Mosquito repellent, Vicks and wet ones!
Well locked, protected. light clothing.dont bother with whites as the dust will turn them a different colour in no time.
Sunglasses to protect eyes from flying dust.
Sandals, flip-flops, sneakers if you dont want to get your feet dirty. Get wet ones to carry in your bag, for occasions when the dust is caked on your face, your hands are dirty but the toilets stink...etc.
Vicks to rub under your nostrils and deter unpleasant smells as well as repel mosquitos. Indians don't use bathing suits at the beac, swimming fully clothed or with sarongs on...
Don't miss the paneer butter masala
Rather confusingly called Hotel Saravana Bhavan, this is actually a small chain of restaurants. We went to one close to Kennets Lane, where we had a very good Paneer Butter Masala, followed by sundaes for dessert. The array of ice creams behind a dedicated dessert bar was drool-worthy!
Located in Besant Nagar, Chennai, Elliot's beach is the preferred destination for those with a clean atmosphere in mind. Following the road along the coast down south from Marina one will come to Elliot's beach where one can spend a few hours relaxing.
Elliots beach was earlier the city's bathing beach, now it is frequented by people interested only in a stroll during the evenings and mornings. A stone memorial of Danish sailor, Karl Schmidt is also present in the beach. About 1 km to the north of the Elliot's is the place where the Adayar river meets the sea.
Chennai - India Part 1
"Chennai an Interesting City"
Chennai is an Intestesting City where i Live.
Chennai (previously called " Madras " ) is the fourth largest city of India. It is generally a low rise city but of late it has seen a boom.
It is a port city and main industries include IT , BPO services, automobiles Factory's, Mobile Phone Factory's, auto parts, Film city(more number of Movie makers in the world), Refineries, Power plants (Thermal, Diesel, Atomic).
"Chennai (Madras) Club"
Chennai has some sizeable open spaces left considering how much the city as grown in the last ten years. No rice paddies or true scrub land left within city limits, true, but you can still find beaches and stands of trees big enough to make you forget how big the city is. You won’t be alone in any of them, so you won’t forget how many people there are, but that’s okay. They’re all there for the open space too.
Also known as Besant Nagar Beach. Besant Nagar is more better-residential than commercial, which means that the area is fairly quiet, and the main roads leading to and facing the beach are full of small cafes, restaurants, and shops. The beach itself is deep, mostly flat fine sand leading to a steep drop a few feet from the edge of the water. There’s room for multiple pickup cricket, volleyball, and football games, still leaving ample space for the hundreds of people there to simply sit and talk and look at the Bay of Bengal.
I’ve been told that this stretch used to be the local make out spot, besides hosting more unsavory activities, and that might still be true after hours. In the early evening and especially on Friday and Saturday it’s filled with families and groups of young adults, mostly down near the water or taking rides (kid-size only) and playing games in the county-fair type arcade that’s grown up on one end. Some do swim, although the water isn’t clean, and the shelf drops off sharply not far from shore. The late-day breeze is excellent for flying kites; you can buy a small but colorful one made of tissue paper for about 20 rupees. There’s plenty of food and snacks, from vegetable stew and fried fish to elaborately carved fruits to ice cream and cotton candy in psychedelic colors. Two of my favorite restaurants (Eden, and a branch of the Murugan Idli House) are just around the corner. It’s one of the more pleasant ways to spend an evening in Chennai.
The Theosophical Society is at its heart a religious place, although it is not devoted to any one religion. The cover copy of one of their publications says “theosophy is the wisdom underlying all religions when they are stripped of accretions and superstitions.” This leads to some strange symbolism in the decoration of the buildings and signs, and probably to the sense of peace and calm pervading the place. Entrance is free, although hours are restricted, and day-visitors have to sign in and out.
The grounds are a welcome respite from the noise and dust of the streets. From both entrances there are paved walks through groves of coconuts and other shady areas to the headquarters. There are lots of birds – this is one of few areas you can see and hear birds other than crows – and other animals, including an unfriendly pig, as well as a huge variety of trees, plants, and flowers.
What looks like a forest in the photo is actually a peripheral part of the Great Banyon tree. It’s huge: supposedly 3,000 people can sit under it at once. It was the central meeting place in the early days, and the brief history I bought at the bookstore claims that Gandhi and the Dalai Lama have spoken to gatherings there. The tree is listed in guidebooks as a thing for tourists to see – it’s supposed to be the oldest banyon tree in India, and it’s very pretty – but it’s fenced in and pretty much overgrown. There is another huge banyon tree on the grounds that’s open and better tended.
Unfortunately, you can’t walk through the entire grounds, or get to the beach, because past the Great Banyon all the property is for residents of and visitors to the Society. There’s a guard posted to keep you off. You can visit the Adyar Library and Research Centre, though, which is supposed to be one of the most important libraries for oriental studies in the world.
"Children’s Park/Snake Park"
These two parks are side by side on the road into Guindy National Park, and are shady and decently cared for. On Sunday afternoon they are full of families.
The Children’s Park includes two large playgrounds, lots of places to sit and have lunch and some more discreet places to make out, and many enclosures with animals, mostly from the Indian subcontinent. There are monkeys, blackbuck antelope, spotted and barking deer, lots of birds, wild dogs and foxes. The enclosures are on the small side of adequate, and don’t contain much to keep the animals inside occupied. Too often there was only one of an animal. Despite signs everywhere, people were feeding anything that would eat something tossed through the fences. The fences are all chain link, sometimes very tight or double layers, with another fence keeping you beyond arm’s reach from the chain link one. I suspect it’s to keep the idiot humans from sticking their fingers in. They were teasing the animals too, again despite signs everywhere. The animals here are really a sideshow to the main attraction, which is simply a big open space for kids to play.
The Snake Park is compact, with a decent attempt at landscaping. There are snakes (obviously), mostly behind glass, and several kinds of crocodiles and monitors in pit enclosures. There is a demonstration several times a day that I didn’t see, but heard part of (it’s in English and Tamil).
Some pictures of a few of the animal inhabitants of the Children’s Park and the Snake Park can be found in my Things to Do tips for those places.
"Guindy National Park"