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Ranked #1 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Movie Theaters; Game/ Entertainment Centers
Owner description: Escape by SPI Cinemas – the city’s first luxury multiplex. A culmination of style, innovation and passion, Escape is all the... more » Owner description: Escape by SPI Cinemas – the city’s first luxury multiplex. A culmination of style, innovation and passion, Escape is all the city has yearned for, redefining the cinema experience and presenting entertainment in a setting like never before. « less
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Ranked #2 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Movie Theaters
Owner description: Sathyam is Chennai’s hottest entertainment destination for people from all walks of life, across a wide age group and user... more » Owner description: Sathyam is Chennai’s hottest entertainment destination for people from all walks of life, across a wide age group and user profile. It was the first exhibitor in India to introduce digital projection technology with its brand RDX and the first to convert all of its screens to digital. It went one step further and introduced digital 3D in RDX and continues to push the boundaries of entertainment technology. Sathyam Cinemas strives to be at the forefront of media technology and continues to bring new entertainment technology to customers first. « less
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Ranked #3 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites
Owner description: Close to Marina Beach, yet another architectural wonder from the 8th century can be part of the itinerary. An intricate... more » Owner description: Close to Marina Beach, yet another architectural wonder from the 8th century can be part of the itinerary. An intricate pyramid-shaped rajagopuram (dome) stands prominently and is the main feature of the temple. As anecdotes go, the British were unable to pronounce the original name, Thiriallikeni, and rechristened it Triplicane. « less
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Ranked #4 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #5 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites
This ancient shrine to Shiva is centrally located and among the area’s most popular landmarks.
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Ranked #6 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #7 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #8 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #9 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #10 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Libraries
Owner description: Adding another feather to its intellectual cap, Chennai is now home to South Asia’s largest library. So if you are a book... more » Owner description: Adding another feather to its intellectual cap, Chennai is now home to South Asia’s largest library. So if you are a book lover and need a break from the city’s commotion, this is the place for you. The Anna Centenary Library is an eight-story structure that has recently added to the city’s growing modern landscape in the Kotturpuram area. A Braille section, children’s corner, replica of the "Tree of Knowledge," an auditorium and an amphitheater make quite an impression on visitors. « less
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Ranked #11 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
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Ranked #12 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: Probably the most magnificent and prominent reminder of Chennai's colonial lineage, the San Thome Church bears a colossal... more » Owner description: Probably the most magnificent and prominent reminder of Chennai's colonial lineage, the San Thome Church bears a colossal amount of history since A.D. 52, the year when St. Thomas traveled to India, though the Roman Catholic basilica was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. It was then rebuilt by the British in 1893. The imposing structure reaches a height of 155 feet and emanates peace and architectural splendor with its tall spires over the tomb of the saint. The sea makes a wonderful backdrop to the pristine white structure. The San Thome Church is considered one of the pilgrimages for people around the world. « less
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Ranked #13 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #14 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #15 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Neighborhoods
Owner description: If you are looking to soak in the culture of Chennai, the Mylapore Tank and Mandavali area should be at the top of your list.... more » Owner description: If you are looking to soak in the culture of Chennai, the Mylapore Tank and Mandavali area should be at the top of your list. One of the oldest residential parts of Chennai, the tank is a part of the seventh century Kapaleeshwarar Temple. This is also the place where the famous Tamil poet, Thiruvalluvar, was born. If you are spending a few days in Chennai, you will understand the importance of this state figure from the number of references made in signs, names of shops and statues. The quintessential travel phrase, "overwhelming sights, sounds, smells," fits perfectly in this area. The narrow streets around the temple are buzzing with activities. Flower sellers, archaic shops selling temple offering ingredients and such line the roads leading to the temple. A photographer’s dream, this place is best explored in the morning, the chosen time to pay homage at the temple. « less
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Ranked #16 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites
Owner description: The present temple, dedicated only recently in a joyous three-day ceremony, represents three hundred years of faith and... more » Owner description: The present temple, dedicated only recently in a joyous three-day ceremony, represents three hundred years of faith and devotion. « less
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Ranked #17 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #18 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #19 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Originally started with a more serious conservation point of view, Crocodile Bank is now the weekend spot for a fascinating... more » Owner description: Originally started with a more serious conservation point of view, Crocodile Bank is now the weekend spot for a fascinating day of herpetology. For the kids, it’s a special treat to see large crocs spend the day languorously by the water. The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology also allows adults to volunteer and gain hands-on experience in the field. « less
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Ranked #20 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #21 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #22 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #23 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #24 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #25 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #26 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Movie Theaters
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Ranked #27 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #28 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Art Museums
Owner description: An unassuming introduction to local art, the Cholamandal Village is a serene set-up, displaying works of upcoming and... more » Owner description: An unassuming introduction to local art, the Cholamandal Village is a serene set-up, displaying works of upcoming and established artists, painters and sculptors from South India. It was built in 1966 and is nine kilometers from the city. The village houses an art gallery, museum and an amphitheater for theater performances. This is a residential village for the artists, so a polite reserve is appreciated. « less
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Ranked #29 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
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Category: Zoos
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Ranked #30 of 259 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites
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