Places in Chennai
Little Mount & Mount of St.Thomas
A Rock-Hewn Cave on Little Mount is believed to be the place
where, in AD 72, the mortally wounded St.Thomas sought refuge.
Near the modern Church of Our Lady of Good Health is the older
Blessed Sacrament Chapel built by the Portuguese over the Cave.
Inside the cave is the opening through which the fleeing saint
is said to have retreated, leaving behind a still visible imprint
of his hand near the entrance. At the rear end of the caves
is the Masonry cross before which St Thomas is said to have
prayed. The most important relic here is the ancient stone cross
embedded into the wall of the alter which is said to have been
engraved by the saint himself. This is the legendry "bleeding
cross" that miraculously bled between 1558 and 1704. Below
the eastern flank of the Mount is the Cantonment area, with
its shady streets lined with 18th century neo-classical bungalows.
Marina beach situated to the east of Chennai at Kamarajar
Road, 3 Km away from the city centre. The beach covered with
the silver sands is said to be the longest beach in India
and one of the longest in Asia, which extends to a length
of 13 Km, from Fort St. George all the way to Mahabalipuram.
There is a drive along the beach circumscribed with palms
and casuarinas running the whole length of Chennai.
VGP Golden Beach Resort
A short 20-minute drive from Chennai City, VGP Golden Beach
Resort offers a serene and relaxing atmosphere in today's
stress-driven world. Located on the World's second longest
beach, it attracts over two million visitors every year. This
unique resort is designed like a mini township
and offers cottages of different designs, which reflect the
culture of traditional India but provide worldly luxuries.
Guindy National Park
Guindy National Park is an ideal picnic spot for a day spending
with your family. This National Park encompasses a snake park
and a children's park as well. Guindy Park boasts of over
24 varieties of trees, for example, Amona Squamosa, Atlanta
Monoplylla, Feronia Limonia, Azadirachta India, etc. to mention
a few. The main faunal attraction of this park is the occurrence
of rare Indian Antelope popularly known as the "Black
Buck", found nowhere in the world except India.
Located at Peter's Road, Triplicane, it is one of the oldest
temples in Chennai, built by Pallavas in the 8th century and
rebuilt by the Vijayanagar Kings in 11th century. The temple
is dedicated to Krishna, one of the incarnations of Vishnu.
It has a coloured gopuram and several shrines with beautiful
Sri Guru Nanak Sat Sangh Sabha
Sri Guru Nanak Sat Sangh Sabha located in Chennai was established
by Lieutenant Colonel Gill (former Director General of Prisons)
in the year 1949. Guru Nanak Sat Sangh Sabha helps to establish
social, cultural and spiritual contact among Sikhs in Chennai.
The Wallajah Mosque referred to as the "Big Mosque"
was built by the Wallajah family in 1795 in memory of the
Nawab. The present Prince of Arcot is closely associated with
this shrine even today. Hidden behind the modern buildings
on Triplicane High Road, this renowned place of worship for
Muslims is a marvellous granite structure.