If you’re new to a city, clubs and groups are a great way to get to know the place, and to meet people with similar interests. If you’re a local, groups are also a fun way to discover a new side of your city.
Whether you enjoy curling up with book or exploring the great outdoors, namma Chennai has something for everyone.
The Great Outdoors:
If the idea of exercise makes you happy, and trekking through jungles is your idea of a perfect holiday, Chennai has many clubs to choose from. The Outdoor Activities’ Club is for anyone who loves the great outdoors. The Club offers trekking, hiking, bicycling, kayaking, angling and bird watching activities. The group has great opportunities to explore nature, and organizes frequent camping trips. Located on NH5, the club is great for week end activities.
There are clubs for those of you who prefer to stay in the warmth and the comfort of the indoors, curled around a book. Book Buff Company is a group that meets regularly to discuss, and review various novels, exchange books and talk about anything literary, over cups of coffee.
Chennai has a vibrant theatre culture. Unleash you’re inner drama queen by joining one of the many theatre groups in the city. Theatre groups such as Madras Players, Theatre Y and Crea- Shakti offer you a chance not only to act, but also to volunteer in production and direction as well.
Lights, Camera, Action:
If you hope to direct your own film someday, Refractions (RefrACTIONS) is the place to start. The activities of the club are inclusive of the various aspects of film making, such as production, direction, script writing, acting and even film criticism. With notable speakers offering input and expert advice, this club is a great opportunity to hone your skills and showcase your talent!
Head’s up shutterbugs:
Chennai has plenty of groups and clubs with regard to photography. The Photographic Society of Madras is one such group. The group conducts regular classes, as well as organizing photography tours regularly. Another great club to join is the Chennai photographers models group. This group is for both aspiring models and photographers. Apart from the occasional photo shoot, they also arrange for regular photography camps.
If you’re planning on starting your own business, Chennai has a host of clubs to choose from. The Startups Club is a group that provides support for the practical aspects of business. Whether you have vague business ideas, own a company or plan on starting out on your own, the Chennai Entrepreneurs Meetup Group offer industry advice regarding business and entrepreneurship. Members of the group meet to network, brainstorm and share resources in order to get over common obstacles.
Cracking the code:
A variety of clubs teach members the basics of computer languages, coding and operating platforms. Groups such as Chennai Titanium, Chennai Embedded Linux Networkgroup, Analytics for Business and Chennai Electronics Design Technology Meetup provide members an opportunity to hone their existing software skills, and acquire knowledge from industry experts.
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Toastmasters is a club that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. It helps individuals get over stage fear, and enables people to present themselves more effectively. There is a Toastmasters club in almost every locality in the city; it’s a great way to meet new people, while developing one’s communication skills.
Every surfer remembers their first wave. The Bay of Life – First Wave surfing school offers lessons to people of all ages. The organization offers a variety of both short and long term courses. Bay of Life provides members with the surf board, and accessories. In just a couple of classes you could catch your own wave. Given Chennai’s great beaches, it‘s a fun club to join.
The X Factor
For those of you who believe that Life is either a daring adventure or nothing, Chennai has a lot to offer. Everest Base Camp Trekking – We Ramblers is a community of enthusiastic members looking for daring adventurous activities world over. The club organizes treks to Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Ranges and Zanskar Region, bike rides along some of the world’s most perilous roads, scuba diving in the Arabian Sea and much more. Touchwood Club is another group that also regularly organizes trekking, biking and other adventure based activities.
If you are passionate about biking, Madras Bulls is your ideal club. Madras Bulls regularly undertake long road trips across the country, and members are expected to participate in the rides and events. The club members typically ride the bullet series of motor cycles from the Royal Enfield stable. The MadBulls meet at 7 PM on every second Saturday at Maya Motors, LB Road, Adyar.
No matter what your area of interest is, there is a club for you. These are just few of the many activity clubs in the city, so choose a club and join, as groups are a great way to unwind and relax.