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13 Reasons Why You Should Visit Chennai

Chennai, India

India’s southern-most metropolis Chennai is a city of contradictions. While on the one side it boasts a booming economy and a thriving culture of music and arts, the city is also home to some of India’s oldest artistic traditions. Chennai is also home to neighborhoods that predate colonial history by more than 1,500 years. It also has a beauty that cannot be appreciated without actually paying it a visit. We’ve compiled a list of 13 reasons why Chennai should definitely feature in your travel plans.

It is home to one of the world’s oldest living classical languages.

Chennai is the capital city and seat of power of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu , which has been the home of the Tamil language for more than 2,000 years. If not for its present merits, the city is worth paying a visit to just to be in the presence of a culture and a language that predates even the Roman Empire.

An Inscription in Ancient Tamil Script Found at Tanjore Brihadeeswarar Temple

The city is home to the colorful Tamil film industry

Apart from traditional arts and culture, the city of Chennai is also home to Kollywood, which is the Tamil language counterpart to Hindi’s more popular Bollywood. While Bollywood has attained immense global recognition in the recent years, the Tamil film industry is just as vibrant and boasts some of the biggest film productions and stars to have come out of India. It is also home to the two-time Oscar-winning music director AR Rahman.

Two-Time Oscar-Winning Music Director AR Rahman Performing at NH7 Weekender Music Festival

Some of the oldest temples in the world are located in Chennai

From Mylapore’s Kapaleeswarar Temple to Tambaram’s Dhenupureeswarar Temple, Chennai has been largely successful in preserving India’s great and antiquated religious architecture. With more than a dozen temples and temple ‘towers’ dotting the city’s skyline, these ancient marvels once reigned as Chennai’s original skyscrapers. Any holiday plans to check out South India’s rich temple culture is incomplete without a visit to Chennai.

Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram

Chennai’s Marina Beach is the second-longest urban beach in the world

At 13-kilometers-long, Chennai’s Marina Beach is reputed as the second-longest urban beach in the world. While it is also the most popular one among Chennai’s many beaches, with an average width of 300 mts, there’s plenty of space and sand to go around for everyone at the Marina.

Marina Beach, The World’s Second Longest Urban Beach, As Seen From Lighthouse, Chennai

The city’s surroundings are a bird-watcher’s paradise

Apart from drawing thousands of tourists from around the world, Chennai and its suburbs also hold a unique place in the travel maps of several rare migratory birds. Birding in Chennai is dominated by two destinations, the Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary on the outskirts and the Pallikaranai Marshlands within city-limits. Among the two, the Vedanthangal Sanctuary is particularly popular among birders since it attracts several rare species such as the Grey Pelican and the Large Egret.

A Species of Storks Breeding in Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

There’s no better place to witness India’s cricket craze

While India is famous for its love of cricket, Chennai serves as a microcosm for that particular sport’s frenzy in the country. Be it in county cricket (IPL, where the home team Chennai Super Kings is set to make a comeback next year) or international fixtures, Chennai’s sprawling MA Chidambaram Stadium draws some of the largest crowds in the country. Catching a match here would definitely give any fan a true sense of India’s fervor for cricket.

Home Team Chennai Super Kings Playing Against Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

And it’s not just cricket…

The city also boasts of a frenzied fan following for a number of other sports ranging from football and badminton to beach volleyball and chess (former World Champion Viswanathan Anand hails from this city). So a sports fan of any game will feel right at home.

Viswanathan Anand Playing Against French Grandmaster Maxime Varchier-Lagrave in Paris

A rare chance to rescue endangered turtles

Beaches near Chennai are also one of very few coastal areas in India where Olive Ridleys, an at risk species of turtles, come to breed every year. During the hatching season, activists and student groups undertake ‘Turtle Walks’ along the beaches to rescue turtle hatchlings from wandering off into the city roads and guide them to the ocean.

An Olive Ridley Turtle at Auroville Sea Beach, Pondicherry

Chennai hosts one of the world’s largest music festivals

Every year during the months of December and January, Chennai plays host to concerts where over 2,000 individual artists take to the stage and give performances in the region’s traditional carnatic music, making Chennai one of the best places to witness South Indian art and culture.

Carnatic Vocalist Abhishek Raghuram Performing at Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai

It’s one of India’s safest cities for women

While harassment and violence against women still remain a big concern for tourists travelling to India, Chennai has made a reputation over the years for being one of the safest cities in India, topping most surveys on the issue.

Chennai Central Railway Station

Its numerous cuisines make this a paradise for vegetarians…

Chennai’s cuisine is renowned the world over for its wealth of vegetarian options. Be it the dosas with three types of ‘chutneys’ or its four-course full meals served traditionally on banana leaves, Chennai surely won’t disappoint any vegetarian foodies visiting the city.

Masala Dosa

…And non-vegetarians

While the vegetarian fare in Chennai may be world-renowned, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the city’s got just as many options for meat-eaters as well. True to its coastal town identity, Chennai is renowned for its seafood and also for being a hub for various non-vegetarian cuisines from Tamil Nadu such as the Karaikudi Chettinad cuisine.

Chettinad cuisine

It boasts of some of the best weekend getaways

While Pondicherry is the most obvious culprit, the former French colony is far from the only weekend destination close to Chennai. A scenic coastal road hugging Chennai called the East Coast Road (on which Pondicherry also lies) can take you to several great weekend destinations including the age-old temple town Mahabalipuram (40 kms) and former Dutch and Danish colonial forts in Sadras (72 kms) and Tranquebar (270 kms).

Fort Dansborg at Tranquebar or Tharangambadi, Tamil Nadu

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1. Marina Beach

Marina Beach

4 km from city center 1 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Marina Beach is a natural urban beach along the Bay of Bengal. The beach is stretched out to a distance of 13 kilometres making it the longest natural urban beach in the country, second largest in the world and also the most crowded beach in India with almost 30,000 visitors a day. 

2. Government Museum, Chennai

Government Museum, Chennai

1 km from city center 2 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Government Museum was established in 1851 and is the second oldest museum in the country after the Indian Museum in Kolkata. Situated in Egmore suburb of Chennai, it is built in the Indo-Sarcenic style and houses a rich collection of the works of Raja Ravi Varma.

3. MGR Film City

MGR Film City

8 km from city center 3 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Having been established in the year 1994, a considerably new structure, the MGR Film city is managed by the Government of Tamil Nadu in loving memory of MG Ramachandran who was not only a crowd-pleasing tamil actor but also a longtime CM of Tamil Nadu.

4. Breezy Beach

Breezy Beach

9 km from city center 4 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Breezy Beach lays in the remote and serene neighbourhood of Valmiki Nagar in Chennai. Being smaller and less polluted, its a perfect getaway for anyone looking for a peaceful evening.

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Marundeeswarar Temple

8 km from city center 5 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

The magnificent Marundeeswarar Temple, in Tiruvanmiyur, near Chennai has the temple deity Shiva in the form of Marundeeswar or Aushadeeswarar, the God of Medicines. A fine specimen of Dravidian architecture, this temple is a must visit for anyone visiting Chennai or nearby cities.

6. Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Arignar Anna Zoological Park

27 km from city center 6 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Arignar Anna Zoological Park aka Vandalur Zoo, is a zoological garden located in Vandalur is spread over an area of 602 hectares, including a rescue and rehabilitation centre. The zoo shelters about 3000 species of flora and fauna across twelve hundred acres including 46 endangered species, in its 160 enclosures.

