Rippon Building, Chennai
Another pride of Chennai city is Rippon Building. This building was named after Governor Lord Rippon, the father of Self-Government in India. The Chennai Corporation and its council are functioning in this building. Now the Mayor of Chennai Corporation is elected directly by the people. Opp. to Park Rly. station. Chennai - 600 003.
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m,
Holiday: Sat., Sun.
M G M Dizzy world
MGM Dizzy World is a 27 acre, children's amusement park. This amusement park is situated at Muttukkadu enroute to Mamallapuram. Water Chute, parachute tower, pirate boat and a 110 feet "dizee shake" challenger and visual reality are some of the attractions.
Timing: 10.30 am to 9 pm.
The first theme amusement park is Kishkintha near Chennai. Situated 28 Km South of Chennai near Tambaram spread over 110 acres, The park hosts a number of activities including exciting rides, kids zone, water events and many more. The amusement park employs contemporary technological innovations to provide the fun and frolic. Joy rides like Space Shuttle, White Water, Wave Pool and Flame Ride often forms the priority. The park area has some beautiful hillocks, lakes and also water ride, tree houses, swings and many other, related stuff, water burst sends the dingy flying in the nearby woods. One more important feature of the park is the 3D Theatre. The theatre provides a different perspective of the popular movie entertainment.
Timings: week days 11 am to 7 pm,
Sunday and Holidays 11 am to 8 pm.
Fun Package: Senior: Rs 160, Junior: Rs 100, Mega Fun Package: Senior: Rs 260, Junior: Rs 160.
Address: Kishkinta, 82, Varadharajapuram, 2nd Ward, Tambaram, Chennai 600 044. Phone: 825 6880/8988, 236 7244
Kalakshetra literally means ( Kala - Arts, Kshetra - Field or Holy place ) a Holy place of Arts. It was founded in 1936 by Rukmini Devi Arundale to revive interest in Bharatanatyam which is the classical dance form of our state and the Kalakshetra at Tiruvanmiyur is a school of the Indian art epitomising the revival of ancient culture, crafts and heritage. Kalakshetra was established not only to seek the roots of Indian Culture but also to revive and revitalise Indian arts and crafts, so that they could make their good place in the mainstream of modern life. Throughout the year Kalakshetra conducts music recital and dance performances in different parts of Chennai.
Muttukadu Boat House
Situated on the edge of backwaters, this place has facilities for boating and wind-surfing. A windsurfing regatta is organised in Muttukadu, in February every year. Competitions in windsurfing and other water sports are also held. Training and demonstration programmes are held for youth.
The Santhome Cathedral Church
The Santhome Cathedral Church built in 1504, then rebuilt in neo-Gothic style in 1893, is a Roman Catholic Church near Kapaleeshwarar temple is said to house the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle. This church is located on the southern end of Marina Beach. Kalakshetra was established not only to seek the roots of Indian Culture but also to revive and revitalise Indian arts and crafts, so that they could take their proper place in the mainstream of modern life. Several years later, another church was built further inland and his mortal remaining was transferred from the old church to the new one. In 1606 the church was rebuilt as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica. The beautiful tainted glass windows at the basilica portray says the story of St. Thomas and the Central Hall has 14 wooden plaques depicting scenes of the last days of Christ. In the cathedral is a 3 ft. high statue of Virgin Mary, which is believed that it is brought from Portugal in 1543.
Sri Kapaleswarar Temple
The Kapaleswarar temple is situated near Kutchery Road, Mylapore. This Lord Shiva temple is found that 350 years old and is considered by Hindus to be one of the most sacred sites in Southern Part of India. The magnificent 37 meter tall gopuram is one of the main attractions of this temple. There is a massive rectangular step well in front of its gopuram. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the inner courtyard of the temple. The outer courtyard has several bronze statues.
Visiting Time: 5.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. - 9.30 p.m,
Phone No: 24941670
Sri Parthasarathi Temple
It is at Peter's Road, Triplicane. It is one of the oldest temples in Madras, built by Pallavas in the 8th century and rebuilt by the Vijayanagar Kings in 11th century. The temple is dedicated to Krishna, one of the incarnations of Vishnu. The main shrine is for Venkatakrishnan with Rukmini, Balaraman, Satyaki, Anirudha, and Pradyumna - in a standing posture facing east. It has a colored gopuram and several shrines with beautiful carvings. There are many stalls selling flowers, puja articles, small idols, musical instruments and jewellery around the temple.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park
The Arignar Anna Zoological Park is located in the metropolitan area of the Chennai city. The zoological park is one of the most modern Zoos of India and South East Asia. The zoo is located in the Vandalur area of the Kanchipuram district, which is 35 kms away from the Chennai city. It was the first zoo in India that had been established in the year 1855. The zoo was grounded in the Chennai central and later on shifted to the southern metropolitan area called Vandalur Reserved Forests in the year 1979. The zoo was opened to public in the year 1985. The animal variety inhabiting the park includes species like Tiger, Lion, Panther, Jaguar, Elephants, Giraffes, Camels, Barking Deer, Blackbuck, Nilgai, Sangai, Hog Deer, Wolf, Jackal, Hyena, Llama, Otter, Lion-tailed Macaque, Baboon, etc. The zoo also maintains a library with great collection of wildlife Related books and information. The train is the most convenient way to reach the place. The railway station of Vandalur is about a kilometer away from the zoo.