The General Post Office dates back to the late 19th century and is another superb example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Facilities available are speed post, registered post, parcel, insurance, e-billing, and e-posting.
Open: 8am-8.30pm Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm Sun.
This church overlooks the High Court in George Town. It was formerly known as the Old Evangelistic Hall of the Madras Free Church Missionaries as a gift from the Christians of Scotland and dedicated in 1859 after the Rev. John Anderson who founded the Free Church Mission.
Madras High Court was established on June 26, 1862 as one of the three High Courts of India (others at Bombay and Calcutta) established at Presidency Towns by Letters Patent granted by Queen Victoria. The jurisdiction of the Madras High Court extends to Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. The building of the High Court, an exquisite example of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, was built in 1892, under the guidance of the famed architect Henry Irwin. The High Court building was damaged in the shelling of Madras by S.M.S. Emden on 22 September 1914, at the beginning of the First World War. It remains one of the very few Indian buildings to have been damaged by a German attack.
This lovely cathedral was built in 1815 and consecrated the following year by the Rt. Rev. Thomas Fanshaw Middleton, the first Bishop of the Diocese of Calcutta, the only Anglican Diocese in India at that time. It is stated that the church was completed by the people themselves with the aid of a lottery fund. It cost 41,709 pagodas: furniture, the organ and the architect’s commission increased the cost to 57,225 pagodas where 1 Pagoda was the equivalent to 3.50 Indian Rupees.
The British East India Company's Senior Engineer Col. J.L. Caldwell designed the church, and his assistant Captain De Havilland finished the construction. It's well known for its stained-glass windows and memorials, tablets and statues.
This beautiful little church, also known as Church of Our Lady of Light and called Jungle Temple by local Tamil's, is located in the south of the city centre, near the Tirumailar train station. It was built by a Franciscan monk in 1516, making it the oldest Catholic church in Chennai. The architecture of the building consists of patterns of Gothic arches, Baroque ornamentation compounded with classical European style. The altars are gilded with silver and gold leaves and the ceilings with powder blue fresco paintings.
This is part of the Government Museum in Egmore and is housed in the splendid looking Victoria Memorial Hall. Galleries here include Tanjore Paintings, Decorative Art, Indian Traditional Art, Ravi Varma Paintings, British Portraits, Modern Art and Holographic Art.
Open: 9.30am-5pm. Admission: Rs250 for foreigners & Rs200 for camera.
Built over the tomb of apostle St. Thomas, the Santhome Cathedral is an important pilgrimage centre. According to legends, St. Thomas arrived in India from Palestine in AD 52 and died after 26 year. There is a museum in its premises with a 16th-century map of South Asia. From outside it looks like a white fairy, looming high into the blue chennai skies!
A king by name Sumati, showered his love toward the Balaji of Thirumala. But he wished to worship Balaji as Krishna. For the sake of him, Balaji Appeared in front of the king as Krishna, at this place in the pose which he stood in the Mahabharath war. At the end of that war he decided not to hold any weapons, so he appeared here only with a conche in his hand. hence this temple is known as Parthasarathi(Arjuna's charioteer) temple. This temple is special to peopple of my caste- Iyengar's. Infact you will find a lot of men of my caste who are named after this deity. This temple is surrounded by houses in which Iyengar's dwell. They visit the temple twice a day for the 'darshanam'- glimpse of the deity and to offer their prayers to him. It is a huge temple and the hustle bustle outside the temple is amazing.
The brainchild of Romulus Whittaker, the acknowledged specialist on reptiles, this centre has gained fame as an endeavour for the preservation and propagation of endangered species of crocodiles. The centre also houses a large variety of snakes.
The place is worth visiting if you are traveling to Chennai. Situated on the East Cost Road, the road to Mamallapuram, this Crocodile bank was created will almost all Crocodile species of the world to save them from getting killed, as slowly they have become extinct. It has crocodiles and alligators from Africa, Australia, South America, Asia. This is also a breeding centre.
Our tour operator ( TTDC) did not stop at this place but they preffered to take us to VGB Golden Beach, what a sheer waste of time. We do have this kind of amusement park in almost all the cities in India or abroad. Their hurried call did not allow me to see it properly, all I can say I missed it. I will have wait for my next trip to Chennai.
Situated at Marina Beach facing the Indian Ocean, RamKrishna Mission Ashram is great Indian centre of learning and meditation. Started by famous Indian Saint Swami Vivekananda at Calcutta , now Ramkrishna Mission Ashram is all over the country. They have schools and a special teaching method. It is seen that all the boys are very brilliant, they score very high marks at all exams and are considered better citizens of this country. The school is open for all cast and creed even Muslims and Christians of India may get education there. The teachers are equally brilliant as they are all past students of the mission, have opted for very difficult life of monkhood( Celibacy).
A place many miss or do not give a thought but in my view the place is worth visiting.
Guindy Snake Park, next to the Guindy National Park. See the deadly King Cobra, pythons and vipers as well as other reptiles. There is a Children's Park adjacent with collections of animals and birds. It was created awareness about the reptiles among the mass as they are friend of human being. Many Indians feel the Snakes are enemy of human being and nature courtesey our Hindi movies propagating superstitions.
The snake show is arranged every hour by experts, who shows how a snake reacts. It attacks anyone only when it is threatened or provocated. It does not drink milk as commonly believed in India, it survives on small animals, birds etc.
We enjoyed the show very much as it was an education for Munu who was seven years old that time.
This temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Shiva. This is one of the greatest land marks of Chennai City, situated in Mylapore area it is also a great centre for Karnatic Music and Dance. All the known stars of Karnatic music and dance circle could be seen performing here in the temple.
One of Chennai's oldest and best-known temples, said to date to the 8th century, although the present structure dates to the 1600s. Notable above all for its soaring, incredibly detailed 37m gopuram (entrance gate). There is a large water tank behind the temple, used for the Thaipusam festival (Jan-Feb), and plenty of flower shops all around. Within easy striking distance of the city centre. The structure of the temple is so colorful that you will be mesmerised for sometime. I have taken these pictures with my Sony handycam as I did not have a digital camera then in 2004/5, but yet the digital pictures taken with handycam gives the depth of colour, which is amazing.
As in all South Indian temple the Non Hindus are not allowed in the inner Sanctum Sanctorium but they are allowed to see,sit, visit the entire temple. It is expected that the person will be properly dressed with no exposure to body or legs. Half pants or sandow vests are to be avoided by the female visitors.
Madras Museum is one of the better museums of our country. It has many subjects to offer right from History to Archeology. For first time visitors to the city of Chennai a visit to Madras Museum will give a fair idea about our culture, bravery and life of South India. A must visit place.
Momos are really popular in Assam, Delhi, Bangalore - these are some of the places where I have had this lovely Tibetan preparation. Steaming momos play quite an interesting role in the recent Anurag Kashyap flick Dev D.
Right before the old food court on the 2nd floor at Spencer Plaza, I came across a stall called Motown Momos - a very interesting name, given Chennai's auto industry. They've got quite a few interesting fillings in their momos - apart from the regular chicken and veg, they also serve mutton, cheesy capsicum, and mushroom. They've priced it a lot lesser than one would expect. Plate size is quite generous too, at 6 momos a plate. And the sauce is quite spicy.
In Chennai surprisingly, momos are firstly not as widely available and secondly they're exorbitantly priced. These guys have quite filled the gap. They do home delivery also, the number is 9500137474.
If you are game for a nice drive on the ECR and want to club it with some bowling games and a movie, head to Mayajaal on a nice sunny weekend.
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