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7. Valluvar Kottam

Valluvar Kottam

1 km from city center 7 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Valluvar Kottam is an auditorium, with a gigantic capacity to hold 4,000 people, built in remembrance of the poet-saint, Tiruvalluvar. Verses of the poet Tiruvalluvar are embellished on the pillars in and around the auditorium.

8. Ashtalakshmi Temple

Ashtalakshmi Temple

8 km from city center 8 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

The Chennai Ashtalakshmi temple is situated in Besant Nagar, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. That stretch of beach is known as the Elliot's beach. The temple was constructed on the express wishes of Sri Mahaa Periyavaal of Kanchi Mutt, Sri Chandrasekara Saraswati Swamigal. (br) The temple's architecture is unique, with the deities installed in four levels. 

9. Connemara Public Library

Connemara Public Library

1 km from city center 9 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

The Connemara Public Library at Chennai holds the prestigious status of being amongst one of the four deposit libraries in India which entitles them to a copy of every publication in India.

10. Kolli Hills

Kolli Hills

10 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

With an ominous name which means ‘Mountain of Death’, Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai are a mountain range located in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu. It is relatively untouched by commercial tourism and therefore has retained most of its natural magnificence.

11. Elliot's Beach

Elliot's Beach

7 km from city center 11 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

A beach showcasing beauty, calmness, serenity and everything that signifies nature at its best, the Elliot's beach cannot be forgotten by anyone who has visited it once.

12. VGP Golden Beach

VGP Golden Beach

16 km from city center 12 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Considered as one of the cleanest and beautiful beaches in Chennai, VGP Golden beach is one of the most sought after destinations in the area by family and friends.

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13. ISKCON (Hare Rama Hare Krishna) Temple

ISKCON (Hare Rama Hare Krishna) Temple

17 km from city center 13 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

ISKCON Temple Chennai is a temple devoted to Lord Krishna. It is located on the East Coast Road at southern Chennai. Built on 1.5 acres of land, ISKCON, Chennai is the biggest Radha Krishna temple in Tamil Nadu. It was officially inaugurated on 26 April 2012. The deities revered in the temple include those of Radha Krishna and lord's family, including Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga.

14. Vivekananda House

Vivekananda House

4 km from city center 14 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Vivekananda House also popularly known as The Ice House, is a shrine and pilgrimage centre for the admirers and followers of Swami Vivekananda. It is in this house that Swami Vivekananda stayed for six weeks in 1900.

15. Akkarai Beach

Akkarai Beach

18 km from city center 15 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

The sandy coastline begins from Ennore in the north extending south into Uthandi, leaving one to choose from more than just Marina and Elliot's beach.

16. Dakshinachitra Museum

Dakshinachitra Museum

2 km from city center 16 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Dakshinachitra Museum is one of the living-history museums in India which stores in itself great works of architecture, crafts, performing arts, and lifestyles that belong to South India.

17. Santhome Cathedral Basilica

Santhome Cathedral Basilica

4 km from city center 17 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Santhome Cathedral is a historical and ancient pilgrim centre, which was built during the 14th to the 15th century A D by the then reigning, Portuguese.

18. Madras War Cemetery

Madras War Cemetery

8 km from city center 18 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

The Madras War Cemetery houses the last remains of around 855 martyrs who laid down their precious lives at the battlefronts in the devastating Second World War and also a Memorial stone for 1000 more who died fighting in the Great War before that.

19. Madras Crocodile Bank Trust

Madras Crocodile Bank Trust

35 km from city center 19 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

The Madras Crocodile Bank is not to be confused with a zoo. Yes, you can certainly take a look at the reptiles in captivity. But unlike a zoo, this has a much more in-depth operation through ex-situ and in-situ conservation. Right now, it is home to around 17 croc subspecies and some other reptiles like frogs, lizards, snakes and turtles as well.

20. MGM Dizzee World

MGM Dizzee World

26 km from city center 20 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

MGM Dizzee World is one of the largest and oldest amusement parks in India. It brought Jurong’s Bird Show from Singapore to India way back in 1999. There are extreme level thrill rides, but nice and enjoyable ones are there too. The park has something for every age group.

21. Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

3 km from city center 21 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Shirdi Sai Baba temple in Chennai is among the most visited and respected places of worship In Tamil Nadu as well as India. Sai Baba is recognised as one of those spiritual reformers who does not have ties to any particular god of any religion but is a figure of worship himself. So there are no religious restrictions imposed upon those who visit the temple.

22. Nettukuppam

Nettukuppam

21 km from city center 22 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Nettukuppam is the northernmost tip of Chennai and has a beach which is yet not tarnished by encroaching crowds. It is a solitary retreat for those who seek to enjoy the raging sea up close but in a peaceful environment. The place is an ideal place to spend quiet time as it is still not on the radar of the maddening tourist crowd.

23. Prakasam Salai

Prakasam Salai

6 km from city center 23 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Built in 1795,a milestone in the history of Chennai, located Opposite Parry's Corner, Prakasam Salai is an impressive stylish building in Indo-Saracenic style with eminence in red bricks.

24. Thousand Lights Mosque

Thousand Lights Mosque

1 km from city center 24 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

The Thousand Lights Mosque of Royapettah, Chennai is among the most esteemed mosques of the city as well as the state of Tamil Nadu. Built in the early 19th century by the Wallajah family of the Carnatic rulers, it is till date a popular gathering place for the daily prayers and festive occasions like Muharram.

25. Fort St. George

Fort St. George

5 km from city center 25 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

The origin of the great white structure of Fort St. George is inextricable from the history of the city of Chennai itself. Popularly called the 'White Town', the sole purpose of establishing the massive fort compound was to build a British stronghold in the Coromandel Coast and the rest of south India.

26. Chennai Sangamam

Chennai Sangamam

5 km from city center 26 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

The Chennai Sangamam, a large open Tamil festival, also coincides with the Pongal season. It is organized in various open locations like beaches, parks etc and showcase traditional folk events, martial arts and classical dance, to name a few. In addition the festival brings together the best that South Indian cuisine has to offer – from tasty panirayams to the traditional pongal.

27. Royapuram Fishing Harbour

Royapuram Fishing Harbour

9 km from city center 27 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Under the administration of Chennai Port Trust, Royapuram Fishing Harbour is one of the most popular fishing grounds in Chennai. Located in a region which is famous for seafood, this harbour surely has its name among the busiest fishing hubs of Tamil Nadu.

28. Santhome Church

Santhome Church

4 km from city center 28 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

San Thome Church is among the only three in the world that house the tombs of one of Christ's original disciples. If you visit this church, you will be stepping into a historical tale that will take you back a couple of centuries. The museum inside displays souvenirs of the great saint and his legend.

29. Kapaleeswarar Temple

Kapaleeswarar Temple

4 km from city center 29 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Kapaleeswarar Temple is a holy shrine of Shiva in Mylapore, Chennai. A visit to this temple will be an experience enriched with a glimpse into Tamil religious culture and the lovely architectural combination of the two styles – Dravidian and Vijaynagari, complete with towering Gopurams.

30. Mylapore

Mylapore

3 km from city center 30 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Mylapore is one of the oldest and culturally enriched neighbourhoods, located in the southern part of Chennai. It is very much traditionalist to its core and boasts many temples, churches and historical monuments.

31. Express Avenue

Express Avenue

2 km from city center 31 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Express Avenue is a mall in Royapettah of Chennai owned, developed and promoted by Express Infrastructure. The premise includes commercial and hospitality sectors as well. E Hotel is the name of the 4-star boutique luxury-lodging, which caters to the guests all year long with its 44 room capacity. But the mall is the main attraction of the place.

