Arignar Anna Zoological Park (Vandalore Zoo)
It is situated 35 km from Chennai. Nocturnal
Animals, Pre-historical Animal Sector, Aviary
and Reptilium are some of the attractions. The
Lion safari park is the pride of this park.
Battery operated vehicles are available for
rides through the park. Tuesday holiday. Entry
Fee Rs.15, Children Rs. 10/- Vandalur, Chennai -
600 048, Ph : 044-29709336.
Ashtabuja Perumal Temple :
The remarkable feature of this deity is that
it has eight arms. Lord Vishnu is in standing
posture, facing West. The temple is ancient, and
has stone inscriptions.
Chennai Trade Centre :
Tamil Nadu Trade Promotion Organisation has
facilities and services that make Chennai Trade
Centre, convenient & complete for Trade meets,
Business Conventions, Trade fairs, Exhibitions
etc. For further details contact : Chennai Trade
Centre, Mount Poonamallee High Road,
Nandambakkam, Chennai - 600 089, Sunday holiday.
Time : 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ph : 044-22324457.
Dash ‘N’ Splash :
Situated at 30 kms from Chennai. It has Wave,
Free-Fall, Spiral and Children slides along with
artificial rain fall and Children park. Timings
: 10 a.m. to 6p.m. till dark. Park : 103/1,
Mevallur Kuppam Village, Chennai-Bangalore
Highway. Fees Rs. 150/- Ph : 044-27156200/211.
Inquire for free bus service. City Office : 114,
Thambu Chetty St, Chennai-1, Fax : 25224618.
Christ Church :
In kanchipuram, there is a Church called
Christ Church, which was built by the Britisher,
Mclean, in 1921. The brick structure was
typically scottish, with arches and pillars.
Ekambareswarar Temple :
It has been renovated by the Pallavas, the
Cholas and the Vijayanagar kings. The 57 metres
high Rajagopuram is one of the tallest towers in
South India.This Temple has 5 spacious corridors
and a beautiful 1000- pillar - hall. The huge
Linga inside is known as ‘Prithvilingam’, one of
the pancha lingas of South India. Ph : 27222084.
Jeevanandam Statue :
Literateur and orator par excellence he was
one of the fore runners of Marxist movement in
India particularly in Tamilnadu. He represented
Chennai Washermenpet as M.L.A. in 1957. and
proved to be a great Parliamentarian. He was
Born on 21-08-1907 and Died on 18-01-1963. His
statue is situated in Tambaram.
Kailasanathar Temple :
This temple was built by Rajasimha and his
son Mahendra in the 8th centuary AD, this temple
is noted for its architecture and sculptures.
There are 58 small shrines situated around the
main shrine as compound wall. Paintings of
Fresco-style adorn the inner walls of the
shrines. Sandstone was used in the construction
of this temple.
Kamakshi Amman Temple :
Built in the 14th century by the Cholas,
this temple is dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi -
the presiding deity of Kanchi. Here, the goddess
is worshipped in the form of a Chakra placed in
front of the idol. An image of Shankaracharya is
also worshipped.It is one of the three holy
places of Sakthi worship in India the other two
being Madurai and Varanasi. The temple has a
golden gopuram in the centre. This imposing
temple is the site of the annual chariot
festival in February / March. Ph : 044-27222609.
Kanchi Kamakodi Peetham :
The kamakodi peetham and Kamakshi Amman
temples are closely associated with the life of
Sankaracharya. The Kamakoti Peetham is enshrined
in the Sri Chakra just in front of Sri Devi and
all pujas and sacrifices are offered to the Sri
Chakra. Ph : 044-27264010, 27230703.
The house : This is a 90-year-old house,
authentic in old-style architecture and
functionality. It affords a glimpse of the life
of an agricultural family in a small town - the
master’s room, room for the women and children,
room for the gods, open-to-sky courtyards,
verandahs, the backyard with agricultural
implements. Added features are descriptions on
the history of Kanchipuram and its temples,
traditional music as backdrop and a stock of
exquisite handicrafts for the tourist to buy.
