a break at any of the amusement parks just outside the city. Kids
and adults will have a wonderful time at MGM dizzy world. The Artists'
village in Cholamandal, 10 kms from Tiruvanmiyur is where some of
the best artist of South India live and work together. The Art Gallery
exhibits breathtaking paintings and beautiful craftwork. Dance performance
and poetry readings are often held in the open-air theatre.
Mamallapuram, 36 km away from Chennai you will encounter the beautiful
backwaters of Muttukadu where you can experience different types
of boating. From early January for four weeks there's the Mamallapuram
Dance Festival. Dances from all over India are staged here including
Bharatha Natyam ( Tamil Nadu), Kathakali (Kerla), Kuchipudi (Andhra
Pradesh) as well as tribal dances, puppet shows and classical ,traditional
music. Pick up a leaflet of events of the tourist office in Chennai.
Crocodile Bank, 44 km away from Chennai. It is to save the Indian
Crocodile from becoming extinct. It is home to over 3,000 muggers
and gharials and various species of crocodiles and lizards from
Vedanthangal Birds Sanctuary, 75 km away from the city of Chennai,
is one of the most impressive aquatic birds' breeding sanctuaries.
This bird sanctuary is home to egrets, herons, cormorants, spoonbills,
grebes, pelicans, stroks, ibies and many more. The best season to
visit is after the monsoon and the months of December and January.
Nearly 30,000 birds can flock here. For over 250 years the nearby
villagers have protected the bird life in this sanctuary.
Tirupathi, 84 km from Chennai at the extreme south of Andhra Pradesh.
It is one of the most important pilgrimage centres of India. The
temple of Lord Venkateshwara rests on a hill at Tirumala overlooking
the little town of Tirupathi. At this holy place there are never
less than 5,000 pilgrims a day and often as many as a 100,000 who
come in hope of being granted wishes by Lord Venkateshwara, an incarnation
of Lord Vishnu.