32. Vadapalani Murugan Temple

Vadapalani Murugan Temple

4 km from city center 32 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Vadapalani Murugan Temple is one of the most popular temples dedicated to Lord Murugan. Located in Vadapalani, Chennai, the temple is known for helping devotees finding solutions to life's problems. It is also believed that worshipping Lord Murugan here is as pious as praying to him at the original Palani temple.

33. T Nagar

T Nagar

3 km from city center 33 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

T Nagar is one of the busiest neighbourhoods in Chennai, and also the most crowded one. It serves as a commercial and economic hub, as well as a residential area. It does not have many attractions, but you will come across a plethora of retail shops lined up on every main road and arterial streets.

34. Parthasarathy Temple

Parthasarathy Temple

3 km from city center 34 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Parthasarathy Temple, located in Triplicane area of Chennai, is a structure more than 1000 years old, standing in the heart of the bustling city. Dedicated to different avatars of Lord Vishnu within the many shrines of the temple, it attracts thousands of Vaishanvite followers from all across the country.

35. Parasailing in Chennai

Parasailing in Chennai

19 km from city center 35 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

If you think the city of Chennai is all about glitzy temples and serene beaches, look deeper cause the uber city is home to one of the most adventurous sports of all times - Parasailing. Unlike several other water sports, this one is not for the faint hearted. It allows you to sail above the water with a safely harnessed parachute tied to your back.

36. Scuba Diving in Chennai

Scuba Diving in Chennai

6 km from city center 36 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Chennai could get quite hot in the summer and beating the heat would be the top priority in summers. Then why not dive into the Bay of Bengal somewhere off the coast of Chennai. Discovering a totally different world under the surface of the sea and cooling yourself at the same time is the best deal about Chennai.

37. Camping in Chennai

Camping in Chennai

9 km from city center 37 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Surrounded by a number of hills around it, Chennai neighbours to some amazing places that offer nearness to Nature. Every soul in any metro city craves for something new every now and then, and Chennai doesn’t lack in fulfilling this need for its people. There are a number of places to camp in Chennai for a twist out of the normal. One can never run out of places to get closer to something natural.

38. Paragliding In Chennai

Paragliding In Chennai

11 km from city center 38 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

It is commonly misunderstood about Chennai that it is only about glitzy temples, serene beaches and conservative people, but that's not completely true, look deeper. The people here have the provision of getting in the sky and sailing smoothly over the hills like Eagles.

39. Surfing In Chennai

Surfing In Chennai

29 km from city center 39 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Getting in the water and riding the waves on a surfboard is not a thing that everyone can do. But some hours of practice can make that joy possible. There are a number of surfing schools that offer courses and help you tame the waves under your feet.

40. Paintball In Chennai

Paintball In Chennai

10 km from city center 40 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

If you are into playing combat games but all the games lack the touch of reality and the feeling of getting hit, then Paintball is for you. Chennai has a bunch of such Arenas to help you get in action. Get outdoors, get some Paintball Guns in your hand and challenge your friends to some real action. Keep your skills on the check and your friends in sight; you never know when you might get hit.

41. Rock climbing In Chennai

Rock climbing In Chennai

16 km from city center 41 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

The fitness aspect for the people of Chennai has been taken up by Rock Climbing and Bouldering, rather than regular gyms. Climbing is the coolest way of being fit as well as getting a regular dose of adrenaline. But Rock Climbing doesn’t mean you put yourself under the raging sun all the time! You can opt for Indoor Climbing too and get into the daily chores after the session.

42. Jungle Safari In Chennai

Jungle Safari In Chennai

3 km from city center 42 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

The tropical climate of Chennai has blessed the land with ample amount of lush greenery and equally rich wildlife. Safari in Chennai’s wildlife parks award the visitors with some amazing experiences around our neighbours of nature. Interacting with the wild animals makes us realize the true nature of wilderness. There’s a lot to learn and understand from animals.

43. Boating in Chennai

Boating in Chennai

6 km from city center 43 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Having the advantage of being a coastal city, Chennai also has a number of lakes and thus opening up the waters for water sports. Boating in Chennai was not so well flourished earlier, but recently the bay of Chennai has been witnessing a decent increase in the number of yachts and boats. Sailing has a charm that can fit any occasion, let that be a romantic boathouse date or a casual hangout with friends on a yacht, an exciting racing event of sails and rowboats or just a fun race of pedal boats between family and friends. Boating is for everyone.

44. Anjaneyar Temple Nanganallur

Anjaneyar Temple Nanganallur

10 km from city center 44 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Viswaroopa Adhivyadhihara Sri Bhaktha Anjaneyaswami Temple is located around 10 kilometres away from the heart of the city, in a locality called Nanganallur. Commonly called the Anjaneya Temple in short, it gets its name from its principal deity, Lord Hanuman. The most important aspect of the temple is its 32 feet idol.

45. Fishing In Chennai

Fishing In Chennai

9 km from city center 45 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Fishing was a way of survival until it got challenging and adventurous. Fishing has become a common way of bonding with friends and family. The sport seems easy but takes a lot of dedication and patience to lure and catch the biggest of all the fishes. As the Aquatic Adventure has gained popularity many Sport Fishing Facilities have opened up and are busy providing the experiences.

46. Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers & Ashram

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers & Ashram

10 km from city center 46 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers is named after Swami Sivananda, one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the 20th century and founded by his disciple Swami Vishnudevananda. The Non-Profit organisation has centres in Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Madurai and Delhi and all over the world. The Organisation has dedicated programmes like the Sadhana Intensive, Kids Camp, Work/Study Programme, Prison Project and Teachers Training courses and also Yoga Vacations.

47. Thiruvanmiyur Beach

Thiruvanmiyur Beach

10 km from city center 47 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Located in the neighbourhood of Thiruvanmiyur in Chennai, Thiruvanmiyur Beach is one of the isolated and peaceful beaches of the city. Popular for beautiful sunrise and sunset views, the beach is mostly frequented by nature lovers, romantic couples or solitude seekers.

48. Neelankarai Beach

Neelankarai Beach

12 km from city center 48 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Neelankarai Beach is an untouched gorgeous beach located in the small locality of Neelankarai in South Chennai. The highlight of the beach are the innumerous turtles that can be found on the shores. People usually visit it to watch the turtles or to walk along the lengthy coastline touching the beautiful blue waters of the sea.

49. Santhome Beach

Santhome Beach

4 km from city center 49 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

The southern part of the Marina Beach is known as the Santhome Beach. With immaculate clean sands, azure blue waters and gorgeous sweeping views of the sea, Santhome Beach is a one among the most visited beaches of the sea. You can also find several eateries and sports activities at the beach.

50. Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach

17 km from city center 50 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Situated at a distance of 1 km from Thiruvanmiyur in Chennai, Pebble Beach is a comparatively smaller beach. Due to its location, it receives relatively lesser number of visitors. However, the beach offers extremely peaceful and serene and you can visit it to spend some time in solitude.

51. Palavakkam Beach

Palavakkam Beach

11 km from city center 51 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Located at the southern tip of Chennai in Palavakkam, Palavakkam Beach is a wonderful beach boasting of mesmerising sunrise and sunset views. The highlight of the beach is an age-old temple situated on the beach. The beach has vast expanse of shores, with stunning views of the horizon merging in the sea.

52. Kasimedu Beach

Kasimedu Beach

10 km from city center 52 out of 90 Places To Visit in Chennai

Kaismedu Beach is a comparatively lesser known beach of Chennai. It is not just a recreation spot but also an important fishing harbour. With vast expanse of the blue sea and brown sandy shores, you can also find several fishermen at work with their huge fishing nets and boats. Besides, the fisherfolks also sell their spoils at the shores; you can buy fresh fish here. Volleyball is another popular activity at the beach.

