PLACES AROUND THE EAST COAST ROAD ECR
This place is 50 km away from Mamallapuram. One can view the ruined fort built by the Nawabs in Alamparai. The Backwaters and cool sand are very beautiful and makes it a good picnic spot.
Covelong is a small fishing village. It is about 40 km from Chennai towards Mamallapuram. Here, once there was a port which now has been changed to a luxury beach resort. Visitors can go for wind surfing and swimming in this resort.
Cholamandal Artist Village
Artists of various groups gather in this village and display their articrafts made of bronze, other icons and paintings. This village is in Enjampakkam Chennai-41. The entry is free and the visitors can come on any day between 9 am and 7 pm.
This crocodile Bank is 44 km from Chennai. There are various dugged holes in this centre. Various species of crocodile and alligators are found here. A tribal society also runs a snake venom extraction centre near the crocodile Bank. The timings to visit this place is 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. Adults have to pay an entry fare of Rs.10 and for children it is Rs.5.
This Dakshina Chitra is adjacent to MGM. This is undertaken by Chennai Craft foundation. The models and replicas of traditional houses and other art crafts of Tamilnadu and South India are displayed here. This is located at Muttukadu. The entry fare for adults is Rs.50 and Rs.25 for children. The visitors can visit this spot between 10 am and 6 pm. Tuesdays are holidays.
Little Folks / Dolphin city
This spotis found in Kingslee circle, Muttukadu, Chennai-104. The first spot which organizes shows with a scalion. The timings to visit this spot is 10 am. and 7 pm generally and 10 am to 8 pm during holidays. The entry fees for adult are Rs.50 and for children it is Rs.10.
Mayajaal is more than an amusement park. Many such artificial parks have been built with this being the fore runner of all such parks. This is an entertaining spot, located at Uthandi. The visitors are allowed between 10 am and 7 pm. The entrance fee is Rs.250.
MGM Dizee World
This artificial world of sport is put up at Muttukadu on the way from Chennai towards Mamallapuram. Giant wheels, Toy Trains, water rides, Roller Coaster are found here. They entertain the visitors. The entry fare for adultsw is Rs.295 and for children Rs.195.
This is yet another theme park which is located in Chennai at new Mamallapuram Road. This park gives family rides and kid rides separately. The entrance fees for adults are Rs.135 and for children it is 90 rupees. The visiting time is between 10 in the morning and closes by 7.30 in the late evenings.
Visitors and tourists rush in to this place to ply on the row boats, pedal boats and motor boats. This attracts the tourists who travel on the east coast road. This place belongs to the district of Kanchipuram and is 92 kms from Chennai, and 36 km down Mamallapuram on the ECR. The Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation undertakes and maintains this boating house. The timings to visit this boat house is from 10 am and 6 pm.
Muttukadu Boat House
The visitors who flock in to this Muttukadu Boat House enjoy the wind surfing, canor, karfak, pedal Boat, Row Boat and Other facilities and entertainments available. It is 80 kms away from Kanchipuram. This wonderful picnic spot in Muttukadu is developed by the TTDC. This is a very good spot to relax and enjoy for a day.
Nithya Kalyana perumal Temple
This temple is one among the 108 temples called Tirupathy. Goddess Lakshmi is also called ‘Thiru’. The deity in this temple holds Thiru on her left side and is called Thiru-Idathu-Eanthai. Later it came to called as Thiru-Vidanthai. The famous Tamil Saint Thiru Mangai Alwar sung the glory of this holy place in ten places in his ‘Parasuram’. Many message from this are sculpted in the stones built by Raja Raja Cholan and Vijaya Rajendra Cholan some special festivals celebrated in this temple are Garuda Sevai, (during Tamil month, Aani), Poornam (during Aadi), spring festival (during vaigasi. The temple is opened to devotees between 6 am and 1 pm and then at 3 pm to 8 pm. The temple is 42 km away from Chennai and 16 km from Mamallapuram.
Thus, the temples, the museums, the arts, the architectures, the parks, the boat houses, the dams and reservoirs, the sea shore, articrafts and handloom which are some features in and around the district, Kanchipuram and nearby spots will surely entertain and enthrall the tourists and visitors.