Being one of the biggest economic and educational centres of South India, Chennai has become one of the top places for IT firms and many other businesses to flourish. We’re sure that you too must have visited this ever-hustling city at least once for official work or are going to in near future! Have ever thought of exploring Chennai and the beautiful monuments it has? Read on to know about 15 amazing places you can visit while staying at hotels in Chennai on your next business trip to jazz up your mood.

Marina Beach

Marina Beach | Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Marina Beach | Among The Best Places to Visit in Chennai (img source:shutterstock.com)

Tired of the sweltering heat of Chennai? Let the Marina Beach be a sweet escape spot for you. Located in Chennai along the Bay of Bengal coast, it happens to be the longest beach in India and one of the longest in the world. Got enough time to pay a visit to this amazing place during the morning or evening? We suggest that you should not miss out on experiencing the enthralling view of the sun setting or rising from the beach. You may shop for trinkets such as imitation jewellery, shell mementos from the stalls on the beach side. Among the best places to visit in Chennai with friends, it is perfect to build sand castles or play games like beach volleyball.

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Valluvar Kottam

Valluvar Kottam | Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Valluvar Kottam | Among The Best Places to Visit in Chennai (img source:shutterstock.com)

Those of you who love literature must have heard or read about the famous Tamil poet and saint, Thiruvalluvar. For the uninformed, Thiruvalluvar is hailed as one of the greatest Tamil scholars. Valluvar Kottam is an intricately designed chariot built in his honour. The magnificence of Valluvar Kottam can be best experienced early in the morning or when the sun is just setting. Wondering how to reach here? It is located at the intersection of Kodambakkam High Road and Village Road; taxis and buses can be taken from around the city.

Timings: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Entry Fee: ₹ 5 (children); ₹ 10 (adults)

Thousand Lights Mosque

Thousand Lights Mosque | Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Thousand Lights Mosque | Among The Best Places to Visit in Chennai

This multi-domed mosque, which is a revered place of worship for Local Muslims, literally lights up the Royapettah area of Chennai. It is believed that in olden times, about 1000 lights were required to light up the hall of this mosque which is why it has been named as the Thousand Lights Mosque. As it goes without saying, this place looks absolutely spectacular all glowing: hence, is among the most popular places to visit in Chennai at night. With two minarets towering at a height of about 64 feet, this mosque exhibits the excellence of medieval architectural style.

Timings: 5:30 am to 8:30 pm

Entry Fee: N/A

Elliot’s Beach

Elliot’s Beach | Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Elliot’s Beach | Among The Best Places to Visit in Chennai

With Ashtalakshmi Kovil in its vicinity, Elliot’s Beach is a famous place to visit with friends or family. This beautiful beach, which was named after Edward Elliot (the Chief Magistrate, Superintendent of Madras during the British Era), is one of the cleanest seafronts in India. Sunbathe, relax and unwind, keeping the stress at bay at this extremely calm and scenic place. Featuring in the list of places to visit in Chennai for couples, this one is great for a moonlight walk.

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Dakshinachitra

Dakshinachitra | Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Dakshinachitra | Among The Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Literally translating to “a picture of the south”, DakshinaChitra is a living history museum in Chennai. This museum has 18 houses put together to depict the culture, architecture, craft and lifestyle of all four South Indian states – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana and Karnataka – via more than 4000 artefacts. A quick trip to 4 states under the same roof? Yes please! If you are looking for places to visit in Chennai with family, then this is the right pick as your children will learn a lot about South India here,

Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entry Fee:

Children 5-12 years: ₹ 20

Students: ₹ 30

Adults: ₹ 110 (₹ 130 during festivals and national holidays)

Ashtalakshmi Temple

Ashtalakshmi Temple | Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Ashtalakshmi Temple | Among The Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Regarded as an abode of Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Knowledge, Ashtalakshmi Temple is a few kilometres from Besant Beach. Constructed to worship the eight avatars of Goddess Lakshmi, the divine ambience of this temple is bound to leave you feeling relaxed. The most interesting part of this place? The waves of the ocean echo in the temple complex, which further makes it all the more peaceful. Ideal place to give rest to those worries while spiritually enlightening yourself, isn’t it?

Timings: 6:30 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Entry Fee: N/A

Government Museum

Government Museum | Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Government Museum | Among The Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Do you love artefacts? If you do, you will love the Government Museum of Chennai. This place is known for preserving some of the best ancient (10-13th century) and modern South Indian bronzes. What’s more is that the Amaravathi Gallery houses marble sculptures depicting the life of Gautam Buddha dating as back to 2nd century. Truly a gem of a place to visit in Chennai for kids and grownups alike!

Timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (closed on Fridays and national holidays)

Entry Fee:

Students: ₹ 5

Children below 12 years: ₹ 10

Adults: ₹ 15

Mylapore

Mylapore | Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Mylapore | Among The Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Want to soak in the rich and colourful culture of Chennai? Head to Mylapore, which is regarded as the cultural hub of Chennai, boasting a history going back 1500 years! Whether it is beautiful temples you are looking to visit or delicious South Indian delicacies to binge on, Mylapore has it all! All this, combined with endless options for shopping, make the neighbourhood one of the best entertainment places in Chennai.

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Guindy National Park

Guindy National Park | Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Guindy National Park | Among The Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Feeling a little adventurous? How about visiting a national park? Home to over 300 kinds of trees and plants, 150 bird species and 15 species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians, Guindy National Park is a forest situated on the grounds that were earlier part of Raj Bhawan and IIT-Madras. If you are visiting Chennai with your family, make sure you bring your kids here too. We assure you that they will love every bit of this place!

Timings: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

Fees:

Government and Aided School Children: ₹ 2

Private School Children: ₹ 10

Adults: ₹ 15

Sri Parthasarathy Temple

Sri Parthasarathy Temple | Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Sri Parthasarathy Temple | Among The Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s incarnation, Lord Krishna, Parthasarathy Temple was built in the 8th century. The intricately carved pillars of this place and colourful gopurams will leave you spellbound. The main features of this temple are the two intricately carved pyramid shaped rajagopuram or domes, one of which is located in the east direction while the other in the west direction.

Timings: 5:30 am-12 pm and 4:00 pm-9:00 pm

Kapaleeswarar Temple

Kapaleeswarar Temple | Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Kapaleeswarar Temple | Among The Best Places to Visit in Chennai

The holy shrine of Lord Shiva, Kapaleeswarar Temple was built by the mighty Pallavas which was demolished by the Portuguese explorers and rebuilt during the Vijayanagara Empire. Kapaleeswarar Temple is the best specimen of the Dravidian and Vijayanagara architecture making it look absolutely marvellous!

Timings: 5:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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Connemara Public Library

Connemara Public Library | Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Connemara Public Library | Among The Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Nerdy heads, Connemara Library is where you will find every textbook that you can ever think of. Don’t believe us? This is one of the four depository libraries of the country that house almost every literary work published in India. From periodicals to historical scriptures to modern-day books – this library has them all. For the convenience of readers, Connemara also has a reference room, video room and a periodic hall. Can you imagine how huge a library this is? You need to check it out yourself!

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9:00 am to 7:30 pm (Monday-Saturday); 9:30 am to 6:00 pm (Sundays)

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Royapuram Fishing Harbour

Royapuram Fishing Harbour | Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Royapuram Fishing Harbour | Among The Best Places to Visit in Chennai

A fishing harbour might not sound too appealing, but watching the fishermen bring freshly caught fish makes for a sight to behold. Also, remember to click photos of the stunning dock and backwaters while here. Thinking what fun activities you can indulge in here? Maybe learn how to catch a fish or simply distinguish between the different varieties of fish! Come here early morning to see the catch being unloaded and then being auctioned to restaurateurs from around the city.

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Semmozhi Poonga

Semmozhi Poonga | Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Semmozhi Poonga | Among The Best Places to Visit in Chennai

 Nature lovers, Chennai has something for you as well! Semmozhi Poonga is a beautiful botanical garden, which attracts lots of tourists every day. With an artificial pond and lush greenery to boast, this place can be a quick escape from the usual hustle and bustle of the city. What’s more? The exotic species of plants that have been imported from all over the world make Semmozhi Poonga are an added feather in its cap of many!

Timings: 10:00 am to 7:30 pm

Entry Fee: N/A (Children up to 10 years); ₹ 15 (adults)

Marundeeswarar Temple

Marundeeswarar Temple | Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Marundeeswarar Temple | Among The Best Places to Visit in Chennai

Know somebody facing health issues? Then, you might fancy paying a visit to Marundeeswarar Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of the God of Medicines. The legend has it that Lord Marundeeswarar taught Sage Agastya about magical medicines. Believed to have been built in the 11th century, the temple offers prasada of mil, ash and water that is said to cure health issues. With the finesse of Dravidian architecture, this is a must visit place in Chennai.

Timings: 5:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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