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Essay on Chennai City (100 – 500 Words Essay) For Students

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Hello, Friends hope you all are doing fine. So I would share with you all the Essay on Chennai so that it would be really helpful for your Studies & Exams. Students who want to know details knowledge about Chennai, then here we posted a detailed view of 5, 10, 15 lines essays & some Long Essay Chennai in English.

Chennai is a beautiful city that serves as a gateway to South India with its distinctive culture based on Tamil traditions. At the same time, it is a modern cosmopolitan city with a very diverse population.

Essay on Chennai

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5 Lines on Chennai in English

Pattern 1  –  10 Lines Essay  or  Shorts Essay  is very helpful for class 10,11 12, and Competitive Exams preparing Students.

  • I live in Chennai
  • Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu.
  • Chennai is nicknamed as The Detroit of India.
  • It has a population of about 7 million people.
  • Chennai is considered the gateway for South India.

5 Lines on Chennai in English

10 Lines on Chennai in English

Pattern 2  –  10 Lines Essay  or  Shorts Essay  is very helpful for class 10,11 12, and Competitive Exams preparing Students.

  • Chennai is also popularly referred to as the gateway to South India.
  • Chennai is well-known for its classical dance Bharatnatyam.
  • It is situated on the Bay of Bengals coromandel coast.
  • The city is widely popular for its historical background.
  • It has been established first by the raja of Chandragiri.
  • Several people still prefer sarees over modern clothes in this city.
  • Chennai is nicknamed the Detroit of India.
  • Chennai is very popular for its parks and gardens.
  • It is included as one of the four metropolitan siblings of the country.
  • Chennai state is very clean and beautiful so, I like it.

10 Lines on Chennai in English

15 Lines on Chennai in English

Pattern 3  –  10 Lines Essay  or  Shorts Essay  is very helpful for class 10,11 12, and Competitive Exams preparing Students.

  • Chennai is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
  • The city has a population of 7.5 million. (2005)
  • Chennai was held by the French from 1746 to 1749.
  • Almost 10% of fall of the people in the state live in Chennai.
  • the 12 kilometers long Marina Beach in Chennai, is one of the longest beaches in the world.
  • Chennai is the fourth largest city in India.
  • Chennai is well-known for its classical dance Bharatanatyam.
  • Chennai is nicknamed The Detroit of India.
  • Chennai become the capital of Madras state when India become independent in 1947.
  • The state capital of Tamilnadu was formerly known as Madras.
  • Several people still prefer sarees over modern clothes in this City.
  • Chennai is very popular for its Parks and gardens.

15 Lines on Chennai in English

100 Words Essay on Chennai

Chennai is considered one of the largest cities in the southern part of the country. It is called the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. The city is widely known for its storied past. It was first founded by Chandragiri Raja.

The official language of Chennai is Tamil. The locals in Chennai mainly speak Tamil. So knowing some common Tamil words is helpful when traveling to Chennai. However, English is suitable for tourists. After Tamil, English is the second language in Chennai. For this reason, all major signage is written in both English and Tamil.

Chennai is also very popular due to the presence of various cuisines. In Chennai, you can choose from any cuisine, be it South Indian or Chinese. However, it is widely known for its delicious dishes like Mullitgathon soup, Sunday, until fry, masala dosa, biryani, idli, etc.

200 Words Essay on Chennai

Introduction.

Chennai was previously known as Madras. In South India, it is considered the capital of Tamil Nadu. It is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. This city is quite famous for its diverse and dynamic culture and traditions.

Why Chennai is beautiful?

Chennai secured the first spot in the quality of life head. Citizens attributed the result to a range of factors – from the safety of women to communal harmony to the presence of an active civil society. “Life is peaceful in Chennai,” Nanditha Krishna, president of C P Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation, said.

Chennai is the place where mini India can be felt with various cultures mixed where the great Temples are built, famous Bharathanattiyam Dance is practiced, great libraries with treasures of ancient books connected with modern technology, eateries of different Indian cuisine, world’s second longest beach!!

Chennai is the “Gateway to South India”. Every Indian has a reason to love this place because it has not only embraced people coming from diverse backgrounds, it has also uplifted and molded their culture with great respect and care.

300 Words Essay on Chennai

Chennai is a city of almost 400 years. Madras was its original name. Chennai is the most popular tourist destination in the country. It is the fourth largest state in India. Chennai is a city full of charming people, a rich cultural heritage, and a modern lifestyle. Chennai is known for its historic churches and temples.

Chennai’s culture

Chennai, for example, has a rich cultural heritage. Literature, art, music, and dance have a long history in Chennai. It is primarily known for its historic Hindu temples and Bharatanatyam dances.

Tanjore art and Tamil architecture flourished here, and the locals continue to strive to preserve the tradition.

Tamil is the official language of the city. Tamil is the first language of the country and the first classical language of the country.

Chennai’s Festivals

The Pongal festival is celebrated with great fervor in Chennai. Tamijar Thirunal or Makar Sankranti are other names for this event. After the harvest of the farms, Chennai celebrates this event for four days. Bhogi Pongal is the name of the first day of the celebration.

On this day, old clothes and objects are thrown away and burned in a fire. It marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. Surya Pongal and Mattu Pongal are observed and the day is celebrated in honor of the animals.

Because animals are the only source of milk, and they also use it in the fields. In addition to these main festivals, the locals regularly celebrate many other festivals.

Most of the celebrations here are dedicated to the deity Mariamman. Deepavali, Ayudha Puja, Saraswati Puja, Dussehra, Krishna Jayanti, and Vinayak Chaturthi are some of the major festivals celebrated here.

The City’s Highlights

Meenakshi Amman Temple Ramanathaswami Temple Kaplishwarar Temple is a Hindu temple in Kaplishwarar, India Natraj Temple is a Hindu temple in India.

Kodaikanal Lake, Brideshwar Yakub temple collection of monuments, Marina Beach, the longest beach in Chennai, stretches for 13 kilometers along the Bay of Bengal. Known as the second largest beach in the world, its white-sand coastline offers breathtaking views. Another highlight of Marina Beach is the Olive Ridley Turtle. Incredible Places to Visit

T. Nagar is known for its street markets with street vendors and large shop windows on both sides of the road. In winter, during the festival season, Chennai gets deep discounts from big box retailers.

Beach with a breeze

Elliot Beach, also known as Breezy Beach, is located near Valmiki Nagar, a small town near Chennai.

Chennai is well-known for its historic churches and temples. More than a third of India’s automotive industry is concentrated in the city. Chennai, the birthplace of the Tamil film industry, is also known as a major center for film production.

500 Words Essay on Chennai

My city – chennai.

Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the largest city in all of South India. It is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu, located in the Republic of India. The eastern border of the city is the vast ocean of the Bay of Bengal, which stretches for about 17 km, making the Marina the second largest marine beach in the world.

History of Chennai

Chennai has a very rich history and all its glory can be attributed to the Raja of Chandragiri who was the first to lay the foundation stone of the city of Chennai. During the British rule in India.

The British government built several forts and trading posts in the city. This province was named Madrasapattinam. More recently, a movie starring Arya and Amy Jackson was released that caught the attention of a global audience. The film depicts the classical Tamil lifestyle and the period of British rule in India.

