February 22, 2011

St. Mary Co-Cathedral - George Town, Chennai, South India

Chennai, the erstwhile Madras, which was founded by British and located in South India, is full of travel sites. However, most of the travel sites in Chennai city are religious sites. Although many of the religious sites belong to Hindus, there are many churches which are historically important as well as ancient, located in Chennai city.

St. Mary Co-Cathedral located at Armenian street in George Town area of Chennai is one of the most popular and important churches of Chennai. It was built in 1658 and was rebuilt in 1692. The church was damaged during the French occupation of Madras, and was again rebuilt in 1775 on a modest scale. At last, the church was enlarged in 1785.

This famous Catholic church of Chennai has a lot of attractive paintings and statues of Jesus Christ, Mother Mary, and apostles of Jesus Christ. Devotion to St. Anthony is very popular in this church. The main prayer hall of the church has decorative pillars and attractive ceiling with the idol of Mother Mary in the corner.

Armenian Street is very near to Central Railway station or Beach Railway station. The nearest landmark is Parrys corner. You can get buses to this place from almost all other locations of Chennai city. The place is easily reachable by train, bus, or own transportation.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: St. Mary Co-Cathedral
Site Type: Church
Location:  George Town Area, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: 17th century Catholic ChurNearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road, train, and flight
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city

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February 19, 2011

Namakkal Narasimha Temple - 8th Century Rock-cut temple

Namakkal, an ancient town, located near Salem city of South India, has the splendid 8th century rock cut temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha, the Lion God and the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

If you go to Namakkal Narasimha temple, you will find it difficult to believe that it was built around 1300 years back. It's difficult to imagine how the king Mahendravarma Pallava could have built this temple full of beautiful life size sculptures carved out of rocks in the period when the science and technology were not so improved. Similar to other rock cut temples, Namakkal Narasimha temple can also be considered as one of the master pieces by Pallava kings.

The rock cut temple of Narasimha is located on the hill named Namagiri. The main shrine has the sculpture carved out of rock. The main sculpture is the gigantic image of Lord Narasimha with four hands. The rock cut idol is really magnificent and look real. You can even find the nails of the Lord as slightly in the red color.

Just by looking at this magnificent image of Narasimha in the main shrine, you would be satisfied. However, the king who built this rock cut temple was not merely satisfied with this idol. There are more number of beautiful sculptured carved out of rock in the main shrine itself. Vishnu is found on the serpent Adi Sesha surrounded by Lakshmi and other Devas. This sculpture looks extraordinarily beautiful. There is a splendid sculpture of Narasimha killing the demon Hiranya, which looks real. Ulagalanda Perumal aka Tri Vikrama raising his leg towards the sky and the scenes depicting the legend of Vamana Avatar are sculptural gifts. There is also another wonderful sculpture of Varaha carrying Bhoo Devi. All these images are lively and too good. You can spend hours and hours in front of them wondering the intricate carvings.

The entire temple is architecturally beautiful with a lot of mandaps (halls) and sculptures. Apart from the main shrine having the rock cut sculptures, there is another rock cut mandap (shrine) housing the big idol of Lord Vishnu with Lakshmi on his lap. The goddess of the temple Namagiri Thayar is present in a separate shrine. Namagiri Thayar's idol is in the sitting posture and looks extremely beautiful. Namagiri Thayar has been very popular for many centuries. In fact, she has more devotees than Narasimha.

This artistically beautiful temple also has the shrines of Lord Krishna with Rukmini and Satyabhama, Ram with Sita and Lakshman, Nammalvar and Udayavar. There is a small shrine for Garud facing Narasimha.

Happy travelling.



