Marina Beach is naturally the instant choice for everyone that visits Chennai. This is the second longest beach in the world. The large expanse of silver sand allows for a great walk along the seashore. Sunrise and sun set views are picturesque in this perfect setting. Some of the sports activities possible in Marina Beach include fishing, wind surfing and beach volley ball. Though Marina Beach owns the credit of being the second longest beach in the world, it is not as well maintained as it should be. However, if you love the soul of the city, you will love the place. This a place where you do not have an entrance fee but a lot of entertainment. 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. If you love to watch people, you could have a whale of a time here in the beautiful atmosphere.
Located in the Kancheepuram district,Mahabalipuram is one of the oldest cities in India and is known for its various stone carved monuments and ancient temples. Mahabalipuram, located in Tamilnadu was a port town during the 1st Century to 140 AD and was ruled by the ancient Pallava dynasty. The groups of monuments located here have also been deemed as a UNESCO world heritage site. There are many other temples and statuettes which are magnificent in their carvings, This place is most renowned for Arjuna’s Penance, which is a relief statue on a huge scale representing an episode from the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata; and the Varaha Cave, which is a small rock-cut temple built during the 7th century. Plus, there are Pancha Rathas (Five Chariots) which comprise of five colossal pyramidal constructions named after the Pandavas: Yudhistra, Bhima, Arjun, Nakul and Sahdeva together with their wife Draupadi. All the five chariots are built from granite carved in a unique style. These monuments and sculptures are delicate examples of the architectural pattern of the Pallava dynasty.
Connemara Public Library
Connemara Public Library was established in the year 1896. You could find many unique and rare collections in the library, which boasts of possessing wealthier information across various subjects. The library itself is intricately designed and the architecture is a blend of Southern Hindu Deccani, Gothic, Rajput and Mughal. The library houses periodic hall, a video room and a reference room. Braille library is also found here. The collection of books is very impressive and they cater to the needs of the students and professors alike. The library is one among the four National Depository Libraries in India that receives copies of all newspapers, periodicals and books published in India.
Santhome Cathedral Basilica in Chennai (India) is built over the tomb of St.Thomas. It is one among the three churches claimed to have been built over the tomb of an apostle. The other two are St. Peter’s Basilica at Rome, Italy and the Saint James the Great at Santiago, Spain Santiago de Compostela. This church is Commonly known as Santhome Church and this Shrine of St. Thomas Basilica has an underground tomb chapel where the pilgrims can pray in front of the alleged sepulchre of St. Thomas. Marco Polo the great Venetian traveller visited the tomb in 1292 and recorded about the tomb in his travel diaries. The church has been built in the Gothic style of architecture. Some of the important sights here include the stain glass painting of the divine moment of St Thomas’s Thomas’s meeting with the resurrected Christ. Remains of St Thomas along with a part of the bone have been preserved here. This church has seen several renovations having been made. The building is about 50 mts high. It has the distinction of being the second church built on the burial of an apostle.