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    Boating in Chennai: Chetpet Eco Park

    I have written about my Chetpet Eco Park boating experience before. That was 3-years ago. So I thought why not revisit the park now and see what new amenities have been added for tourists, so this blog post. Let’s start with a short overview video of the Chetpet Eco Park.  The first striking difference I noticed was the addition of new paintings and information boards. These are really beautiful. I saw a few stone models/sculptures too, but I have seen them during my previous visit.  Last time, there was a small food court near the children’s play area. But this time, they have made a (separate) larger food court on…

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    The (Rail) Coach Restaurant @ Chennai Rail Museum

    The Chennai Rail Museum has opened a new A/C Restaurant inside its premises, aptly titled – ‘The Coach Restaurant’. I got to know that this is the first restaurant built inside an actual rail coach, in India. The second one is coming up in Mumbai – it seems. Since this venue is closer to our house (ICF – Villivakkam) it’s easy for us to go there whenever. We went to the Chennai Rail Museum again to have a look at this newly opened restaurant and the metal sculptures made with scrap materials (I am yet to make a video for it – will share the blog post once it is…

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    PVR ICON Cinemas @ VR Mall, Anna Nagar

    PVR ICON Cinemas has just opened at the 3rd floor of the VR Mall at Anna Nagar, Chennai. The VR Mall was opened only 2-3 months back, so the entire setup is new. And big. If I remember correctly, there were 10 screens in this Cinema Complex. 10 screens. I don’t think I have seen as many theatres within a single complex anywhere else in Chennai – except maybe Mayajaal. The ticket rates are on par with other theatres. We went to see ’96 (First half was OK, second half was so slow.) and the tickets were priced at Rs. 150 each, which is less than the maximum ticket prices…

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    Dr. Kalaignar Karunanidhi Memorial, Marina Beach

    Embedded above is a short video showing photos and clips from our yesterday’s visit to Dr. Kalaignar Karunanidhi Memorial/Samadhi at Marina Beach, Chennai. This is located right inside the Anna Samadhi premises just next to the Anna Square bus stand. Adjacent to this complex lies the MGR Samadhi & Dr. J. Jayalalitha Samadhi. So the term Anna Square now makes sense with four memorials for the four important political icons of Tamil Nadu over the previous 6-7 decades. Ten Facts about Dr. Kalaignar Karunanidhi – Dr. Kalaignar Karunanidhi was the longtime DMK Chief and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for five terms (over 20-years). He contested and won his first…

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    Forest Genetic Resources Tree Park near Vandalur, Chennai

    Tamil Nadu Forest Department has built the Forest Genetic Resources Tree Park at Kolapakkam, near Vandaloor Zoo at Chennai. Actually, this huge park is located on the Kelambakkam-Vandalur highway after crossing Vandaloor Zoo. So, if you are going from Tambaram towards Chengalpettu, you’ll have to take the left turn just after Vandalur Zoo and travel a couple of Kilo Meters down the road. I guess it’s not walkable distance from the zoo, try to travel in a vehicle. It seems this park has just been opened on 16th August 2018 by Dindigul C. Sreenivasan, Hon’ble Minister for Forests, TN. I guess the objective of the park is to showcase the…

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    Temple Atop a Small Hill in Chennai (Veera Anjaneyar, Kelambakkam)

    If you are looking to visit a Temple over a small hill near Chennai, Sri Veera Anjaneyar Swamy Temple – Hanuman Temple with Ramar-Seethai idols, located at Pudhukuppam, close to Pudhukuppam bus stop, off Vandalur-Kelambakkam road (Google Maps link for location) is a good choice. The above photo was taken at the foot of the hill which contains an arch with a large statue at either side, and a Pillayar (Ganapathy) Temple on the side. People who wish to walk can park their vehicles here and go, which is what we did. But there is another route for cars/bikes to go till the top. It’s a pleasure to walk up…

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    Rama Bhakta Anjaneyar Temple @ Kolathur/Madhavaram

    So today being Rama Navami we went to the Rama Bhakta Anjaneyar Temple at Kolathur/Madhavaram. Actually, we are not very sure about the area as the address (Roja Nagar) seems to appear in both Kolathur and Madhavaram. Anyway, this Google Maps link should guide you better with the location. This is a small Temple but has a nice Anjaneyar idol installed on the top. This Temple also has Rama, Sita & Lakshmana idols, a rarity in South India. On the day we went, we were pleasantly surprised to see a Lady Archagar doing the puja and Harthy. I think it’s a good sign of progression. One more thing we noticed –…

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    Our Visit to Chennai Rail Museum’s Joy Train :)

    I have been to Regional Rail Museum, Chennai a few years back. But now this museum seems to have changed its name to Chennai Rail Museum and there is a lot of art to be seen everywhere, in addition to the antique rail models, coaches and engines! Have a look at an arty rail coach here – They have also installed various artworks at many places across the museum. Here is a painting created by a few kids of the ICF family – Last time, I did not go for a ride in the little joy train there. Actually, it’s a real train that runs on real tracks. Just that…

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    Mangal Eri Park @ Mogappair – Park around a Lake!

    Mangal Eri Park – Mogappair West, Chennai.  I like the Mangal Eri park at Mogappair, Chennai mainly for one reason – the park is built around a lake. It seems the lake covers around 5 acres and the walkway built around it covers about 500 meters. They are constructing amenities in the park and it is not as impressive as larger parks like the neighboring Tower park (yet) but this one, like the Chitlambakkam eri park, sets an important precedent – the importance of having neighborhood lakes at every area. If it comes with a park with walkway around it, even better. The corporation is already building a number of parks…

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    Our Visit to Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple, Chennai

    After a long time of wanting to go to the Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple, we finally made it today 🙂 We went to the Temple by taking the road that goes to the Airport from Guindy, and then turning right at the Inner Ring Road just after the Officers Training Academy Metro Station/Mount Manor Hotel. Then you need to go around 500m forward and take a right below the MRTS flyover. The exact Google Maps location for this Tempe is here. Temple Timings: 5 A.M. to 12 P.M. & 4.30 P.M. to 9 P.M. Pooja Details: Official Website. Here is the board just outside the Temple giving more details: I should complement…