Fast Facts:
Site Name: Namakkal Narasimha Temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Highlight: 8th century rock-cut temple; Life-size sculptures carved out of rock; One of the popular temples of Lord Narasimha
Location: 50 kms from Salem city, Tamil Nadu state, India; around 370 kms from Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Nearest Railway Station: Salem
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Salem
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Salem; 
Restaurants: Only few good restaurants are available in Namakkal; You need to travel either to Salem or Erode for good restaurants

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Namakkal Hanuman Temple - 18 feet tall idol

Namakkal is an ancient city located near Salem city in South India. The small town has the beautiful rock cut temples of Pallava period (8th century AD) dedicated for Ranganath and Narsimha. However, the most famous temple of Namakka is Hanuman temple.

Even though it is claimed that Hanuman temple is as old as the 8th century rock cut temple of Narasimha, it appears to have been built in the later period. Till one or two decades back, the Hanuman temple didn't have roof. The eighteen feet tall gigantic idol of Hanuman in the temple, which became world famous mainly due to its height, was standing without any roof. It was only during recent time, the roof was constructed for this temple. The Hanuman idol is facing Lord Narasimha. It is said that from the holes behind the shrine of Garuda in Narasimha temple, one can see the Hanuman idol.

Hanuman temple doesn't have any other shrines or idols. The magnificent image of Hanuman is good enough to attract thousands of devotees.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:

Site Name: Namakkal Hanuman Temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Highlight: 18 feet tall Hanuman idol; one of the most popular temples of Hanuman
Location: 50 kms from Salem city, Tamil Nadu state, India; around 370 kms from Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Nearest Railway Station: Salem
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Salem
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Salem; 
Restaurants: Only few good restaurants are available in Namakkal; You need to travel either to Salem or Erode for good restaurants

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Namakkal - A wonderful city

Namakkal - is this an historical city? I find a big fort on the hill.

Nope! Namakkal must be a city with architectural marvel. It has cave temples with splendid sculptures.

Not exactly! It's a religious city. Namakkal Hanuman is powerful.

What kind of city is Namakkal? It's a religious city with rich historical and cultural background having artistically beautiful cave temples. If you happen to go to the cave temples of Namakkal, you won't believe that these temples are around 1500 years old. We should be ashamed as we are not competent enough today to construct such artistically beautiful cave temples. It is beyond our imagination to know how these temples were constructed in the hill in those days when the science and technology were not improved.

Namakkal, which was called as Namagiri in olden days, has four important temples. Hanuman temple even though is very small and didn't have roof one decade back is the most popular temple in Namakkal. People call this temple as Namakkal Hanuman temple and most of the devotees to Namakkal are mainly the visitors of Hanuman temple. Although the Hanuman temple has become very popular today, the original landmark of Namakkal is the 1500 years old cave temple of Narasimha and Namagiri Thayar. There is also another cave temple for Ranganath. Both the temples have a lot of intrinsically carved idols. Even if you don't believe in God, you should visit these temples to merely enjoy the artistic beauty of these temples.

One unfortunate thing that I have noticed in Namakkal is that the local people of Namakkal are not knowledgeable enough to provide details about Ranganath temple or even the famous Narasimha temple. If you ask them for direction, most of them would direct you only to Hanuman temple. Few people know about Narasimha temple. Unfortunately, even the shop keepers near the Ranganath cave temple are not aware of this temple. The temple is also kept open for a short duration. No wonder why noone knows about the hilltop Varadar temple.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Namakkal
Site Type: A city in Tamil Nadu state of India
Highlight: 1500 years old rock-cut temples
Location: 50 kms from Salem city, Tamil Nadu state, India; around 364 kms from Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Nearest Railway Station: Salem
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Salem
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Salem; Only few options are available within Namakkal
Restaurants: Only few good restaurants are available in Namakkal; You need to travel either to Salem or Erode for good restaurants

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February 17, 2011

Tiruchengode Kailasanathar Temple

Tiruchengode is an ancient town located near Salem city of Tamil Nadu, South India. The most famous temple of Triuchengode is the temple of Ardhanareeswarar, where the God is present in the form of half-man and half-woman. The second most popular temple of Tiruchengode is Kailasanathar temple which is located at the center of the city. The former temple is located at the top of the hill whereas the later one is located at the bottom of the hill.


