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Chennai, yesterday's Madras, remained under the influence of many great dynasties like the Pallavas, the Cholas, the Pandyas and the Vijaynagar Empire. Though slowly yet steadily, the city transformed from being a ‘fishing’ village known as Madraspatnam, to one of the most important cities of the country. The credit for establishment of the city goes to Francis Day and Andrew Cogan who began factory-cum-trading post in Chennai for the very first time in 1639.

 

Starting way back to the time when the Portuguese were ruling in 1522 to the time of 1612 when the Dutch, who settled near Pulicat, the northern part of the city, followed the East India Company. 

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Marina beach

Marina Beach is naturally the first choice for everyone who visits Chennai. Being the second longest beach in the world, the large expanse of silver sand of the Marina Beach allows you to go for a great walk along the seashore. Sunrise and sun set views are picturesque in this perfect setting where one can watch fishermen starting their day out on the sea before sunrise.

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Marina beach

Marina Beach is naturally the first choice for everyone who visits Chennai. Being the second longest beach in the world, the large expanse of silver sand of the Marina Beach allows you to go for a great walk along the seashore. Sunrise and sun set views are picturesque in this perfect setting where one can watch fishermen starting their day out on the sea before sunrise.

If you love to watch and observe people, you could have a whale of a time here in the beautiful atmosphere of Chennai. While swimming or taking a dip in the sea is not possible at Marina beach,there are a range of activities to indulge in at the beach. Open 24 hours with no entry fare, the Marina Beach has a lot to offer to its visitors.

Kapaleeswarar Temple

Being one of the oldest temples in the city, the Kapaleeswar temple is a classic example of the Dravidian style of sculpture and architecture.

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Kapaleeswarar Temple

Being one of the oldest temples in the city, the Kapaleeswar temple is a classic example of the Dravidian style of sculpture and architecture. he temple has been immortalized in the poetry of Tevaram, the twelve volume Tamil Saivite devotional poetry where the sixth volume waxes eloquent about the temple.

While the temple is thronged by devotees daily, the crowd reaches a frenzy during the festivals of Panguni Peruvizha (mid-March to mid-April), Brahmotsavam and Arupathimoova. Open all days of the week except on Mondays, no amount of money is charged to visit the temple. It is believed that worshipping Lord Shiva on this day takes the devotee to eternal bliss.

The world headquarters of the Theosophical Society

With the aim to create “universal brotherhood”, The world headquarters of the Theosophical Society was established in 1883 in Adyar. The 260-acre Huddleston Gardens is a birdwatchers’ paradise and boasts of – believe it or not – a 450-year-old tree, still going strong.

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The world headquarters of the Theosophical Society

With the aim to create “universal brotherhood”, The world headquarters of the Theosophical Society was established in 1883 in Adyar. The 260-acre Huddleston Gardens is a birdwatchers’ paradise and boasts of – believe it or not – a 450-year-old tree, still going strong.

A lovely spot to wander casually, the headquarters contain a church, mosque, Buddhist shrine, Zoroastrian temple and Hindu temple as well as a huge variety of native and introduced flora. Recognized as one of the few places where one elevates the soul, the headquarters is open from 08.30 am -10:00 am, and, 02:00 pm to 04:00 pm from Monday to Saturday.

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