Category: Sightseeing

Dakshinachitra

Dakshinachitra (35 Kms) True to its tradition of preserving its rich cultural heritage, Tamil Nadu can boast of an Art Village. It is otherwise called DakshinaChitra. Situated near Muttukkadu on the way to Mamallapuram it was founded by the Madras Craft Foundation. Dakshina Chitra has models of traditional handlooms and the replicas of the kinds of houses of the four south Indian states. Kancheepuram silk weavers and other craftsmen and the weavers work here demonstrating their skill and dexterity in their specialities. To the joy of the visitors, the weavers, potters and the other craftsmen give live demonstrations of their crafts and art. The centre showcases the heritage of the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Website: http://dakshinachitra.net/
Follow us: https://www.facebook.com/pages/DakshinaChitra-Chennai-Muttukadu/195633147164001

Madras Crocodile Bank, Chennai

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, founded in 1976 by Romulus Whitaker and few other like minded people is a public Trust managed by a Board of Trustees. The CrocBank is located 40 km south of Chennai city on 3.2 hectares along India’s east coast road with the Bay of Bengal as a backdrop. The high aquifer on the sandy coast provides sufficient water supply and the proximity to the major ancient temple complex and tourist destination at Mahabalipuram ensures annual visitation. The Bank was initially established for the conservation and study of Indias three endangered crocodilians: the mugger, Crocodylus paluster , the gharial, Gavialis gangeticus , and the saltwater crocodile, Crocodylus porosus.

Starting with 30 mugger adults, the Bank has bred over 5000 and now holds over 2400 crocodilians of 14 different species. By 1987 the CrocBank developed a much broader focus, and became the Center for Herpetology, Indias premier institution for herpetofaunal conservation, research and education. Currently besides crocodilians, the Bank maintains 12 endangered species of turtles and tortoises, five species of snakes, including the King Cobra, Ophiophagus hannah , water monitor lizards, Varanus salvator salvator , two species of pythons and albino cobras. Housed in enclosures very similar to their natural habitat visitors can get a close view of how these reptiles live in the wild.

Over the years, the CrocBank has supplied zoos with crocodiles, crocodile eggs, snakes, water monitor lizards, iguanas for breeding programs and for exhibits. In doing so, it has helped ensure that populations in the wild are not utilized for this purpose and remain unaffected. Surplus reptiles at the CrocBank are available for transfer and exchange.

Visitors to the CrocBank include school and college groups, local and foreign tourists, besides amateur and professional herpetologists from within India and overseas. Apart from the entertainment value, the signboards and other visual aids sensitize people to the importance of reptiles in their ecosystems. School and college groups receive special talks and demonstrations including the chance to cuddle a baby crocodile or our amiable pythons.

Plan your visit
The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology is one of the largest reptile zoos in the world. It is spread over eight and a half acres of land and is home to over 2500 reptiles. We give you an opportunity to have an interactive experience with the various denizens at the zoo. Apart from our guided tours we have a wide variety of other activities for all ages that are both informative and fun.

For outdoor nature enthusiasts, the spacious Croc Bank grounds are covered by luxuriant coastal dune forest and provide a haven for native wildlife, including large breeding colonies of water birds and a secure nesting beach for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles.

CONTACT US 
Madras Crocodile Bank Trust
Centre for Herpetology, Post Bag No 4, Mamallapuram-603 104, Tamil Nadu, S. India.
Ph: +91-044-27472447, Fax: +91-044-27472958

For more information please visit: http://www.madrascrocodilebank.org/

Followus: https://www.facebook.com/croc.bank

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Muttukadu Boating

A wonderful picnic spot. The effect caused by the rocking bridge over backwaters is stunning and exciting. It’s a out of the world for people who are connoisseurs of sea food..Its about 30 Kms from Chennai on East Coast road which leads to Mammalapuram. The other picnic spots in near proximity are VGP Golden beach, MGM Dizzy World and Mayajaal, Dakshina Chitra.

muttukadu

Kovalam, Muttukadu East Coast Road, Chennai.
Phone : +(91) – 9952995827

The Marina Lighthouse Is Open For Viewing; And It Will Also Be Part Of A New Weather Warning System

SCALING HEIGHTS
A VIEW FROM THE TOP

The Marina Lighthouse Is Open For Viewing; And It Will Also Be Part Of A New Weather Warning System
Friday, 15 November, 2013

What can a child get for 5? The paltry sum may not be enough for a square meal, but it can help kids in the city get a panoramic view of Namma Chennai from 46 metres above the ground — atop the lighthouse on the Marina.

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While entry on Thursday, when the lighthouse was thrown open to the general public after 22 years, was free, children will henceforth be charged 5 and adults 10.

The lighthouse was closed for visitors in 1991 after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. This robbed city residents and tourists the high of experiencing the scenic beauty of the Marina from atop the structure.

Many are happy they have been restored the right to climb up the lighthouse. “This view is a catharsis,” exclaimed Hamsa Nandhini, a 22-year-old software professional who works for an IT major near Tambaram. She had to battle the rush-hour crowd in a suburban train when she left home for the Marina.

“I waited for this moment after I came to know the light house would be thrown open to public. But it was worth the trouble,” she said.