Kailasanathar temple of Tiruchengode is a huge temple with gigantic tower and magnificent walls. The main deity of the temple is Kailasanathar which is present in the form of a Shiv Linga in the main shrine. There is a separate shrine for the Goddess of the temple, Sugunda Kundalambigal. There is another shrine which is very important in this temple, dedicated to Lord Muruga. Apart from that, this temple also houses the usual idols such as Ganesha, Muruga with Valli and Devasena, Nandi in front of main shrine, etc. similar to any other typical Shiva temples of South India.

There is a huge Nandi statue in white stone which can be considered as the highlight of the temple.

Happy travelling.


Fast Facts:

Site Name: Kailasanathar Temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location: 20 kms from Erode; 55 kms from Salem city, Tamil Nadu state, India; around 370 kms from Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Salem
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Salem/Erode
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Salem; Many resorts and hotels are available in Yercaud
Restaurants: Only few good restaurants are available in Tiruchengoe; You need to travel either to Salem or Erode for good restaurants

February 16, 2011

Tiruchengode Ardhanareeswarar Temple

God is portrayed as male in some religions. God is portrayed as female in some other religions. There are religions who worship nature as the God. According to some religions, the God has no shape and name. As per Hinduism, God doesn't have shape, God has shape, God is in the form of self, animal, bird, male and female. To explain this, I might have to write hundreds of blog posts. Keeping that aside, there is a temple in South India where God is portrayed as half-man and half-woman. That rare temple is located in a place called Tiruchengode (Thiruchengodu) in Tamil Nadu state of South India.


Lord Shiva is one of the main Gods of Hinduism. Ardhanareeswar, one of 64 manifestations of Lord Shiva, has half-man and half-female to represent the unity of Shakti and Shiva. Even though Ardhanareeswara is a well known manifestation of Shiva, you cannot find a temple or shrine for Ardhanareeswara. As far as I know, the only temple dedicated for Ardhanareeswara in the form of half man and half woman is located only in Tiruchengode. (There are temples for Ardhanareeswara where the idol is in the form of Shiv Linga). Thus, Tiruchengode Ardhanareeswarar temple is considered as a rare temple.

Tiruchengode is a small town located near Erode. The hill top temple of Ardhanareeswarar is the famous temple of Tiruchengode. Tiruchengode is supposed to be very ancient city. You can find the reference of Tiruchengode in ancient Tamil literature such as 'Silappadikaram'. In those days, the city was named as 'Kodimada Chenkunrur'. The temple is located at a height of 1900 feet from the sea level. You can reach the temple either by motorable road or through 1200 steps. You can find various mandaps and small shrines if you use the steps to reach the temple atop hill. When you climb the steps you can also notice the images of snakes and five headed serpents carved on either side of the pathway. As per the legend, there was a deadly combat between Vayu, the Wind God, and Adi Sesha, the serpent couch of Lord Vishnu. Sesha was defeated and overthrown on this hill with bleeding wounds. As Sesha's blood fell on this hill, it got the name 'Chengodu' (Chen refers the red color in Tamil language). Due to its association with the serpent God Adi Sesha, the place is also called as Naga Giri.

Once you reach the hilltop, you can enjoy the sight of aerial view of Tiruchengode city before entering into the temple having the gigantic five tiered north facing tower. Even though the temple tower faces the north direction, the sanctum sanctorum of Ardhanareeswarare faces the western direction. Once you enter inside the temple, you will reach the 'Chengottu Velavar' shrine. Chengottu Velavar is the name of Murugan in this temple. Chengottu Velavar is as popular as Ardhanareeswarar. Arunagirinathar and others have sung hymns on Chengottu Velavar. Velavar carries swear (vel) on right hand and cock on his left hand. The image is very short hardly 31/2 feet high, but very attractive. This shrine is exactly located at the back side of the sanctum sanctorum.

