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Chennai Stopover Tour

Chennai Stopover - 2 Nights / 3 Days

Chennai is a city where the traditional and the modern blend in life everywhere. From traditional vegetarian fair to fast foods, from nine-yard sarees to the latest in fashion, from ancient temple architecture to modern high-rise - with Indo-Saracenic and Victorian as stops along the way - from classical music and dance to discos throbbing to heady beats, Chennai has them all and many more vivid contrasts that are a pleasant surprise. And perhaps the most striking of them all is that here is a modern metropolis with beaches, parks and even sanctuaries in the heart of the City.

Chennai offers a wealth of nature and a rich historic past to visitors in the ambience of a city with every modern facility. Modern Chennai grew out of a small village when in 1639 a fishing hamlet called Madraspatnam was selected by early English merchants of the East India Company as a site for the settlement. There are a number of churches in Chennai that are connected with the life and times of St. Thomas. There are also several ancient temples around Chennai, and, within the city itself are two magnificent temples - a temple in Triplicane and another in Mylapore.

Location : In Tamil Nadu, India.

Significance : Capital of Tamil Nadu.

Tourist Attractions

Fort St. George :

The British East India Company under the direct supervision of Francis Day and Andrew Cogon built Fort St. George in 1640 AD. The fort houses St. Mary's Church and fort museum. St. Mary's Church is the oldest Anglican Church in India built in 1680 and the tombstones in its courtyard are the oldest British tombstones in India. This ancient prayer house solemnized the marriages of Robert Clive and Governor Elinu-Yale, who later founded the Yale University in the States. Today the fort is used by the state legislative assembly and as the secretarial offices of the Tamil Nadu government.

Fort Museum :
This museum contains many relics pertaining to the tenure of the East India Company and British India. It has a collection of contemporary paintings as well as the rare exhibits of weapons, uniforms, coins, costumes, medals and some other artifacts dating back to the British period.

Kapaleeswarar Temple:
The biggest temple in the city, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple contains inscriptions dating back to the 13th century AD, and is a fine specimen of the Dravidian style of architecture. The 37-metre gopuram is especially noteworthy for its intricate carvings that depict stories from Hindu mythology.

The Snake Park and Children's Park :
The snake park attracts visitors of all ages as it houses a variety of Indian snakes and reptiles, which can be viewed from close quarters. Adjacent to the snake park is a children's park, which has a large playing ground and a good collection of birds and animals.

The Marina Beach :
Lining the east of the city is the famous Marina Beach. Supposed to be the second longest beach in the world, it is 12 km long. The beach can be ideally visited in the early mornings or in the late evenings when the area becomes a virtual fair ground with food stalls and other entertainments.

Day 01 : Chennai
Arrival. Meet/transfer from airport to hotel (check in/out 12.00 hrs).

Day 02 : Chennai
Day free at leisure.

Day 03 : Chennai
Departure. Transfer from hotel/ Airport in time to connect flight to onward destination.