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Chennai
Chennai is the capital city of Tamilnadu, an important state in India. It is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. This city was established by the British in 17th century and was developed as a crucial urban center. It is the most important center for several cultural events, including Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance form.
 
What to see in Chennai:
Chennai is the gateway to South India and is famous for its marvelous monuments, splendid beaches and temples.
 
Monuments:
Fort St. George is one of the most important monuments in Chennai, which was built by the British in the year 1640. It was treated as a home away from home by the officials of the British East India Company. The fort comprises of St. Mary’s Church, which is one of the oldest surviving churches in India. Fort St, George Museum is another important place here, which showcases variety of artifacts like coins, paintings and medals. You can also see a majestic statue of Lord Cornwallis in front of this museum.
Valluvar Kottam is yet another astonishing monument, which was built to honor the famous Tamil Poet Thiruvalluvar. This monument was constructed in the shape of a chariot, which is a replica of the fabulous chariot in the Thiruvarur temple.
 
Beaches:
As Chennai is located on the Coromandel Coast, it boasts of a number of picturesque beaches. You can plan a visit to any of the beaches, on your trip to Chennai, which unwinds yourself from the day to day stresses.
 
• Covelong Beach:
Covelong Beach is the most impressive beach in Chennai and is located amidst scenic neighborhoods. The beach supports plenty of water sport activities, such as surfing and swimming. It also features several historical monuments like churches and mosques, which are worth to see.
 
• Elliot’s beach:
Elliot’s beach is an extremely calm place, ideal for serene lovers. You can soak your feat in the splashing sea water. Nature has bestowed it with massive wealth and so it is a hit among all the tourists as well as the citizens. You can also see some religious monuments like Ashtalakshmi temple and Velanganni Church, which are located nearby this beach.
 
Temples:
Chennai boasts of several Hindu temples and many devotees pay a visit to these temples to worship. Kapaleeswarar temple is located in Mylapore, Chennai. This temple stands as a spectacular symbol of Dravidian style of architecture. The 37-meter tall gopuram is the most noteworthy feature of this temple. The main deities of this temple are Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Parthasarathy temple is located in the heart of the city of Chennai. This temple was established by the Pallavas in 8th century and was later reformed by the Vijayanagar Kings in 11th century. Lord Vishnu is the main deity of this temple. This temple is renowned for its beautifully colored gopuram. You can also enjoy seeing a shrine to Lord Ranganathar in a reclined posture and Lord Rama in a standing posture. This is one of the 108 Divya Desams.
 
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