Chennai Tourist Attractions
Capital of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is located along the Bay of Bengal. Formerly known as Madras, Chennai offers a mix of attractions with British remnants and temples all in this city that is today an important industrial center.Some of the key highlights in Channai are the Hindu temples, a number of churches and a basilica, as well as some outstanding museums.
Marina Beach a huge stretch of beach along the Bay of Bengal at Chennai. This is a great place to people watch, where large numbers of locals come each day, particularly in the evening. Along the beach are memorial, shops and food sellers. Opposite the beach along the road are some interesting buildings including the Ice House, the University of Madras, the Senate House and the Chepauk Palace.The beach and ocean here is not a place for swimming.
Vivekananda House & Museum (Ice House)
Vivekananda House & Museum is located along the Marina. The building is very large with a beautiful facade. It was originally used to store ice blocks in the mid 19th century, which is where the name 'Ice House' originated. The structure was later used as a castle and eventually became the property of the government. It was renamed for Swami Vivekananda who once stayed here, and it now displays information surrounding his life and his works.