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  • Srirambalaji S
    Chennai (Madras), India121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool place for the Chennai heat...Nice place to visit with Family. Snow Kingdom is one a kind in Chennai where you can experience the chillness of the snowy climate.
    Written 8 July 2024
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  • Indi Rea
    Mauritius27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Going to the temple gave a sense of being connected.i could feel the fervour of the people.it is a sacred place.there is purity and spirituality...the veneratikn, the nlessings even the food served.that place is throbbing with faith from its devotees.A must go to get that feeling of being blessed and going in an inner journey which gives a sense of calmness and serenity.learning to appreciate and respect another culture.the architectural beauty and history..Just magical
    Written 24 June 2024
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  • Rajesh R Kumathekar
    Pune, India934 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited Chennai for business meeting & saw on the way while travelling to hotel, the beach.

    Visited the beach, have to walk a lot to touch the water.

    Nice to see
    Written 11 May 2024
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  • Francis X
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good clean beach and awesome good road side Foods. Must try Fish fry. Good atmosphere. Must go with friends
    Written 26 November 2023
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  • Trail65586197311
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was an awesome experience.i enjoyed most of all the rides. Water ride was good. It was fabulous to come here. Cost wise good
    Written 25 May 2024
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  • Manickaraj
    Thoothukudi, India1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very joy full and pleasant atmosphere for visiting with babies and family. Neat campus with very kind full staffs and good dining . Happy with the visit.
    Written 6 July 2024
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  • niruDurbs
    Durban, South Africa338 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited this very beautiful temple. It’s seems to date back a long time ago judging from the structure and carvings. Very beautiful and serene. Can get quite busy at times. Beautiful chariot carving of Arjun can be seen. Lots of little structure for one to offer respect . Entry is free. It was amazing to see so many young people sitting and meditating and offering prayer. It felt really good to be there. Some crafts could be purchased outside the temple.
    Written 26 December 2023
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I thoroughly enjoyed my isit here. There is ample free parking during our visit. We visited the interiors of this church, admired the wood carvin and simple decorations. . There is also a small museum showing some artifacts of the old times.

    The tomb or crypt is located towards the back of the Basilica. There are pews to kneel/sit down when praying to St. Thomas. The tomb is located at the center of the crypt.

    I said my prayers here and took some pictures. Note that there is aircondition here, the area is kept clean.Highly recommended to visit.
    Written 15 March 2024
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  • Katende M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I have had a wonderful experience at Ramada hotel Chennai.
    My business travel and stay in Chennai has been exceptionally convenient and fantastic
    thanks to the amazing Ramada hotel staff notably Nandani, Anjali,and Sanhit.
    Your service and hospitality is unshakable.
    Written 8 July 2024
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My hotel is located in this neighborhood. During my 3 days stay in Chennai, I walked around this neighborhood, admiring the beautiful clothings on display as well as the the jewelries. Just looked around here, but did not buy a thing.

    There also are local shops catering to the needs of the locals such as bakery store, small restaurants, etc.
    Written 15 March 2024
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  • Daydream59964219955
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Divine place, was able to finish dharshan in thirty minutes. But management was not good, poor communication between the staffs
    Written 1 June 2024
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  • Ashish MacAden
    Inverness, UK29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Happy animals with lots of space. Reptiles and birds less so. But they are committed to animal care and protection. The 13 seater electric cart was a convenient for an overview (Rs 1300 for an hour if you are booking the whole cart) and then followed up by E-bikes if you only have a few hours to spare. The bathrooms are old government style basic and not clean and no water. Basic food availability.
    Written 26 June 2023
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  • Asim I
    Greater London, UK118 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The level for devotion by the devotees is astonishingly breathtaking. We visited early morning, and even at that time the queues had started to building. Despite being expat tourists we opted NOT to get into the fast-track lane and instead, as an act of devoutness, we joined the regular queue. It took us almost 2.5 hours to get from the start to actually seeing and witnessing the Holy Shrine.
    I entitled this review... 'your devotion will be tested...' and with good reason as this indeed will be put to the test, we are Brits and that being the case every sinew in our body and all our years of socialising has taught us to queue in an orderly fashion and help others in need of our support...
    Unfortunately, this is not the case globally, and it is a case of "everyone for themselves". Be prepared to be jostled, pushed shoved, with queue jumping commonplace, the queue also stalled for period of up to 15 mins . It can be very frustrating, particularly when traveling with young children, however one must never lose sight of the sense of occasion, and demonstrate patience, tolerance and piety. I think that is what got me/us through the queuing experience. Also worth pointing out that the queue spans the length and breath of the temple's rooms, once in the final shrine area the pushing and jostling does get even more intense, we traveled there with my wife and I, and two children aged 10 and 8 years, I held on to my daughter's hand tightly (and wife, my son) and had we a plan incase we misplaced each other. At the actually shrine you literally have 3 to 5 seconds before your are ushered to move-on.
    Also worth mentioning that you are categorically not permitted to take recording devices (including mobile phones) into the shrine (your are searched), and have to check them into a cloakroom area beforehand... best advice, on the day of your visit best to leave everything at the hotel, or you'll have to queue again.
    The whole experience was certainly spiritual, moreover visiting the Sai Baba temple is a reflection of ones own emotions and sensibilities and trying to be the best version of ourselves!
    Written 21 March 2023
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  • CoolIndiantraveller
    New Delhi, India298 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kids enjoyed it, specially the standing of rat snake. If you are wearing shorts, then wear some mosquito repellent . Its worth the price and time spent, not too fancy
    Written 30 November 2023
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  • Ganapathy S
    Chennai (Madras), India26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good place for spending 1 day in outskirts of Chennai. Ticket price of rs. 750 for adults and 650 for children is reasonable. Attractions like Free Fall and Centrox are really enjoyable. I went with my family and my son's enjoyed a lot. Only Minus is very less water games.
    Written 29 December 2023
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