Chennai is one of the major tourist destinations in South India and one of the best to explore in Tamil Nadu. The place has many ancient and historical tourist attractions, as well and modern ones that cater to the youth and the younger generation.
When many attractions are popular and known to the world like the Marina beach, some of them are off the beaten track and need to be explored. Let us get to know some of these attractions in Chennai.
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If you're looking for a place away from the crowd, yet interesting, head to the Theosophical Society which is spread across 250 hectares of land, and is a rich source of flora and fauna. The Theosophical Society, also known as the Theosophical Society Adyar, is one of the offbeat tourist attractions of the city. The garden of the place known as the Huddleston Gardens is a visual treat for bird lovers. You can see many migratory birds, fruit bats, wild cats, snakes, etc.
The aims of the society include forming a harmony among humanity irrespective of caste, creed or sex, to encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science, and to explore the nature and its unexplained laws.
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Kalkshetra is an institution that promotes all artistic forms of Indian art and culture like music and dance, especially Bharatnatyam and Gandharva Veda music. The structure houses the college of fine arts, a craft education and research centre, and a theatre. Located in Besant Nagar, this is one of the unique places to visit in Chennai.
Spread across 100 acres of land, you can take a tour of this attraction and see how fabric is handwoven, how the sarees are being coloured, etc. The saree-making here follow the Kanchipuram saree weaving tradition, and thus involved 15 steps in weaving a saree. The dyes used for the fabric are from natural gum, resins and bark.
Little Mount Church
Located on a hillock on the banks of the river Adyar in Chennai, the Little Mount Church is one attraction that you shouldn't miss. Dedicated to St, Thomas who was an apostle of Jesus, this church is said to have been visited by the saint, where he had reached in his trip to the place. Two attractions of the church are the cave and the spring. The spring is believed to be where the saint struck his rod when some thirsty devotees came to him. The cave is said to be where the apostle used for his prayers and meditations.
Take a trip to these offbeat tourist attractions of Chennai and explore the unknown marvels of the city!