Fort St. George:
Built in the 17th century, this fort was built under the supervision of
Francis Day and Andrew Cogon and houses St. Mary's Church and a museum.
Built in 1680, St. Mary's Church is the oldest Anglican Church in India
and has some of the oldest British tombstones in India. It was here that
the marriage of the couple who founded the Yale University in the States
The museum has on its display many relics belonging to the times of
British Raj in India and exhibits a collection of contemporary paintings
as well as the rare military paraphernalia such as weapons, uniforms,
coins, costumes and medals.
The biggest temple in the city is a fine specimen of Dravidian
architecture. The Shaiva temple has 13th century inscriptions and a
37-metre gopuram remarkable for its intricate carvings depicting stories
from Hindu mythology.
Sri Parthasarathi Temple:
The 8th century Krishna temple was built under the patronage of the
Pallavas and enshrines idols of the five avataras of Sri Vishnu. The
small temple inside is dedicated to Vishnu's consort, Vedavalli Ammai.
San Thome at the southern tip of Marina features the beautiful stained
glass window at the basilica depicting the story of St Thomas and the
central hall that has 14 wooden plaques depicting scenes from the last
days of Christ. The 3-ft high statue of Virgin Mary was imported from
Portugal in 1543.
The Snake Park and Children's Park:
The snake park with diverse Indian snakes and reptiles and nearby
children's park with a large playing ground and a good collection of
birds and animals are worth a visit.
The Marina Beach:
The 12-km long famous Marina Beach is the second longest beach in the
world. It is best to visit the beach early in the mornings or late in
the evenings when the area becomes a virtual fair ground with food
stalls and other entertainments.
The Theosophical Society:
The world headquarters of the much-famed Theosophical Society that
promotes study of comparative religion, philosophy and science is in
Adyar enclosing shrines of all faiths, Garden of Remembrance and 95-year
old library with an astounding collection of rare Oriental manuscripts
written on palm leaves and parchment.
In Thiruvanmiyur, Kalakshetra or 'Temple of Art' aims to train,
encourage and revive interest in Bharatanatyam, classical dance form of
Tamil Nadu, textile designing and weaving and is one of the best in its
The Birla Planetarium at Kotturpuram is the most modern planetarium in
the country with the fully computerized projector. Nearby is the Periyar
Science and Technology Museum that may of interest to fans of science
National Art Gallery and Government
The museums at Egmore, founded in 1857, display exhibits related to
archaeology, geology, anthropology, numismatics, botany and zoology
along with sculpture and armory.
The memorial to the great poet-saint of Tamilian literature,
Tiruvalluvar, is actually the replica of the temple chariot in
Thiruvarur. A 33m tall statue of the saint has been installed in the
chariot. His famous work Thirukkural has been inscribed on stone in the
front hall corridors of the chariot. The memorial is said to have the
largest auditorium in Asia with a capacity of 4000 people.