

Ideal for: Adventure enthusiasts Activity cost/Ticket fee: Free Timings: Anytime Location: Chennai, India

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14. Chennai Cuisine: Treat Your Taste Buds

Try the authentic Chennai food, one of the best things to do in Chennai.

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A trip to any place remains incomplete without trying its local dishes. So, if you are planning for a Chennai tour any time soon then make sure that you try out the main dishes from their cuisine. Some of the not-to-be-missed dishes are Dosa, Idli Sambhar, Vada, Chili Parotha, Paniyaram, Uttapam, Idiyappam, Biryani, and many more. If you are looking for some sweet options then head out to taste different types of kulfi. They are available in different flavors like saffron, pista, rose, cardamom, mango, and more.

Ideal for: Foodies Activity cost/Ticket fee: NA Timings: Anytime Location: Anywhere in Chennai

15. Scuba Diving: Gear Up For Some Thrilling Adventure

Enjoy scuba-diving, one of the best things to do in Chennai.

Rising temperatures definitely calls out for a dip into the cold waters of Chennai. If you are looking for some thrilling water activities then head to the Covelong Beach which is an ideal location for scuba diving in Chennai . With shipwrecks to explore underwater and beautiful sceneries, it serves as the best place for this activity. Later, you can rest on the beach and admire the clear waters against a beautiful sunset to end your day on a good note. There is doubt in the fact that it is one of the most amazing things to do in Chennai for couples.

Ideal for: Adventure souls Activity cost/Ticket fee: INR 6,000 per person (approx.) Timings: NA Location: Covelong Beach, Chennai

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16. Lion Safari: Head To Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Visit the famous Arignar Anna Zoological Park for thrill, among the best things to do in Chennai.

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If your heart lies in the wilderness and if you love to explore the flora and fauna of a place then the perfect place for you is the Arignar Anna Zoological Park. It is one of the most famous picnic spots in Vandalur and is perfect for families with children. Covering an area of 1,260 acres in total, this is one-of-its-kind zoo which houses 138 species of exotic and endemic animals. A safari in this zoo will let you get a glimpse of lions, elephants, Indian civet cat, and tigers. Apart from safari, you can also enjoy elephant rides and let your kids explore the children’s park.

Ideal for: Friends, family, nature lovers Activity cost/Ticket fee: INR 50 (Adults), INR 20 (Children below 12 years) Timings: 9 am – 5 pm (Closed on Tuesdays) Location: Grand Southern Trunk Rd, Vandalur, Tamil Nadu 600048

17. Cultural Tour: Explore The Dakshinachitra Museum

The exterior view of Dakshinachitra Museum, among the best things to do in Chennai.

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One of the cultural places to visit in Chennai is Dakshinachitra Museum which lets you delve into the history and culture of this place. It displays a great deal of works that represent the lifestyle of South India. It houses more than 4,000 artefacts and 10,00,000 pictures that depict the local culture. The museum is developed in the form of a village with 18 authentic houses that exhibit how people used to live. So, if you are a culture vulture then you must head to Dakshinachitra Museum.

Ideal for: History Buffs Activity cost/Ticket fee: INR 110 (Adults), INR 50 (Students from 13-18 hours) Timings: 10 am – 6 pm (Mon-Fri), 10 am – 7 pm (Sat-Sun), Closed on Tuesday Location: SH 49, Muthukadu, Tamil Nadu 603118

18. Parasailing: Get The Panoramic View Of Chennai

Enjoy parasailing, among the wonderful things to do in Chennai.

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Chennai is not just a place of temples and beaches. If you dig deeper then you can find some amazing activities to indulge in like parasailing. During this activity, you are tied with a parachute which is connected with a motor speed boat. As the boat moves forward with speed, the parachute blows into the sky taking you with it. You soar high in the sky and get to witness the turquoise blue ocean. It is a perfect activity to do in Chennai with your friends.

