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Tourist Attractions – In and Around Chennai

Chennai, the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu has many interesting tourist attractions. Despite the 350-year-old strong British influence, Chennai has retained its traditional Tamil Hindu culture more so because it was the centre of Pallava culture, long before the British came.

The Arignar Anna Zoological Park known as Vandalur Zoo covering an area of 5.1 km² has about eighty species on display, and includes a lion safari, an elephant safari, a nocturnal animal house and an aquarium.

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Mahabalipuram is a favorite getaway for Chennaites. It is about 46 km from Chennai and well known for the rock - cut caves; temples made from a single rock, temples and strives of different structures, and bas-reliefs which are so artistic and sheer creativity. Mamallpuram is referred as an 'open-air museum.

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Chennai Museum at Egmore is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in the city. It is deemed to be one of the oldest museums of India, as its inception dates back to the Colonial rule. There are six independent buildings in the Museum campus, which constitute 46 galleries.

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Pichavaram is home to the second largest Mangrove forest in the world, and it is one of the unique eco-tourism spots in South India. The backwaters, interconnected by the Vellar and Coleroon river systems, offer abundant scope for water sports such as rowing, kayaking and canoeing. The Pichavaram forest also offers the very rare sight of the mangrove forest trees, that are permanently rooted in a few feet of water.

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Sripuram Golden Temple - An estimated over 600 Crores of Indian Rupees was spent to construct a true Golden Temple for Goddess Mahalakshmi, the presiding deity in this Temple at Sripuram. Situated 130 km away from Chennai, devotees hail the temple as 'one of the wonders of the world' and say that it is the only temple covered fully with gold.

Marina Beach, the pride of Chennai is supposed to be the second largest in the world. The Aquarium, Light House and Boulevard of Walks, gardens and drives make the beach one of the best attractions of the city. The beach stretches over a distance of 12 km and has a considerably large width.

MGM Dizzee World a renowned amusement park in Chennai that offers some of the best entertainment facilities to the tourists as well as to the local people of the area. The amusement park offers a gamut of entertainment facilities, which cater to people of all age groups.

Madras Crocodile Bank, is located 40 km south of Chennai along the East coast road (ECR), with bay of Bengal as a backdrop. This Crocbank is home to nearly 2500 inmates and several species of African and Indian crocodiles and alligators are bred in captivity. It also has a snake farm, where demonstrations of venom extraction draw considerable crowds.

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