Chennai, formerly known as Madras, has the busiest art scene of India – and it’s the place to visit this year if you want to catch the most amazing shows and visit the most impressive galleries. The Tamil culture and tradition has left a strong mark on modern art – and you don’t have to be a trained art critic to recognize the powerful innovative value of Chennai, and to acknowledge that young artists who grow up in Chennai today will become the leading international voices of tomorrow.
Get your Tiger Holidays tickets now, and you may even end up purchasing a work of art created by the next Picasso. And if not, there’s still a lot to do and see in Chennai, mainly due to the deep spiritual component of the city, which led to the building of an impressive number of temples, shrines, mosques, and churches.
The Temples and Shrines of Chennai
- The Kapaleeshwar Temple is a typical temple for Southern India, but this particular one is over one thousand years old, and it’s right in the centre of the city, surrounded by heavy traffic, noise, shops, and everything else the city has to offer.
- Sri Parthasarathy Temple is considered the oldest in Chennai, though it’s been through may renovations over the years.
- Viswaroopa Adhivyadhihara Sri Bhaktha Anjaneyaswami Temple boasts an absolutely huge statue of Anjaneya. Don’t be disappointed if you can’t find an angle for a decent picture of it, it’s simply too big to fit in a picture.
- Vadapalani Murugan Temple is a local favorite for wedding celebrations – it’s almost impossible not to stumble upon a wedding there.
- San Thome Church ;is one of the very few churches in the world to be built over the tomb of an apostle – St.Thomas. It’s a place rich in history and charged with spiritual emotion, worth a few moments of your time.
- The Wallajah Mosque, built in 1795, is an impressive structure, with an imposing façade. The enclosure houses the tombs of several Muslim scholars and theologians.
… and Other Things to See in Chennai
After a while, even the most beautiful temples in the world get tiresome, but don’t worry, Chennai has other things to offer, if you know where to look:
- Madras Crocodile Bank will get you as close to a large number of crocodiles as you’ll ever be in your entire life. If you have children on the trip, this becomes the number one attraction of Chennai.
- Besant Nagar Beach is a popular promenade place among young locals, and a great location to take a stroll and relax. The adjacent roads have many restaurants where you can stop for lunch or dinner.
- Go shopping at the Phoenix Market City for a fairly large collection of international brands, or at the huge Express Avenue Mall, or at Forum Vijaya, a great place to hang out with friends for a while.
Plan ahead and book your Tiger Holidays tickets to Chennai soon, as the prices for your accommodations in the city may increase as the arrival date draws closer.