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Kovalam, East Coast Road: This place is  Said to be Tamil Nadu’s only accredited surf school, the ‘Bay of Life Surfing and SUP’ is somewhere you can polish your surfing skills and hit the waves in an even better style. The place to ride the waves happens to be Kovalam beach (Not to be confused with the Kovalam beach in Kerala).


Thirunarayana Avenue: There are not many things that are as perfect for communing with nature as trekking. The trekking expeditions set up by Wildertrails Adventure Club are the perfect example where the exhilaration of exploring meets the joy of discovering.


Covelong Beach : Among all the scuba diving destinations, the Covelong Beach is known for its clean and serene waters that offer a perfect environment to indulge in shallow sea diving. The sea shore is relatively shallow with a relatively even floor. The diver in the mode of scuba diving is usually in the wet suit with fins and oxygen masks attached to his body  This is probably the only adventure activities in Chennai that allow you to experience marine life at its best.


Yealgiri, Yercaud, Kolli Hills and Horsely Hills:  Among all the adventure sports in Chennai, camping is one such activity that allows you to explore, discover and enjoy the enchanting beauty of the region. Surrounded by several hill stations, this metropolis serves as a common ground for campers from across the country and other parts of the globe as well.Among the hill stations, Yealgiri, Yercaud, Kolli Hills and Horsely Hills are some of the most scenic destinations for an amazing camping experience; these scenic hilly retreats are located within 200-370km radius. Other popular and adventure places in Chennai within a range of 400-600km includes Kodaikanal, Ooty, Coonoor, Munnar, Valparai, Madikeri, Meghamalai, Kothagiri and others.


East Coast Road: Bestowed with rugged and exhilarating terrains, lush and dense forests, ATV rides are indeed the best way to explore the adventurous phase of Chennai. The city has an ample of adventure camps that offers these rides; expert instructors, utmost safety measures and the fascinating terrains will surely add an extra amount of fun and thrill to your ATV rides. To add here, East Coast Road (or ECR) is among the most popular destinations for these enthralling rides.



Arignar Anna Zoological Park - 38 Kms: Arignar Anna Zoological Park has adequate number of vehicles to transport visitors to the animal enclosures through the network of internal roads. this  is one of the modern and scientifically managed zoos of the country with 257 full time staff apart from petty contract workers. The Zoological Park is the pride of the State and has attained excellence in the Conservation Breeding Programme for endangered species and creating awareness about the conservation of natural resources. The functions of the zoo are carried out by several departments/sections namely Administration, Animal welfare, Commissary (Stores), Transport, Research, Education and Awareness, Veterinary, Horticulture, Security and Sanitation. The zoo has a well-equipped zoo kitchen, zoo hospital and quarantine facilities. A zoo school was opened in the year 2000 for the teachers, students and general public, where regular zoo education and conservation programmes are conducted. 


Historical & Heritage

Vellore – (142 Kms):  Vellore is an ancient city that has been ruled by the various prosperous dynasties of south India. Vellore is responsible for the city’s cultural heritage. The city like any princely Indian city should be is famous for various forts, temples, picnic spots and other important tourist attractions. So here’s the list of the most important places to visit in Vellore are Srilakshmi Golden Temple (Shripuram), Yelagiri and Vellore Fort.


Mahabalipuram – (58 Kms): Mahabalipuram, is also known as Mamallapuram,and it is  a town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, around 60 km south of the city of Chennai. It is an ancient historic town and it is the group of monuments is a UNESCO World Heritage is an ancient port town known for its stone carvings and stone temples also.


Kanchipuram –( 75 Kms): The city is located on the Palar River. This  city is most famous for its silk production and old temples.. The city has many big temples like Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple, Sri Ekambaranthar Temple, Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Sri Ulagalanda Perumal Temple, Sri Kumarakottam Temple, Sri Kailasanathar Temple, Sri Kachapeswarar Temple and much more. The city also attracts tourist and foreigners in plenty due to its rich culture and heritage. The city has a huge spree of Silk Weavers Society



Thiruttani (Near Kanchipuram) – (86 Km):  It is one of the main tourist centres in Thiruvallur district about 84 km from Chennai. Thiruthani Murugan Temple is one of the six abodes of Lord Murugan. Tiruttani is 15 km from Andhra Pradesh state. Nearby Famous temples are Madhur Arulmigu Mahishasuramardhini temple, Nallatur Arulmigu Veera Anjaneya temple, Arulmigu Arumugaswami temple and Sholingar Narasimma swamy temple.


Tirupati – (134 Kms): It is one of the ancient city which is specially known for the ancient temples and temple of Tirupati is the mostly visited religious place. The city is located in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The temple of Tirupati is built in the foothills of the Tirumala Hills. This temple is very popular among the devotees and the tourists who visit this temple from different states of India and abroad.


Lake & Backwater, Nature & Scenic

Tada Falls / Ubbalamadugu Falls (Near Srikalahasti) – (92 Kms): It is situated on the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and is an ideal place for trekking near Chennai for a day trip.

The falls are located in a dense forest called Siddulaiah Kona. The falls are located within the Kambakam hills and are a popular destination for trekking, climbing and picnicking. The terrain that surrounds the falls includes rocky hill formations and lush forests interspersed with a number of streams.