Ideal for: Adventure souls Activity cost/Ticket fee: INR 2,000 per person (approx.) Timings: NA Location: Covelong Beach, Chennai

19. Fun Day: Go To MGM Dizzee World

MGM Dizzee World, among the best things to do in Chennai.

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Looking for a place where you can have fun with your gang or family? Well, Chennai has got just the right place for you and it is none other than MGM Dizzee World. It is one of the oldest and the largest amusement parks in India which is why it is teeming with people all the time. There are several thrill rides that cater to the adventurous souls of people. Earlier, it also had a hot air balloon ride which was the major attraction in the early days. With several thrill rides to explore, this is one of the best places to explore in Chennai with kids.

Ideal for: Friends, Family, Couples Activity cost/Ticket fee: INR 549 (Children), INR 699 (Adults) Timings: 10:30 am – 6:30 pm (Mon-Fri), 10:30 am – 7:30 (Sat-Sun) Location: 1/74, SH 49, Muthukadu, Tamil Nadu 600112

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20. Beach Hopping: For All Beach Bums

Beach hopping, among the best things to do in Chennai with loved ones.

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Chennai is dotted with several beaches which is why beach hopping is one of the top things to do in Chennai for couples. One can opt for water activities on Covelong Beach, then head to Eliot’s Beach and Marina Beach for a beautiful view. If anyone is looking for a less-crowded beach then there are Pebble Beach, Kasimedu Beach, Neelankarai Beach, and Santhome Beach. The list does not end here as there are more beaches to explore like Breezy Beach, Akkarai Beach, Nettukuppam Beach, VGP Golden Beach, and Thiruvanmiyur Beach. One can relax, explore, indulge in activities, laze around, and enjoy sunsets at these beaches.

Ideal for: Beach bums, couples, family, friends Activity cost/Ticket fee: NA Timings: NA Location: All over Chennai

21. Camping: Get Down To Earth

The exterior view of camping, among the best things to do in Chennai.

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There are several spots in and around Chennai that are best suited for camping and exploring the nature places. So, if you are in search of places where you, along with your gang, can pitch a tent amidst natural surroundings then you will not be disappointed with these places. There are places like Tada Falls, Pulicat Lake, Chembarambakkam Lake, Mamandur, Nagalapuram, Peermade Waterfalls, and more. With foliage and waterfalls nearby, these places are best for pitching your tent.

Ideal for: Friends, nature lovers Activity cost/Ticket fee: INR 2,000 per person (approx.) Timings: Anytime Location: Several places in and around Chennai

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22. Rock Climbing: Try Out This Activity

 Do indoor rock climbing, among the best things to do in Chennai.

One of the most adventurous things to do in Chennai in one day is rock climbing. Climbing is said to be an ideal alternative for regular gyms as it really tests your strength and perfects the core. The best part about this activity is that you don’t have to do it under the scorching sun. Instead, you can do it at Fit Rock Arena where you will be provided with the same facilities but indoors. So, if you are looking for some strength-related activities then the best option is to opt for indoor rock climbing.

Ideal for: Adventurous people Activity cost/Ticket fee: INR 700 for 2-hour session (approx.) Timings: NA Location: 73, Venkatakrishna Rd, Perumal Koil Thottam, Ramakrishna Nagar, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600028

23. Paintball: Have Fun With Your Gang

Do paintball with loved ones, among the best things to do in Chennai.

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One of the coolest things to do in Chennai is to opt for a paintball session with your friends. If you and your gang love to play combat games in reality then this is the best option. Get ready with your combat suit and your weapon to paint the opposite gang. So, if you are planning to explore Chennai with your friends then you can include this activity in your itinerary.

