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Chennai is a booming city situated on the coast of Bay of Bengal in southern India. We were fortunate to be invited to this colourful city for a glimpse into the beautiful culture offered by India. The members of Alpaca Breeders of Vermont were thrilled to be part of the envoy sent to Chennai to learn more about the culture of India.
This trip came about after one of our guests mentioned that he was a native of Chennai and that the people of Chennai would be interested in seeing and learning more about alpacas. Once we heard about this marvellous city, our curiosity got the better of us and we started doing a bit of research. The information we found was astonishing. This land of culture and history tempted us to make a visit, and fortunately, this was made possible with a bit of coordination and organization on the part of the Alpaca breeders of the county.
Here are a few of the places that we fell in love with:
- Marina Beach
If you are planning a visit to this lovely city, make sure that Marina Beach is on the top of your list. This gorgeous stretch of and is the second largest beach in the world and is also home to plenty of marine life. The silver sand twinkling in the daylight will make you forget your worries, as you stroll down the beach. If you are an early riser, make your way to the beach for an unforgettable sunrise. You will also be able to serve fishermen getting ready to start their day. The rhythm of the life by the beach is indeed unmatchable. You will soon find yourself mesmerized by the natural beauty of this place. In case you are of the more adventurous kind, there are plenty of water sports activities to choose from as well. A couple of the members took a chance to go jet skiing, and they loved every minute of it. You can also try out parasailing or even catch a ride on a fishing boat if you are up for it.
- Arignar Anna Zoological Park
If you are more of an animal person than a tree person, Chennai has that too. The members of the Alpaca Breeders Vermont got a chance to visit the Arignar Anna Zoological Park and see a variety of animals for the first time. Our favourite was the lion safari. To be able to see this magnificent animal in all its glory is indeed an unforgettable experience. Don’t forget to pack an extra memory card for all the pictures you will wind up taking!
- Semmozhi Poonga
The heat in Chennai can get a bit unbearable. The perfect escape from this heat lies in the heart of the city. The Semmozhi Poonga is a delight for the eyes as you feast yourself on 20 acres of greenery filled with ancient plants and trees. You can also spot plenty of medicinal and aromatic herbs in the park if you have an eye for plants. We spent an entire day in the park, walking from one end to the next. We came across plenty of plants and trees that we had never seen before.
- Ayurvedic Spas
If you enjoy a good spa treatment, definitely try out the Ayurvedic spas in Chennai. The members of the Alpaca Breeding group loved the traditional spa treatments with their exotic aromas and massages. Our persona favourite was the spa therapies from best spa in Chennai, Riverday Spa especially their ayurvedic body massage enchanted everyone. Everyone felt incredibly relaxed and ready to go back home after this wonderful massage done by qualified professionals. If you are planning a visit to Chennai, do not forget to try out these magnificent spas.
- Kapaleeswarar Temple
India is a mystical land filled with myths and legends. The members of the Alpaca Breeding group wanted to get a glimpse into the religious rituals held in Chennai. Our feisty guide managed to take us along to the Kapaleeswarar Temple, where we got our first glimpse of Dravidian architecture. The 400 year old temple seemed to have a sense of serenity about it that stayed with us for a long time. One of our members was completely mesmerized by the beauty of this ancient temple and has vowed to go back for a visit again soon.