In front of the shrine of Velavar, there is a mandap full of beautiful life size sculptures of various Gods, Goddesses, and saints such as Rathi, Manmada, Nandi in different posture, a king with three wives, Veerabhadra, and Kali. There is a small idol of Selva Vinayaka is also located in this mandap.

The sanctum sanctorum has the idol of Ardhanareeswarar made of 'Navapaashanam'. The right side of the idol is male and the left side is female. It's a combination of Shiva and Parvati. The great saints such as Manikavasagar and Sambandhar have sung on Ardhanareeswarar. Tiruchengode Ardhanareeswarar temple is one of 275 Padal Petra Sthalams (275 important temples of Lord Shiva). As per the legend, sage Bringi, a great devotee of Shiva avoided worshiping other deities including Parvati. Hence, the God appeared as half-Shiva and half-Parvati for Bringi. You can find the idol of Bringi saint with three legs in the main shrine. The highlight of the shrine is that you can find water always springing up perennial at the foot of Lord.

There is a separate shrine housing the processional (utsav/metal) idol of Ardhanareeswarar. The temple also houses other shrines and idols such as Mallikarjun, Sagasraling, Ilupai Viswanath and Visalakshi, Nataraj with Sivakami, Vinayak, Adi sesha, Sangameswar Vedanayaki, Bhairav, Surya, Arunagiri, Siddhi vinayak, Kumaresar, Navagraha, and Lingodbhava.

Adi Sesha shrine is also found which is rare to find in Shiva temple. There are more beautiful sculptures in the temple such as Nataraj and dancing Kali, Kuravan and Kurati, etc. There is a separate shrine for Adi Kesava (Vishnu). Kedara Gowri, Nallesar, Mukkodu Vinayakar, Nalvar, Chandikeswarar, 63 nayanmars, Kubera Lingam, Lakshmi, Nageswarar and various other Shiv Linga idols are also found in this sculpture-rich temple.

This temple was constructed and renovated by various kings including Cholas and Vijayanagara Kings.

A artistically beautiful temple with full of extraordinary sculptures located at top of the hill - A must visit.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:

Site Name: Ardhanareeswarar Temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Highlight: God is in the form of half-man and half-woman
Location: 20 kms from Erode; 55 kms from Salem city, Tamil Nadu state, India; around 370 kms from Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Salem
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Salem/Erode
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Salem; Many resorts and hotels are available in Yercaud
Restaurants: Only few good restaurants are available in Tiruchengoe; You need to travel either to Salem or Erode for good restaurants

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February 15, 2011

Yercaud - one of the cheapest hill stations of India

Why people call Yercaud as poor man's Ooty? May be, it is because it's less expensive hill station. For me, it makes more sense to call it as smart man's Ooty, as Yercaud is much calm, serene, less crowded, and rich in natural beauties.

Yercaud, which can be reached after passing through around 20 hairpen bends at about one hour drive from Salem city in South India, is definitely one of the cheapest hill station destinations in India. It is located at Shevaroy hills in Eastern Ghats mountain range. There are not many places to roam around in Yercaud. If you just want to stay calm, enjoy the nature, and do not want to roam around much, Yercaud is definitely the best choice for you.

What to see in Yercaud?

Rose Garden:

If you visit Yercaud during the season, you will find enormous amount of roses in different color in Rose Garden. Even thought Rose Garden in Yercaud is not as big and attractive as Ooty Rose Garden, it has its own charm. You can find well maintained nursery and garden, different kinds of plants and trees, and ornamental plants as well. If you keep walking towards the end of Rose Garden, you will reach Children's Seat. Children's Seat is a small view point from where you can watch the beauty of Yercaud.

View Points:

Similar to any other hill stations in India, Yercaud also has a lot of view points from where you can view the beauty of hill station and surroundings. Lady's Seat view point is the most popular view point in Yercaud. There is a telescope to view the distant mountain ranges. However, the telescope is not so good - not maintained properly.

Gent's Seat view point and Children's Seat view point are located very near to Lady's Seat view point. Obviously, you will not get a different views from these two view points.

