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Marina Beach

The Marina is a natural urban sandy beach along the Coramandel coast on the Bay of Bengal. Primarily sandy, the beach spans about 13 km (8.1 mi), running from near Fort St. George in the north to Besant Nagar in the south and is the longest natural urban beach in India. he road that runs parallel to the Marina has been in existence from the mid-nineteenth century. Known earlier as South Beach Road, it was renamed Kamaraj Salai, commemorating a much-loved Chief Minister of the State. On the opposite side of the Marina came up several landmark buildings and institutions. The Madras University, Senate House, Presidency College, Chepauk Palace, the PWD Buildings, the University Examination Hall, the Ice House, Lady Willingdon Institute, Queen Marys College, the office of the Director-General of Police and the All India Radio. This row can be termed the cradle of the Indo-Saracenic form of architecture for it was here that beginning with Chepauk Palace (1750s), that style was conceived and perfected with Senate House (1860s).The Marina became a place for relaxation, especially in the evenings. The affluent took the air in their carriages and later cars. In the old days a band was invariably in attendance on certain days of the week. With the setting up of the Corporation Radio in 1930, loudspeakers were installed on the beach for people to congregate and listen to the programmes. The beach also became the venue for public meetings, especially during the Freedom Struggle. Remembering this, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi sculpted by DP Roy Chowdhury, then Principal of the Government College of Arts and Crafts, was erected here in the 1950s. Another of his works on the Marina is the Triumph of Labour, inspired by the landing of American troops at Iwo Jima.      Book Now



San Thome Basilica

Santhome basilica a religious monument which had a historical basis in Mylapore. Santhome basilica is one of the three churches in the world which holds the tomb of Apostles of Jesus Christ. St. Thomas is the apostle of Jesus after whom the church stands today in the name Santhome. Minor Santhome Basilica is one the important tourist attraction for those who visit Chennai. It is not only a tourist attraction but also a pilgrimage to many. Pilgrimage had existed and always found importance in mankind from the days when mankind started believing in God or started having faith. Every religion has its own pilgrimage journey. Even in migration processes this pilgrimage has found great importance. Mostly pilgrimage involves a place of historic importance. Also pilgrimage is not confined to religion but rather secular in nature. Faith does not have boundaries. We shall see about one such pilgrimage place not known to many but has its own importance over thousands of years throughout the world. I have tried to provide the summary of various facts and legends of the church in this article. Santhome church is the only church whose history goes back even before 100 A.D. santhome church is one of the three churches in the world that are built over the St. Peter tomb of apostles.      Book Now



Vandalur Zoo

Arignar Anna Zoological Park is one of the modern and scientifically managed zoos of the country with 257 full time staff apart from petty contract workers. The Zoological Park is the pride of the State and has attained excellence in the Conservation Breeding Programme for endangered species and creating awareness about the conservation of natural resources. The functions of the zoo are carried out by several departments/sections namely Administration, Animal welfare, Commissary (Stores), Transport, Research, Education and Awareness, Veterinary, Horticulture, Security and Sanitation. The zoo has a well-equipped zoo kitchen, zoo hospital and quarantine facilities. A zoo school was opened in the year 2000 for the teachers, students and general public, where regular zoo education and conservation programmes are conducted. The zoo has adequate number of vehicles to transport visitors to the animal enclosures through the network of internal roads Chennai, the then Madras had the distinction of having the first zoo in India, started in 1855. Factors like air and sound pollution, insufficient place for accommodating the animals and highly dense human population around the corporation zoo became health hazards to animals of the zoo. Hence it was decided to shift the zoo from Moore market area to Vandalur Reserve Forest in the out-skirts of Chennai city. Works for the establishment of the zoo was started in 1976 and Arignar Anna Zoological Park was opended to public in 1985. It is one of the largest zoos in South East Asia sprawling over an area of 602 ha. The existing landscape was utilized as it is and all the animals are exhibited in large open moated island type enclosures with simulated environment. The entire area of 602 ha. has been clothed with vegetation both by natural and some artificial regeneration.      Book Now



VGP Universal Kingdom

Welcome to India very first and largest theme park. Ours is the business of fun and we take it very seriously. Our little kingdom, spread over 44 verdant acres is home to 45+ carefully curated rides, attractions and exhibits, including favorites such as our very own Statue Man, Tamil Nadu first snow park, a massive water complex and more. Truly, the Kingdom of Fun for everyone! Way back in 1975, when Amusement Parks and Theme Parks were hitherto unheard of in India, the founders of VGP set about creating a unique entertainment idea that was very popular only in countries abroad. Our late founder, Mr. V G Panneerdas visualized a new concept of leisure in India and brought his vision to fruition, thereby pioneering a whole new experience. It was named VGP Golden Beach, and very quickly became the most popular name in Southern India. The transition from just a family outing place to a full-fledged Theme Park was massive undertaking. However, the promoters, with their wide exposure to Theme Parks around the world, worked to bring in the best of rides from USA, Italy, Japan and other countries. Re-christened in 1997 as VGP Universal Kingdom, 40 years on, the Kingdom remains India largest theme park and is a thriving hub of fun, sun and sparkling good times!      Book Now



Connemera Public Library

The library's beginnings go back to 1860, when Captain Jesse Mitchell set up a small library as part of the Madras Museum[1] in Madras, capital of the Madras Presidency in the British Indian Empire. Hundreds of books had been found to be surplus in the libraries of Haileybury College (where civil servants of the Indian Civil Service were trained in Hertford Heath, Hertfordshire) and these were sent to the Madras Government, which in turn handed them over to the Madras Museum. Conceived on the lines of the British Museum Library, it was part of the Madras Museum until 1890, when the need for a free public library prompted the then Governor of Madras, Lord Connemara, to lay the foundation on 22 March 1890.[citation needed] It opened in 1896 and was named after Lord Connemara (by then the former Governor), an Anglo-Irish nobleman. The library was indeed essentially free: A small deposit had to be paid but this was refundable. It became the state central library in 1948,[1] with the enactment of Madras Public Libraries Act 1948, which was the first concerted effort in India to institutionalise, structure, otherwise, co-ordinate and organise public library services. This is one of the Asia's largest libraries.      Book Now



Kapaleeshwarar Temple

Church of lady of light is a Roman Catholic shrine in Chennai, India. It is commonly called as Luz Church by the locals, which derives from the Portuguese name Nossa Senhora da Luz. Built in 1516 by the Portuguese, it is one of the oldest Churches in the city and its foundation stone marks as one of the oldest European monuments in India. The history of the church dates back to the 16th-century legend of safe arrival to land by missionaries. The church is located very near to the Santhome Basilica, where Apostle Thomas is believed to be buried. Although at the time the church was built, the locality was a thick forest, now it is part of a bustling metropolitan area. This 16th-century European-architecture building consists of patterns of Gothic arches and Baroque ornamentation. The feast of Our Lady of Light is celebrated on the 15 August every year. On 15 August, 2010, Church of Our Lady of Light was declared Shrine of Our Lady of Light by A. M. Chinnappa, Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore.      Book Now



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