Chennai bears a distinctive new
look. The skyline is dotted with posh multi-storied offices, aesthetically
designed hotels and plush residential complexes. The streets are lined with
Internet cafes, mobile phone rentals for easy communication, and forex
moneychangers, banks and ATMs for quick cash access. Glitzy multi-cuisine
restaurants, fast food cafes, pubs and discos have sprung up to cater to the new
generation of global workers. Trendy coffee bars like Barista, Café Coffee Day
and Qwikys serve cappuccino, mocha or café latte alongside the South Indian
Today, Chennai is a busy trading centre for
exports, particularly leather and textiles. It is fast emerging as an important
healthcare destination with a number of speciality hospitals that have opened up
in recent years. It is also one of the leaders in Information Technology with
the prestigious Tidel Park as the hub of many Indian and multinational software
companies. Chennai has evolved into an IT savvy city at par with any
international metropolis. But the city retains its identity by preserving its
rich cultural heritage and integrating traditions into modern day living. It
remains a place where the past, present, and future intermingle effortlessly.
The fourth largest metropolis and the third
important port in India, Chennai is flanked by the breathtakingly beautiful
Marina beach on the eastern side and the city skyscape with its eclectic mix of
temple towers, steeples, minarets and star hotels on the other. From classical
concerts to trendy nightclubs, Chettinad to multi-cuisine restaurants, museums
to Internet cafes, Chennai offers choices that range from the quaint to the
For lot of
travellers a visit to Chennai essentially means a visit to the Marina Beach. But
this is a city that is culturally alive and an ideal evening out would include a
visit to a traditional dance performance and a visit to its museums.
A marvelous 13 km
stretch of sea and sand. Ideal for walks and wading in the surf. Not advisable
for swimming as the currents are too strong. Across the road are marvellous
buildings erected during the British Raj.
A serene beach
situated in the south of Chennai at Besant Nagar.
founded by Madame H.P. Blavatsky and Col. H.S. Olcott in USA to study religion
and philosophy, moved to Chennai in 1892. It is situated amidst a vast expanse
of lush greenery at the Adyar estuary and contains one of the oldest banyan
trees whose roots and branches cover over 40,000 sq. feet.
am & 2.30–4.30 pm. Sunday closed.
Ice House, Triplicane Tel:28591232
building constructed by the Taylor Ice Company in 1842 along the Marina Beach
road to store ice imported from USA. Swami Vivekananda spent a week here in 1897
after his return from the much acclaimed visit to Chicago.
am-12.30 pm & 3-7 pm. Entry: adults Rs. 2, children Re. 1.
Kotturpuram Tel:24416751, 24410025
Housed in a
hemispherical theatre, the latest astronomical phenomena are brought to life in
10.45 am 1.15 pm and 3.45
Entry: adults 20, children 10. Sunday – closed.
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