Chennai is the only region in India where you can see a perfect mix of different communities. There is a popular Tamil saying “Vandharai Vazawaikkum Chennai” which literally means “Chennai gives life to all who take shelter of it”. This can be seen visually when you visit Chennai as you can see people from almost every region of India

There are electric trains that connect important parts of the cities. The Chennai metro projects are in the final stages of completion. Known as the “Gateway to the South”, the city stands out for its beach, diverse population, cinemas and theaters, shopping malls, parks, restaurants, etc.

Sightseeing attractions

  • St. George’s Fort is actually the Legislative Assembly of the Government of Tamil Nadu. The fort near the beach has the longest flagstaff in the country. The fort was built during the rule of the East India Company in Madras. The temple houses the St. Mary’s Church, which is one of the oldest churches in India.
  • The Santome Basilica is a prominent historical monument in the city of Chennai. The name Santomé is derived from the name of a saint named Saint Thomas, who later died on nearby Mount Saint Thomas.
  • The Chennai High Court building is another example of the British style. Built over 100 years ago, the Chennai High Court is one of the largest court complexes in the world, the first of which is in London.
  • The Government Museum is another important historical monument with an ocean of information. Although named after the government museum, it is owned by a group of British citizens who are trying to improve the lives of British people in Chennai, to preserve historical data and Buddhist statues.
  • The Parthasarathy Temple , another example of Pallava architecture, now stands in the city of Chennai at a place called Triplikan. In one of my previous articles, I wrote a detailed description of this huge place.
  • Marina Beach , which is one of the main tourist attractions in the city, is a 13 km long beach. The beach has statues and monuments of famous political leaders. I wrote a detailed description of Marina Beach in a separate article. Please read my previous posts.
  • Elliot Beach is a beach south of Marina Beach that has some famous religious sites like Astalakshmi Temple and Velankani Temple (not located in Nagapattinam).
  • Chennai Harbor is another important ancient place in Chennai. The port of Chennai still functions effectively and serves as a major trade and commercial point. It is a completely artificial port, not a natural one.
  • The Ice House, one of the highlights of Chennai, got its name because huge blocks of ice were cut from frozen lakes in the north, transported here, and kept refrigerated.
  • The Guindy National Park is located in Guindy, famous for its deer reserve. Here you can also see some rare species of animals like mongooses, jackals, civets, cats, and many types of monkeys.

Bars and Discos

Imperial Hotel Bar, Connemara Bar, Maxim Nightclub, and Planet2000 are the most famous bars in the city where you can have a great time. Nightclubs at Sheraton Park, President Hotel, and Shindoori Hotel are also within walking distance.

There are many cinemas and theaters in the city. The most popular are PVR cinemas on Skywalk, Sathyam Cinemas, Abhirami Cinema, Sangham Cinemas, and Ega Complex. Newspapers report the exact location and opening hours of the various theaters in theaters.

In addition to the Connemara Government Library, there are several libraries such as the British Council Library at Anne Salai, the American Central Library at the US Consulate, and the French Association at Nungambakkam which has an extensive collection of books.

With its diverse population, culture, religions, monuments, and people, Chennai gives you a true Indian feel and some memories that you can never erase!

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Thank you for reading it patiently. Please feel free to mention any comments or suggestions below. Till I post my next Essay keep smiling and cheers!

अन्य पोस्ट देखें –  Essay  or  Short Essay  /  10 Lines Essay .

नीचे टिप्पणी अनुभाग में किसी भी संबंधित प्रश्न या सुझाव को बेझिझक छोड़ें। आपकी प्रतिक्रिया हमारे लिए मूल्यवान है! यदि आपको यह जानकारी दिलचस्प लगती है, तो इसे अपने दोस्तों के साथ साझा करने में संकोच न करें, जो इसे पढ़ने का आनंद भी ले सकते हैं। साझा करना देखभाल है!

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  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chennai
  • https://www.britannica.com/place/Chennai
  • https://wikitravel.org/en/Chennai

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Ancient temples, vibrant arts, natural wonders and a bustling culinary scene make  Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the southern fringes of the country. Located on the Coromandel Coast, this busy metropolis was formerly called Madras. From the resplendent classical dance form of bharatnatyam to the rich flavours of its iconic cuisine and from the lustrous silk sarees traded here to the gorgeous temples and churches, Chennai is the gatekeeper of South Indian art, culture and traditions. The city is also the perfect base from which trips to other locales in Tamil Nadu can take off. 

Alongside heritage, flourish natural and contemporary highlights: sprawling beaches with natural and man-made wonders, a bustling seaport, quirky cafes, a multi-transport system, theme parks, industrial hubs, hi-tech parks and universities. Its population is a heterogenous mix of locals, expats and people from the rest of India. Chennai is widely known as the “Detroit of India”, a moniker it earned because of the high concentration of automobile factories located in and around here.

There are several stories about the origin of the city’s name. Initially, during the Nayakars rule, its name was Madras, which was inspired by Madraspattinam. At that time, it was a fishing village that was situated to the north of the area that is now Fort St George. The king of Vijaynagar sold the piece of land to the British on which now stands Fort St George, which houses the Secretariat Complex of the Government of Tamil Nadu. It was the British officers who retained the name Madraspattinam. For local populace, it was more common to call the city Chennapattinam. According to another legend, the city was named Chennai in honour of Damal Chennappa Nayakkar, a Nayak ruler. In the year 1996, the government renamed it to Chennai officially and the name stands even today.

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Chennai International Airport is located about 7 km away from the main city. It is connected by direct daily flights to major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. Apart from this, it also connects the city to international destinations like Singapore and Colombo.

The Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminal is connected to various Indian cities like Puducherry (about 166 km), Bengaluru (about 347 km), Tirupati (about 133 km), Coimbatore (about 507 km), and Tirunelveli (about 625 km).

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If you don’t mind the heat of the sun but love to enjoy some warmth from the hearts, if you don’t mind the lack of rich greenery but happy with the richness of reception and if you consider the rich cultural background and the unassuming people more important, then Chennai is the city for you to be on a holiday. Chennai is not only the 4th largest Indian city but it is the 36th metropolitan city the world over. It is also one of must-visit places in Tamil Nadu . The rich heritage and tradition of the city are the reasons for it being referred to as the cultural capital of India. Chennai was established by the British during the 17th century. However, the city has a great historical past that is evident from some of the famous constructions in the city that stand the test of time to prove that the city is much more ancient than its accounted years. If you are planning a visit to Chennai, make sure that you do not miss the following 10 places to visit in Chennai .

1. Marina Beach

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Marina Beach is naturally the instant choice for everyone that visits Chennai. This is the second longest beach in the world. The large expanse of silver sand allows for a great walk along the seashore. Sunrise and sun set views are picturesque in this perfect setting. Some of the sports activities possible in Marina Beach include fishing, wind surfing and beach volley ball.

Though Marina Beach owns the credit of being the second longest beach in the world, it is not as well maintained as it should be. However, if you love the soul of the city, you will love the place. This a place where you do not have an entrance fee but a lot of entertainment. You can watch fishermen starting their day out on the sea if you are here in the morning. The evenings are quite busy with people coming along with their families to have some entertainment here. The richest and the poor, famous celebrities and unknown common man frequent the beach. If you love to watch people, you could have a whale of a time here in the beautiful atmosphere.