Each of the others, jostling for space atop the tower, had a different view of their first sight from the top. “I’ve been to the Marina a couple of times, but I’ve never observed its pristine and simplistic beauty like this,” beamed Aniruddh, 25, who works in a call centre in Thoraipakkam. “At 46 metres above the ground, you realise how small we really are when seen from the top,” he said.

For the scores of children assembled atop the tower, the primary emotion was unalloyed joy. “I’ll tell my English teacher I went to the lighthouse on the first day!” said Murali V, a class 2 student of a city school. Further down the corridor, starry-eyed boys and girls took turns to peep out of the iron grille. Their jaws broadened, and the smile came back on their faces with a gasp. Some were amazed, many looked surprised. Almost all of them seemed pleased.

Marina-Lighthouse

SHINING BRIGHT: The lighthouse on Marina Beach was opened to the public after more then two decades. Children thronged the structure on Thursday evening (left); people are allowed to climb the tower in batches of 30

Source / Courtesy: Manish Raj | TNN | Times of India

 

Tourist Places in / Nearby OMR (Old Mahabalipuram Road), Chennai

Dakshinachitra
Dakshinachitra (35 Kms) True to its tradition of preserving its rich cultural heritage, Tamil Nadu can boast of an Art Village. It is otherwise called DakshinaChitra. Situated near Muttukkadu on the way to Mamallapuram it was founded by the Madras Craft Foundation. Dakshina Chitra has models of traditional handlooms and the replicas of the kinds of houses of the four south Indian states. Kancheepuram silk weavers and other craftsmen and the weavers work here demonstrating their skill and dexterity in their specialities. To the joy of the visitors, the weavers, potters and the other craftsmen give live demonstrations of their crafts and art. The centre showcases the heritage of the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Website: http://dakshinachitra.net/
Follow us: https://www.facebook.com/pages/DakshinaChitra-Chennai-Muttukadu/195633147164001

Dolphin City

An exciting amusement place with sea-lion show and other attractions. Its on East Coast road.

Madras Crocodile Bank
The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology is one of the largest reptile zoos in the world and one of the oldest non government environmental organizations in Asia. Our primary aim is to promote the conservation of reptiles and amphibians on the Indian subcontinent, but our inference is multidisciplinary and extends worldwide.
Address: Post Bag No 4, Mamallapuram-603 104, Tamil Nadu, S. India
Tel: +91-44 27472447
Email: mcbtindia@gmail.com

Regular Hours: 08:30hrs – 17:30hrs
Weekly Holiday: Monday
Gate Fee: Adults: INR 35, Children<10 yrs: INR 10
Other Fee: Camcorder: INR 100, Still Camera: INR 20

Website: http://www.madrascrocodilebank.org
Follow us: https://www.facebook.com/croc.bank

Muttukadu Boating

A wonderful picnic spot. The effect caused by the rocking bridge over backwaters is stunning and exciting. It’s a out of the world for people who are connoisseurs of sea food..Its about 30 Kms from Chennai on East Coast road which leads to Mammalapuram. The other picnic spots in near proximity are VGP Golden beach, MGM Dizzy World and Mayajaal, Dakshina Chitra.
Address: Kovalam, Muttukadu East Coast Road, Chennai.
Phone : +(91) – 9952995827

Marina lighthouse to become heritage centre:

Chennai: As many as 13 light houses across the country, four of them in Tamil Nadu, are set to become heritage centres that will portray the maritime history of India. The project, the first of its kind, is the initiative of the Directorate of Lighthouses and Lightships, and envisages turning lighthouses into major tourist centres with spas, cottages and hotels.

Ancient light houses in Chennai, Mamallapuram, Muttam near Kanyakumari and Rameswaram are to be renovated in the first phase. “The proposed National Maritime Heritage Museum at Mamallapuram will showcase centuries-old vessels used in the Indian sub-continent. As maritime history and the ocean always excite the common man, we are trying to portray the life of mariners and vessels in these museums, near the lighthouse in Mamallapuram,” said K K Braroo, deputy director general of lighthouses and lightships.

“In Chennai, the proposed museum depicting maritime history will be showcased inside the lighthouse, which attracts hundreds of tourists visiting the Marina. The project, to be executed in the privatepublic partnership mode, is expecting to be allocated Rs 300 crores across the country, of which Rs 100 crore will be spent in Tamil Nadu,” he said.

The ministry is also planning light and sound shows on maritime history. “Besides the remains of ancient ships, visitors can see ancient navigation aids, the differences in sea routes and communication codes used by ancient mariners when there were no radiosatellite technologies,” said J S Chauhan, deputy director general of the Mumbai region.

The shipping ministry’s lighthouse services also handle lightships, which perform the same function in deep seas. “Lightships, kept in anchor in the outer seas, play a major role in directing vessel traffic from dangerous rocks and give critical navigational directions,” said Braroo.
According to him, India’s first lighthouse was established at Mamallapuram in the 8th century by the Pallavas. But the much-famous lighthouse built on the rock was established in 1900 and it is functional even today, though with some modifications.

Source: Times Of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Marina-light-house-to-become-heritage-centre/articleshow/7479828.cms

Marina lighthouse to become heritage centre

Gateway of the South

Chennai Central serves as a symbolic landmark for people in South India as this served as the main gateway for all people who travelled to South India during British times. Chennai Central has been greatly instrumental in earning Chennai the famous sobriquet “Gateway of the South

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