Chennai Sight Seeing Places

Marina Beach, Chennai

Marina Beach, Chennai


Tired of the sweltering heat of Chennai? Let the Marina Beach be a sweet escape spot for you. Beaches in Chennai along the Bay of Bengal coast, it happens to be the longest beach in India and one of the longest in the world. Got enough time to pay a visit to this amazing place during the morning or evening? We suggest that you should not miss out on experiencing the enthralling view of the sun setting or rising from the beach. You may shop for trinkets such as imitation jewellery, shell mementos from the stalls on the beach side. Among the best places to visit in Chennai with friends, it is perfect to build sand castles or play games like beach volleyball.

  • Timings: All through the day

Valluvar Kottam, Chennai

Valluvar Kottam, Chennai


Those of you who love literature must have heard or read about the famous Tamil poet and saint, Thiruvalluvar. For the uninformed, Thiruvalluvar is hailed as one of the greatest Tamil scholars. Valluvar Kottam is an intricately designed chariot built in his honour. The magnificence of Valluvar Kottam can be best experienced early in the morning or when the sun is just setting. Wondering how to reach here? It is located at the intersection of Kodambakkam High Road and Village Road; taxis and buses can be taken from around the city.

  • Location: Nungambakkam Lake Area Main Road, Chennai
  • Timings: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 5 (children); ₹ 10 (adults)
  • Vadapalani Murugan Temple

    Vadapalani Murugan Temple

    This 125-year-old Hindu Temple is one of the most important worship places in Chennai. Dedicated to Lord Murugan, the architecture of the temple is traditional South Indian with lots of colours and carvings. The Murugan idol is shown to be wearing footwear, which is not a common sight. 

    Activities: Visit the samadhis of Annasamy Thambiran and Bagyalinga Thambiran inside the temple. See the legends of Skanda Purana at the Gopuram located at the entrance.  

    12 kilometres from Chennai Airport. 

    Location: Palani Andavar Koil Street, Vadapalani, Chennai. 

    Timings: Every day 5:00 am- 12:30 pm, and 4:00 pm- 9:00 pm.

    Entry Fee: There is no entry fee. 

  • Breezy Beach

    Breezy Beach

    Lying in the quiet suburbs of Valmiki Nagar, this charming beach provides the perfect seaside escape away from the other busier beaches. This is one of the cleanest beaches in Chennai and is great for a family day out. 

    Attractions: Enjoy the beautiful sunrise and sunset at the beach. Go for long walks amidst soothing sounds of the waters. Try street snacks like sundal and idlis from the restaurants & shacks on the beach. Shop at the nearby Thiruvanmiyur market.

    Distance: 10 kilometres from Chennai Airport. 

    Location: Valmiki Nagar, Chennai. 

  • Covelong Beach

    Covelong Beach
    The Coromandel coast in the proximity of Chennai is blessed to have Covelong Beach on its laps that shines brightly under the sun and stars due to plenty of activities it offers to its travellers. Known for its serene beauty of the surroundings, this beach was once a major port for the ships on the voyage.

    Covelong Beach has been a rising star in terms of providing activities like watersports with windsurfing and swimming as the highest chosen option. In fact, people opt for Beach camping with the bonfire in the sands here. At the same time, this place is most popular for fishing and this activity has been going from generations while attracting thousands every day. 

    : Apart from providing pristine natural beauty studded with a line of palm trees, the beach has a closeness to ancient monuments like forts, churches and mosques and of course, the ancient town of Mahabalipuram as one definitely comes across this Covelong or Kovalam beach while on the way to Mahabalipuram. Also, the crocodile farm is also a major attraction to the people here.

    : 40 km from Chennai

    : South of Chennai

    Best time to visi
    t: November to March
  • Akkarai Beach

    Akkarai Beach

    An enthralling seafront in Chennai, Akkarai Beach is famous for its luxuriant greenery and serene expanses. The beach is less crowded therefore very clean and tranquil. 

    Activities: Take a long walk on the beach enveloped in the cool sea breeze and soothing sounds of the water. Children can spend time in the play area. Visit the beach house for a family getaway.