Located at 53A, Sangeetha Vidwan Nainar Pillai
Kalpakkam Reactor Research Centre - (RRC) :
It was established in the year 1971, under
the control of Department of Atomic Energy,
Government of India. In 1985, it was renamed as
Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR).
The centre is engaged in broad based
multidisciplinary programme of scientific
research and advanced engineering directed
towards the development of Fast Breeder Reactor
Kolavai Lake - Boating -TTDC :
29 km from Mamallapuram and 56 km from
Chennai. This is one of the tourist spots where
there is a boating centre near Chengalpet on
National Highways. The facilities in lake waters
ideal for joy rides and boating. Timing: 9.00
a.m. 6.00 p.m.
Kumarakottam Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple :
It was built in its present form around 1915.
The way this temple is located in the city is a
rare phenomenon mentioned in Hindu scriptures.
The “Soma Skandha” posture indicates Lord Shiva
seated with the Goddess Shakthi to his left,
with his son, Lord Subramanya seated between
them. The shrine of Lord Shiva (Sri Ekambara
Nathar) is located with the shrine of Shakthi (Kamakshi
Amman) to its left. Ph : 27222049.
Kishkintha (Chennai Courtalam) :
30 Kms from Chennai City. Water rides, Bumper
Car, Twister, Trooper, 3D cinema are some of the
attractions here. Fee: Fun Package - Adult Rs.
190/- Children Rs. 130/- Mega Fun Package -Adult
: Rs. 290 Childrens Rs. 250/- Park : 82,
Varadharajapuram, 2nd Ward Tambaram, Chennai -
44 Ph : 22512001, Fax : 22512007.
Madurantakam Earikatha Ramar Koil:
Madurantakam is 90 km south of Chennai
between Chengalpet and Villupuram. Situated just
below the great Madurantakam Agricultural
Reservoir Bund. Anjaneya is conspicuously absent
here although he is generally inseparable from
Sri Rama. Sri Ramanuja met one of his gurus,
Maha Purna, in Madurantakam and was initiated
under the Bakula tree in the Rama temple.
Another suburb of the Chennai famous for
goddess Kamakshiamman temple. The presiding
deity is presented here in a penance posture.
Time : Morning 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Evening 3 p.m.
to 8 p.m.Chennai - 602 101, Ph : 26272053.
Mani Mangalam Kailasanathar Temple
Mani Mangalam is a village (Panchayat)
very near to Tambaram. There is a famouse
Kailasanathar Temple which date back to 1000A.D.
It was built by the great Raja Raja Chola and
maintained with help of the Ranis and Rajas of
that period. It is a very great historical
monument. Location : km from Tambaram on the way
There is a Mosque built over 450 years ago by
the Nawab of Arcot near the Ekambareswarar
temple.There is another mosque near the Vaikunta
Perumal Temple. The beauty of this is that the
mosque and the the temple share a common tank.
True to the spirit of tolerance, Muslims have a
share in the Brahmotsavam festival of the
Varadaraja temple too.
'Onre Kulam, Oruvane Thevan’ meaning all
are equal in front of the One God is being
practised literally in the Adi Parasakthi
temple at Mel Maruvathur.
The holy Shrine is situated about 92 km
from Chennai - Trichy National Highway
[N.H.45] in a place called Mel Maruvathur.
This is the place where 21 Siddhars(saints)
men as well as women from different
religion,had their Jeeva-Samadhis (meaning,
where the Siddhars left their human forms
behind, while they are still alive as holy
Principles of the Siddhar Peetam: The
basic tenet of Melmaruvathur Adhiparasakthi
Siddhar Peetam is “One Mother, One
Humanity”, means the whole human race is one
and all the human beings who inhibit this
vast earth are children of Mother Goddess.