Ideal for: Friends Activity cost/Ticket fee: INR 400 per person (approx.) Timings: 10 am – 8:30 pm (Mon-Thurs), 10 am – 9 pm (Fri), 9 am – 9 pm (Sat-Sun) Location: 168/3D, Pattipulam, East Coast Road, 2kms from Dolphin city, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 603104

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Thus, if you have even 2 days in Chennai, then don’t miss these things to do in Chennai. It is always better to learn a little local language but it is manageable as most people do understand and speak English. The food here is awesome and any random tiffin center in the morning should serve you delicious breakfast, so don’t forget to try that out as well and plan your trip to Chennai .

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Frequently Asked Questions About Things To Do In Chennai

What are the top attractions to visit in Chennai (Madras)?

The top attractions to visit in Chennai are Marina Beach, Government Museum Chennai, San Thome Cathedral Basilica, Fort St. George Museum and Guindy National Park.

Where can I spend a day in Chennai?

There are ten popular places you can explore in a day on your trip to Chennai. These are: 1. Sri Parthasarathi Temple 2. Valluvar Kottam 3. Government Museum 4. San Thome Cathedral Basilica 5. Kapaleeshwarar Temple 6. Semmozhi Poonga 7. Marina Beach 8. T. Nagar 9. Vivekananda House 10. MGR Film City

What are the most popular things to do in Chennai with kids?

The top sights in Chennai that can be enjoyed along with kids include B.M. Birla Planetarium, Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Chennai Snake Park Trust, VGP Universal Kingdom, Dakshina Chitra Museum, Marina Beach etc.

What are the popular things to do in Chennai?

You can go around Elliot’s Beach or take a walk at Marina Beach in the morning. You can even go to Anna Centenary Library or Sabha hopping during the music season.

What is Chennai known for?

Chennai is famous for a lot of things but it is especially famous for its temples including Kapaleeshwarar, Vadapalani Murugan Temple, Parthasarathy Temple, Asthalakshmi Temple, Thiruneermala Vishnu Temple, etc.

How can one spend 2 days in Chennai?

Travellers can visit the Government Museum, Marina Beach, Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Elliot Beach, MGR Memorial, San Thome Basilica, Birla Planetarium to spend 2 days in Chennai.

Which is the richest area in Chennai?

Boat Club, Poes Garden, East- Coast Road, Nungambakkam, Velachery, Adyar, Gopalapuram and OMR are among the posh areas of Chennai.

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Why voters in southern India are more resistant to Modi's Hindu-centric politics

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has exercised near-total control over Indian politics since coming to power 10 years ago, with one exception: He has failed to win over the country’s wealthier southern region

CHENNAI, India — Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wielded near-total control over Indian politics since coming to power 10 years ago, with one exception: He has failed to win over the country’s wealthier southern region.

Five states across southern India account for roughly 20% of the country’s population and 30% of its economy. They are the heartbeat of India’s manufacturing and high-tech sectors. They are ethnically diverse and proudly multilingual. They empower women with educational and employment opportunities and have a long history of progressive politics.

Not one of them is controlled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party — a stark rejection of its Hindu-nationalist agenda that enjoys wide support in northern India.

The BJP is expected to win India’s election when results are announced in June, delivering Modi another five years as prime minister. But the odds are also high of strong resistance in the south. That would deny Modi his ambition of uniting all of India behind him and limit how far he can push the BJP agenda of promoting one religion and language over others.

“If you conceive of a Hindi-speaking, unified civilization as the reason you exist, then that becomes a significant barrier for you to cross,” data scientist and political analyst Neelakantan R.S. said.

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Voters and leaders of India’s southern states have different needs than their counterparts in the north, which is more rural and populous. One thing they want is greater recognition from the Modi government of the key role their region plays in advancing the country’s economy.

They feel their outsized contribution to India’s tax base is betrayed by Modi’s preferential treatment for poorer northern states, which receive a disproportionate amount of government funds for development projects and social welfare programs.

Modi’s injection of religion into politics only exacerbates tensions with many southern voters.

Despite the strong opposition, Modi is campaigning aggressively in the south. His goal is for the BJP to win enough seats in the lower house of parliament to secure a two-thirds majority. That much power could embolden the party to try changing the constitution to serve its Hindu-centric goals, political analyst Kavitha Muralidharan said.

