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    Sunrise pics @ Besant Nagar Beach, Chennai

    Today morning, I went to a photography shoot cum beginner training class with Chennai Photographers to Besant Nagar beach. We were first asked to shoot sunrise pics and then we had a detailed photography basics session. Here are some of the pictures taken by me.               Destination Infinity Photo credit: By Destination8infinity (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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    Birds @ Vandalur Zoo, Chennai

    Vandalur Zoo is a large Zoo in Chennai housing many animals, reptiles and birds. Recently, they announced in the newspaper that they have built better and larger enclosures to accommodate a few birds. So I thought why not check it out. First, photos of some birds within cages:  

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    Adventure Games Theme Park in Chennai: Wild Tribe Ranch, ECR

    Today, as a part of the activities organized by Chennai Bloggers Club, we went to the adventure games/sports theme park of Chennai – The Wild Tribe Ranch @ ECR, near Crocodile Park. Actually, this park — which previously functioned in Ponneri — will be opened to public only from tomorrow. However, bloggers and media persons were given a sneak peak into some of the adventure sports and games available there today. I don’t remember the names of individual rides – you’ll have to refer to the above linked theme park website for that. 

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    Pics @ Chennai Egmore Railway Station

    Sometimes we miss the extraordinary sights in the locations we visit frequently. One such location is the second major railway station of Chennai: Egmore/எழும்பூர் Railway Station. This gem of a structure with a high dome was constructed by the British and was initially opened to the public in 1908. 

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    View from the Lighthouse @ Chennai Marina Beach

    Climbing the Lighthouse @ Marina Beach will give you one of the best viewpoints for the city of Chennai. You can see the ocean, you can see the sand, you can see the roads, you can see the buildings. What more do you want? I know this lighthouse has been opened to public from Nov. 2013, that too after 22 years. But due to sheer laziness, I went there only in Jan, 2016. Hmm…

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    Sri Kanyaka Parameswari Temple, Parrys, Chennai (Vaikunta Ekadesi Celebrations)

    Sri Kanyaka Parameswari Temple, established in 1720 and managed by SKPD Charities, is an important pilgrimage center in Chennai. This Temple is located at the intersection of Anna Pillai street, Audiappa Street and Acharyappan Street near Broadway, Parrys. Here is the exact location. Recently, they had organized celebrations for Vaikunta-Ekadesi festival and I went to attend it. Here are some highlights from that event.

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    Adyar Park/Tholkappiya Poonga: Chennai’s Nature Retreat!

    Adyar Park/Tholkappiya Poonga is an excellent escapade from the concrete jungle to a natural jungle, right within Chennai city. Main gate is on Greenways road, nearer to Adyar/Elphinstone bridge.  Visitors need to assemble at 2:30 P.M on Tuesdays or Thursdays and a batch of 20 people will be taken on a guided tour. You need to pre-book their tickets from the park website after checking availability. Entry ticket: Rs. 20/-, Car parking: Rs. 20/-, Camera: Rs. 50/-. 

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    Guindy National Park, Chennai: Reserve Forest in the City!

    Guindy National Park is a protected Reserve Forest right in the heart of Chennai. The main gate of this park is in a small lane next to the popular tourist destination: Guindy Snake park and Zoo, after IIT-M and Cancer Institute campus gates (from Adyar). Since this is a protected forest, and our group decided to go for a trek (better word is walk), I thought why not join? After all it will be an excellent change from the concrete urban jungle around us!

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    Gudiyam Hills/Caves Near Poondi, Chennai

    Before a  few years I went to a trek in Parvadamalai, near Tiruvannamalai. After that experience, I decided NOT to go to ANY trek in my life 😛 Recently, when I befriended a group of trekkers, I caught upon their enthusiasm and decided to try a (relatively small) trek closer to home. The result was a trek to Gudiyam Hills/Caves, 10 K.M. from Poondi (via Tiruvallur), 60 KM from Chennai. Go to Poondi reservoir and ask a few people (not one) for directions to Gudiyam Gugai from there. It can be tricky!