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San Thome Cathedral

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Saint Thomas the Apostle, or ‘Doubting Thomas,’ as he was later called, came to India in 52 AD where he purportedly lived out the remainder of his days. The ...  Read more

St Mary’s Church

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

St Mary’s Church, the small Anglican church within the walls of Fort St George, is the oldest masonry building within the fort. Consecrated in 1680, the church ...  Read more

Dakshinachitra

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

The heritage village of Dakshinachitra, meaning ‘A Picture of the South,' was established to help preserve the folk art and cultural traditions of southern ...  Read more

Kapaleeshwar Temple

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Near the San Thome Cathedral in the Tamil Nadu capital of Chennai sits the Kapaleeshwar Temple (spelled Kapaleeshwarar or Kapaleshwar too). The most ...  Read more

Fort St George

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

The British East India Company constructed their first fortress in India in 1640 along a strip of sand on lease from the Raja, allowing them a foothold for ...  Read more

Government Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Government Museum is a bit of a misnomer, as the complex of 6 structures and 46 galleries houses Chennai’s best collection of scientific and artistic ...  Read more

Mylapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

One of the oldest residential neighborhoods in Chennai, Mylapore is the city’s cultural heart and an area filled with narrow streets, tree-lined avenues, ...  Read more

Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram)

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Reminiscent of the Mayan ruins in Central America, a complex of stone temples are all that remain of the eighth century Pallava dynasty along the coast two ...  Read more

Ashtalakshmi Temple

One of the most noticeable landmarks on Elliot’s Beach in the Chennai suburb of Besant Nagar, Ashtalakshmi Temple is a colorful temple devoted to Lakshmi, the ...  Read more

Auroville

Auroville was birthed in the late 1960s by Mirra Alfassa, known to her followers as The Mother, as a universal town where unity and spirituality would be ...  Read more

Besant Nagar

Besant Nagar, a popular neighborhood in Chennai most famous as the home of Elliot’s Beach, was named after British activist Annie Besant, founder of the ...  Read more

Cholamandal Artists’ Village

Occupying 10 acres (4 hectares) of land just outside of Chennai, Cholamandal Artists’ Village is the largest self-supporting artists’ village in India and an ...  Read more

Covelong Beach

Located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) outside of central Chennai, Covelong Beach offers visitors a cleaner, quieter alternative to the urban Marina Beach. ...  Read more

Elliot's Beach (Besant Nagar Beach)

Known alternately as Besant Nagar Beach, or “Bessie” for short, Elliot's Beach sits at the south end of the Marina Beach shore. A former expatriate enclave ...  Read more

George Town

In 1644, the British built Fort St. George on what was then largely uninhabited land. The city known as Chennai began to spring up around the fortress, and ...  Read more

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