Chennai is the gateway to South India, yet the actual city is only about 350 years old, beginning as a small fishing village before it expanded into India’s first major English settlement of Madras under British colonial rule. Today it boasts a booming automobile industry, and is a major center for music and the arts, with several specialist festivals held here each year. The Marina is considered the second longest urban beach. Despite its coastal setting, Chennai is considered the world’s hottest city.
Visit to the famous 7th century Kapaleeswarar Temple, Mylapore – the city of Peacocks! See this fine example of Dravidian style of architecture with fragmentary inscriptions date back to 1250 AD. Marvel in the wonders of one of the most celebrated shrines of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. Be taken in by some beautiful sculptures, among which the rare bronze idols of 63 Saivite Saints (Nayanmars) decorates the outer courtyard.
Visit to Dakshinachitra from Chennai
A visit to the living museum of Dakshinachitra provides an insight into the architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India. Tour the 10acre campus which is recreated to depict 4 South Indian states – Kerela, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andra Pradesh. Explore heritage houses, interact with village artisans, witness folk performances and participate in activities like bead making, basket weaving, pottery, palm leaf carving, paper craft, shell craft and glass painting.
Dance School at Chennai
The Kalakshetra Dance school is a centre of training and performance. The school focuses on Bharatanatyam, Carnatic vocal and instrumental music, the visual arts, traditional crafts and textile design. You can observe professional dancers and musicians; visit the museum and craft centre.
City Highlights of Chennai
Begin by visiting some of the popular sites like Gandhi Memorial followed by Kala Kshetra, Marina Beach, St. Thomas Church and Fort St.George; stroll the area around the Kapeeleshwar Temple and the Bazaar of the Royapettah Quarters.