Chennai is always on the top destination lists consistently owing to its charm. We pride ourselves on being a world-class city that offers quite the gateway for all and sundry. No doubt, there are many places that are well known. However, there are many more places that we are yet to explore. Let us take a glimpse into the lesser-known Madras…
Amir Mahal is not just the official residence of the Nawabs of Arcot. It is also open to the public! The building is a perennial part of the iconic tapestry of the city. Today, there are many concerts and events happening at the location. The grandeur and the vast expanse are sure to make you feel a sense of awe! Make sure you head there for the next concert or perhaps a tour of the building.
This scenic location is present in a quaint little locality away from the public eye. It is right next to the Besant Nagar beach making it the best place to enjoy the sunset in the summer! Although the Bridge doesn’t have a functional use, it remains a charming place to spend a quiet evening with your friends.
The reason why Theosophical society remains so elusive is that it is open to the public only at select timings. The green cover, little buildings, camping locations make it a great place to unwind and chill with your inner circle. You can get passes to be a regular visitor to enjoy the bounties of nature!
Not only is IIT-M a premier institute for education, but also a place where great minds converge and work together on their hobbies. Be it cool workshops, futuristic tech displays, vintage car exhibitions or anything you many think of-IIT M is the place to be. There is never a dull moment here, thanks to the hip and happening things that you can be a part of! Plus the campus is not so bad either.
Cholamandal’s artist village:
The place happens to be the largest commune of artists in India. This self-sufficient village is in Injambakkam and is easy to reach as well. The artists here work on a wide variety of projects and there is also a display of crafts and artworks. It is open to visitors between 10 am and 5 pm. So be sure to head out there and enjoy art in all its glory.
Regional Railway Museum:
Royapuram in Chennai holds the unique distinction of being the oldest station in India. This fact along with many others makes Chennai a fitting place to celebrate railroad heritage. The Indoor art gallery that is on the premises of the museum is open to the public after the recent restoration. Further, there is mini-toy train ride that is sure to make your kid feel happy!
This majestic structure is quite the visual treat if you are in the mood for seeing something spectacular. It houses an exhibition, 3D experience rooms, meditation center, etc. that are all part of the location’s significance. It is also known as the Icehouse. Vivekananda House is definitely a place worth visiting – getting Architecture Heritage Guide’s stamp of approval as well.
Kalakshetra is a haven for all things art. The vast expanse is full of nooks and crannies that house beautiful collections. You are sure to want to come back to those little huts that display artwork and trees whose shade are places of lively discussions. Make sure to check out the Rukmini Devi Arundale museum inside!
Kotturpuram Tree Park:
Only a true local, will know this spot! This walking trail is an awesome place for you and your friends to chill on the evenings with a breezy stroll by the Adyar riverbed. Plus you can say hello to a few friendly deer that come here to graze if you are lucky!
Madras High Court Complex:
While this may be an unconventional destination, you will definitely be mesmerized by the deep history that this location holds in its premises. The museum inside of the complex houses a lot of artifacts that leave you awestruck. It is open to the public and is a great way to soak in a bit of history.
These ten places are must-see locations that are lesser known to the public. Make sure you check these out in your next outing with friends!
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