Annamalaiyar Temple will give you a better view from a higher altitude. This view point is located near the small beautiful temple of Annamalai (Shiva). The temple is generally closed. You can go to this place only if you want to get a better view of Shevaroy hills.

There is another view point in a small village named Mancha Kuttai, which is not often visited by tourists. To get a view of Shevaroy hills from a different angle, you can go to this place.

The best view point is Pakoda Point, where the arrangements are better. Also, the place itself is a scenery. A small beautiful temple of Rama and Sita is located here. Hanuman is also found opposite to the temple. It's rare to find Rama without Lakshmana. Even Rama doesn't hold his usual weapons in this temple. Near this temple, you can find few Pyramid like rocks. Due to these rocks, this place is named as Pakoda Point.

Mont Ford School:

Mont Ford School is one of the famous and reputed schools not only in Yercaud, but even in the entire Tamil Nadu state. Mont Ford school is one of tourist destinations in Yercaud, due to its beautiful statues, class room buildings, plants and trees, colorful flowers, well maintained parks, and a handful of selected animals and birds.

Shevaroyan Temple:

Shevaroyan temple is the highest point in Yercaud. You can get an extremely better view of Shevaroy hills from this location. There is a cave temple dedicated to Shevaroy (Servarayan), the God worshiped by tribes. You can also find the idol of Kaveri in the cave temple. It's a good cave temple located in a pleasant site. This is a place which you should never miss to visit in Yercaud.

There is another temple in Yercaud - Raja Rajeswari temple. It's a small beautiful temple where you can find a rare idol of Rajeswari which is not found anywhere else. Rajeswari is the supreme mother goddess, who is found sitting on Sada Shiva, and other Gods and Goddesses such as Rudra, Ishwar, Vishnu, Brahma, Saraswati, and Lakshmi surrounding her.

Lakes and Parks:

Lakes are the main attractions in Yercaud. There are two lakes - Big Lake and Small Lake. Small Lake is just for viewing purpose. However, in Big Lake you can even go for boating.

There are two parks located near Big Lake. Anna Park is a typical park of hill station with a lot of colorful flowers and few ornamental plants. Deer park is a small well maintained park where you can find few deer.

Summary:

Overall, if you want to spend your weekend leisurely, Yercaud is one of the best places in Tamil Nadu state of India.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:


Site Name: Yercaud
Site Type: Hill station
Location: 30 kms from Salem city, Tamil Nadu state, India; around 350 kms from Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Salem
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Salem
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Salem; Many resorts and hotels are available in Yercaud
Restaurants: Only few good restaurants are available in Yercaud; Most of the good restaurants are situated within the hotels/resorts/cottages



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February 14, 2011

The Heritage Buildings of NSC Bose Road - Chennai, South India

Chennai, one of the important South India cities, has a lot of historically important sites and ancient temples. The city which was formed by the Britishers has many heritage buildings of British period. The current Sowcarpet/Parry corner area was the first settlement of British in Chennai (the erstwhile Madras) city. Due to this reason, you can find a lot of important heritage sites in this area. Let me talk about few heritage sites located in NSC Bose Road of Parrys/Sowcarpet area.

The area is called as Parrys or Parrys corner due to Parry's building located at the intersection of NSC Bose Road and North Beach Road. Parry's building is one of the major landmarks of Chennai city for the past 250+ years. The building is the corporate headquarters of the EID Parry Company, which was named after Thomas Parry. He was the Welsh merchant who set up the EID Parry Company in 1787. Even today Parry's building is considered as one of the main land marks of the city and also the heritage building.


The long, open, level area, next to seaside or riverside, where people can walk is called as Esplanade. The Esplanades became popular during the British period. Chennai also had Esplanade. The boundary of Esplanade is a heritage symbol which stands near the Parry's building. It was built in 1773 AD.