2. Semmozhi Poonga

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Semmozhi Poonga offers a great escapade from the scorching sun and it is a visual delight for your eyes tired seeing manmade buildings. The park was opened towards the end of 2010. Located at city’s center, the 20-acre park offers to view scenic landscapes and lush gardens. The well-maintained gardens have over 500 varieties of trees and plants from all parts of the world. This is apart from the trees that already exist in the area before the establishment of the park. Some of the trees are over 100 years old. The species of plants include medicinal plants and aromatic herbs. The artificial waterfall in the park looks real. Children will love the park, as there are many play structures to keep them entertained. Elders can go for a walk and several seating arrangements are provided to stretch. Semmozhi Poonga seems so far to have made genuine efforts to keep the place clean and green unlike some other places in Chennai, which do not enjoy the attention they need to be given.

3. The Huddleston Gardens Of Theosophical Society

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The aim behind the establishment of Theosophical society is to create universal brotherhood where there is no distinction among human beings. The essence of the society is to blend the best of teachings of all religions to elevate the quality of humanity and its power. The world headquarters of Theosophical society is in Chennai. Located in Adyar, a part of Chennai, it commands respect from people belonging to all faiths. The society was established here in the year 1883. The 260-acre Huddleston Gardens is a birdwatchers’ paradise. You will find a wide range of migratory birds here. The banyan tree at the center of the garden immediately comes to mind amongst the people of Chennai, as the 450 and odd year old tree is one amongst the largest trees the world over. The tree covers a massive 59500 sq. ft area of land. This is one of the few places to feel one with nature and enjoy fresh air. This place elevates your soul.

The library inside the campus has great collections exceeding two lakh books. Other collections include palm-leaf manuscripts and many ancient books of various faiths.

4. Arignar Anna Zoological Park

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Arignar Anna Zoological Park is the first ever zoo in India. The zoo was established in the year 1855. The zoo was initially in the Moor market from where it was shifted to Vandalur in 1976. The massive 510-hectare zoo houses over 170 species of wildlife. Some of the wildlife found here includes tiger, hyena, lion, panther, elephants and many more. Elephant rides and lion safaris are available. If you are up to it, you could walk the entire stretch of the park. If not, you can tour on the battery operated vehicle rides.

5. Pulicat Lake

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Pulicat Lake is a ‘must visit’ place if you are in Chennai. Chennai is not green and you do not chance upon many places in Chennai that help you get closer to nature. Hence, taking a time away to be at Pulicat Lake becomes all the more important. Pulicat Lake is located on Tamilnadu’s border. The atmosphere is serene and you can have a relaxed day here. Boat rides are very popular here. While at boat, you are allowed to indulge in fishing. This is a great place for bird watching. Do not miss Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary located near Pulicat Lake as you will find rare species of birds such as flamingoes, kingfishers, pelican, ibis and many more. You could also find the ruins of a 17th century Danish fort.

6. Kapaleeswarar Temple

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Kapaleeswarar Temple is one of the oldest temples in the city. It is not clear as to who built the temple. Going by the songs by Nayanmars, it is believed that Kapaleeswarar Temple was built during the 7th century by Pallava Kings. The architecture is not as old as they seem to be around 400 years old. Hence, it is considered that Portuguese destroyed the original temple mentioned in the songs of Nayanmars and the present construction belongs to the 16th century. The temple stands a classic example of the Dravidian style of sculpture and architecture.

7. Breezy Beach

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Chennai has many beaches and while Marina beach is the longest in Chennai, Breezy beach holds attraction for the unpolluted atmosphere. It is situated in Valmiki Nagar in Chennai. This small beach remains untouched by commercialization and hence very serene. This is a perfect place for a breezy walk and the sunsets are picturesque. The sea is clean and hence water sports are popular. People love to swim here. You could also go on a boat ride.

8. National Art Gallery

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National Art Gallery was established in 1907. The influence of Indo-Saracenic architecture is evident in the red sandstone construction, which has four sections namely Tanjore Painting Gallery, Ravi Varma Painting Gallery, Indian Traditional Art Gallery and Decorative Art Gallery. Artists would love this place as it has on display some of the ancient paintings and handicrafts that date back to 11th century. The Rock and Cave Art Gallery here offers interesting moments with the setting of caves looking natural and with facilities such as interactive Son-et-lumiere, Tran slides and touch screen in the caves to make the session interesting.

9. Connemara Public Library

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Connemara Public Library was established in the year 1896. You could find many unique and rare collections in the library, which boasts of possessing wealthier information across various subjects. The library itself is intricately designed and the architecture is a blend of Southern Hindu Deccani, Gothic, Rajput and Mughal. The library houses periodic hall, a video room and a reference room. Braille library is also found here. The collection of books is very impressive and they cater to the needs of the students and professors alike. The library is one among the four National Depository Libraries in India that receives copies of all newspapers, periodicals and books published in India.

10. Little Mount Shrine

Little Mount Shrine has a rich history associated with it. You can find the cave where St. Thomas went hiding before being martyred here. The lack of attention in preserving important structures and monuments is evident here too as you can find a rock that bears St. Thomas’ footprints, which was not given due attention earlier to preserve it for future generation’s view. The place offers a good view of the city and the Chennai airport. It is a worth a visit if you want to experience a touch of the past and enjoy some pleasant atmosphere.

Chennai’s top attraction is the warmth of the people. You will find perfect harmony among the people of Chennai, who do not take into account the forced differences in terms of religion, race and color. While the worst failing in Chennai is the lack of effort to preserve places of historic significance and keep the city clean, the awareness seems to be increasing. You will find that sincere efforts are being taken by individuals and organizations and one such example is Chennai Turtle Walk to save the endangered species. With consistent and genuine efforts, there may be more attractions to mention in Chennai, which is of world class.

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Article publication date: 9 August 2021

Issue publication date: 3 December 2021

Tamil Nadu, the southern provincial state of India attracts the highest number of domestic as well as international tourist to India. Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu is the much sought-after destination for tourists and attracts a large number of visitors. Considering the transformational role of tourism with its focus on community-in-need, tourism can usher opportunities for both not-for-profit and for-profit social entrepreneurship (SE). At this juncture, the number of poor people in the city is relevant, which is almost 40% of the population seeking livelihood opportunities. SE operating for-profit model is often construed sustainable and appropriate in the context of tourism. Considering the relevance of such innovative actional approaches, this study aims to explore the potential of for-profit SE in the the city of Chennai.

Design/methodology/approach

The study adopted the exploratory sequential method. The social drivers and challenges of SE in Chennai were explored through expert in-depth interview and the dimensions of challenges were explored through factor analysis.

The study result indicates that the social drivers of SE in tourism can be broadly classified into concurrent social drivers and latent social drivers, which encompass the potential for social bricoleur, social constructionist and social engineer typologies. There are five dimensions for the challenges for institutionalizing tourism-based SE in the city of Chennai i.e. community concerned, industry specific, sustainability centric, governance oriented and collaboration centered. The study concluded with future directions for the institutionalizing SE, creating social value and fostering community-level transformation in tune with sustainable development goals (SDGs) in tourist destinations of the city of Chennai.

Research limitations/implications

The study considered existing wage employees of various vendors in tourist destinations of the city with an assumption that these wage employees are interested in entrepreneurship possibility.

Practical implications

SE assumes relevance in the context of inclusive tourism and toward the attainment of SDGs through tourism, as an economic activity. The outcome of the study can be a catalyst to stimulate alternative business models for local development; persuading existing business enterprises to follow more responsible business practices in city destinations, thus promoting more pragmatic socio-economic outcomes to the underprivileged, through tourism.

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Social drivers and challenges are unique in the context of tourism especially in the Indian context as there was no such attempt to consolidate these aspects as a move toward inclusive tourism by strengthening the grass-root level participation.