“A super majority is what they need to launch a full-scale, pan-India, Hindutva experiment,” Muralidharan said, referring to the century-old ideology guiding Modi.

MODI'S SOUTHERN STRATEGY

Modi has made some 20 trips this year to five southern states: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. They control roughly a quarter of the 543 seats in the lower house of parliament — and if the BJP can win just a few more than the 29 seats it won from these states in 2019, its super majority is within reach.

But experts are skeptical this will happen because southern voters have deep connections to regional political parties that have dominated for decades and are the BJP’s toughest electoral opponents nationwide.

Modi is heavily focused on the southernmost state, Tamil Nadu, where the BJP did not win any of its 39 seats up for grabs in the 2019 election.

On a recent visit there, Modi wore the region’s traditional white silk garment -- a veshti -- wrapped around his lower body, and he used artificial intelligence software to have his speeches translated in real-time from Hindi to Tamil.

“As the world’s oldest language, Tamil fills us with immense pride,” Modi said recently, making an apparent effort to tamp down rumors that the BJP wants to impose the Hindi language on the state.

Still, Dileep Kumar, a computer engineer in Bengaluru, said voters in Tamil Nadu are wary. “I can’t go and say to a Hindi guy, brother, please quit your Hindi and start talking in Tamil. That’s not going to work, will it?” he said.

One BJP candidate running for parliament in the state’s capital of Chennai believes the party has its best shot in years at gaining support.

“His frequent visits are helping us,” Tamilisai Soundararajan said. “People here were electrified when they saw the prime minister.”

But the incumbent she’s up against is doubtful. Hindu-centric politics won’t resonate in a place with a long history of social justice and equal rights movements, said Thamizhachi Thangapandian, a retired college professor who is a member of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party, the BJP’s strongest rival in Tamil Nadu.

The beat of drums and firecrackers welcomed Thangapandian as she greeted voters recently riding an open-roofed tuk-tuk through Chennai’s alleyways. The achievements of her party blared through a set of speakers, including a reference to keeping out the “religion crazy” BJP.

Modi routinely mentions on the campaign trail the recent construction of a Hindu temple atop a razed mosque, but the issue doesn’t animate voters in southern India like it does elsewhere.

Southern India is home to some of the country’s most visited temples and has millions of Hindu devotees. What sets it apart, experts say, is that religion hasn’t been weaponized for political gain.

“People are religious here,” said Muralidharan, the political analyst. “But it doesn’t convert into a frenzy.”

The BJP’s religious zealotry makes leaders in the region nervous because of its potential to create a “disturbance to the peace” in a place with a global reputation as a good place to do business, said G Sundarrajan, a robotics entrepreneur in Chennai, where Hyundai and Foxconn (the maker of Apple iPhones) have located factories.

“Investors prefer Tamil Nadu precisely because its peaceful, has a large educated labor force and support from local government,” he said.

Modi tempers his Hindu-nationalist rhetoric while visiting the south, focusing his speeches instead on economics. For example, he has promised to build a high-speed rail line that would run through southern India and to help develop fisheries and auto manufacturing.

TENSION OVER REDISTRIBUTING WEALTH

The economy of southern India is more industrialized than the north, its cities are more urbanized, and its youth are more educated.

Southern Indian cities have also become a magnet for global technology companies seeking to diversify beyond China, including Apple and Google. The vast potential for India’s economy, now the world’s fifth-largest, is a point of pride for Modi.

But political leaders in southern India feel short-changed by Modi.

Tamil Nadu, India’s second-wealthiest state, receives far less in return for every rupee in taxes it pays compared with poorer northern states like Uttar Pradesh or Bihar, which receive government investments equal to two or three times the amount they pay in taxes.

This tension over the redistribution of wealth from south to north existed long before Modi came to power. But the BJP has made it worse.

