Sivan Park is a nice little park in KK Nagar, Chennai that has a surprisingly strong green cover. Google Maps (Location). Nizhal is an organization that works for increasing awareness about the need to preserve and grow trees/plants (especially in urban areas). With support from active volunteers, they execute direct planting initiatives and do much more to promote tree culture and regenerate bio-diversity in our urban centers. Continue reading
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The Armenian Church is located in the Armenian Street in George Town, North Chennai (formerly Madras), India. Think about this – There is no British street, American street or German street. But, there is an Armenian Street in Chennai! That is something, huh? BTW, if you are not sure where the country called Armenia is – Look at the above embedded Google Maps – It’s East to Turkey, North to Iran, Adjacent to Azerbaijan(??). Imagine coming all the way from there to India by walk – That’s what these adventurous/travel-loving people have been doing (from) 2000 years ago! Continue reading
I happened to go to the Jane Jacobs Heritage walk today that involved us covering a few famous buildings & monuments in North Chennai, India. This walk was organized by Urban Design Collective. Actually, I was born and brought up here and lived in this part of the city, during the first five years of my life. Thereupon, since our grandmother’s house was close to Broadway (Metro station), we used to visit this place quite frequently. I still remember the cycle-rickshaws we hired, back then. I was surprised to see a couple of them even now!! Continue reading
No, the above shown crocodile is not trying to intimidate me! I think it’s sleeping with its mouth open. I have seen crocodiles in this pose, even at the Guindy snake park. Anyway, today let us learn more about crocodiles and a few other reptiles that are kept at the Madras Crocodile Bank (Crocodile park) @ ECR (probably 10 KM before Mahabalipuram). Continue reading
As you know, the East Coast Road (ECR) is the entertainment highway of Chennai and there is even boating available on that road! The Muttukadu boat house is established and being maintained by the TamilNadu Tourism Development Corporation. This spot is located around 30 KM from Chennai (On the ECR) and it is located in between MGM Dizzee World/Dakshinachitra & Kovalam beach. After you cross MGM keep looking for a large over-bridge that crosses this backwaters. On your right, you’ll be able to see the boat house. Continue reading
I was aware of the Kovalam beach earlier, but I was undecided on whether to visit it or not. I mean, there is not exactly a scarcity of beaches in Chennai, and that too on the East Coast Road (ECR). I went anyway just to check why this beach had become so popular. I found that this beach is indeed different from all the other beaches in Chennai!
Mahabalipuram (or Mamallapuram) is a very popular tourist destination in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is situated around 40 KM from Chennai, on the East Coast Road (ECR). You can also reach it via OMR (Old Mahabalipuram Road) as well, but the ECR is preferred as it is the entertainment highway of Chennai and the road runs parallel/close to the sea. If you leave your windows open, you might even get some sea breeze, as you travel!
Mahabalipuram is famous for its rock-sculptures and other historical monuments. Most of the monuments here were constructed during the 7th/8th Century CE during the Pallava period. Considering its historical importance, the monuments here have (collectively) been designated as UNESCO world heritage site. Continue reading
Contrary to its name, the Rayar Gopuram doesn’t have a Gopuram! The large structure to support the Gopuram is there, but the Gopuram was never constructed. But the structure constructed to host the Gopuram itself is majestic. Just imagine, had the Gopuram been constructed, it would stood tall and gigantic! It would have become the star of Mahabalipuram/Mamallapuram!! Perhaps our Government could take it up and complete it? Continue reading
Well, this is not exactly Krishna’s ‘butter ball’, but that’s how they call it. I remember visiting this monument when I was very young and someone said to me in Telugu, ‘Look at the Venna Muddha’, meaning almost the same, and I was fascinated. I asked them ‘Doesn’t that rock-ball fall down?’ They told me that the rock-ball has been standing like this for many centuries!! Continue reading