Skip to main content

Chennai - Part 2: My little guide to the southern metro

In & Around Chennai City - 2: My own experiences with Idli, Sambar and Loads of chutney…

To read Part-1, Click Here
Overview: Just to complete a few more places, I set off on a holiday alone to explore a few places..
First up was the sunrise view at the beach. Went to the Thiruvanmiyur beach to catch the early morning sunrise and man, it was a sight to watch. Cool gentle breeze added to the beauty of the place and this made me believe in the concept of early to rise. The Sound made by the sea, the sun gently rising behind the clouds like a red ball peeping behind the clouds, the chirping of the birds, and the morning joggers made the morning even more beautiful.
Sunrise@ Thiruvanmiyur beach Sunrise@ Thiruvanmiyur beach Crab@ Thiruvanmiyur beachSunrise@ Thiruvanmiyur beach
After an early start for the day, I decided to visit the Parthasarathy temple in Triplicane which is very well known across the state. I planned to go to this place by train. So got down at Thiruvallikeni station and walked down the narrow streets to reach the temple. Later I was told to avoid that route and go to Chepauk station instead. This is also an ancient temple and the glimpse of the Lord made my day. One more lucky incident was I bumped into an old friend of mine inside the temple who was settled in the US and happened to visit India on a vacation. We had the prasadam at the temple and I bid farewell to him.
Parthasarathy temple, Triplicane Parthasarathy temple, Triplicane
Next plan was to visit the Guindy national park with another friend. The park is one of the smallest national parks and very few parks to be located within any city limits. Though there is nothing much to boast about the park, it had all the ingredients to attract the weekend crowd. We could see all family people who wanted to educate their kids with the wildlife in India and a few photographers could be seen as well. We saw a lot of caged animals and a few birds as well. Then we decided to
go to IIT Madras campus for a walk. The walk did a lot good to us as we happened to see deer crossing the road which looked beautiful. The campus built inside a forest area and is worth visiting.
While going back, we saw the Santhome Church on the way which is another attraction in Chennai.
Guindy National Park Guindy National Park Guindy National Park Guindy National Park Guindy National Park Guindy National Park Guindy National Park Guindy National Park Guindy National Park IIT Madras IIT Madras
So that also marked an end to my stay in Chennai as well as I got posted to my native place Bangalore.
To read Part-1, Click Here

View Larger Map


  1. Sunrise at Thiruvanmiyur beach is excellent. I stay nearby. But have not had a chance to see it.

  2. Thanks! Please do catch the sunrise whenever you get a chance. Its magical..

  3. lovely description of places around Chennai.

  4. Arun kindly put up an icon or gravatar on Indiblogger on your profile, most of them will miss out on your post.

  5. @TeamGSquare: Thanks for the comments
    @Deguide: Thanks a lot for the valuable suggestion. I have put up gravatar on Indiblogger.

  6. This post is really nice and informative. The explanation given is really comprehensive and informative..

    Packers and Movers thiruvanmiyur


Post a comment

Popular posts from this blog

The forgotten story of a migration: Nacharamma of South India

This is a story of Nacharamma (fictionised by me to some extent), which is not documented in any inscriptions or ancient texts, but has been told by the ancestors of the community, and also been researched by some historians like M Keshavaiah, Dr Pranarthiharan and a few others.

Overview: Around the early 17th century, the Pilgrims set to sail across the Atlantic to become the first settlers of America. Much before this, a small but no less interesting migration took place in the Southern India of a community called the 'Sankethis'.
It was the summer of 1420 CE, in a place called Sengottai, in Tamil Nadu, along the foothills of the Western Ghats bordering Kerala. The place was flourishing with knowledge of the Vedas where Agraharams were set up. One of the prominent communities of learned people was the Sankethi Iyer community, also known as Sangeethi, derived from the name of the place- Sengottai or Shankotta. Another theory says that they were  The group followed Adi Shankara…

Clock Towers of Bangalore

Overview: In the middle of the 18th century, when home clocks and watches were not so common, there was the practice of having huge clocks on top of iconic buildings or religious places having visibility from all the corners. Clock towers were in fashion all across the globe in the 18th to 20th centuries, and some of them had bells as well, which used to ring at every hour. Bangalore too, has had its share of clock towers, though the city has never been known for its clock towers. The iconic Clock tower once stood at the Russell Market in Shivajinagar, which no longer stands today as it was brought down sometime during the middle of the 20th century.
A few standing clock towers can be seen at the City Market, Baldwin Boys school, Jayachamarajendra Polytechnic, Central College, Police training grounds, St John's Church, Corporation office and the newly constructed towers at South End circle and Omkar Hills. Most of these clocks have been provided by HMT.

Know your neighbourhood-3: Madivala, Agara, Koramangala, Bellandur

Overview: Now famous for high rises, branded showrooms and startups, the villages of Madivala, Agara, Koramangala and Domlur are the villages which have seen an ancient past.

Madivala village was a flourishing agrahara under the Cholas and Hoysalas. There is an ancient Chola era temple, which was later expanded by the Hoysalas behind the road opposite to the Silk Board. This Someshwara temple is of high historical importance, with Tamil inscriptions all along the outer walls of the temple. The most important being the 1247 CE inscription which talks about the grants of some lands near the big tank of Vengalur (2nd inscription of the city name after the one in Begur). This inscription is by an official Pemmataiyar of Veppur (Begur) for the deity Sembeshwaram (Someshwara) at Tamaraikkirai (Tavarekere).

Agara is situated at the junction of the ORR and Sarjapura Road, and is in existance since the Gangas. A 870 CE Ganga inscription mentions about the fixing of sluices to 2 tanks (Agara Lake…