|Places to visit|
The Eastwoods Resort is strategically poised on the entertainment highway of Chennai, the East Coast Road, with several places of interest located nearby. Most places of interest are well within 30 minutes of driving distance and our staff will be happy to customize and arrange sight-seeing tours for you upon request.
MGM Dizzee World
A short, scenic drive along the coast leads you to one of Chennai’s best amusement parks, MGM Dizzee World. Take time out to enjoy with the kids, go boating in the placid lake, or get adventurous with the many rides, roller coasters, toy trains, ferris wheels and the unbelievably daring 100 ft. Dizzee Shake! Jump onto the log wheel, get into the web of Spider Spin or watch Hang Glider with bated breath. Get dizzy in Cup n’ Saucer or get tossed around on the Dizzee Express. There’s enough and more to do, all day long and it’s a great way to spend a fun day with the family. The amusement park is open from 10am-7.30pm.
The clusters of thatched houses, under whispering Casuaraina trees, seem to be built in the traditional South Indian style. Sprawled lazily across ten acres, Dakshinachitra is an effort at conserving the heritage of South India, including folk art, craft and architecture. Visit a traditional Kerala home with a gently sloping roof, or amble along to the Chettinad house embellished with teak wood pillars and glazed tiles. Amuse yourself at the craft mela where artisans and craftspeople exhibit, demonstrate and sell their artistic wares. You could also feast at the in-house restaurant dishing out authentic South Indian cuisine. You could watch a folk dance or attend a day-long workshop if you like. Dakshinachitra is a day-long exciting experience, almost like stumbling upon a hidden treasure trove!
The Chennai Crocodile Bank dates back to 1975 and was started by Romulus Whitaker with the aim of saving the endangered Indian crocodile and the snakes. The crocodile park stretches across 3 acres, recreating a natural habitat for amphibians. It is the largest crocodile breeding centre in India and the only such centre in Asia. It is home to over 5000 species, but is better known for conserving and breeding the Ghariyal, the marsh or Mugger crocodile and the Saltwater crocodile.
Mamallapuram has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. This port town flourished as the Pallava capital between 7th -10th Century AD. This ancient city is all of 8 sq. km, and is a must-visit for tourists and history buffs. It is renowned for its marvelous rock cut temples and for the largest open air bas reliefs in the world. Historical accounts list seven pagodas by the sea, of which six they say, have been swallowed by the turbulent sea. Only the Shore temple remains now. Visit the monolithic rock temples called Panch Rathas, Arjuna’s penance is an exquisite rock cut bas relief and a large boulder resting on an incline, fondly called “Krishna’s butter ball.” You can also pick up some unusual souvenirs, shell jewellery, marvel at soap stone and granite sculptures and artistic wood carvings. For the delight of foodies’ Mamallapuram is also dotted with cafes, restaurants and roadside eateries.
Muttukadu Boat House
The Muttukadu Boat House stands on the placid backwaters, overlooking the glassy Muttukadu lake. If you enjoy the outdoors, this is the place for you. Go boating for Rs. 50 for a 45 minute boat ride, and feel the sea breeze in your hair. 8-seater speed boats and motor boats are also available for those who love to live life in the fast lane. If you enjoy fishing, get set to wait patiently before you catch some jelly fish or prawns. The main attraction here is the rocking bridge on the backwaters, and every February this boat house plays host to the wind surfing regatta.
Trek into Chennai, and enjoy a visit to the Kapaleeshwara temple, watch flower vendors string fresh jasmine and rose garlands or shop for tinkling glass bangles in the shops around the temple. Enjoy the invigorating sea breeze at the Marina & Elliots beach, shop for souvenirs or step into a swanky city mall. If you are a history buff, you could plan a visit to Fort St. George, San Thome Basilica or the Museum. Invest in some traditional temple jewellery or buy a Tanjore painting to adorn your home. Savour authentic local cuisine at the many restaurants dotting the city, or enjoy an eclectic mix of international fare. Your options are infinite...
Take a Short Break…
If you’ve got more time on your hands, or are keen to imbibe the spirit of South India and travel to cities around Chennai, perhaps you’d like to take a short break. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you in whichever way they can, upon request.
The city of Madurai has grown around the renowned Meenakshi Sundereswarar Temple. The temple is surrounded by concentric rectangular streets which make up the entire city. This pattern of architecture is believed to symbolize the cosmos, and is peculiar to Madurai. Located about 400km from Chennai, it is easily accessible by air and rail.
Savour French flavours, two hours away from Chennai, in Pondicherry. Soak in the golden sunshine, placid waters and tranquil beaches, stop by at Auroville, or walk along the quaint cobbled streets of the city that the French once ruled over. This charming town boasts of some great shopping and restaurants serving international cuisine.
Kanchipuram is considered one of the seven sacred cities in the country, and known for its majestic temples and exquisite silk sarees. Visit the Vardharaja, Kailasnath, Vaikunth Perumal and the Kamakshi Amman temples, steeped in history. Shop for some silk sarees in vibrant colours or watch weavers craft magic in silk.
Tirupathi nestles amidst the undulating hills, and this temple is known to be the abode of Thirumala or Lord Venkateshwara. Known to be an extremely powerful temple, the devotees flock from far and near for a darshan of the benevolent Lord.
Literally translated, Tranquebar means the melody of the singing waves. This sleepy little town was once a Danish colony (1620) which fell into British hands and remained a British colony till 1947. It is a 7 hour bus ride away from Chennai. Visit the famous Fort Dansbourg or enjoy the beauty of scenic beaches.
Visit the famed Brahadeeshwara temple in Tanjore, dating back to 1009 AD, built by Rajaraja Chola, a classic example of unadulterated Dravidian architecture. Tanjore is known as the rice bowl of the South for its abundant cultivation of rice. It is also famous for its Tanjore paintings, a miniature style of painting, dating back to 1600AD, using real gold leaf and semi-precious stones.