Welcome to the city!

If you're visiting Chennai for the tournament, welcome! There are some amazing things in and around the city you'll love to see when you aren't absorbed in the tennis. Here's a start.

For more information, visit Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation's website.

Marina Beach

You haven't experienced Chennai until you've experienced the Marina beach. From Wikipedia: 'The memorials and statues, morning walk, joggers' track, lovers' spot, aquarium, etc., make it a hangout for people of all ages. The sea is rough and waves are strong. There are fishermen colonies present at both ends of the beach.' There are so many things to see here, you're sure be surprised.

Mahabalipuram

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60 km from the city via the East Coast Road, this 7th century port city of the Pallava Dynasty has various historic monuments and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Important places include the Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas and Varaha Cave Temple.

Valluvar Kottam

Located at walking distance from the SDAT Tennis Stadium, you really have no excuse for not visiting this amazing chariot structure constructed in memory of the great tamil poet Tiruvalluvar. The verses of the Thirukkural for which he is most famous are inscribed in the front corridors. A life size statue of the poet is inside the chariot.

Kapaleeshwarar Temple

This amazing temple is an awe inspiring structure - a breath of fresh air in the hustle and bustle of Chennai's crowded cultural hub, Mylapore. The most outstanding features here are the huge temple tank and the temple's gopuram (tower at the entrance). This is a modern structure rebuilt in the 16th century after the original temple was destroyed by the Portuguese.

Vivekanadar Illam

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This is the place where Swami Vivekananda, one of the key figures in the introduction of Vedanta and Yoga in America and Europe stayed in Chennai when he visited in 1897. It is now an exhibition on Swami Vivekananda, run by Ramakrishna Math which was founded by him.

Fort St. George

The first British fortress in India, built in 1639. It contains the oldest Anglican church in India, St. Mary's Church. A museum with weapons, uniform, medals and other relics from the British period is also in the fort. It is now the administrative building of the Government of Tamil Nadu, and is open to the public in certain places.

Guindy National & Anna Zoological Parks

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This neighbouring combination of a national park and a zoo (with a snake park thrown in) in the interior of the city is sure to appeal to the nature lovers. The national park has a wide variety of flora and fauna, and the zoological park is the first and largest one in India with an area of about 1300 acres.

Dakshinachitra

Within accurate reconstructions of heritage houses of the south, you'll find artifacts from that culture, along with texts that help you learn about the time. You'll also be able to learn a bit of various crafts, see puppet shows, have a palmist check you and more. Check their website for details about when your favourite activities are available.

Note that some of this content was adapted from Wikipedia.