Clarion Hotel Chennai
#25 Dr. Radhakirshnan Salai, M
Phone: (91) 44 2847 2211
Fax: (91) 44 2847 1166
Opened in March 2006, Chennai Citi Centre is purportedly the costliest establishment in the mall segment in Chennai. With a cosmic latte finish upon the exteriors, this giant of a structure is housed within a 5-storeyed commercial building. Get style-checked at multiple fashion stores in this mall namely Wrangler, Wills Lifestyle, Titan, Indigo Nation and many more. Foodies can indulge in masterfully prepared dishes on level 4; Gangotree, Mex Chic Inn, Bay Leaf, Bread House, Subway are just a few of the eateries that have made their way into the Chennai Citi Centre. And, if you're in a mood for some good cinema, buy yourself a ticket at Inox for a perfect cinematic extravaganza; may be some steaming popcorn and soft-drinks to go with it? To sum it up, this mall is a perfect place to stop, shop, eat, drink and indulge in the good life!
The Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, Chennai is way of life and a center for all things spiritual and literary. It was formed in the absolute late 1800s by Swami Vivekananda, the founder, who was born as Narendranath Dutta. All his views of how there should be a certain peace among religions and education being the upliftment of society when combined with values of the Indian society, come together in the Ramakrishna Mission. The center includes the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College and Vivekananda Institute of Tropical Mycology (VINSTROM) among other institutions. Do check the website to know more about how the system became what it is today as well as how you can be a part of it.
The Luz Church is one of the most visited churches in Chennai. It belongs to the Roman Catholic diocese but they welcome everyone with open arms. The Luz Church happens to also be one of the oldest churches in the city, thus making it a significant historical landmark in the city. One can see the influences of, Century Baroque architecture on the façade of this 500-year old church. The church holds regular services as well as various activities and events with the purpose of uniting the community. For further details, do visit their website.
Hidden in a busy street and easy to miss, is the small Sri Periya Palayathamman Temple. The resident deity here is Amman, an intense avatar of Goddess Parvathy who is popularly known as the healer of diseases. With bright splashes of red upon it, the temple somehow evokes a feeling of the fervent religious practices one see in rural India. Regular 'pooja' or offerings are held here which scores of devotees attend regularly.
With its aesthetic design and brightly colored hues, the Parthasarathy Temple is a spectacular religious sight in Chennai. Dating back to the early 8th century, this temple has visible Pallava styles merged with modern improvisations. Located in a convenient location in Triplicane, the resident deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu in his glorious charioteer avatar, where he acts as the helper and guide to Arjuna, the great warrior in the epic 'Mahabharatha'. This holy spot is visited by many from all over Tamil Nadu and from neighboring states as well. The adjacent pond is beautifully maintained with a construction in the center and that completes the surreal ambiance.
Located in the Santhome Beach area, the colossal Santhome Cathedral Basilica is a glorious sight to behold. Built in memory of St. Thomas who visited Chennai, it is visited by scores of devotees from both inside and out of the city. This living church holds regular masses which are well attended by Christian worshipers who come out in full force especially on Sundays. A statue of the Virgin Mary does much to add to its rustic charm; one can safely say that this cathedral is worth a visit for its sheer brilliance in architecture and historical significance.
Built in the 19th century, the historically prominent Thousand Lights Mosque is a glorious structure infused with traditional Islamic architectural elements. The mosque got its name from the exceptionally large hall where a thousand lamps were illuminated at a time. This is an important religious sight for devout Muslims in the city, and there is a separate praying area for women. When fully illuminated, Thousand Lights Mosque is a spectacular sight to behold, as its architectural brilliance is accentuated by the magical lighting, and there for all of Chennai to see by night!
One of the major attractions in the city, Marina Beach is the first thing that comes to the mind when one thinks about Chennai. This fantastic stretch of sandy beach is reputed to be the longest in India. The sheer length of the coastline itself is breathtaking and there are several memorials and statues that pay tribute to great personalities along the beach. Located nearby are a fleet of landmarks and institutions including Madras University, Vivekananda Museum, Presidency College and Anna Memorial. For the average Chennaiite, this is an evening respite from the scorching heat, and one can spot large crowds here once the sun has sunk into the Indian Ocean.
The Presidency College completed a century in 1940 under the British rule. Several decades later, it still continues to attract India's most brilliant students into its fold and boasts a stellar alma mater. Having finally gained autonomy in 1987, the college started to focus on enriching its syllabus to allow for a more comprehensive education. The departments of languages, arts, science and commerce emerge the real winners at Presidency which has won many accolades for its focused approach to education.
Erected as early as 1795, the predominantly grey Big Mosque was carved from granite and constructed by Nawab Wallajah's family. This South Indian pilgrimage stop was built without the use of iron, wood or other materials, which is quite astonishing. The exquisitely unusual architectural style of this 2 minaret mosque reflects a combined touch of Islamic and Iranian architecture. Being one of the oldest mosques in all of India, this holy place deservedly becomes a much photographed and visited tourist attraction in Chennai.
Built in 1916, Chennai's M. A. Chidambaram Stadium was formerly known as the Chepauk Stadium. With a seating capacity of 50,000 spectators, this cricket stadium has hosted a number of thrilling encounters, to say the least. The first ever test match was played here on 10th February, 1934, and ever since, there has been no looking back! With each passing year, more and more games were played including One Day Internationals (ODI), and more recently, the IPL matches which are supposedly the most exciting of them all. This stadium is the home ground to the IPL team, Chennai Superkings led by the dashing Indian cricket team captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. If in Chennai during any cricket championship, a visit to the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium promises to remain with you forever.
Opened in the late 1940s, the Ethiraj College for Women is one of the city's most respected educational institutions. Being affiliated with the University of Madras, it makes sure it maintains high standards and provides the students with everything they need to grow into adults with a perspective that helps them take on the rest of their lives. Do call the college for more information.