    Distance: 23 kilometres from Chennai Airport. 

    Location: Injambakkam, Chennai. 

    Timings: Accessible throughout the day. 

    Entry Fee: There is no entry fee.

  • Golden Beach

    Golden Beach

    This pristine beach is famous for the vast expanses of golden sands framed by the striking blue waters. It is a private beach belonging to the VGP Universal Kingdom and one of the cleanest in Chennai. It is one of the best places in Chennai to keep the whole family engaged with its attractions. 

    Visit the VGP Amusement Park’s Universal Kingdom, Aqua Kingdom, and the Snow Kingdom for exciting rides & games. Visit the VGP 2000 Millennium Tower and Statue Man. There are facilities for surfing here. 

    20 kilometres from Chennai Airport. 

    East Coast Road, Injambakkam, Chennai. 

    Best Time to visit: 
    November to March

  • Prakasam Salai

    Prakasam Salai

    One of the most iconic places to visit in Chennai is this magnificent structure which was built in 1795. It is an archaeologically important site and a major tourist attraction. This huge redbrick structure and its impressive Roman-style architecture can be seen from a distance 

    88 Prakasam Road, Mahdushkhan Garden, Manadi Police Colony, George Town, Chennai. 

    Timings: Monday-Friday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturdays till 2:00 pm, Sunday closed. 

    Entry Fee: There is no entry fee.

  • Express Avenue

    Express Avenue

    One of the top shopping destinations in Chennai, Express Avenue features some of the best brands in apparel, footwear, electronics, automobiles, and departmental stores. 

    Explore the huge range of fine dining options like Elixir- the Lounge Bar, Kapila Dosa, Orange Wok, etc. Catch a movie at Escape and Pix 5D Cinema. Explore the Fun City gaming zone. 

    2, Club House Road, Near Clock Tower, Express Estate, Royapettah, Chennai.

    Weekdays: 10:30 am- 9:30 pm, Weekends: 10:00 am-10:00 pm.

    Entry Fee:
    There is no entry fee.

  • VGP Universal Kingdom

    VGP Universal Kingdom

    This award-winning amusement and theme park is one of the first ones in Chennai. Some consider this massive 45-acre park with a private beach to be the largest amusement park in India. Loved by children and adults alike, the park is one of the most interesting places to visit in Chennai. 

    Get up and close with goats, ponies, and sheep at Petting Zoo. Interact with the Statue Man dressed in the traditional Chola empire dress. Try thrilling rides like Tornado, Viking, and Wave Swinger. 

    East Coast Road, Chennai.

    Every 11:00 am- 7:30 pm.

    Entry Fee:
    Adults INR 600, Children INR 500.

  • Crocodile Bank

    Crocodile Bank

    Started as a research station and conservation centre, the bank is first in Asia for crocodile breeding. The Crocodile Bank even houses alligators, gharials, muggers,  snakes, sea turtles and water birds in its premises.

    In all, there are around 2500 creatures within the boundaries of the Bank and one can spot crocs as well as gharials basking themselves on the edge of the water body during the day. There is also a souvenir shop where one can purchase books and memorabilia related to these reptiles including the famous research and awards.

    Location: Post Bag No 4, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

    : 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (except Monday)

    Entry Fee: INR 35 for adults, INR10 for children below 10

  • MGM Dizzee World

    MGM Dizzee World
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    Dizzee World is an amusement located in the city with a themed style to attract its visitors, from young to old.

    With several thrilling rides like spider spin, roller coaster, the funny mountain, the place also has an amphitheatre for performances. The water park in the premises has a wave pool apart from many other rides and slides and magnetizes hundreds every day.

    Location: 1/74, SH 49, Muttukadu, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

    Timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on weekdays, 10:30 am to 7:30 pm on weekends and holidays

    Entry Fee: INR 799 for adults (with food), INR 577 for kids (food included), INR 550 for adults, INR 450 for kids.

  • Semmozhi Poonga

    Semmozhi Poonga

    Semmozhi Poonga Park is a botanical garden in the Chennai city covering an area of over 20 acres. With family and friends, this place can be visited to explore the exotic and rare flora and fauna. Not just this, medicinal herbs are also found here and we know, how much they matter to all of us.

