Venue & Travel

About Chennai

Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu and a 400-year-old city located in southeast Peninsular India along the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. It is one of the most prominent cultural, economic, and educational centers of South India. Marina beach in Chennai along the serene Bay of Bengal is India’s longest and world’s second longest urban beach. The beach extends from Beasant Nagar (south) till Fort St. George (north) and covers about 12 kilometers. Some attractive places to visit include:

  • The ancient Shri Parthasarathy and Shri Kapaleeshwarar temples

  • Art Gallery and Museum Theatre

  • Santhome Cathedral Basilica

  • War Memorial

  • Guindy National Park and The Madras Crocodile Bank

How to Reach IIT Madras

Chennai airport is the major international airport in South India. It has direct flights to many cities across the world i.e. BKK, KUL, SIN, AUH, DXB, FRA, LHR, CDG, etc. In addition, there are frequent connections to BOM & DEL that has well established air connectivity to over 150 cities around the world. IIT Madras campus is only 30 minutes drive from the International airport.

Tourist Attractions

Shore Temple of Mahabalipuram

The ancient town of "Mamallapuram" or Mahabalipuram is a coastal resort town and serves as an embodiment of rich architectural wonders and cultural history of the ancient Pallava kingdom/dynasty. It hosts a collection of 7th and 8th century CE religious monuments. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is about 60 km to the south of Chennai. The monuments are a fusion of religion and culture. There are inscriptions and expressive images carved through rocks or boulders, on a grand scale, integrating both nature and sculpture. The site has about forty monuments, in varying degrees of complexion, categorized into five groups:

  • Rathas: chariot-shaped temples

  • Mandapas: Cave temples

  • Rock reliefs

  • Structural temples

  • Excavations

Places to Visit at Pondicherry

Pondicherry, one of the seven union territories of India, is truly enthralling. The coast spreading on the shores of the majestic Bay of Bengal is dotted with historical ports as it served as a former French colony. It is also the place that hosts the serene and peaceful Auroville meant to be a universal town where people from different parts of the globe can live in peace, progressive harmony, and realize human unity. It also has several monuments and natural vistas. Some of them include:

  • Promenade Beach

  • Botanical Garden

  • French War Memorial

  • Park Monument