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Incredible Chennai

The ‘Cultural Capital of India’, Chennai is an anomaly in our modern times. A city where the old and new reside harmoniously, side by side. A city where glass and concrete stand side by side with monuments that hark back to another century and every aspect of its culture is steeped in time-honoured tradition.

Modern day Chennai is also a healthcare hub, with several elite centres offering care for almost all specialities, on par with global leaders in their facilities and outcomes. Among them, the Srushti Fertility Centre.

At Srushti, we believe that our International patients should have a wholesome experience when they visit Chennai. And given that IUI and IVF treatments do not call for hospital admission, our patients can also explore the city in between their treatment. The city offers the tourist a plethora of attractions in and around the city: religious sites, galleries, museums, beaches and adventure parks, as well as a multitude of eateries that bring flavours from across the globe.

Listed below are some of the most interesting places to see in and around Chennai that are sure to make your trip more memorable.

BEACH

Chennai’s largest beach extends from Fort St. George (also on this list), all the way to Besant Nagar. Kick back and catch the sunrise, visit the old light house and enjoy kite flying, pony rides and other fun activities on the sandy shores!
The Besant Nagar Beach is Marina’s smaller and less crowded counterpart and offers visitors sandy shores, a skating rink, and the Schmidt Memorial. Another draw, a plethora of street and cafe cuisine, served up with a view of the sparkling sea.
Just past Chennai city limits, the Covelong was once a major port. Today, it draws locals and tourists alike for a range of water sporting activities such as surfing and wind surfing, aside from its serene beauty.

PILGRIMAGE

This is the oldest temple in the city, built in the 8th century by the Pallava kings. It is one of the few temples in India that is dedicated to Lord Krishna, with features elaborate gopurams (towers) and mandapas (pillars) that are covered with intricate carvings.
Originally built in the 7th century, the Kapeleeshawar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and a fine example of Dravidian architecture. The temple complex also houses a ‘wish yielding tree’ that draws worshippers from all over the city.
The San ThomeCatherdral was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century on the tomb of St. Thomas, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ. A pilgrimage centre for Christians in India, it is a reminder of Chennai’s colonial past, and also has a museum on-campus.
The AnnaiVellankani shrine stands just off Besant Nagar beach, and visitors - both Christian and non-Christian – flock to the shrine to seek blessings from ‘Our Lady of Health’, Mother Mary.
The Armenian Church dates back to 1712, and is one of the oldest churches in India. Now a heritage monument, the church has the biggest bells in the city, each one weighing 200 kg.
The architecturally magnificent Thousand Lights Mosque gets its name from the 1000 oil lamps that light its main hall. The mosque also features multi-domes and twin minarets.

LIBRARY

The Conemera Public Library was constructed in the late 19th century and is a treasure trove of publications that are centuries old. With a collection of over 600,000 books, it is one of Asia’s largest libraries.
The Anna Centenary Library is a 9 floor complex that has the capacity to house around 1.2 million books. A popular destination for book lovers and scholars, the library has a special hi-tech section for visually impaired visitors.

GALLERIES

Comprised of 6 independent buildings, the Government Museum at Egmore houses 46 galleries with displays of sculptures, zoology, botany, geology, arms, folk art, puppets, industrial art, wood carving and much more.
The railway museum is located on the premises of the Integral Coach factory and offers the visitor a host of technical and heritage exhibits, including steam engines harking back to the British Raj and vintage coaches. Some of them are over 100 years old.
A Botanical Garden set up by the Government of Tamil Nadu, SemmozhiPoonga boasts of more than 500 species of plants. These include popular exotic flora, rare plant species, medicinal and aromatic herbs, as well as imports from neighbouring countries.
One of the largest reptile zoos in the world, and Asia’s first crocodile breeding centre, Crocodile bank is a both a zoo and research facility. Activities include feeding demonstrations, night safaris, and close encounters with young reptiles, as well as a multi-puppet theatre and more.

CULTURAL VISIT

A cross cultural living museum of art, architecture, lifestyle, crafts and performing arts, DakshinaChitra offers visitors a peek into the lifestyles, customs and culture of different communities from South India, as well an enticing range of South Indian cuisine.
A centre for artists and artistic undertakings, Kalakshetra was founded in 1936 and is a centre for the study and performance of fine arts. It is particularly renowned for its unique style of Bharatanatyam, which incorporates ballet-like kinesthetics.
Located on the outskirts of Chennai, this renowned artists’ commune is credited for the Madras Movement of Art, which brought modernism to South India. The village has two galleries, an open air theatre for dance and theatre performances, a book store and a craft shop.
Located on the outskirts of Chennai, this renowned artists’ commune is credited for the Madras Movement of Art, which brought modernism to South India. The village has two galleries, an open air theatre for dance and theatre performances, a book store and a craft shop.