About Chennai
Chennai is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is a major commercial, cultural, economic and educational center in South India. It is also known as the "Cultural Capital of South India" and was declared as the most liveable city in India by the Institute of Competitiveness on account of economic, social, security and medical conditions as parameters.

Why Name Chennai
The name Chennai is a shortened form of Chennapattanam, the name of the town that grew around Fort St. George, 
which was built by the English in 1639.

Chennai Climate
Chennai has a tropical wet and dry climate. The city lies on the thermal equator and is also on the coast, which 
prevents extreme variation in seasonal temperature. The weather is hot and humid for most of the year. The hottest part of the year is late May to early June,
Museums and art galleries in Chennai
Chennai is home to many museums, galleries, and other institutions, many of which are free of admission charges and 
are major tourist attractions as well as playing a research role.The city is also an host to the oldest Museum and Art Gallery in the country- Government Museum, Chennai and The National Art Gallery (Chennai),established in the early 18th century.
Tourism in Chennai
With temples, beaches and centres of historical and cultural significance, including the UNESCO Heritage Site of 
Mahabalipuram, Chennai remains the most visited city in India. Chennai has been the most visited Indian city since 2008, in terms of foreign tourists arrival.[188] In 2011, Chennai was ranked 41st in global top 100 city destination ranking, with 3,174,500 tourists, a 14 percent increase from 2010, up from 650,000 in 2007. In 2009, Chennai attracted the highest number of foreign tourists in the country. The city serves as the gateway to the southern part of India with tourists landing in the city and starting their trip to the rest of the region. Top foreign nationals visiting the city includes those from Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Singapore, followed by the United Kingdom, France and the United States. In 2010, the figure of foreign tourist arrival increased by 40 percent in the first half of the year.[189] About 830,620 domestic tourists arrived in Chennai in March 2011. Currently, the city has 24 luxury hotels in the five-star and five-star deluxe categories.
Recreation in Chennai
Zoo, beaches, and wildlife parks form the primary recreation areas of the city. The Arignar Anna Zoological Park,
one of the largest zoological parks in the world, attracts nearly 2 million visitors per year.[191] The city boasts
two popular beaches, the Marina and Elliot's. Guindy National Park, a protected area of Tamil Nadu, has a
children's park and a snake park, which gained statutory recognition as a medium zoo from the Central Zoo Authority
of India in 1995.
Chennai houses several theme parks, namely MGM Dizzee World and Queens Land.The safety of several
amusement parks has been questioned after several fatal accidents occurred.
Other important recreation centres include Madras Boat Club, which is over 140 years old, and Gymkhana Club, which
is famous for its 18-hole golf courses. Built in 1867, Madras Boat Club is the second oldest rowing club in India.

Shopping in Chennai
Chennai is home to several malls, due to its status as an IT hub.Chennai houses quite a few big
malls namely EA, Citi Centre, Spencer Plaza, Ampa Skywalk. Phoenix Market City which was opened in January 2013 at
Velachery is one of India's Biggest shopping Malls.Chennai houses a lot of cinema screens in the form of
multiplexes. Few of the famous multiplexes are Sathyam Cinemas, Escape, Devi and Abirami complex. Tamil, English,
Hindi, and Telugu movies are released and have a large number of fan following. With the increase in malls, the
multiplexes have also doubled recently. Chennai encourages its Theatre artist's equally. The city is under a thick
of activity across the year with a number of plays staged in Tamil and English, as well as with Koothu Patrai, a
form of street play in unison with songs and dance.
Gold Market in Chennai
Chennai is the most important gold market in the southern region of India which contributes to 45 percent of the
800-tonne annual national gold offtake.Chennai's retail industry is concentrated chiefly in T. Nagar, which
accounts for about 70 to 80 percent of the gold sold in Chennai.[200] According to the 2012 report by property
consultant Cushman & Wakefield, Main Streets Across the World, Khader Nawaz Khan Road at Nungambakkam ranked 10th
position in the list of 'Top 10 Global Highest Retail Rental Growth Markets 2012', with 36.7 percent jump in
Chidambaram Stadium, one of the premier cricket venues in India. ( Hosting IPL 2012,2013, 2014 Matches)

Cricket is the popular sport in Chennai.It was introduced in 1864 with the foundation of the Madras Cricket Club.The M.A. Chidambaram Stadium established in 1916 is among the oldest cricket stadia in India.The Chemplast Cricket Ground located at the IIT Madras campus is another important venue for cricket matches. Prominent cricketers from the city include former cricket captains S. Venkataraghavan and Kris Srikkanth.A cricket fast bowling academy called the MRF Pace Foundation, whose coaches include T. A. Sekhar and Glenn Mcgrath, is based in Chennai.Being home to the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket team Chennai Super Kings, the city hosted the finals of the IPL's 2011 and 2012 series.
IPL 2013 series is ongoing currently
Upcoming Matches in Chennai IPL

Mon, Apr 2220:00-23:30
Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 

Sun, Apr 2816:00-19:30
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Thu, May 0216:00-19:30
Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Wed, May 2220:00-23:30
3rd vs 4th
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

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