Chennai Points of Interest and Places to Visit


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St Mary’s Church

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 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


4 star rating: Recommended 16 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

San Thome Cathedral

4 star rating: Recommended 7 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Sometimes called the French Riviera of the East, the seaside town of Pondicherry operates at a slower pace than nearly any other Indian city. The small city ...  Read more

Fort St George

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 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

Kapaleeshwar Temple

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 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

Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram)

4 star rating: Recommended 18 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


3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Kanchipuram, the old capital city of the Pallava Dynasty in Tamil Nadu, is one of seven holy pilgrimage sites for Hindus. The Pallava, Chola and Pandyan ...  Read more

Madras High Court

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 1 Review

Inaugurated in July of 1892, the Madras High Court is one of only three (along with Mumbai and Kolkata) in modern India that was established by royal charter ...  Read more

Ripon Building

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 1 Review

Built in the Indo-saracenic architectural style, Chennai’s Ripon Building serves as the headquarters of the Corporation of Chennai, a civic governing body of ...  Read more

Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Established in 1885, the Arignar Anna Zoological Park (often referred to as Vandalur Zoo) is the oldest public zoo in India. It’s been transformed and ...  Read more

Armenian Church

Built in 1712, the Armenian Church of Chennai is one of India’s oldest churches. Its classic white exterior, curved archway and quiet altar were originally ...  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

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