Chennai is a place that is full of surprises and this statement will hold true even if you have to read it after centuries. Write from being the prime target for the Britishers who wanted to open their trade route in India with the East India Company, to the World bank that has one of its International offices and the only office in India in Chennai, Chennai has been a choice of people who have wanted class and awesomeness. There are a lot of places in Chennai that make this city what it is today. However, there are also a lot of places in Chennai that have been hidden from the naked eye that make this place even more beautiful and special. Some of them provide a pathway to a culture that once existed and has disappear into Oblivion, and some of them hold a signature that has not diminished in the centuries. Here are a few places in Chennai that you could look forward to for an offbeat experience.
The Armenian church of Chennai is located in the Armenian street in Paris corner. If not for the mentioned, not many people would not even the existence of the church. This Church is one of the most astounding testimonials to the existence of a thriving Armenian population in Madras. What is even more surprising is that these are aliens did not come by see, but walking all the way from Armenia until Chennai. The British dealt with cotton whereas the Armenians dealt with fine silk and Spices. The land on which the church is right now was gift by an Armenian Merchant and the bells in the church date back to the mid 18th century. Today, this Church exists more as a Heritage site than a church and is open to public from 9 a.m. till 2:30 p.m which should never be missed by the people of Chennai and by anyone who has an attraction towards alternate history.
Blue Cross Road Besant Nagar
Just after the end of the durgabai Deshmukh Bridge on the way from Mylapore towards Adyar, many nature lovers would consider taking a diversion towards the Besant Avenue. The Besant Avenue is, as the name implies, named after Dr. Annie Besant and it’s probably one of the greenest and most pleasant roads in Chennai. However, the pleasantness of this road is overshadow by another insignificant turn from this road called the Blue Cross Road. The Blue Cross Road cuts towards the right on the Besant Avenue on the way towards Besant Nagar from Adyar. This road has a greenish canopy because of the trees that remain fertile throughout the year and the presence of buildings that have still not lost their colonial touch in their architecture and lifestyle. On a Spooky side, this road also considers to be one of the most haunted roads in Chennai.
One of the most favorite places for the Ornithologist of Chennai has to be Vedanthangal. Vedanthangal is quite close to Chennai in every sense, including distance. However, it is not everyone’s cup of tea to travel early in the morning so late in the evenings towards Vedanthangal, especially when they have to encounter the traffic at Tambaram and the toll gate near Chengalpattu. If you are a bird lover and would like to catch a glimpse of some of the migratory birds, you could consider pitching your camp at the banks of the Pallikaranai marshland. It has to be a great that one side of the martial art has been turn into a dump yard. However, the other side is still a great place not only for you but also the words that would like to come and enjoy the waters. Carry a Binocular along so that you can get a closer view. Carrying a zoom lens for your camera only makes your memories more permanent.
Blue Beach Road
The east coast road that connects Chennai to Cuddalore is a great spot for driving and riding enthusiasts. it is surely a delight to have all the space on the road for yourself especially in the mornings of a weekend. If you were to take a bit of devotion towards the beach close to VGP Golden Beach, you will encounter Road called the Blue Beach Road. This road might look like yet another Road turning away from the east coast road towards the beach, and your opinion is bound to change once you enter into the place. It is not just about the poshness of the locality and the houses, but more about how this place mergers beautifully with the beach that lies on the other side. If you were to have a bike and your better half a long, then this ride only gets memorable and romantic.
Move over Mylapore filter coffee, Valluvar Kottam and the Marina Beach. Chennai has a lot more to offer for the inquisitiveness who would like to explore a lot beyond what meets the surface and what greets the eye. Enjoy the offbeat nuances of Chennai and experience the maximum of watch this cultural capital of India has got to offer.