If ever in Chennai, make this your Bucket List

Namma Chennai is a city, filled with the kind of diversity one cannot find anywhere else in India. The hot morning coffees at Saravana Bhavan, the crispy masala dosa from Sangeetha’s, the tribe jewelry on the streets, the joy of bargaining with the auto driver are experiences that are beyond compare. Ask any Chennaiite to take you around the city,  as  only they can make you experience the city like no one else. When in Chennai, take the Road Not Taken, and explore some of the places that often go overlooked in this, ‘Detroit of India’.

Here’s your bucket list – Things to do when in Chennai.

( P.S. If you’re actually looking for a road not taken in Chennai, it’s like finding a ride in Disney Land which has no waiting line)

A Walk through the Theosophical Society…

The Theosophical Society Road - Photos by Sriram
The Theosophical Society Road – Photos by Sriram

For the lovers of history and art and those who wish to connect with their roots, away from the hustle and bustle of the city lies a place often left unexplored. Adyar in Chennai became the center of Theosophical Society, in the early 19th Century. With ideals that are envied by all, they promote the ideology of equality and acceptance, breaking barriers of caste, creed, religion and sex, and focus on studying the unexplained beauty of nature. In the midst of the crowded city, with abundance of honking vehicles, lies a beauty that is this.

Inside The theosophical society - deccanchronicle
Inside The theosophical society – by deccanchronicle

Often what an expensive retreat cannot do, a silent walk in the open, embracing the beauty of nature and wallowing in the scent of the wild helps achieve.

A Trip to the Broken bridge…

This Bridge, primarily built for the use of fisherman, is now a favorite shooting spot. Though it often goes overlooked by the masses who seeks to spend time at the beach, this now damaged bridge is flocked by students of arts and films, enhancing their photography skills. It is one place in Chennai, where the true essence of the sensual waters can be felt.

broken bridge
The Broken Bridge
A view of the Adyar estuary from the broken bridge - Planemad | wikipedia
A view of the Adyar estuary from the broken bridge – Planemad | wikipedia

Awaken the Tarzan Inside @ Adventure Zone…

Are you one that seeks adventure in its raw form? Then seek no more, quench your thirst for adventure by participating in the camping experience, run by an Army commando. Experience all, from para-sailing to scuba diving and kindle your adrenaline rush. This amusement park for the adults offers everything from fine dining, to comfortable accommodation, and grappling group activities.

Accommodation at Adventure Zone - chennaifocus.wordpress
Accommodation at Adventure Zone – chennaifocus.wordpress

Witness a cultural evening…

Chennai is that one city where the evenings are the life of the day. In some part or the other, there is a recital, a drama or a concert taking place. In the month of December (Margazhi), concerts are happening all around. Music soothing to the ear, dance vibrant to the eyes, and the mind submerged in tranquility. Head over to one of the concert and enjoy a spectacular performance over a hot coffee and snack of your choice.

A pose by Dancer Shobana | Triveni
A pose by Dancer Shobana | Triveni

Popular places to witness events by the connoisseurs of the field are, The Music Academy, The Naradhagana Sabha or Kalakshetra.

A heart wrenching performance by the students of the legendary Kalakshetra, on Jatayu Moksham | The Hindu
A heart wrenching performance by the students of the legendary Kalakshetra, on Jatayu Moksham | The Hindu

Head to the pub of your choice…

In Chennai, the Sun sets but the spirit rises. So to end a tiring day, choose to chill at a pub of your choice. 10 Downing street, Geoffery’s, and Plan B are the most popular ones. Friendly atmospheres, karaoke nights, hard hitting music, and a sturdy dance floor, these pubs will make you want to hold down the sun forever. Lifelong friendships between travelers bud here over a drink.

A look inside 10 downing st. | pubsgroup
A look inside 10 downing st. | pubsgroup

Why wait? Head down to Chennai for a memorable trip. Namma Chennai, is one to give everyone something of their liking, so start packing now.

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