Part of the coastline of Chennai city, one of the longest in the world, Marina Beach is a favourite among the locals and vacationers alike. The sandy stretches are dotted with statues of eminent historians such as Mahatma Gandhi, and there’s also a grand memorial for actor-politician Dr. M.G. Ramachandran. The nearby lighthouse offers a breath-taking view of the sea and the city.
60kms north of Chennai, Pulicat Lake is the second largest lagoon in India. Now maintained as a wildlife sanctuary sheltering a variety of animals, reptiles and migratory birds, this is a must visit for any nature lover.
36kms from Chennai, Muttukad is known for boat rides along the backwaters and adventure sports like wind surfing. Nearby is also a popular amusement park, MGM Dizzee World.
A centre of South Indian culture and heritage, Dakshin Chitra is a recreation of architecture and lifestyles dating back to the 18th Century. Arts, crafts and performing arts from puppet shows to traditional dance forms, and pottery to glass making are some of the regular activities here.
40kms from the city, Crocodile Bank is a sanctuary for a variety of species of reptiles, many of which are endangered. A visit will add some excitement to your holiday.
Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mahabalipuram is home to ancient monuments, temples and sculptures dating back to the 7th Century. A popular attraction is the Shore Temples, the walls of which have intricate carvings and sculptures. Mahabalipuram is located about 60kms from Chennai.