Chennai the City of Grace and Peace
Chennai, the metropolis is often called the cultural capital of India for its deep rooted tradition and long heritage. It is the true reflection of the country’s diversity. I surmised for a trip to Chennai and witness the charming city which is famous for its blend of the old and the new. As soon as I landed in the city, I could see its vivaciousness and liveliness coming along in between the roads, parks, monuments and sculptures.
Thinking about Chennai, the first place that comes to the mind is Marina Beach whose long expansion of sandy beaches with its long alluring charms enthralls the visitors. It is indeed the 2nd longest beach in the world. Apart from enjoying various activities on the beach, there are many historical monuments built at the junction of pathways. Some of them are Annaduari and Ramachandra memorials, Indo Saracenic buildings, monuments of Tamil scholars, patriots and famous personalities. One can start the Chennai sightseeing from St. George’s Fort, which is considered to be the 1st establishment of British in India.
It is divided into 2 sections: St. Mary’s church and Fort museum. St. Mary is the oldest Anglican Church in Asia. The thick walls of the church are explosion proof. Here you can see some price worthy ancient materials. Fort St. George is the most striking building and houses the relics of British personnel. The fort museum showcases a variety of artifacts such as coins, medals, paintings, letters etc. Then the Clive House stands as a true testimonial to the British legacy.
Next Chennai attraction is Vivekananda House or Ice House is a shrine and target of pilgrimage for followers of Swami Vivekananda. This Victorian architecture masterpiece has characteristics of sunburst and gabled roofs. The physical reminders of his life revive the great principles he preached. An intrinsic network of so many industrial, software and automobile sector shows the progressiveness of an enduring society. The metro rail here has established a good name as a new entrant in the field of technological arena. Those looking for a pious experience in Chennai travel, Parthasarthy temple is a must visit. It is an ancient temple built in the Dravidian style of architecture. The principal deity here is Lord Krishna and a main shrine is dedicated to him. The colored Gopuram is one of the exquisite features of this temple.
With this, my fascinating trip to the cultural cosmopolitan nature city Chennai had come to an end. With its charismatic monuments, temples, mosques and churches coupled with deep sense of ethnicity and tradition offers exciting activities and destinations to the visitors. Chennai tourism is a great way to know the city and unveil its facts and stories.