Chennai, the gateway to the southern part of the country is one of the most visited cities in India. With its temples, beaches and centres of historical and cultural significance, including the UNESCO Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram, Chennai is one destination that should be on your must visit list. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is one of the biggest and important cultural, economic and educational centres in South India. There are a number of places to visit and things that you can do, when visiting this beautiful city .
Here is a list of a few of them.
Laze On The Beaches
Chennai is home to the second longest beach in the world – the Marina Beach. Spread over a stretch of 13 kilometres, it is the longest urban beach in India. A morning run or an evening stroll with your partner could be a rejuvenating and memorable experience. And to add some flavour to your refreshing walk, there are a number of vendors selling mouth-watering street food and sea food. The Elliot’s Beach popularly known as the Bessy Beach is another beach in the city that you can visit for mesmerizing sights.
Savour Variety Of Cuisine
When you visit Chennai, your taste buds are surely going to get a treat. Food is something that you should definitely experiment in any place you visit. Chennai is more than idly and dosa as there is a long list of south Indian delicacies which you can try for a different culinary experience. The speciality of the city is their delectable filter coffee which is served in a steel tumbler and dabarah, a container used to cool the coffee. Chennai has rich cuisine including traditional non-vegetarian and vegetarian food. The few of the most famous dishes savoured by people all over India are idly with sambar and coconut chutney, dosa, vada, uttapam, appam, pongal, puliyogare as well as rasam served with papad. The puliyogare referred to here is a common rice dish of the city and is usually cooked on special occasions and festivals, it is tamarind rice where tamarind is a major ingredient. Puli, in the word puliyogare refers to ‘sour taste’ and tamarind gives the rice dish a tangy taste. So do not miss to gorge on this mouth-watering dish when visiting the city. For the people with sweet-tooth indulge in a bowl of a major sweet-dish, Pongal made of rice and sugar. After the above account on cuisine of the city, I almost feel transported to the place and savouring the dishes.
Escape To Mahabalipuram
Travel back into time with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mahabalipuram. This ancient town outside Chennai with its temples, rock carvings and sculptures by the sea, will definitely take you back in history. The Government Museum is one of the most popular sightseeing structures in the city. The museum consists of an excellent collection of paintings and sculptures reflecting traditional as well as modern style.
Treat For Shopping Enthusiasts
Chennai is regarded as a chief retail industry and a hub of shopping centres in South India. The speciality of the city is its fine silk sarees. You can buy them from a place called George Town in the city. The famous Kanjivaram sarees available in variety of colors can be bought from Burma Bazar in George Town. It requires two people to weave the magical Kanjivaram Silk sarees using 3 shuttles. Apart from silk sarees, the place is also popular for the availability of gold, if are a jewellery lover then make sure that you at least indulge yourself in window-shopping of gold jewellery here. And if you plan to buy a nice piece of jewellery for yourself then you can visit South Usman Road and Ranganathan Street in Panagal Park.