1) Amusement Parks
46 Kms towards Mahabalipuram. A great amusement complex for children. Has a Giant-Piano. Toy Train, Rainbow Fountain, Slide-into-pool, Cartoon show & Paddle-Pool.
MGM “Dizzle World” Beach Resort
24 kMS towards Mahabalipuram,(Near Muttukadu). Has amusement park, unique water sports.
Annanagar, extravagant indoor amusement park, especially for children packed with bumper carrides, play pens and all sorts of new games.
Dash ‘N Splash
30 Kms from Central Station.
30 Kms from Chennai. A popular beach resort and amusement park filled with children’s games, parks and seaside restaurant.
2) Beaches and Lakes
The city’s Marina Beach, bordered by gardens, lies just to the South of the War Memorial. It is claimed to be the second largest in the world, about 13 kms.
For a balmy holiday, the fishing
Besantnagar. Located in a more quiet and sedate ambience, ideal for sunset strolls.
Muttukadu (36 kms)
The backwaters of Muttukadu have been developed by the Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation to serve as a scenic picnic spot and a centre for watersports. In February every year, a windsurfing regatta is organised in Muttukadu. Competitions in windsurfing and other watersports are also held. Training and demonstration programmes are held for youth.
At the northern end of the
Victory War Memorial
Adjacent to the Fort St. George on the south is the War Memorial, which housed the coastal battery and was formerly called ‘Cupid’s Bow the Victory was Memorial honours those who have laid down their lives for their country since the First World War.
Rajaji, Gandhi and Kamaraj Memorials
Close to childrens park are the memorial buildings, the Rajaji Memorial, the Gandhi Mandapam Memorial and Kamaraj Memorials. The Octogonal-shaped building commemorates
The ValluvarKottam, dedicated to the memory of the Tamil Saint Philosopher and poet Thiruvalluvar, is the largest auditorium in
Dev Centre for Musical Instruments
Mylapore. An exquisite collection of ancient and modern musical instruments, both original and prototype can be found here.
Built in 1906, the
Walajah road. Built in 1795, this mosque is surely one of the most attractive ones in South. Built of grey granite rather than wood of steel.
Thousand Lights Mosque
Built in mid-1800’s in the land donated by Nawab Wallajah, this mosque last rebuilt in 1981, has two 64′ tall minarets. The mosque also houses a library, a urial ground and a guest houses.
6) Other Places
MGR Film City
A recently built place, specially for the thriving film industry in Chennai. It has many film studios and a film school. There is a nominal enterance fee.
Kotturpuram Located in the Periyar Science and Technology Centre, the Birla Planetorium presents audio visual programmes on astronomy. A must for students and lovers of astronomy.
7) Parks and Zoo
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
85 Kms south of madras is the Vedanthangal bird sanctuary, which is one of the major ones in
Adjacent Childrens’ park is the city’s interesting snake park. The snake park houses a vast variety of reptiles, ranging from the dark deadley ‘King Cobra’ ‘Banded’ Krait’ to puff adders’, vipers, pythons and allegators.
At 42 km point from Chennai on the way to Mahabalipuram is the Crocodile Bank, run by Romulve whittaker. This is a farm where several species of Indian and African Crocodiles and alligators are bred in’ captivity.
30 Kms south of