Scientist from Thiruvanmiyur felicitated

The members from ALMFOA (Achyuthan Lotus Manor Flats Owners Association) felicitated Dr.R.Venkatesan on Jan.7 at their association premises. Dr.R.Venkatesan has over 34 years of experience in Ocean Studies and now heads the ocean observation systems of National Institute of Ocean Technology. He recently received the prestigious ‘2017 Lock Heed Martin Award’ from the Marine Technology Society (MTS) at USA for the highest degree of technical accomplishment in the field of marine science. He was also awarded outstanding services certificate from UNO.

Dr.R.Venkatesan can be reached at 94443 99829.

Admissions open

Besant Arundale Senior Secondary School, a unit of Kalakshetra Foundation is accepting application for new admissions for the next academic year 2018 – 19, from Montessori to Class XI. Registration commences on Jan. 17.

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Adyar resident receives Award

J. Suryanarayana Moorthy, a Bharatanatyam teacher with 35 years of experience, has received an award “Acharya Kala Vipachee” from Srimath Babaji Bhonsle Chatrapati Maharaj, Senior Prince of Thanjavur, on Dec.31, 2017.
He is a student of Dhananjayan and has been a faculty at Kalakshetra for 17 years. He can be reached at 98402 37540.

Bird count programme

Pongal bird count, an annual bird monitoring programme for our State, where people observe birds for a minimum of 15 minutes and upload the sightings into the bird listing and documentation platform eBird will be held from January 13 to 17. For more details

Free tailoring course

Vocational Training Centre (VTC) for women, in the Theosophical Society (TS), Adyar imparts free tailoring and embroidery training to women. A new batch of tailoring will begin on Jan.18. Interested women, between the age group 18 and 50 can apply for the course. Students have to bring their own materials. For details contact 98406 93352, 99401 29669.

Candidates will have to bring 3 passport size photographs for admission, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to The Theosophical Society, 1, Besant Gardens, (opp. To Anbagam Church), Besant Avenue Road, Adyar.

Shore fishing competition at Kovalam

All India Game Fishing Association ( AIGFA ) is welcoming anglers to participate in the ‘Tamilnadu Surf Fishing Competition – 2018’, which will be held on Jan.20 and 21.

There is a registration fee of Rs.3,500 for AIGFA members and Rs. 4,500 for non members. According to the organisers the registration includes 2 years’ membership and merchandise. Baits, food and water bottle will be provided.

The participants must carry their own fishing rods and reels. Spot registration could be limited on a first come basis. The venue is Kovalam beach which is around an hour’s drive from Adyar.

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Otherwise known as ‘French Riviera of the East’, situated 161 km from Chennai, Pondicherry boasts endless stretches of beaches, colonial heritage buildings, churches, temples, French style townships and a mélange of food spots.

Take a walk at seaside promenade, catch the glimpse of birds at ‘Ousteri Lake’, revisit French colonisation in Pondicherry with the city’s iconic landmarks ‘French War Memorial’, ‘Gandhi Statue’ and ‘Old Lighthouse’ or indulge in water sports activities like scuba diving, jet skiing, parasailing and banana boat rides.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Notre Dame Des Anges, Auroville, Paradise beach, Pondicherry Museum, Botanical Garden, Gingee Fort, Viilianur temple, Jawahar Toy Museum, Le Club, Promenade Beach, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Sacred Heart Basilica and Sri ManakulaVinayagar temple are some of the important spots to stopover.

Visit the website to more details about the place.


Situated at Thiruvallur district, 66 km north of Chennai is Pulicat, a small seashore township known for its scenic beauty. The place houses ‘Pulicat Lake’ and the Pulicat Bird sanctuary. The lake is the second largest salt-water lagoon in India after the ‘Chilika Lake’ in Odisha.

The sanctuary has multitudes of birds like kingfishers, storks and flamingoes which adorn the landscape making it a haven for bird watchers and ornithologists. Apart from the lake, the place also prides itself as an important historic town, ruled by different colonial powers including Portuguese, Dutch and British; buildings such as the ‘Dutch Fort’, a ‘Dutch Cemetery’ and a church dating to the colonial era bear witness to it.

Visitors can also take a trip around the coastal villages in boats with the help of the local fishermen. For details, call 22351471.


Tharangambadi, formerly known as Tranquebar, is a fishing town in Nagapattinam situated on the Coromandal Coast of Bay of Bengal. It is approximately 286 km away from Chennai.

The place is ideal for people who love to learn fascinating facts about Indian history. Due to its Danish association, Tranquebar is famous for the Danish Fort, Dansborg. The Danish museum displays 17th century artifacts.

A bungalow situated at the King’s Street is famous for its culinary delicacies. Town Gate, New Jerusalem Church, Zion Church, Old Danish cemetery, Ziengenbalg Museum Complex, and the temple of Lord Saturn in Tranquebar are other places of interests.

The fort will be open from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Fridays are closed. For more details, visit

Kolli hills

‘Kolli hills’ is a small mountain range located in Namakkal district. Located in the Eastern Ghats, 362 km away from Chennai, the mountains rise to 1300m in height.

The tourists attractions includes Belukurichi track, Tampcol medicinal farm, Hairpin Bend view points 34, 35, 37, Masilla falls, Vasalurpatti Boat House, Siddhar caves, Namma Falls, Boat House and State Botanical Garden. A must-see tourist spot is the Aagaya-Gangai Falls near the Arappaleeswarar Temple.

Get clear views of valley side at Sirumalai view point, Selur Wireless view point, Seekuparai viewpoint and Binnam. For more details, visit


Lying approximately 50 km away from Mahabalipuram is Vedanthangal, a destination best known for its bird sanctuary, the oldest wildlife sanctuary in the country.

The Bird Sanctuary is spread over an area of 74 acres and is a home to many a species of migratory birds. Owing to its many lakes and water bodies, this destination attracts as many as 40,000 species of migratory birds, which includes 26 rare species as well.

The sanctuary will be open to public from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are priced from Rs.5. For details, call 22351471.


Yelagiri is a small hill station located in Vellore district situated amidst four mountains and well known for its salubrious climate prevailing throughout the year. Nature Park, Punganoor Lake park for boating, Jalagambarai Waterfalls, Government Herbal Farm and Telescope Observatory are some of the famous tourist spots here.

Yelagiri adventure camp has recently been started by the Tamil Nadu government in order to promote adventure activities at the hill station. The endeavours that make Yelagiri an attractive tourist spot includes mountain climbing, trekking, hiking and even paragliding.