Tourist Place of Arulmigu Dhenupureeswarar Temple

MGM Dizzee World:

MGM Dizzee World, with many firsts' to its credit, is a name to reckon with in the entertainment sector. This venue was host to Jurong's Bird Show of Singapore to India in the year 1999; the very first hot air balloon ride in Chennai in 1998; and the first venue to organize pick ups and drops on a helicopter in the year 2000. Owing a lot to its high-energy entertainment, MGM is synonymous with some of the biggest names in the world of entertainment in the country. Promising the highest levels of quality, fun experiences and services, MGM Dizzee World ranks high on the popularity listings of tour operators and local revelers alike. Providing world class family fun and entertainment, the many attractions of this park have been handpicked from amongst the most exhilarating experiences from across the world. They are absolutely safe in nature and comply with international safety standards-in every manner possible. Along with much acclaimed rides, the venue also exhibits a mind blowing amphitheatre which hosts variety of events and special programs.Visit Duration:5 to 6 hours .

Viswaroopa Adhivyadhihara Sri Bhaktha Anjaneyaswami Temple:

Located on the outskirts of Chennai, the Viswaroopa Adhivyadhihara Sri Bhaktha Anjaneyaswami Temple, has a huge thirty two feet high black granite statue of Lord Anjaneyaswami right up in front. The main temple is flanked by two temples dedicated to Lord Rama and Lord Krishna. Clean, peaceful and serene, the temple offers Prasadam to the devotees throughout the day as well as feeding the poor for free. A visit to this place to experience the serenity and spirituality that this temple can offer will only enrich your mind and soul.Visit Duration:Around half an hour.

Chembarambakkam Lake:

Origin of the Adyar River, the Chembarambakkam Lake is also the major source of water for the people of Chennai. Home to the second largest Water Treatment Plant in the country, this huge rain fed lake is a popular tourist spot. A watch tower has been constructed at the edge of the lake to allow visitors to observe the lake and its denizens.Visit Duration:45 minutes to 1 hour.

Kolavizhi Amman Temple :

According to legend, a visit to the Kolavizhi Amman Temple is enough to rid a person of all his ailments and diseases. Dedicated to the Goddess Pattu Kolavizhi Amman (a form of the Divine Mother) the temple is located in Chennai. Visit Duration:30 minutes.

Railway Museum (ICF) :

Established in 2002, the Railway Museum at Chennai has become a very popular place of interest for locals and visitors alike. The museum has on display a large number of the steam locomotives or iron horse as they were once called, dating back to the British era along with vintage coaches from the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. An absolute treat for all locomotive lovers and train buffs, the museum covers the history of the railways in South India. With over forty locomotive models, some as old as a hundred years and built by the North British Locomotive Company on display at the museum grounds, the place has been made more enchanting for the children with a toy train that takes them around the campus. Inside the museum are rare photographs of the early days of the railways, a large number of related artifacts from the colonial times and working scale models of many different trains. The museum is definitely a place that any train lover must not miss.Visit Duration:1 to 2 hours.

Jagannathan Temple :

One of the more popular temples in Chennai, the Jagannathan Temple is dedicated to one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, that as Lord Jagannath. Following the same set up as the famous and original Lord Jagannath Temple at Puri, the idols of Balaram and Subhadra are placed on either side of Lord Jagannathan in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. Similarly, the chariot procession is also carried out during the festival of the Rath Yatra which is held every year in June-July. Visit Duration :15 to 30 minutes.

Atiranachanda Cave Temple :

With the town luring visitors with one incredible example of architectural wonder after another, Atiranachanda Mandapam, Mahabalipuram goes oft unnoticed. Packaged with remarkable aspects, this unique cave temple stands stoic in time in the midst of massive boulders. Here, you will find yourself walking up a flight of stairs that lead to the mandapam's forecourt. This rectangular shaped mandapam is divided into three parts -the first part being a the forecourt with a shivalingam placed in the open air. This portion of the temple is known for its rare sculpture of Nandi, the famous bull. Just where the stairs end and near Nandi's sculpture, you will find an impressive carving present on a boulder's surface-it depicts Goddess Mahishamardini killing the evil demon Mahishasura. Next in line is the artha mandapam or a beautiful verandah depicting beautiful inscriptions written in Devanagari and Pallava grantha. After visiting its many attractions, you proceed to the garbhagrihaor the sanctum sanctorum where you will come upon a rare dhara linga made of black, glistening stone. You will be impressed to see a relievo that depicts Lord Shiva as Somaskand on the wall behind the lingam. This imagery of Lord Shiva is flanked on either sides by Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu--the Supreme God's Trimurti avatar.Visit Duration:30 to 45 minutes

Mahishamardini cave :

Dating back to the 7th century, this incredibly beautiful and stunning monolithic cave temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga or Goddess Mahishamardini-the warrior avatar of Goddess Parvati that slayed Mahishasura, the demon who had the powers of transforming himself into a buffalo at will. If you plan to visit the Mahishamardini cave temple, Mahabalipuram then you will find yourself walking along a boulder strewn path that leads you up a rock cut flight of stairs, into the cave temple's four-pillared exquisite front. Dedicated to the might of Shiva, the cave's central shrine is visited by devotees across the year. The cells or chambers located to either of its side of are those dedicated to Goddess Mahishamardini and Lord Vishnu--in his unique reclining form. Mahishamardini's panel, situated on the right side, is of particular interest to tourists and worshippers. It depicts a ferocious scene where Durga, astride a lion, is fighting the demon Mahishasura. The legendary 9 days of one to one battle had seen the slaying of Mahishasura, who had been plaguing the Earth with his evil acts.Visit Duration:2 hour onwards.

Kapaleeshwar Temple :

There will always be disputes between mythology and facts; and the origin of the Kapaleeshwar Temple, Tamil Nadu is also locked in the same dispute. While mythology and legend dates the temples origin back to the 7th century, architectural facts point to a more recent date of around three to four hundred years back. Inscriptions inside the temple have been dated back to the 12th century. Irrespective of the origin, what makes the temple special is the amazing and beautiful architecture. Built in the Dravidian style, the temple gopuram stands 120 feet high. Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Karpagambal (Goddess of the wish yielding tree) a form taken by the Goddess Parvati, the temple is thronged by devotees especially during the festivals of Brahmotsavam, Arupathimoovar and the Panguni Peruvizha.Visit Duration:30 to 45 minutes.

Krishna's Butter Ball:

As you go about exploring Mahabalipuram¸ you will soon come upon a gigantic boulder that seems to be seemingly sliding off a steep slope. Instead of panicking or running away from the venue in the opposite direction, simply gaze upon the beauty of this amazing sightseeing attraction in the temple town. This massive boulder, fondly called Krishna's Butter Ball, is quite a marvel in itself -particularly because of its precarious position. In spite of all the external efforts being applied to this rock, it has not moved an inch from its position-this makes it all the more alluring. Since centuries in a row, it has been attracting a gaggle of tourists who have put in their best efforts to shift the rock off the cliff. It is believed that the Pallava rulers had attempted to drag away this granite boulder with ropes that were tied to the back of large elephants. Needless to say, this boulder refused to move even a millimeterVisit Duration:15 to 30 minutes.