Lighthouse are city’s pride just because of the view it provides which is similar to that created by an airplane and to see this kind of spellbound view, all you need is just 20 rupees. Though it was constructed and opened in 1977, visitors with a lot of restrictions were allowed only till 1991. With Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination this landmark of Chennai was closed for public, it was renovated, remodeled with lots of protection and successfully reopened to visitors as Chennai Kalangarai Vilakkam on November 2013. It is one of the few lighthouses in the world and only one with an elevator in India.
The opening time is very limited from 10 a.m to 1 p.m in the morning and 3 p.m to 6 p.m in the afternoon. They also have a museum downstairs which cost 20/head and if you want to take a DSLR, it is charged 50/- (Approx.). It gives the opportunity to use the stairs or the elevators since it is located on the 10th floor, stairs are not properly maintained and cleaned, it is obvious to see the waiting queues for lifts.
The total height is about 45-50 meters and it is 99 meters above the sea level. On an average 1000 – 1500 people visits in a day and the number doubles during weekends, although there is a certain level of restrictions as just 25 – 30 persons are allowed at a time and staying time at the top depends on the people waiting, the maximum of 15 minutes should be relaxed. If you haven’t been there yet, go catch the view of the bird’s eye 🙂
It’s always a distinct landmark for people in Chennai. You can witness beautiful view of the Chennai city along with the beach as you stand up here. Also you can feel the great sea breeze which you can’t get anywhere in the city. Being a proud logo of Chennai, this is the most memorable place for many.