It's Cool to be in ChennaiOffering a perfect blend of beautiful temples, white sandy beaches, handcrafted silk products and relaxing atmosphere, Chennai is a vibrant city that is one of the main gateways into southern India. With many hot spots around town providing exotic charms, tourists will have an opportunity to step into the world of fascinating history, exciting journeys, and aromatic curries.

Sri Kapaleswarar Temple

This magnificent ancient temple boasts a beautiful Dravidian sculpture and was built in 1250 AD. Located in Mylapore, the temple features many exquisite sculptures as well as the bronze idols of Saivaite saints. As the temple is devoted to Lord Shiva, visitors can see a small impressive shrine illustrating Goddess Parvathi in the form of a peacock. The temple also houses the oldest trees in Chennai, Punnai.

The Marina

This is where many tourist attractions can be found. At the southern end of the Marina lies San Thome Basilica, dating back to 1896. Anna Square, where Dr. C.N. Annadurai, the founder of a populist party, is buried is situated at the north end of the beach, surrounded by lovely gardens. Chennai Aquarium is also located in the same area while the University campus nearby houses Indo-Saracenic buildings of the 1930s.

Dakshina Chitra

This attraction is a must-see if you are interested in traditional handicrafts and silk products. You will find craftsmen and folk artists at work showing off their meticulous skills. You can also observe the lifestyles of local villagers and purchase some of their delicate works.


The attraction is also known as the Temple of Art and enjoys a stunning location on Elliot’s beach. It was founded by Rukmini Devi Arundale in 1936 to train and encourage locals to maintain knowledge in Bharatanatyam, the classical dance form of the state. It is also here where music recital and dance performances take place.

Government Museum Complex

The building displays a fine collection of artifacts from the prehistoric period as well as historical Buddha sculptures. The museum also houses the Connemara Library, the National Art Gallery, and the Museum Theatre.