PARKS

An important part of the Periyar Science and Technology Museum, the Birla planetarium features exhibits of the Solar System, cycle of the stars, sky and seasons, comets and more. The centre also conducts engaging audio-visual programmes on astronomy, which draws both young and older visitors.
The only national park situated in the heart of a city, the Guindy National Park is home to many species of birds, animals and reptiles, including partridge, quail, buzzards and fly catchers.
Home to over 1500 species of animals, some of them endangered, the Vandaloor zoo is located 35 km outside the city. Popular attractions include the aviary, a lion safari, deer safari, elephant safari, and the butterfly house.
Close to the Palar Lake, this sanctuary is visited by thousands of bird species during migratory season. Among them, egrets, terns and moorhens, and European species like ibis, heron, spoonbill and snake bird, which make their home here for a few months of the year.
Located on second largest lagoon in India, this sanctuary is also the third largest wetland in the world and is noted for its rich biodiversity. Of particular note, flocks of greater flamingos, as well as the fishing villages that surround the lake.
Located on second largest lagoon in India, this sanctuary is also the third largest wetland in the world and is noted for its rich biodiversity. Of particular note, flocks of greater flamingos, as well as the fishing villages that surround the lake.

DAY TRIPS

A bustling sea port centuries ago, Mahabalipuram is renowned for its rock cut cave temples that portray events from the Mahabharata, a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Shore Temple and pancharathas (chariots), each cut from a single piece of rock.
One of India’s heritage cities, Kanchipuram was once a Chola capital. Today, it is especially famous for its rich silks, that draws visitors from all over the world. Pure mulberry silk in dazzling colours with rich zardosi work is a hallmark of a Kanchipuram silk.
Once a French colony, Pondicherry is a popular coastal getaway for Chennaites and tourists alike. The city still honours its colonial roots, and is home to Auroville, as well as a number of eateries that cover Indian, French, Mexican, Italian and Indo-French cuisine.

SHOPPING

One of Chennai’s primary shopping hubs, T.nagar offers visitors a wide range of clothes, gold and diamond jewellery, accessories and footwear, in all prices. The area is especially well known for its street shops that sell used books, fresh flowers, glass bangles and more. Few famous shops to name are Pothys, Nalliand GRT Jewellers.
Also known as ‘Cotton Street’, this is another great site for street shopping is Pantheon Road, which is especially well known for cotton dress materials, fabric for curtains and more.
Express Avenue hosts a mixture of shopping, and leisure. The mall is filled with International and local brands for all needs and occasion. The mall has a dedicated food court and a movie theatre complex to catch up on latest release of Hollywood and local films.

LOCAL CUSSINE

Hotel SaravanaBhavan is one of the largest vegetarian restaurant chains in the world, founded in 1981 offering south Indian cuisine. They have more than 20 outlets in Chennai. Must try are Mini Idli, PaneerDosa, SambarVada, South Indian Thali meals for Lunch and Kumbakonam Degree Coffee for coffee lovers.SaravanaBhavan has multiple outlets in Chennai. Download the Zomato app in your smart phone to know the location.Hotel SaravanaBhavan is one of the largest vegetarian restaurant chains in the world, founded in 1981 offering south Indian cuisine. They have more than 20 outlets in Chennai. Must try are Mini Idli, PaneerDosa, SambarVada, South Indian Thali meals for Lunch and Kumbakonam Degree Coffee for coffee lovers.SaravanaBhavan has multiple outlets in Chennai. Download the Zomato app in your smart phone to know the location.
Chamiers is a store with many stories perched. More than just a store, Chamiers is a space for an eclectic mix of urban pastimes, from discussing life over a cup of signature coffee, pasta and salads at our cosy cafe, to indulging in a quiet bit of retail therapy at our kitschy gift shop or at the Anokhi store downstairs.Chamierscafé is located just about 2 mins drive from our Kotturpuram Centre.
DindigulThalappakatti Restaurant is a restaurant chain that operates primarily in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The first outlet was opened in 1957 at Dindigul. The Thalappakatti restaurants mainly focus on authentic Biryani and non-vegetarian cuisines done in traditional taste and style. It is located in Gunidy and Ramapuram, which makes it easy to access from both our centres
The ITC Grand Chola is a luxury hotel in Chennai. The hotel offers many multi cuisines restaurants, bar and 24 hour café but the best restaurant in town isPeshwari, to serve Indian and mughlai food. Must try in Peshwari are Kebabs, Naan and Dal Makhani.It is located in Guindy, just a 10 mins drive from our Kotturpuram centre.