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Places of Interest in Chennai

 
Due to its location, Chennai is known as the Gateway of Southern India and also the 'Queen of the Coromandel'. Stretching 19 km along the Coromandel Coast and extending about 8 km inland, Chennai has the privilege of housing two major rivers, the Coovam and Adyar river as well as the historic Buckingham Canal. Airy and spacious with verdant green patches and beaches, Chennai has played a notable role in deciding the political destiny of India on many occasions.
 

It occupies a place of pride and prominence in Chennai. The state legislature and the secretarait are located in Fort St. George.

 
The ancient Shiva temple is a delightful introduction to Dravidian temple sclupture and architecture.
 
This temple, located in Triplicane, is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It was originally built by the Pallavas in the 8th century A.D.
Built by Portuguese in the 14th and 15th century, this Cathedral is named after St. Thomas. Historically important, it is one of the pilgrimages for the Christian community.
The world headquarters of the 'theosophical society' formed to facilitate and encourage the study of comparative religions, philosophy and science are situated in Adyar.
Founded in 1936 in Thiruvanmiyur, beyond Elliots beach, is Kalakshetra or 'temple of art'.
 
Situated at Kotturpuram, it is the most modern planetarium in the country, built in the memory of B.M. Birla -- the well known industrialist.
 
A quite and calm beach, it is an ideal place to enjoy the sun. The Velankanni church and the Ashtalakshmi temple on end of the beach attracts a large number of pilgrims.
 
A unique bit of modern building in the city is this huge memorial hall dedicated to the poet-saint Thiruvalluvar, dominated by a towering temple car in stone.
 
It is the biggest zoological park in south Asia and is building-up superb collection of tropical mammals, birds and reptiles amongst others.
 
Skilfully planned beach resort with sculptured vignettes from the past, folk dances and enthnic sea food cuisine
 
Thikse monastery, 19 km from Leh, is spectacularly one of the largest and architecturally the most impressive gompas in Leh. It has images, stupas and wall-paintings of the Buddha which are quiet exquisite.
 
Kali Bari means "the house of Goddess Kali". It is a great spiritual institution, a unique temple consisting of a peaceful meditation hall.
 
MGR Film City is set up by the govt. of Tamil Nadu. It houses various locations and settings for film-shooting, besides dubbing and re-recording theatres. The software city is coming up nearby.
 
MGM Dizzy World is a 27 acre, children's amusement park. Water Chute, parachute tower, pirate boat and a 110 feet "dizee shake" challenger and visual reality are some of the attractions.
 
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