Fort St. George:
Fort St. George was built in 1640 AD under the direct supervision of Francis Day and Andrew Cogon. The fort was named after Saint George, the patron saint of England. The fort houses Saint Mary's Church and the fort museum. Saint Mary's Church is believed to be the oldest Anglican Church and the tombstones in its courtyard are the oldest British tombstones in India.
Mamallapuram is an unspoiled seaside village on the Bay of Bengal which has miles of beaches, offering fine seafood, exceptional art, and meticulously carved stone temples. In Mamallapuram the Five Rathas, the Shore Temple, and Arjuna's Penance are impressive works of Pallavan architecture. The Five Rathas are full-size models of different styles of temples known to Dravidian builders of the seventh century A.D. Each wall is cut from a monolithic rock which depicts images from the Hindu mythology. Its beach site has proved to be lucky for the stone temple and has survived the sea's wrath for twelve centuries, outlasting other synchronous temples along the shore. The carved scene depicts Arjuna, a mythical Indian hero, doing penance to the Lord Shiva.
St. Andrew's Church:
Completed in 1821 in a classical style this church has an impressive blue dome decorated with gold stars. You can get excellent views from the top.
Dedicated to Our lady of Light and built by Portuguese sailors, this 16th century church is one of the oldest churches of Chennai.
This Museum is worth a visit. The main building consists of fine archaeological section representing all the major South Indian periods including Chola, Vijaynagara, Hoysala and Chalukya. The bronze gallery has a superb collection of Chola Art. Also there’s the National Art Gallery located in the same compound.
The famous Marina Beach is considered to be the pride of Chennai since it’s the second longest beach in the world stretching 4.5 kms (2.5 miles) and has a wide sandy foreshore. One can take a walk alongside the cool Marina in the evening and enjoy eating crispy sundal and murukku. There’s an aquarium also located on the Marina Beach. Watching the sunset and sunrise from the beach is one of a kind experience.
Shri Parathasarathy Temple:
The Sri Parathasarthy Temple is located at the Triplicane High Road. This temple is devoted to Lord Krishna and was built in the eighth Century by the Pallava King. It is one of the oldest surviving temples in Chennai.
The Kapaleswara temple signifies Lord Shiva and is believed to exist for more than 350 years. It is considered to be one of the most sacred sites in Southern Part of India. The temple displays the architectural elements of gopurams and mandapams.