One of the oldest amusement/theme parks in the city, the VGP Golden Beach Resort is perhaps the most popular landmark along Chennai’s East Coast Road. Located at the edge of the city in Injambakkam, the VGP Universal Kingdom amusement park attracts large crowds on the weekends and boasts several new and exciting rides and attractions. The resort is also home to a number of restaurants and drinking options and is one of the most visited commercial attractions in the city.
If you are an art lover driving along the ECR, then the Cholamandal Artists’ Village is one stop you should definitely make. One of the most important art destinations in the city, it is impossible to talk about the artistic heritage and culture of Chennai without mentioning Cholamandal, the largest artists’ commune in the country. The sprawling campus was founded in 1966 and was the centre of the Madras Art Movement that lasted from the 50s to the 80s. The Village is also home to a gallery that houses some of the important artworks to have come out of Chennai’s art scene.
Driving along the ECR is in itself quite a pleasurable experience. But if you’re looking for some excitement and speed without endangering your life, your best option is to stop by one of the several offroad attractions along ECR. The most popular among these are Kart Attack and ECR Speedway for go-karting and Offroad Sports ECR for everything else from Jet Skiing and ATVs to even paintball.
Popularly known as Croc Bank, the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust is not only one of the best-known attractions along ECR but is also an extremely important wildlife venue in all of Chennai. Declared a medium zoo in the 90s, the sprawling Croc Bank campus is home to over 2,400 crocodiles and over 4,000 reptiles in total, making it one of the largest reptile conservatories in the country. While visiting the Croc Bank just to witness the majestic reptiles is a worthwhile affair, a highly recommended activity is visiting it in the late evening for the night safari, where visitors can tour the Croc Bank with guides and torches in the dark and witness the crocs at their wildest best.