Unique Features of Adhi Parasakthi
Siddhar Peetam: Arul Thiru Bangaru Adigalar is
called by his devotees as AMMA (means Mother) and
here in Siddhar Peetam whatever “AMMA” says is
the law and it is administered under the
guidance of ‘AMMA’ which is a divine
All at Siddhar Peetam are
allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum
irrespective of caste, creed, gender and
religion.Only at Melmaruvathur, women are
permitted to perform poojas in the sanctum
Contact : Public Relation Officer Mel Maruvaruthur- Adhiparasakthi Trust Melmaruvathur
- 603 319 Kanchipuram District.
276 Email :
Nanganallur Anchaneyar Temple :
The Swamy Vigraha is 32 feet high and made up
of a single rock. The black granite pedestal
resembles a lotus. Every moment was guided,
every work has been measured and every detail
has been carved by Lord Anjaneya which made us
all feel we are only instruments in His hands.
Time : 6a.m. to 12noon. Evening 4p.m. to 9p.m.
Location : 1, 8th Street, Ram Nagar, Nanganallur,
Chennai - 61, Ph : 044-22671420, 22671410.
Queens Land :
It gives Cable Car India’s first longest Sky
Journey for 30 minutes, Free Fall Tower, Centrox,
Himalayan Water Ride, Alphen Blitz, Water Slides
and etc.. Situated at Bangalore Trunk Road,
Palanjur, Sembarambakkam, Poonamallee, Chennai -
602107. Ticket : Rs. 350 for Adults & Rs. 250
for Children. Ph : 26811124, 26811136.
Rajiv Gandhi Memorial :
On the way to Kanchipuram lies Sriperumputhur,
the birth place of Saint Ramanujar. The former
Prime Minister of India 1984-1989, Born on 20th
August, 1944 in Mumbai. Champion of secularism
beacon of our youth. Votary of our modernisation,
Crusader for world peace and justice was
assassinated here on May 21, 1991. A memorial
for the departed leader on a large scale is
built on the spot. Located at Sriperumputhur.
Entry free. No holidays. Time : 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. Ph : 044-27162705.
It is an excellent place to spend some
quite hours watching birds go about their daily
routine. There are paved paths dotted with
watchtowers and benches that are especially good
for bird watching. The birds are best viewed if
they do not notice the visitors. It is advisable
to sit in a quite corner without making any
noise and observe the birds.
Season : October - March
Contact : Wildlife Sactuary, Ph :
Sakunthala Jagannathan Museum of Folk Art :
More than 400 years old house belonging to
landowners of Damal, the maternal ancestors of
Sir C.P.Ramaswami Aiyar. Reliable sources date
it to the 16-17th century. The existence of wall
paintings, sculptures and household collections
prompted the reuse of the house as a museum. It
is open on all days from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entry fee : Rs. 10/- for more information, 6,
Lingappan Street, Kancheepuram -631501 (Near
Ekambareswarar Temple) Ph : 044-27230112.
Silk Industries :
About 75% of Kanchipuram’s
dependent on the Silk Saree industry, either
indirectly. Yet, the city does not manufacture
Silk or any other
raw material that goes into its silk sarees. The
is entirely made up of Handloom weavers and
Sculptures of Chola Period at Madambakkam :
Madam Bakkam is near
to Tambaram the temple of that village is called
temple. It stands in the line of Madurai,
Thanjavur, Rameshwaran, Mahabalipuram and so on. It dates
AD-654-971 the period of paranthaga cholan II.
historical monument next to abishega mandapam
there is one kolu
Mandapam which is the treasure house of artistic
There are more than 29 stone cuttings in this
temple which tell
us a number of historical evidences. Location:
6Km from Tambaram; Bus Route: 51A, 51K, 51G from Tambaram
Singaperumal Koil :
Small temple on a hillock about 20 kms from
Tambaram-Chennai. It is a lovely temple housing
a fairly large (about 6 ft) idol of Pataladri
Narasimha. The name Singaperumal translates into
Lion-god. One of the famous Narasimha Temples in
Tamil Nadu, Singaperumalkoil is known as
“Padaladri” as the hill where the temple is
situated is red in colour. Ph : 27464325.