The Madras High Court is one of the greatest landmarks of Chennai city. Even though Madras was renamed as Chennai, the High Court is still called as Madras High Court. The Madras High Court was built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture under the guidance of the famous architect Henry Irwin in the year of 1892 AD. The Madras High Court, along with the High Courts of Kolkata and Mumbai, are the only three High Courts in India which were started by the British. This is arguably the second largest judicial complex in the world. This is located at NSC Bose Road diagonally opposite to Parry's corner building.




Pachiappa's College is one of the important colleges in Chennai city. It is currently located at Poonamallee High Road. However, only few would know that this is one of the oldest educational institutions of Chennai city. It was the first Hindu educational institute in South India, which was not funded by the British. It was built in 1842 by the fund of the trust of Pachiappan Mudaliar. It gained the college status in 1889. Only Hindus were admitted in the institute till 1947. The original building of Pachiappan educational trust is located at NSC Bose Road in Sowcarpet area of Chennai. Today, this building merely has the Pachiappan school as the college moved to Poonamallee High Road.

The Madras Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) was started by David McConaughy during 1890s at NSC Bose Road in Chennai. It is one of the rare heritage buildings of Chennai city.









King George V of England joined as an ordinary cadet in the Royal Navy and later rose to the level of its Admiral. His coronation took place in 22nd June 1911. You can find the statue of King George, one of the important statues of British period, near Flower Bazaar Police Station.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Heritage buildings of NSC Bose Road
Site Type: Heritage Buildings
Location: Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: British heritage sites
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road, train, and flight
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city



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Central Railway Station - Chennai, South India

Chennai city, one of the important cities of India, is called as the Gateway to South India. The actual credit should go to Central Railway Station located in the Park Town area of Chennai city. The Central Railway Station is one of the oldest railway stations of South India, which has connections almost all over the country.

Central Railway Station was built in 1873 to decongest the Royapuram Railway Station. It was built in the Gothic Revival architectural style and was designed by Henry Irwin. The building of Central Railway Station is undoutedbly a landmark of the city. The structure of Central Railway station and the adjoining building of Southern Railway Headquarters are important heritage buildings of Chennai city, which belong to British period.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Central Railway Station
Site Type: Heritage Building
Location:  Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: British heritage building; one of the popular railway stations of India
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road, train, and flight
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city



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Ripon Building - Chennai, South India

Ripon Building is one of the important landmarks and heritage buildings of Chennai. It is located near Central Railway station on Poonamallee High Road in Chennai city. The Ripon Building can be considered as a fine example for Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.
The white colored massive building was built in 1913 during the British period. It houses the Corporation of Chennai city today. The building is named after Lord Ripon, the late Governor General of British India.


This gigantic building has a huge lawn in the front side. You can also find the statue of Lord Ripon in the lawn. Sir Thiyagaraya Chetty's statue is found right at the center in front of the Ripon building.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Ripon Building
Site Type: British heritage building
Location: Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: 20th century British architecture
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road, train, and flight
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city




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Victoria Public Hall - Chennai, South India

Chennai, the erstwhile Madras city, the gateway of South India, was founded by British and it remained as a powerful location of British government in South India. Due to these reasons, there are a lot of heritage sites belonging to British era are found in Chennai city. Even most of the current Government buildings such as Corporation, High Court, and General Post Office run in heritage buildings.

The Victoria Public Hall, which is also called as 'Town Hall', is one of the important heritage buildings of Chennai city which belongs to British period. The Victoria Public Hall was constructed in 1887 to commemorate the golden jubilee of the British Empress Queen Victoria. The building, designed by Robert Fellowes Chisholm has an Italianate tower capped by a Travancore-style roof. It served as a theatre and public assembly room in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

The Victoria Public Hall building, which is found near Moore Market, next to Central Railway Station, is in poor state today. Recently, the government has taken some steps to restore this great heritage building.

Happy travelling.


Fast Facts:
Site Name: Victoria Public Hall
Site Type: Heritage site
Location: Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: 19th century British heritage building
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road, train, and flight
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city



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