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Things to do in Chennai (Madras)

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Ranked #1 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Movie Theaters; Game/ Entertainment Centers; Amusements
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 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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 #3 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Cultural
This ancient shrine to Shiva is centrally located and among the area’s most popular landmarks.
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Ranked #4 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Movie Theaters; Amusements
Owner description: The Maker of Memories, Sathyam is Southern India's Iconic Home of Cinema, welcoming everyone to enjoy the ultimate cinematic... more » Owner description: The Maker of Memories, Sathyam is Southern India's Iconic Home of Cinema, welcoming everyone to enjoy the ultimate cinematic experience. Sathyam has been a household name in Chennai since 1974 and is the city's favourite destination for people from all walks of life, across a wide age group and user profile. Sathyam strives to be at the forefront of media technology and endeavours to bring new entertainment technology to customers first. Technology: The cinemas are equipped with state-of-the-art entertainment technology; including 4K digital projectors with 3D technology, 2.4 gain Silver Screens and digital audio delivering stunning cinematic experience. It is the first in the country to have a screen equipped with Dolby Atmos and also the first in Asia to have a screen equipped with Auro 3D. Facilities: Spread over six levels, Sathyam offers you a variety of entertainment. Apart from the state of the art technology, the facilities available at Sathyam are: Blur: India's largest gaming experience, spanning three floors at Sathyam is a must for gamers of all levels. This all action, advanced gaming centre has something for everyone. From Xboxes to PS4s to Nintendos to PC gaming to good old fashioned arcade games, we have it all! Purchase your favourite games and preferred equipment at the Blur Store on level 4. Blur Cafe: Do not miss Blur Cafe on level 5 that serves up your favourite dishes from multiple cuisines. Ecstasy by Mikael Besse: French chef Mickael Besse takes you on a culinary fantasy that can only be defined as unique and exquisite at this international patisserie located on the driveway of Sathyam. ID: If tasty, traditional South Indian food makes your day, then stop by ID. Modern and contemporary yet with the traditional food lover in mind, ID is a quick, purely vegetarian restaurant offering the very best South Indian delicacies in Sathyam and across Chennai. E18hteen Below: SPI's E18HTEEN BELOW provides ice cream lovers a completely new experience with a range of out-of-the-world homemade flavours, lip smacking toppings, and a Cold Stone. The products, right from the ice creams to the toppings are pure vegetarian. And here's the best part: you can create your own mix of flavours and toppings! Magic Hat: Designed for patrons that love their movies and their kids. Magic Hat is a space where you can leave your kids knowing fully well that they will be taken care of and enjoy a undisturbed, uninterrupted, unparalleled movie experience at the home of Indian Cinema - Sathyam Cinemas. « less
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Ranked #5 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #6 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #7 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #8 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #9 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Performances
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Ranked #10 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
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Ranked #11 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Libraries; Cultural
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 #12 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural
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 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #14 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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 #15 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #16 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
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Ranked #17 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #18 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Neighborhoods; Cultural
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 #19 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #20 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos/Aquariums
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 #21 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #22 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
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Ranked #23 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #24 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #25 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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Ranked #26 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #27 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Movie Theaters; Amusements
Owner description: Located in Perambur's very own Spectrum Mall on Paper Mills Road, S2 Perambur offers patrons from Perambur, Ayanavaram,... more » Owner description: Located in Perambur's very own Spectrum Mall on Paper Mills Road, S2 Perambur offers patrons from Perambur, Ayanavaram, Kilpauk, Anna Nagar, Purasawalkam, Vepery, Periamet and other adjacent areas the convenience of experiencing a world class cinematic experience without having to wade through traffic all the way to Royapettah. The projection offered at S2 Cinemas at Perambur and Theyagaraja is no different from the projection offered at SPI Cinemas' historic cinema - Sathyam Cinemas. Stop by at S2 to experience a world class cinematic experience. « less
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Ranked #28 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #29 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
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Ranked #30 of 263 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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