St. Thomas Mount :
This small hillock situated south of Chennai,
where St. Thomas - the Apostle of Jesus,
preached Christianity. He himself carved a
‘Stone-Cross’ everyday St.Thomas used this
stone-cross for his prayer. One day when he was
in prayer with the cross, the killers commanded
by king Raja Mahadeva knifed him on the back.
But St.Thomas continued his prayer upto his
death. His blood, bleeding on the stone-cross.
For sevaral centuries the stains of his blood
could not be remove from the stone-cross. The
Church also holds a fascinating painting of Holy
Mother and Infant Jesus said to have been
painted by the apostle St.Thomas himself during
1st century AD. Chennai - 16. Ph : 044-22346516.
Sriperumpudur Adikesava Perumal Temple :
It is 29 kms from Chennai on the way to
Kanchipuram. It is the birth place of Saint
Ramanujar, the Father of Vishisdadhvaidham
philosophy of Vaishnavism and hence an important
pilgirim centre for the Vaishnavites.
Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumaal (Thennadu Tirupati)
Thirumalai Vaiyaavoor lies about
70 kms from Chennai and 18 kms from Chengalpattu.
While going from Chennai, after crossing
Chengalpattu, one can find Padaalam Cross Road (Koot
Road) from where a road goes off GST Road on the
right side. This road leads to Thirumalai
Vaiyaavoor. Thirumalai Vaiyaavoor has a
beautiful temple for Sri Prasanna Venkatesa
Perumaal on a small hill, which is also called
Thirumalai. Goddess here is Sri Alarmel Mangai
15-09-1909 - 03-02-1969
The former and Late Chief Minister of
Tamilnadu, Arignar Annadurai. The house
of Arignar Anna was converted into a
memorial place on 16.09.1980. Things
displayed in this memorial place are his
statue, the life history and photos. His
house is located at 54, C.N.A. Street,
This a village on the banks of the Palar
river, a little off the Pillaiyaar Palayam of
Kanchipuram. It stand two great monuments of
Kanchipuram's ancient period of Jainism's
flourishment. In addition to the existing Siva
Kanchi and Vishnu Kanchi, this area can be
termed Jaina Kanchi. The two temples of the
Jaina Tirthankaras were built in the 9th Century
A.D. The temples contain several fresco
paintings and a grand image of Bhagwan Mahaveer.
"Chandraprabh" an ancient Tirthankara, long
before Lord Mahaveer, is the main deity in one
of the temples.
18 kms off chennai known for Vaishnava
temples. More pilgrims come and worship in this
temple from various dist. Later Chola period
temple is an impressive specimen for temples.
There is another temple situated a top a small
hillock is dedicated to Ranganathan-an
incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Ph:22385484
On the Chengalpet-Mahabalipuram road. It is
also known by other names - Uruthrakodi,
Nandipuri, Indrapuri, Narayanapuri, Brahmapuri,
Dinakarapuri, Muniganapuri, Patchi Theertham,
Tirupporur is an ancient temple dating back
to the Pallava period and is one of 33 major
temples in Tamil Nadu dedicated to the worship
of Lord Muruga. Tirupporur is situated 25 km
northeast of Chengalpet and is connected by bus
service with Chennai and the distance is 45 km.
Tirupporur is also known as Poriyur or
Yuddhapuri or Samarapuri.
Situated between Chengalpattu and
Kancheepuram, dates back to 750 AD. Uthiramerur
has the distinction of having been ruled by many
dynasties : Cholas, Pandyas, Vijayanagar kings
and Pallavas. One of the famous temples here is
Sundaravaradaraja Perumal temple which has three
tiers. There are three main sanctum sanctorum,
one on top of the other.
Vaikunda Perumal Temple :
under the care of the Department of
Archeology, Government of India. This temple is
located at the end of a small alley, away from
the main tourist business. Built by the Pallava
ruler, Nandivarman in the 7th Century AD. It has
great sculptures and inscription which speak of
its history and the history of the city itself.
