Hello weekend, meet ECR!

While lazing around at home this weekend is awesome, it is gratifying to get outdoors and away from your phone. Now the question is, where do you go? We are here to make it easy for you with our list of places to try down the East Coast Road!

Seashell Museum

If you are a fan of marine life, this museum should be on your list! You will get a sneak peek of over 40,000 different types of seashells and over 10,000 types of pearls (both cultured and natural). The staff is knowledgeable, and learning about underwater life could be a great way to spend your day. The museum also houses an aquarium with over 1,000 types of tropical and freshwater fish. If you are lucky, you can even rendezvous with a starfish.

Bored of fish already? Create your very own Jurassic World sequel at the dinosaur park in the same complex. With life-size versions of over 14 types of popular dinosaurs, complete with movable parts, you will feel like a part of the movie! There is a ‘Funky Art’ exhibition with 3-D installations of paintings, giving you plenty of photo-ops.

Cool off in a swanky arcade with all the latest AR and VR games and dig into a scrumptious meal at their food court. At the end of a fun packed day, you can visit the gift shop for some souvenirs to give your friends.

Crocodile Bank

While this may be an obvious choice for anyone visiting Chennai, the Crocodile Bank is constantly adding things to do all the time! While the zoo itself has one of the largest collection of reptiles in the world, you can indulge in a night safari with the Irula tribe to acquaint yourself with the local flora and fauna. The safari ends with a snake catching workshop that shows you the right way to catch a snake and extract venom from it. Don’t forget to check out Jaws 3, their star attraction and the largest saltwater crocodile in the world.

Picahvaram Mangrove Forest

10 kilometers away from Chidambaram is Pichavaram, the second largest mangrove forest in the world. Sign up for a boat ride, and you can spend your day in the quiet backwaters amid the rare sight of mangroves rooted in water. The biotope is home to several rare species of birds, so grab your binoculars and get spotting!

What are your favorite spots? Let us know in the comments.