Visiting Places




Mamallapuram, situated on the shore of the bay of Bengal is an ancient sea-side town. The Pillava art at this place emphasizes robust earthly beauty, imbibed with life. The Pallavas have created many marvelous monuments sculptural panels, caves, monolithic rathas and sculptural temples. Mythological episodes, epic battles, demons, gods, animal, all vividly depicted on the  wall  sculptures   are breathtakingly  real   and   artistic. This fantasy was created and architected by the great chirpi Devadapperunthachan. These monumental splendors and the sunny beach attract tourists from all over the world.

Anna Zoological Park

The sprawling 1,265 acre Anna Zoological Park is the biggest in South Asia. It contains a superb collection of tropical mammals, birds and reptiles amongst others. 

Timings: week days 11 am to 7 pm. 
Sunday and Holidays 10 am to 8 pm.


Birla Planetarium 
Built in memory of B.M. Birla, the well known industrialist and visionary, the Planetarium is considered to be the most modern in the country. This modern planetarium is housed in a hemispherical theatre. It is located at Kottur near Anna University. 

Timings: 10.45 am - 1.45pm and 3.45 pm. Holiday Sunday. Ph: 24416751,24410025


Fort Museum 
It is at Fort St. George. Museum has 10 rooms displaying the documents of Indian History. The old uniforms, coins, padlocks, old prints and palanquins are displayed here. The banquet hall upstairs has a collection of paintings of the governors and officials of the British regime. 
Timings : Saturday to Thursday from 1000 to1700


Horticultural Gardens
Sprawling over an area of 22 acres, with rare trees, shrubs, flower beds and bonsais, this garden is situated at the heart of the city, near St. Georges Cathedral on Cathedral Road. Seeds, seedlings and plants are on sale. The annual flower show enthuses hordes of visitors.

Entry free. Timing : 8 a.m. to 12 noon & 1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Thursday holiday. 
Located : Cathedral Road, 
Chennai - 600 086. 
Tel : 28111758

Valluvar Kottam, yet another architectural marvel was built recently in memory of poet-saint Thiruvalluvar, who is believed to have lived 2000 years ago. The saint authored a didactic book of epic proportions called Thirukkural consisting of 1330 couplets under 133 headings. The memorial is shaped like a temple car with an auditorium to accommodate upto 4000 spectators. The temple car structure is carved in granite with intricate details using the Dravidian Architectural style. Each chapter of Thirukkural is chiselled in a bas-relief. The auditorium is said to be the largest of its kind in Asia.


IIT, Chennai

IIT Madras is one of the top technological institutes of India. The Institute was established with the technical assistance of Germany. Indian Institute of Technology Madras was formally inaugurated in 1959 by Prof. Humayun Kabir, Union Minister for Scientific Research and Cultural Affairs.

IIT Chennai is spread over a campus spanning 630 acres with nearly 460 faculty, 4500 students and 1250 administrative & supporting staff. IIT Madras has fifteen academic departments, nearly 100 laboratories, and a few advanced research centres in various disciplines of engineering and pure sciences.


Academic Courses offered by IIT Madras are:

B.Tech: IIT Madras offers 4-year B.Tech. Degree programs in Aerospace Engineering, Biotechnology Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Engineering Physics.

Dual Degree Programs ( B.Tech and M Tech): IIT Madras offers 5-year Dual Degree programs in Aerospace Engineering, Biotechnology Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering (Communication Engineering, Micro Electronics & VLSI Design, Power Systems & Power Electronics), Mechanical Engineering (Energy Technology, Product Design, and Intelligent Manufacturing), Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, and Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering. 

M.Tech: IIT Madras offers 2-year M.Tech programs in Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Medical Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Building Technology & Construction Management, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Hydraulic water resources Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Construction Technology & Management, Computational Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Communication systems, Power & Control Engineering, Microelectronics & VLSI Design, Industrial Maths & Scientific Computing, Combustion & Propulsion, Heat Transfer & Thermal Power, Hydroturbo Machines, Internal Combustion Engines & Gas Turbines, Refrigeration & Airconditioning, Thermal Turbomachines, Machine Design, Machine Dynamics, Composite Design & Manufacture, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Precision Engineering, Ocean Engineering, Physics, and Solid State Technology.

Besides, the above programs, IIT Chennai also conduct M.Sc, M.S., Ph.D, and MBA programs. 



The most advanced leather research facility in the country. With state-of-the-art facilities that make possible innovation in leather processing and creative designing of leather products. A centre for research into major areas of Collagen, Bio-products, Biotechnology, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. An institute that stands second to none in the leather sector in the country. Central Leather Research Institute or CLRI.

CLRI was founded in 1948. Today, it is perhaps the only name that can boast of infrastructure to produce quality students, products and services for the leather industry. Apart from within the country, students from over 64 foreign nationalities come to undergo training here. The curriculum is highly sophisticated and the institute conducts courses for Anna University.

Courses range from B.Tech. (Bachelor of Technology) in Leather Technology right up to a Doctorate (Ph.D.). Vocational programmes are also offered that include Leather Processing, Leather Footwear, Leather Goods, Garments and Saddlery. The 600-strong staff ensures smooth functioning of the organisation. CLRI also conducts programmes at the national level towards upgrading decentralised and cottage scale leather units.

CLRI is known best for hosting the International Leather Fair each year, which attracts people from every corner of the globe. Technologies take the spotlight in CLRI. From the development of chemicals and finishing products to the very designs used.

For more details contact:
Dr. Subrama Naidu
Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI)
Adyar, Chennai - 600 020.
Phone: 4910846 / 97




Government Museum, Chennai

Government Museum, Chennai is a multi-purpose State Government Museum located in Egmore, which is the heart of the city, spreading to an area of 16.25 acres of land. Six independent buildings in this Museum campus has 46 galleries.

V.G.P Golden Beach Resort (30km): 
This beach resort is popular not just with the people of the city, but also with tourists. There is an entertainment arcade for children and for adults. There are folk dance performances apart from an Art Center that sells handicrafts and articles made out of seashells. The beach is clean and ideal for sunbathing. This is a cleverly planned beach resort geared to entertain the visitor with sculptured vignettes from the past, folk dances and ethnic seafood cuisine. The V.G.P. Art Center, a part of the resort complex, sells merchandise ranging, from seashells to rural handicrafts.


Spread over an area of 1,265 acres, the Anna Zoological Park at Vandalur is the largest in South Asia with a rich variety of different species of mammals, reptiles and birds. The animals roam in natural surroundings with a special enclosure for nocturnal creatures. The coast road from Chennai to Mamallapuram is dotted with beach resorts, recreational areas and artist's communities.


Rameswaram lies 176 km from Madurai. This conch shaped island in the Gulf of Mannar is a holy spot for Hindus. The magnificent Ramanathaswamy temple is well known for its longest corridors in the country, extending over a length of 1220 m long with its marvelous carved pillars. Those who visit here bathe in the sacred waters of Agaitheertam, a stretch of Clam Sea near the temple.