Top 5 Lesser Known Places in Chennai
Chennai has many popular historical and other sightseeing spots in and around the city. There are still some more places which are worth visiting but least known due to less popularity and sometimes even due to lack of maintenance.
For least known place outside Chennai city, please read Top 5 Least Known Places Outside Chennai
In this post, let’s see some of the places in Chennai which are lesser known and least visited spots in the city.
Saluvankuppam Subrahmanya Temple
This is a place in ECR Road just before Mahabalipuram town entrance and adjacent to Tiger Caves monument. This temple is in fully destroyed state and it was unearthed by the Archaeology department of India in the year 2005. This shrine called by name Subrahmanya Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. This temple was believed to be constructed during Sangam period (300 BC) and it was renovated again by Pallava kings during 8th Century AD.
Adyar Theosophical Society
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The international headquarters of Theosophical Society is in Adyar amidst lush green forest that spread across 260 acres. This small forest lies exactly on the banks of Adayar River and it has the Elliot’s Beach extension at the back side. The forest and the River has rich flora and fauna which makes this place very special. The famous “Adyar Alamaram” which is a Banyan tree that is 450 years old is inside this place. The forest on the side of Adayar River has mangroves and has rich aquatic life. This place is also famous among the bird watchers in the city.
Adyar Broken Bridge, as the name suggests it is a half broken bridge once used by the fishermen to cross the Adyar River from Santhome Beach to Elliot’s Beach, just behind Theosophical Society. It was constructed in year 1967 and it was destroyed by the strong river currents in the year 1977. Though the bridge is broken, this place is very scenic and beautiful since it has river on one side and the Beach on the other side. It is one of the most famous cinema shooting spot in Chennai and it is most visited by youngsters and photographers. This place is also said to be one of the haunted place in Chennai. It is believed to be unsafe since it is deserted and there is no proper road to reach this place. The best time to visit this place is during sun rise.
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Adyar Poonga or Tholkappiar Park
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The Adyar Poonga or Tholkappiar Poonga is an ecological park maintained by Government of Tamil Nadu that covers around 358 acres in Adayar Estuary. The place has rich flora and fauna in which some are endangered and are in IUCN Red List. This place has combination water body and forest which makes it unique and most suited for birds and wild life. The park which is getting destroyed by pollution and city expansion is currently being restored by the Government in 2 phases. The Phase I of this project is now complete and it is open to public. The entry is allowed from Monday to Friday (9.30 am to 12.30pm) for School students and Teachers with an entry fee of Rs.5. Other public is allowed only on Tuesday and Thursday of every week. The maximum entry is only 20 persons per day for 2 hours to reduce the disturbance to the eco-sensitive region. You can either book an entry online here or in person.
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Chokhi Dhani is a Rajastani style village that spread over in 15 acres of land. This artificial village is constructed to experience the Rajastani culture and tradition in the form of a village with entertainment and other fun activities. The village is open all through the year from 04:00 PM to 10:00 PM with an entry fees of Rs.600 for adult and Rs.400 for kids (3-9 years). You get authentic Rajastani Vegetarian Dinner and other fun activities like Camel ride, Mehendi, dance shows, Rope balancing, etc here. Visit their site here to know more.