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More than just a medical hub, Chennai is referred to as the cultural capital of India because of its rich heritage and tradition. From stretchy sunshine beaches to ancient temples and heritage sites Chennai has become an impeccable sightseeing place for inland and overseas travellers. Some of the main attractions of Chennai are summarised below.
Marina Beach is considered as the second longest urban beach in the world although there exist in fact several longer beaches.
You can watch fishermen starting their day out on the sea if you are here in the morning.
The evenings are quite busy with people coming along with their families to have some entertainment here.
Semmozhi Poonga (literally translated to "Classical Language Park") is a botanical garden set up by the horticulture department of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
The garden houses some of the popular exotic flora and rare plant species, medicinal and aromatic herbs.
Pulicat Lake is a scenic destination, where the atmosphere is serene and you can have a completely relaxed day. Boat rides are very popular here and while at boat, you are allowed to indulge in fishing. This is a great place for bird watching.
Do not miss Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary located near Pulicat Lake as you will find rare species of birds such as flamingoes, kingfishers, pelican, ibis and many more. You could also find the ruins of a 17th century Danish fort.
Kapaleeswarar Temple is one of the oldest temples in the city. It is believed that the Temple was built during the 7th century by Pallava Kings. However the architecture is not as old, as they seem to be around 400 years old.
Hence, it is considered that Portuguese destroyed the original temple and the present construction belongs to the 16th century. The temple stands a classic example of the Dravidian style of sculpture and architecture.
At a distance of 57 km from Chennai is Mahabalipuram (also called Mamallapuram) a coastal resort town famous for its shore temples.Thegroup of monuments at Mahabalipuramfounded by the Pallava kings is a collection of 7th- and 8th-century religious monuments and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Group of Monuments is an example of prehistoric architectural brilliance. It carries a unique display of primordial traditions and civilizations.
At Mahabalipuram one can have a perfect stay in one of the beach resorts where you can relax, recuperate and relish nature. The calm and serene environment helps one to recover from a major surgical or medical treatment in a more natural way. You can stroll, laze around in the tropical sun on the beach or sip coffee in the shade of the coconut grove watching the waves.
Further, the beach resorts offer a perfectly relaxing spa experience which aids in de-stressing the body and the soul. Aroma therapy, deep tissue massage, Body scrubs etc are available right on the spot to make you feel tranquil and content.
Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry and commonly referred as just Pondy, is often famously referred to as the French Riviera of the East, and it is indeed one of the most charming and mesmerising places to visit in South India.
Located 170 kms from Chennai Pondicherry is a little town tucked away on the south-east coastline of India, and has retained all of its old-world French charms, and despite being miles away from France, the city comes close to giving you a very authentic feel of the French culture and allure.
Famous for its brightly painted houses with bougainvillaea laden walls, streets and road signs boasting French names, colonial buildings, pristine beaches, topped with authentic French cuisine, Pondicherry has a lot to offer.