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Top things to do in Chennai (Madras)

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Ranked #31 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Lighthouses; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #32 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
Owner description: A tranquil walk in the Huddleston Gardens of the Theosophical Society of India might be needed after grappling with the city... more » Owner description: A tranquil walk in the Huddleston Gardens of the Theosophical Society of India might be needed after grappling with the city din of Chennai. The Theosophical Society is spread over 260 acres but you can certainly cover the garden, which is home to migratory birds, fruit bats, snakes, jackals, wild cats, mongooses, hares and a variety of spiders. A 450-year-old banyan tree resides in the garden with aerial roots covering 60,000 square meters. « less
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Ranked #33 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Art Museums; 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 #34 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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Ranked #35 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #36 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Beaches
Owner description: This expansive beach is Chennai's most famous tourist attraction, though the undercurrent is too strong for all but the... more » Owner description: This expansive beach is Chennai's most famous tourist attraction, though the undercurrent is too strong for all but the strongest swimmers. « less
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Ranked #37 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #38 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #39 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Museums
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Ranked #40 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Tenth century paintings, religious statues and relics occupy one building while the other contains mostly modern works.
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Ranked #41 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
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Ranked #42 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Cemeteries; Landmarks
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Ranked #43 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #44 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #45 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #46 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
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Ranked #47 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
Take a thrilling rides in a speed boats at Muttukadu Lake. The lake is 40 kilometers from Chennai on the East Coast Road.
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Ranked #48 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Flea/ Street Markets; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ranked #49 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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Ranked #50 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
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Ranked #51 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
Owner description: The second largest brackish water lake in India is along the Coromandel Coast, just 990 kilometers from Chennai. Visit here... more » Owner description: The second largest brackish water lake in India is along the Coromandel Coast, just 990 kilometers from Chennai. Visit here for the bird sanctuary and the exotic barrier island of Sriharikota, which divides the lake from the Bay of Bengal. The island also houses the Satish Dhawan Space Centre and several commercial fisheries. « less
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Ranked #52 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #53 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Architectural Buildings; Landmarks
Owner description: Plan a little walk by yourself, tracing the colonial architectural lineage of the University of Madras. The buildings are... more » Owner description: Plan a little walk by yourself, tracing the colonial architectural lineage of the University of Madras. The buildings are spread over the city, so look out for the most speactacular one close to Marina Beach. The famous Senate House is also a part of this campus, built in the Indo-Saracenic style with Byzantine and European architectural features. Other places to look out for British architecture are Ice House, Vivekananda Museum, High Court, War Memorial and the Parrys area. If you are a photography enthusiast, this is going to be even more satisfying. « less
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Ranked #54 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: At The Faraway Tree, we strive to find exceptional artists: established as well as upcoming, providing you access to some of... more » Owner description: At The Faraway Tree, we strive to find exceptional artists: established as well as upcoming, providing you access to some of the best quality Modern & Contemporary Indian art being produced today. The works range from an array of mediums: Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings etc. You will also find Sculptures and Limited Edition prints such as Lithographs and Etchings of well established Indian artists.We help clients in building collections, maintaining & restoring artworks that need care as well as in liquidating their collection. If you plan to visit us, making an appointment is always better. « less
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Ranked #55 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #56 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: National Parks; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Here’s a national park right in the heart of the city. The park covers 2.82 square kilometers and is home to an impressive... more » Owner description: Here’s a national park right in the heart of the city. The park covers 2.82 square kilometers and is home to an impressive number of mammals and insects that are a huge attraction for the children. It’s a pleasant surprise to see this vast array of biodiversity in the heart of the city. « less
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Ranked #57 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #58 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Museums
Owner description: Visit the Egmore Museum more for the architecture than the museum itself. Popularly known as the Museum Theatre, it’s one of... more » Owner description: Visit the Egmore Museum more for the architecture than the museum itself. Popularly known as the Museum Theatre, it’s one of the better venues for the city's theater performances. Check local listings in newspapers to catch a show. Though the museum houses archaeological, zoological, botanical and geological artifacts, and art and more, it can be given a miss. « less
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Ranked #59 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
Category: Museums
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Ranked #60 of 205 attractions in Chennai (Madras)
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