INTRODUCTIONTamil Nadu is a kaleidoscopic land characterized by topographical features-long sunny beaches, sylvan surrounding, waterfalls, hill resorts, superb shrine sculptures and varied flora and fauna. The eastern coast of India is occupied by the coastal state of Tamil Nadu, namely Chennai which is also the state capital. The Chennai beaches have its visitors ranging from the local public to the national and international tourists. One of the Four Metros of the country is also the Gateway to the South. Chennai which is famous for its beaches takes the credit of having the long coastal stretch running across the Coromandel Coast for as long as 19 kms in length. The long stretch of the Chennai Beach is named as Kamarajar Salai after the veteran and renowned politician Kamarajar.This beach road is occupied by number of statues and monuments along with morning walk, joggers' track, lovers' spot, aquarium, etc.The beach is the major hangout for both the local people and the tourists coming here. The other attractions here are the shops and food stalls. Marina, Elliot's and Covelong are some of the popular beaches in Chennai.
BEST TIME TO VISITThe ideal time to visit Chennai is between November to February.
PLACES OF INTERESTS
AquariumThe Aquarium in the Marina beach is known for its extraordinary and rare collections of both tropical sea fishes and fresh water fishes.
It is open to the public on all days where you can get to see the underwater life in a closer shot.
The Ice House is situated within the Aquarium and is used to store ice brought from Great Lakes in North America.
But now it is renamed as the Vivekananda House which is often used to hosts Art/Painting exhibits about the life and mission of Swami Vivekananda,
the ideologies of the Hindu Religion, etc.
Anna and MGR Samadhis
The Samadhi's on the beach road draws a major crowd everyday for it has the memorials of the most popular,
former Chief Ministers of the state, Annadurai and MGR.
There is a canal stretching between Chennai to Mahabalipuram thus separating the beach from the mainland.
The history behind this beach is that it was here the French General Laboudonnais landed his troops in 1746.
Later it was taken by Robert Clive in 1752 and destroyed.
SHOPPINGThere are number of shopping centers like jewelry shops, craft shops, retail malls and sari showrooms in and around Chennai beaches. The most famous one is the Spencer Plaza on the Mount Road. There are also shops which sell electronic goods, cloth merchandise, music and sports showrooms. The famous Pondy Bazaar and Ranganathan Street in T Nagar are a must visit one.
1.Ramprasad in Kasturba Nagar
2.Vaigai Woodlands at Adyar junction
3.Sangeetha next to the Odyssey bookstore
4.Vasanta Bhavan on Lattice Bridge Road
5.Sanjeevanam on First Avenue Indira Nagar
6.Eden restaurant near the Besant Nagar bus terminus
7.Sri Krishna Vilas near the Besant Nagar bus terminus
8.Jelly Belly Besant Nagar area
9.Canton Beach Palms Besant Nagar area
10.Cake Walk in Besant Nagar
11.China Town Cathedral Road
12.Coconut Lagoon Cathedral Road
13.The Oceans Treat Thiruvanmiyur
14.Hot Kitchen East Coast Road
15.Planet Yumm Elliots Road
1.Deccan Plaza Hotels
3.Hotel Vestin Park
4.Sea Shell Residency
6.Esthell Continental Hotels & Resorts
7.Spencer International Hotel
9.The Raintree Hotel
HOW TO REACH
Chennai has an international airport at Meenambakkam with flight connections to the US, UK, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the Middle Eastern states.Domestic airlines connect Chennai with Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Trivandrum, Bangalore and Cochin.
Chennai's three stations- Central, Egmore and Tambaram - connect the city to all metros and to leading towns and cities in southern India. There are daily trains to Bangalore, Tirupati, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, and Cochin.
Getting to Chennai by Road is more fun and convenient primarily due to the five major national highways that branches out to cities like Bangalore, Trichy, Kolkata and Pondicherry. The main hub of road traffic to Chennai operates from the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus. The bus terminus is the hub for inter state buses. Government and private bus operators operate from Chennai to all the major places within and outside the city boundary.