Top Historical Places in Chennai

Are you looking to explore the history of Chennai through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Chennai including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Chennai. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Chennai ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Chennai, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Chennai for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Chennai with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Fort St George

    Church, Museum, Historical Site, Architecture

    The catalyst to the creation of what is now Chennai, Fort St. George has a great amount of historical significance attached to it. Though it’s currently more of a center of administrative activities, it is home to India’s oldest Anglican Church, tallest flag staff and a number of beautiful and unique paintings. The Fort is a good place to visit for those interested in a bit of histo...Read more
  2. Rajeev Gandhi Memorial

    4.3 (14 Votes)
    Rajeev Gandhi Memorial


    This Chennai attraction holds high significance in being one of the prime locations in India, given the historic moment attached to it. It is on these ground that the prime minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. In here, there are various features, that throw light upon the various happenings on India. From the stone sculpture depicting India's progress at the memorial, an enormous v...Read more
  3. M G R Memorial

    4.2 (44 Votes)
    M G R Memorial


    One of the most striking structures of the Marina Beach, the MGR Memorial is built as an ode to the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. G. Ramachandran. Sprawling an area of some 8.25-odd acres, this Chennai attraction lies adjacent to another important attraction of the city the Anna Memorial. MGR memorial has been observed to receive the highest footfall on the seafront. In recent times, ...Read more
  4. Government Museum

    4.3 (2579 Votes)
    Government Museum

    Museum, Historical Site

    Located in Chennai’s neighbourhood of Egmore, the Egmore museum or the Government Museum of Chennai boasts of an informative collection of items related to human history and culture. Instigated in the year 1851, this museum is considered to be one of the best things to do in Chennai with kids. The museum ranks second in the list of oldest museum in India, following the Indian Museum of Ko...Read more
  5. Valluvar Kottam

    4.1 (84 Votes)
    Valluvar Kottam


    This Chennai attraction with its striking feature is dedicated to the popular classical Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar. This is where he wrote the Tamil sangam literature, some 2000-odd years ago. The main part of the monument, resembling a temple chariot is erected at the point that was once the deepest of the lake. It holds resemblance and high significant association with the Thiruvarur temple cha...Read more
  6. St George's Cathedral

    4.6 (2 Votes)
    St George's Cathedral

    Religious Site, Cathedral

    Previously known as the Church of England, the St George’s Cathedral is an Anglican church built in the 18th century. The Church of South India was inaugurated here in 1947, and thus this Chennai attraction holds crucial importance in the history of the city. The Church of India is one of the most important churches in India given the fact that it ranks second in the list the most populat...Read more
  7. Ripon Building

    Architecture , Heritage Building

    Although closed for public visits and tourism, the Ripon building is one of the most picturesque structures in Chennai. Another brilliant example of the prevalent Indo-Saracenic style construction throughout the city, this all-white attraction is actually the seat of the Chennai Corporation. The Neoclassical style of architecture, which is in essence a combination of, Corinthian and Ionic is th...Read more
  8. Victory War Memorial

    4.4 (2 Votes)
    Victory War Memorial

    War Memorial

    Formerly referred to as the “Cupid’s bow”, the Victoria War Memorial is a must-see Chennai attraction for more reasons than one. It was essential constructed as an ode to the victory of the Allied Armies during World War I (1914–1918). It subsequently went on to being the victory war memorial for World War II (1939–1945). Today in all, it acts a memorial to the afo...Read more