Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu which is known for its gorgeous temples , beautiful beaches , Kanchipuram silks and gold jewellery . Chennai is a world renowned cultural center for the performing arts such as Bhartnatyam and Carnatic music. Its handicrafts, which take the form of bronze statues and brass lamps , are evocative of the temple friezes and decorations. The designs and patterns on the Kanchipuram silk sarees also draw inspiration from the sculptures in the temples. If you are a first time visitor to Chennai , visit the Kapaleeswara Temple in Mylapore to get a flavor of the local ambience .The temple pond is surrounded by street shops selling fresh flowers, fruits, bangles ,mud dolls and such stuff . Sukra is a well known silver ware shop on the west side of the pond. The other shops nearby include RASI, which is famous for Kanchipuram silks ,Giri Brothers for all items related to household worship and music and Shanti Tailors who specialize in dance costumes and jewellery. Some of the best gold jewellery shops can be found in Chennai.