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Ten places to see in Chennai Tamil nadu

1. Pulikat lake
From Chennai - 55kms Boating charges - Approx Rs 1000/- The second largest salt water lagoon in the country after Chilika lake, Pulicat lake, is a perfect day trip for nature lovers and bird watchers. In Feb dozens of aquatic birds including flamingoes visit here. Take a ride in the local fishing boat, watch the fishing boats bring their catch. Hire a boat to take you to the open seas, sail past Sriharikota - India's satellite launch site. Good to carry food and water. There are also two dutch cemerteies here, daing back to 1600.

2. Crocodile bank
From Chennai - 40kms Entry charges - Rs 40/- http://www.madrascrocodilebank.org/ Its a different experience to see hundreds of corcs and gators basking with their jaws open and motionless in the vast open pits here. During the feeding hours when the chunks of meat are thrown, youll see how fast they move. It is run by the conservationist Romulus Whitaker, this captive breeding centre has various species of alligators and corocodiles. There is a snake venom extraction centre and snake display room too. There are a lot of birds here too.

3. Kishkinta
From Chennai - 30kms Entry charges - Rs 600/- The water park spreads over 120 acres and is a paradise for kids. New rides keep adding up, and the park sustains on rainwater harvesting, with lots of trees to give the forested look of Kishkinta the monkey land in Ramayana. There is also a conference and party hall, amphiteatre and a food village.

4. Sadras fort
From Chennai - 70kms The best spot for history lovers, this Dutch fort is one of the few relics that the European traders left on the east coast. The 16th century fort is maintained by the ASI. The impressive gate leads to the entry, once the fort was famous for the fine muslin that the Dutch sent home. Inside you can see a graveyard with beautifully carved gravetombs, dining halls, kitches, granary, stables etc left back after the British bombed Sadras in 1796.

5. Dakshinachitra
From Chennai - 25kms The best example of an heritage museum, it showcases the rural life and architecture from all the four southern states. The entire houses of Tamil Brahmins, Chettiar traders, Syrian christians, Andhra weavers etc have been transferred from their villages and set here. There are small museums which display textiles, vessals, history and craft. You may also indulge in making pots in the potters wheel, practise drawing kolam with rice flour or get your fortune foretold by a parrot. Artisans from across the country sell and demonstrate their work here. Atleast half a day is required. There are restaurants and guest houses for overnight stay.

6. Marina beach
Marina Beach is the longest beach in India. This beach is stretching around 13 kilometers from St. geroge fort to Mahabalipuram. Much activities to enjoy around the beach. Watching the sun rise from the horizon. Best time to visit is early morning and evening time.

7. Kart Attack
From Chennai - 25 kms, kartattack.com With well laid tracks, its a great place to unwind if you are a speed buff or just want to pump some adrenalin. The Track is 260 meters long. The karts are powered by 200cc Honda 4 stroke petrol driven engines. There is a cafetaria also. Monday closed. Open - 4-10pm.

8. Cholamandal Artisits village
From Chennai - 20kms About 40 years ago, 30 Chennai artists acquired a plot of land on the outskirts of the city so that they may sculpt and paint in peace. Today it has turned into a artists village, with a permanent gallery displaying and selling their works. There is a canteen here too.

9. Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Link - http://www.mylaikapaleeswarar.tnhrce.in/ For the religious visit, the 7th century temple built by the Pallavas is the best place. The temple has numerous shrines, with those of Kapaleeswarar (Shiva) and Karpagambal (Parvati). There are inscriptions dating back to 12th century inside the temple. The temple's 120 ft gopuram has stucco figures adorning it.

10. Fort St George
Near Chennai Central Railway Station Fort St. George was built in the year 1640 by the British East India Company. Fort St. George houses St. Mary's Church & The Fort Museum.

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