Southern leaders believe Modi’s priorities lie in the north, where he derives the bulk of his support. They worry that the BJP government will snatch away even more decision-making power from states if their majority grows, said Muralidharan.

Southern leaders have protested against the Modi government for holding up development funding, for misusing federal agencies to target political opponents in the region, and for not sending enough emergency relief after natural disasters.

And they believe their fight against the BJP and Modi is existential.

“In southern India, the threat of being reduced to a vassal state is a serious problem,” said Neelakantan, the political analyst.

Pathi reported from New Delhi.

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Best Places to visit with Friends in Chennai

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Akkarai Beach, Chennai

Akkarai Beach, located along the East Coast Road (ECR) in Chennai, is a beautiful and serene coastal destination that offers visitors a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is a popular spot for those looking for a peaceful environment, stunning sunsets and the soothing sound of the waves. Read more..

Anjaneyar Temple, Chennai

Anjaneyar Temple, also known as Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple, is a famous Hindu temple in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is dedicated to the monkey god Lord Hanuman, who is worshiped here in the form of Anjaneyar. Read more..

Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Chennai

Arignar Anna Zoological Park, commonly known as Vandalur Zoo, is a famous zoological park located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is one of the largest and most diverse zoos in India, offering a wide range of wildlife species and an enjoyable experience for visitors of all ages.

Armenian Church, Chennai

Located in the bustling Parry's Corner area of Chennai, the Armenian Church is a historical and architectural gem that stands as a testament to the city's rich cultural heritage. Built by the Armenian community, this church is not only a place of worship but also a symbol of the city's multicultural past. Read more..

Ashtalakshmi Temple, Chennai

Ashtalakshmi Temple is dedicated to eight avatars of goddess Lakshmi. It is located along the shorelines of Elliot Beach in Besant Nagar. Read more..

Connemara Public Library, Chennai

Connemara Library Named after the former governor of Madras Lord Connemara the library is a part of the majestic Madras Museum Complex on the Pantheon Road, Egmore. With a humungous collection of over 600,000 books, it has been declared as the National Depository Library by the Central Government of India. Read more..

Dakshinachitra Museum, Chennai

Dakshinachitra is a living-history museum located on the scenic East Coast Road (ECR) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The museum is a unique cultural village that celebrates the rich and diverse heritage of South India. Read more..

Fort St. George, Chennai

Fort St. George is a historical fort located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Read more..

Government Museum, Chennai

The Government Museum famed as Egmore Museum or the Madras Museum is the second oldest museum in India. It offers a peek into human history, tradition, art, and culture. Read more..

ISKCON Temple, Chennai

ISKCON Temple, also known as Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple, is a spiritual and cultural site located in Chennai. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is a place of devotion, spirituality and cultural enrichment. Read more..

Kapaleeswarar Temple, Chennai

Dedicated to Lord Shiva known as Kapaleeswarar and his consort Goddess Parvati is known as Karpagambal (goddess of the wish yielding tree) the temple is a 7th-century exquisite specimen of Dravidian architecture. It is located in Mylapore and according to the legend Shakti worshipped Shiva in the form of a peacock here. Read more..

Kasimedu Beach, Chennai

Kasimedu Beach, located in the Kasimedu fishing village along the northeastern coast of Chennai, offers a unique and authentic coastal experience. This working beach is known for its bustling fish markets, lively atmosphere and its proximity to the local fishing industry. Read more..

Kolli Hills, Chennai

Kolli Hills is a beautiful mountain range located in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu, India, and is not directly connected to Chennai. It is a popular tourist destination known for its natural beauty, breathtaking views and pleasant climate. Read more..

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

MA Chidambaram Stadium, fondly known as "Chepauk Stadium", is a famous cricket stadium located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is one of the most historic and iconic cricket venues in India and is the home ground of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings. Read more..

Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Chennai

Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Center for Herpetology, commonly known as Crocodile Bank, is a famous reptile zoo and conservation center located in Mamallapuram, on the outskirts of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is one of the largest reptile zoos in India and plays an important role in the conservation and breeding of various endangered reptile species.

Madras War Cemetery, Chennai

The Madras War Cemetery, located at Nandambakkam, Chennai, is a solemn and historic cemetery dedicated in honor of the soldiers who lost their lives during the Second World War. This cemetery is one of the many war cemeteries in India that serve as the final resting place for soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice during the war.

Marundeeswarar Temple, Chennai

It is a 1300-year-old temple, located in Thiruvanmiyur, with Lord Shiva as the main deity. It leaves the visitors awestruck by its astounding unique architectural style of architecture showing traces from the Chola and The Pallava dynasties. Read more..

MGM Dizzee World, Chennai

MGM Dizzy World is a popular amusement park and entertainment complex located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is one of the largest and most loved amusement parks in South India, offering a wide range of exciting rides, attractions and entertainment options for visitors of all ages. Read more..

MGR Film City, Chennai

MGR Film City is a massive film studio and entertainment complex that includes various facilities for film and television production as well as attractions for visitors. It is an important center for the Tamil film industry and is named in honor of MG Ramachandran, popularly known as MGR.

MGR Museum, Chennai

The MGR Museum, officially known as the MG Ramachandran Memorial in T. Nagar, Chennai, is a museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Marudur Gopalan Ramachandran, fondly known as MGR. Read more..

Mylapore, Chennai

Mylapore or the land of peacock scream is a neighbourhood suburb located a few kilometers in the south of Chennai. It is regarded as a cultural hub and is widely acclaimed for its sacrosanct sites and cultural venues. Read more..

Neelankarai Beach, Chennai

Neelankarai beach, located on the south-eastern coast of Chennai, is a hidden gem known for its pristine and less crowded atmosphere. This serene beach offers a peaceful escape from the urban chaos and serves as a perfect spot for a relaxing day at the seaside. Read more..

Palavakkam Beach, Chennai

Palavakkam Beach, located along the scenic East Coast Road in Chennai, is a tranquil and relatively less crowded coastal destination. This beach offers a tranquil retreat for those looking for a tranquil retreat by the sea. Read more..

Parthasarathyswamy Temple, Chennai

Parthasarathyswami Temple is an iconic Hindu temple located in Triplicane, a historic neighborhood of Chennai. Dedicated to Lord Krishna in the role of Parthasarathy (charioteer of Arjuna in Mahabharata), this temple is a major religious site and architectural masterpiece. Read more..

Royapuram Fishing Harbour, Chennai

Popularly known as Kasimedu fishing harbor it is one of the most well known aligning grounds located in the north of Chennai Port. The harbor has a capacity of handling over one thousand boats and hundreds of catamarans. Read more..

Santhome Beach, Chennai

Santhome Beach, located in the Santhome area of Chennai, is a beautiful and historically significant beach that holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors. This beach is known for its golden sand, soothing sea breeze and its iconic Santhome Basilica that stands as a major landmark. Read more..

Santhome Cathedral Basilica, Chennai

Santhome Cathedral Basilica, also known as San Thome Basilica, is an important religious and historical site located in the Mylapore neighborhood of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is a Roman Catholic cathedral and basilica dedicated to Saint Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, and is believed to be the final resting place of his remains. Read more..

Semmozhi Poonga, Chennai

Established in 2010 it happens to be the first Botanical garden in Chennai, located on Cathedral Road, Anna Salai junction. It is an ideal place to spend leisure time with friends and family while immersing one's soul in the beauty of nature. Read more..

Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Chennai

Situated at Tiruvallikeni, Tamil Nadu the temple has its roots attached to the 8th century Pallava dynasty. It is an existent testimony to India's glorious past. Read more..

St Andrew's Church (The Kirk), Chennai

St. Andrew's Church, commonly known as "The Kirk", is a historic and prominent church located in the center of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Read more..

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