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Vinodan, A. and Meera, S. (2021), "Potential for social entrepreneurship in tourism in the city of Chennai", International Journal of Tourism Cities , Vol. 7 No. 4, pp. 986-1007. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJTC-08-2020-0171

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Tourism In India Essay

One of the most significant and fastest-growing industries in the world is tourism. It generates extensive foreign exchange without materially depleting domestic resources. It provides both income and employment. There are certain nations whose primary source of income is tourism. Here are a few sample essays on “Tourism In India”.

Tourism In India Essay

100 Words Essay On Tourism In India

One of the most well-liked tourist destinations in Asia is India. India's secularism and culture have captivated people from all over the world. India, therefore, has a lot of potential for tourism. India offers a variety of sights to see and things to do. The Himalayan ranges border it in the north and the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, and the Indian Ocean on three sides. India is beautiful because of its picturesque backwaters, hill towns, and landscapes. Thus it has a lot to offer to the tourist. Both skilled and unskilled workers are employed in the tourism sector. It encourages global fraternity and national integration.

200 Words Essay On Tourism In India

India's vast natural and cultural diversity has given it a special place on the global tourism map. The third-largest industry in India is tourism, which directly or indirectly employs about 10 million people.

What Draws Tourists To India

Tourists are drawn to India because of its welcoming customs, diverse way of life, cultural legacy, and vibrant fairs and festivals. From the beginning, the kings of various regions of India constructed opulent palaces, magnificent temples, evergreen gardens, lofty forts, and graves. Tourism-friendly natural and cultural settings abound in India. Some of India's tourist attractions include its stunning beaches, animals, national parks, sanctuaries, snow-covered mountains, rivers, and mountain peaks, as well as its technical parks and places of worship. Tourists are drawn to historical trains, yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, Siddha, and natural health resorts.

My Trip To Kashmir

I had Kashmir on the itinerary for my Navarathri holidays. I took a flight to Srinagar from Delhi. I was thrilled to see the snow-capped mountains and lovely valleys outside my window. I visited Shalimar Bagh and Nishant Bagh that evening before taking a shikara ride on the Dal Lake. There were floating markets on the Dal Lake. In the following days, I went to Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonmarg. After visiting all those places, this trip was one of the best trips of my life. I met a lot of new people who were international tourists coming here for the first time.

500 Words Essay On Tourism In India

India offers a tremendous deal of variety and tourist attractions. Goa is one of many places in India that attracts a lot of foreign visitors.

Benefits Of Tourism

What are the benefits of being an attractive tourist destination for India?

Revenue | People travel to various nations worldwide, which generates revenue for the tourism industry. As we've already seen, tourism is a sizable business with numerous social and economic advantages. It generates employment in the hospitality, dining, and other travel-related sectors. Additionally, it supports operations so visitors can get the most out of their trips.

Creates Jobs | Tourism generate more jobs, which can also be a substantial source of cash for nearby towns. Many new jobs are created businesses in the hotel and agricultural sectors. The housing market is also helped by tourism, which promotes economic growth and job prospects in other sectors.

Economic Growth | For many countries, tourism has been a critical driver of growth. It supports economic expansion and is advantageous for the environment. However, there are numerous strategies to promote tourism. Many nations provide tax rebates or low corporation tax rates as investment incentives. These incentives enable businesses to spend money on building the country's infrastructure for transportation, real estate, and other sectors.

Global Connect | Tourism does just that, it fosters a global connect. New friendships are formed through tourism. Travelling allows tourists to comprehend their destination more thoroughly. Additionally, they get to take in their location's sights, sounds, and flavours.

Global Value | The nation's economy is stimulated by tourism. It offers a wide range of advantages, including new technology, the development of jobs, the sharing ideas, and cultural enrichment. Many nations have begun to invest in the tourism industry to make it simpler for people to travel internationally for personal or professional reasons.

My Holidays In Goa

Last year, I travelled to Goa. I truly enjoyed the trip, which was one of the best of my life. Goa is a fantastic location for a fun vacation. I was eager for the holiday. As I began to enter Goa, I noticed a wonderland. Goodness, what a scene! One thing I was really impressed by was how many green trees there were along the route. The highway was not at all noisy. People gather and start having fun on the beach as the day transitions into the evening.

I also visited Panjim, where I saw a lot of lovely things. I went to a well-known church in Goa. There were plenty of people on the beaches, in restaurants, pubs, etc., and I realised Goa is a very choosing option for tourists around the globe. And thus, it helps to promote Indian tourism.

The travel and tourism sector has expanded significantly in recent years. Due to India's extensive natural and cultural legacy, the tourism industry has enormous growth potential. The tourism sector has several difficulties. These difficulties must be reduced for the industry to reach its full potential. The policies implemented in the tourism industry today will influence tourism in the future.

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Tourism Essay

An introduction.

Tourism is the largest and fastest-growing industry across the world. It is a source of revenue and employment. It also gives the opportunity for people to understand the culture, civilization, and religious aspects of a country. There are many countries whose main source of revenue is Tourism. It is an export that is not visible which earns valuable foreign exchange without any substantial or actual loss of internal resources. Tourism is a unique type of highly labor-intensive industry. It provides different services that are needed as well as expected by the incoming tourists. Tourism is one of the largest industries in terms of money spent by tourists in the countries they visit. The amount received from the Tourism industries sometimes exceeds the Gross National Product of many countries.

India is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia and has been successful in attracting domestic and international tourists. India has fascinated many tourists across the globe with her secularism and her culture. The scenic landscape, hill stations, historical sites, architecture and monuments, beaches, and enchanting backwater, places of religious interest make India a preferred destination for tourists from all over the world. Tourism in India has immense potential of developing into a high revenue-generating industry. Better connectivity of transport and communication, improved hospitality services and standard of living and value of money to the tourists from foreign countries have led to an increase in domestic as well as international Tourism.

Tourism is one of the most important and fastest-growing industries in today’s world that creates a lot of job opportunities. It generates a lot of revenue and adds to the economy of the country. Apart from generating jobs and revenue, it gives an opportunity for people of different countries and cultures to move and mingle with other cultures and social environments for the purpose of entertainment as well as professional purposes. It is only through Tourism that the world can get closer and know each other both socially, culturally and religiously. It creates good bonding among people of different languages and cultures. It also paves the way to understand and explore the rich heritage and ancient history of an unknown place.

It is an export that is not visible which earns valuable foreign exchange without any substantial or actual loss of internal resources. Tourism is a unique type of highly labor-intensive industry. It provides different services that are needed as well as expected by the incoming tourists. Tourism is one of the largest industries in terms of money spent by tourists in the countries they visit. The amount received from the Tourism industries sometimes exceeds the Gross National Product of many countries.

India is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in Asia because of its beautiful landscape, rich cultural heritage, myriad attractions and valuable ancient history. India serves as the hub of different cultures and languages within it and has always attracted domestic and international tourists. In 2019 it has attracted 10.93 million international tourists and this contributed to almost 4.7% to India’s GDP.  India has also attracted international tourists because of the liberty it gives to different religions. The peaceful existence of people of 22 languages and 9 religions is a source of attraction for all international tourists.  India has a mosaic of enchanting hill stations, magnificent architecture and monuments, picturesque beaches, and enchanting backwater. India has always been famous for its hospitality services. Our guests are considered as God and the tourists feel quite safe in India. A lot of solo travellers prefer certain parts of India over any other place in the world. Indian Tourism gives proper value to tourists from foreign countries.

