Survival Guide 1: landmarks you need to know

By Janane Venkatraman

Chennai Central Railway Station

Chennai can be a very confusing place, especially when you don’t speak the language. To get to places, you will need to know the major landmarks in the city.The Central Railway Station is one such place. Located at Station Road, Central station is one from where you get all modes of transportation ranging from buses and autos to taxis and suburban trains.

Most of the buses running through central station are Parry’s or Broadway bound buses which are major landmarks in themselves. Buses like the 17 series, the 7s, the 18s, the 20s lead to and from Broadway, Parry’s, Iyyapanthangal, Kalaignar Nagar etc.The Marina Beach is a big landmark in Chennai, stretching from Fort St George in Besant Nagar up to a distance of 12 kms.

The major establishments that mark the stretch are Presidency college, All India Radio, Madras University, both the Chepauk and the Marina Campus, to name a few. Once you are at the beach, it is easier to figure out where you need to get to from there. A few kilometers ahead, you have the Chennai Beach train terminus, which is serviced by the Chepauk, Triplicane and Lighthouse stations of the MRTS line.

The Spencer’s Plaza, one of the biggest shopping malls in South East Asia according to Wiki, is located at Mount Road (also known as Anna Salai). It is referred to as one of the landmarks of a more modern Chennai. Once you are here, it is very easy to catch an auto or a bus to anywhere else in the city as it is centrally located.

The Tidel Park, located at Tharamani in South West Chennai, is one of Chennai’s biggest landmarks. It is one of India’s major IT parks and is located just 3 kms away from the Thiruvanmiyur MRTS station. CMBT or Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus, located at Koyembedu, is a huge landmark in Chennai. It has buses to virtually everywhere in the city including Parry’s, Thiruvanmiyur, Thiruvottiyur and Ennore.

In addition to this, there are also a whole host of buses passing through CMBT.Now that you know what they are, it is enough that you identify these landmarks to know which area you are in. That way, even if you’ve lost your way, you will be able to get back on track.


5 Responses to “Survival Guide 1: landmarks you need to know”

  1. Diyaa on September 2nd, 2009 12:49 pm

    Informative piece..Hope to see some more of such kinds ..

  2. Anand Nataraj on September 3rd, 2009 1:18 pm

    Informative… But post looks hurried and Still there are lots to cover… Probably you could have covered this post in 5 - 6 parts…

  3. Mithra Suresh on September 11th, 2009 4:31 pm

    Hello Karthik, hello Ergo team! Nice piece, are there more survival guides coming up? I bought this book, ‘Madras That is Chennai’ by S. Muthiah which is quite a helpful guide to the city, but maybe featuring one landmark in the city would be more interesting. Cheers =)

  4. Sophia on September 23rd, 2009 12:20 pm

    Wow. Very informative and well written. :D I’ll be sure to take a print of this and travel when ‘m in Chennai :D :D

  5. Navaneethan on October 13th, 2009 4:31 am

    It’d be interesting to see this post integrated with a Google Map with pins on each of the locations.

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