    Visitors can relax on the park grounds that are subdivided into the rock garden, butterfly garden, fern garden, sunken garden and many more themed gardens on its laps. The sights of natural beauty with ducks swimming in ponds, dancing lights, and well-maintained tree lines energize anyone with fresh air and breath of flowers. 

    Location: Cathedral Rd, Ellaiamman Colony, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

    Timings: 10 am to 8 pm (except Tuesday)

    Entry Fee: INR 15 for Adults, INR 10 for Children(Below 10 yrs)

Thousand Lights Mosque, Chennai

Thousand Lights Mosque, Chennai


This multi-domed mosque, which is a revered place of worship for Local Muslims, literally lights up the Royapettah area of Chennai. It is believed that in olden times, about 1000 lights were required to light up the hall of this mosque which is why it has been named as the Thousand Lights Mosque. As it goes without saying, this place looks absolutely spectacular all glowing: hence, is among the most popular places to visit in Chennai at night. With two minarets towering at a height of about 64 feet, this mosque exhibits the excellence of medieval architectural style.

  • Location: Royapettah, Peters Road, Peters Colony, Chennai
  • Timings: 5:30 am to 8:30 pm
  • Entry Fee: NA

Elliot’s Beach, Chennai

Elliot’s Beach, Chennai


With Ashtalakshmi Kovil in its vicinity, Elliot’s Beach is a famous place to visit with friends or family. This beautiful beach, which was named after Edward Elliot (the Chief Magistrate, Superintendent of Madras during the British Era), is one of the cleanest seafronts in India. Sunbathe, relax and unwind, keeping the stress at bay at this extremely calm and scenic place. Featuring in the list of places to visit in Chennai for couples, this one is great for a moonlight walk.

  • Timings: All through the day

Dakshinachitra, Chennai

Dakshinachitra, Chennai


Literally translating to “a picture of the south”, DakshinaChitra is a living history museum in Chennai. This museum has 18 houses put together to depict the culture, architecture, craft and lifestyle of all four South Indian states – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana and Karnataka – via more than 4000 artefacts. A quick trip to 4 states under the same roof? Yes please! If you are looking for places to visit in Chennai with family, then this is the right pick as your children will learn a lot about South India here,

  • Location: SH 49, Muttukadu, 25 km south of Chennai
  • Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Entry Fee:
    Children 5-12 years: ₹ 20
    Students: ₹ 30
    Adults: ₹ 110 (₹ 130 during festivals and national holidays)  

Ashtalakshmi Temple, Chennai

Ashtalakshmi Temple, Chennai


Regarded as an abode of Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Knowledge, Ashtalakshmi Temple is a few kilometres from Besant Beach. Constructed to worship the eight avatars of Goddess Lakshmi, the divine ambience of this temple is bound to leave you feeling relaxed. The most interesting part of this place? The waves of the ocean echo in the temple complex, which further makes it all the more peaceful. Ideal place to give rest to those worries while spiritually enlightening yourself, isn’t it?

  • Location: Elliots Beach, Besant Nagar, Chennai 
  • Timings: 6:30 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: NA

Government Museum, Chennai


Do you love artefacts? If you do, you will love the Government Museum of Chennai. This place is known for preserving some of the best ancient (10-13th century) and modern South Indian bronzes. What’s more is that the Amaravathi Gallery houses marble sculptures depicting the life of Gautam Buddha dating as back to 2nd century. Truly a gem of a place to visit in Chennai for kids and grownups alike!

  • Location: Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai
  • Timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (closed on Fridays and national holidays)
  • Entry Fee:
    Students: ₹ 5
    Children below 12 years: ₹ 10
    Adults: ₹ 15
  • Vellankani Shrine

    Vellankani Shrine



Royapuram Fishing Harbour

Royapuram Fishing Harbour

Birla Planetarium

Birla Planetarium


Mylapore, Chennai


Want to soak in the rich and colourful culture of Chennai? Head to Mylapore, which is regarded as the cultural hub of Chennai, boasting a history going back 1500 years! Whether it is beautiful temples you are looking to visit or delicious South Indian delicacies to binge on, Mylapore has it all! All this, combined with endless options for shopping, make the neighbourhood one of the best entertainment places in Chennai.