Benefits of Tourism in India

The Tourism industry gives a wide scope of employment to people. It has not only provided employment opportunities to people but also alleviated poverty and sustained human development. Tourism has promoted and benefitted small and local handicrafts and cultural activities. It has played a significant role in promoting national integrity and international understanding. The most important benefit of Tourism is to give a sense of relief and relaxation to people when they get tired and exhausted from their hectic schedules and hustle-bustle of city life. It is a pleasant gateway for people. The Tourism industry has also benefited other sectors like aviation, transport, horticulture, and handicraft. The hotel industry has immensely benefited from Tourism and provides ample employment and help in earning foreign exchange. This industry has become one of the major contributors to the GDP of the country. It has significantly contributed to the economic development of India by improving transportation and infrastructure facilities across the country.

Tourism has played a very vital role in reviving India’s art and culture. Tourists from foreign countries show a keen interest in the rich culture and heritage of India and this boosts the morale of the small artisans and adds to their novelty.

Promotion and Development of Tourism

For better growth, the Indian Government is taking a keen interest in promoting the different sections of Tourism such as rural Tourism, eco-Tourism, and spiritual Tourism, spa Tourism, and adventure Tourism. Nowadays, medical Tourism has also become an important source of revenue for the healthcare sector. Many people from our neighboring countries and from our western countries are turning towards India for affordable and world-class health care services and treatment.

Indian Tourism has grown significantly over the years. The services rendered to the tourists visiting India from foreign countries are the indiscernible products of the Tourism industry.  These products like hospitality services of all kinds for tourists turn into invisible exports because these services generate a lot of earnings without leaving Indian soil. The Tourism Ministry of India has played a major role in the development of the industry. The India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) formed by the Tourism department has carried out many vital developments to encourage Tourism in India. The ITDC hotels are situated at the prime locations of important tourist destinations in India and provide comfortable and affordable boarding and lodging.

The launching of the ‘Incredible India’ campaign by the Government of India is instrumental in promoting India as a holistic tourist destination in the domestic and international markets. Other specialized international media campaigns under ‘Incredible India’ have been launched and even the celebrities of our country have been roped into making this campaign of ‘Incredible India’ a big success in foreign lands also.

The ‘Clean India’ campaign launched by the Indian Government ensures full cleanliness, which has become an indispensable norm at all the tourist destinations. The Government has also conducted regular studies to analyze the market in order to identify the key factors, income figures, holiday habits, and psychology of people. This helps them to identify the key drivers in the Tourism industry and tackle the issues that deter the scope of Tourism.

According to research reports, the medical Tourism market in the Indian healthcare sector is valued to be worth over three hundred million dollars with more than one lakh foreign patients coming every year. The Government has also gone a step further to permit foreigners to visit India on an e-Tourist Visa for attending short-term yoga programs. 

The Tourism industry is the largest service industry in India and has the potential to stimulate the economic growth of the country. It becomes important for all citizens to develop the Tourism infrastructure and maintain tourist destinations, railway stations, airports, rest houses, and hotels.

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FAQs on Essay on Tourism

1. Which Countries in the World Depend on Tourism for Their National Revenue?

Countries like Maldives, Bahamas, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and many such countries depend on tourism for national revenue.

2. How does Tourism Benefit India?

Tourism in India generates mass employment and raises the income levels thereby contributing significantly to the economic development of the country. It has led to significant improvement in the transportation and infrastructure facilities across the country. The hotel industry benefits from tourism and provides ample employment and help in earning foreign exchange. This industry has become one of the major contributors to the GDP of the country. Tourism has also played a very vital role in reviving India’s art and culture.

3. What Measures did the Indian Government Take to Promote Tourism?

The Indian government has taken many measures for promoting the different sections of tourism such as rural tourism, eco-tourism, and spiritual tourism, spa tourism, and adventure tourism. Nowadays, medical tourism has also become an important source of revenue for the healthcare sector. The government has also taken a step to permit foreigners to visit India on an e-Tourist Visa for attending short-term yoga programs. The Government of India has launched the campaign of “Incredible India” which is instrumental in promoting India as a holistic tourist destination in the domestic and international markets. Other specialized international media campaigns under ‘Incredible India’ have been launched and even the celebrities of our country have been roped into making this campaign of ‘Incredible India’ a big success in foreign lands also. The Tourism Ministry provides financial assistance to the states, union territories, and other central agencies to develop tourism in their area and promote the culture and natural beauty of different regions and pilgrimage sites.

4. What is the ‘Clean India’ Campaign Started by the Ministry of India?

The ‘Clean India’ campaign started by the Ministry of India ensures full cleanliness, which has become an indispensable norm at all the tourist destinations.

5. What are the benefits of Indian Tourism?

Indian Tourism is one of the most important ways to add to its GDP. Tourism industry has released the excess dependency on the agricultural and manufacturing industry for employment to such a huge Indian population. It has given opportunities to the Indian craftsmen to get recognition of their work and income from their work. The Indian small scale industry has flourished mainly because of Tourism. The best part of Indian Tourism is that it has improved both national and international integration among the people. Indian Tourism has the capability to recharge, refresh and revive a tired mind with its beauty and different attractions.

6. Which is the most attractive type of Tourism in India?

India is famous for its rich cultural heritage. Variety of fairs and festivals throughout the year in different parts of the country makes it so colorful that international tourists cannot resist the attraction. Cultural heritage has been the best type of Tourism in the country. Good communication inside and outside the country makes it easily accessible also. Tourists can travel from the picturesque beaches of Goa to the great monuments of Agra and other parts of north India to great relaxing hill stations. It is definitely difficult to cover the whole of India in a month even but only a few famous parts can create such lingering memories in the mind of the tourists which they can cherish life long.

7. Why and what important measures have been taken to promote Indian Tourism?

The Tourism industry needs to be developed further to promote and strengthen national integration. It is the only way by which each and every Indian citizen is aware of their rich cultural heritage, a plethora of languages and religions. To improve the economy of the country this is one of the easiest ways to promote. Hence the Government has taken lots of measures to promote Indian Tourism. The Government has added spa Tourism and medical Tourism further to promote the Tourism industry. The India Tourism Development Corporation has taken lots of measures to encourage Tourism like the following campaigns:

Comfortable, safe and affordable hotels for tourists are not only prime locations but other areas also have been set up for the benefit of tourists.

The banner of the ‘Incredible India’ campaign by the Government of India has successfully promoted Indian Tourism among foreigners. The Indian celebrity has also taken part in this campaign to promote Indian Tourism.

The launching of the ‘Clean India’ by the Government provides a clean environment for the national and international tourists which is one of the most essential parts of Tourism.

8. How has the Tourism industry updated itself?

Tourism originated in the seventeenth century with the purpose of learning and understanding the history, civilization and rich art and cultural heritage of India. Indian international trade was also famous at that time for its huge resources. India has remained an attraction among international tourists since then. In the modern world, however, tourists are more business-oriented and commercially organized. This urges the need to promote business Tourism, sports Tourism, spa Tourism and also medical Tourism. Modern Tourism has taken a keen interest in the rich heritage of Ayurved both for medical and relaxing purposes. People who need medical help prefer India because of some good opportunities that they get in the Indian health system, comparable health infrastructure and affordable medical costs in India.

9. What are the roles of a citizen to promote the Tourism of the country?

The Indian Government has taken enough measures to promote Indian Tourism but that needs to be complemented by the people of India also. This is the responsibility of every citizen of the country to provide good hospitality and security to foreign travellers. The people of the country should always try their best to suggest the best tourist spots of the country and can give a brief outline of the country’s rich heritage. It is the responsibility of the citizens to maintain a clean environment for the travellers. The tourists should like India because of its hygiene and cleanliness also.

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