Its inner walls are decorated with lion shaped
pillars. Like the Kailasanathar temple, this
temple gains local importance on the holy night
of the Vaishnavites - Vaikunda Ekadasi. Except
on that day, this temple is easily accessible to
tourists. As mentioned earlier, this being a
Vaishnavite temple, is closed after noon, to be
opened in the evening. Hence, the most
appropriate time to visit this is during the
Vallakkottai is a hamlet in Kanchipuram
District, situated at a distance of twelve
kilometers south of Sriperumputur on the
Sriperumputur - Chengalpattu Road 24 kilometers
from Tambaram on the Orakkalam Sriperumputur bus
route.Saint Arunakirinathar has glorified this
temple in his Tiruppukal in seven songs. Here in
this temple, the idol of Murugan is the tallest
in Tamil Nadu, seven feet in height. Ph :
Varadarajar Temple :
Varadarajar temple is a massive and
impressive edifice. The Hundred-Pillar-hall
erected during the Vijayanagar period in this
temple is noted for its exquisite sculptures.
The ornamental rings carved out of a single
stone in a chain at the four corners are the
special features of the hall.The riders on
horseback, beautiful sculptures of Rathi and
Manmatha, exquisite temple jewellery are other
notable features. This temple provides a glimpse
of 16th century pillared pavilion with an
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
86 km from Chennai, 30 km from
Chengalpet. Situated close to the small town of
Padalam in Kanchipuram district, Vedanthangal is
the oldest water sanctuary in India.
The sanctuary is close to both Kanchipuram and
Mahabalipuram, both of which make a good evening
The place is a paradise for people looking to
experience the countryside added with a dose of
excitement of wildlife. The place also makes a
good spot for a lazy evening stroll.
Wildlife Attractions in Vedanthangal Bird
Sanctuary : As you enter the gates of the
sanctuary, the sight of numerous trees flocked
by birds busy in their chirping and chatting
catches your attention.
The migratory birds as if packing their luggage
before flying off to their permanent habitats
thousands of miles away. The birds here are
accustomed to the visitors and are not afraid to
venture quite close to them. Prominent among the
birds found in the sanctuary are Painted Stork,
Cormorant, Egret, Spoonbill, Oriental Darter,
White Ibis, Grey Pelican, Grebe, Sandpiper,
Shoveller, Tern, Open Billed Stork and Pin
It is one of the major Water Bird Sanctuaries
in India.It is situated at a distance of 48 Kms
from Kanchipuram. Storks, Egrets, Cormorants,
Darter, Flamingos are some the birds which
arrive here during season (Oct.- Mar). Along the
lake bund there is a 24’ high observation
commanding the panoramic view of the sanctuary.
Contact : 044-22351471.
War Cemetery :
Created in memory of some 855 Commonwealth
Soldiers Men & Women. Govt. of India &
Commonwealth War Graves Commission are jointly
maintaining this important landmark situated in
Nandambakkam, Chennai-116. No holidays. Time :
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
apart from its temples, this small town
is also known for its thriving hand loom
industry. Kanchipuram town is also known
as Silk City since the main profession
of the people living in and around is
weaving silk sarees, more than 5,000
families are engaged in this industry.
With an economy entirely
dependent on tourism and the
well-established handloom industry,
Kancheepuram has thousands of handlooms
and skilled weavers that make its silk
sarees one of the best in the entire
festival and Garuda Sevai are the
most spectacular festivals in Kanchipuram.
After having been a human effort for a
long time, machines recently pitched in.
The huge chariot is now drawn by a
bulldozer. Every Friday and Full Moon
Kamakshi Amman Festival February.
Kailashanatha Temple in February.
Panguni Uthiram Ekambareshwara
Temple in March-April.
Brahmotsavam Varadaraja Temple in
Garuda Sevai Varadaraja Temple in
Varadharajan Car Festival in May.
Float Festival Varadaraja Temple
in February And November