Guindy National Park, Chennai

Guindy National Park | #9 of 15 Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Feeling a little adventurous? How about visiting a national park? Home to over 300 kinds of trees and plants, 150 bird species and 15 species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians, Guindy National Park is a forest situated on the grounds that were earlier part of Raj Bhawan and IIT-Madras. If you are visiting Chennai with your family, make sure you bring your kids here too. We assure you that they will love every bit of this place!

  • Location: Rangeguindy, Chennai 
  • Timings: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed on Tuesdays)
  • Fees:
    Government and Aided School Children: ₹ 2
    Private School Children: ₹ 10
    Adults: ₹ 15

Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Chennai


Dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s incarnation, Lord Krishna, Parthasarathy Temple was built in the 8th century. The intricately carved pillars of this place and colourful gopurams will leave you spellbound. The main features of this temple are the two intricately carved pyramid shaped rajagopuram or domes, one of which is located in the east direction while the other in the west direction.

  • Location: Narayana Krishnaraja Puram, Triplicane, Chennai
  • Timings: 5:30 am-12 pm and 4:00 pm-9:00 pm

Kapaleeswarar Temple, Chennai

Kapaleeswarar Temple, Chennai


The holy shrine of Lord Shiva, Kapaleeswarar Temple was built by the mighty Pallavas which was demolished by the Portuguese explorers and rebuilt during the Vijayanagara Empire. Kapaleeswarar Temple is the best specimen of the Dravidian and Vijayanagara architecture making it look absolutely marvellous!

  • Location: Vinayaka Nagar Colony, Mylapore, Chennai
  • Timings: 5:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Connemara Public Library, Chennai

Connemara Public Library, Chennai


Nerdy heads, Connemara Library is where you will find every textbook that you can ever think of. Don’t believe us? This is one of the four depository libraries of the country that house almost every literary work published in India. From periodicals to historical scriptures to modern-day books – this library has them all. For the convenience of readers, Connemara also has a reference room, video room and a periodic hall. Can you imagine how huge a library this is? You need to check it out yourself!

  • Location: Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai
  • Timings: 9:00 am to 7:30 pm (Monday-Saturday); 9:30 am to 6:00 pm (Sundays)
  • Entry Fee: NA

Royapuram Fishing Harbour, Chennai

Royapuram Fishing Harbour, Chennai


A fishing harbour might not sound too appealing, but watching the fishermen bring freshly caught fish makes for a sight to behold. Also, remember to click photos of the stunning dock and backwaters while here. Thinking what fun activities you can indulge in here? Maybe learn how to catch a fish or simply distinguish between the different varieties of fish! Come here early morning to see the catch being unloaded and then being auctioned to restaurateurs from around the city.

Semmozhi Poonga, Chennai

Semmozhi Poonga, Chennai


Nature lovers, Chennai has something for you as well! Semmozhi Poonga is a beautiful botanical garden, which attracts lots of tourists every day. With an artificial pond and lush greenery to boast, this place can be a quick escape from the usual hustle and bustle of the city. What’s more? The exotic species of plants that have been imported from all over the world make Semmozhi Poonga are an added feather in its cap of many!

  • Location: Ellaiamman Colony, Teynampet, Chennai
  • Timings: 10:00 am to 7:30 pm
  • Entry Fee: NA (Children up to 10 years); ₹ 15 (adults)

Marundeeswarar Temple, Chennai

Marundeeswarar Temple, Chennai


Know somebody facing health issues? Then, you might fancy paying a visit to Marundeeswarar Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of the God of Medicines. The legend has it that Lord Marundeeswarar taught Sage Agastya about magical medicines. Believed to have been built in the 11th century, the temple offers prasada of mil, ash and water that is said to cure health issues. With the finesse of Tamilan architecture, this is a must visit place in Chennai.

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