Chennai is a city that’s brimming with energy. The city has a richly-diverse history and beautiful temples and beaches that make it a wonderful place to visit or live in.
However, there’s another side to Chennai that few people are aware of: its haunted places, full of ghosts and ghoulies. There are many places believed to be possessed with otherworldly spirits; these places are scattered throughout the city. Here are the top 10 most haunted places in Chennai.
Most Haunted Places in Chennai
1. De Monte Colony
The colony was built by a Portuguese businessman John De Monte. Legend has it that the businessman’s wife had been mentally ill and his son died under mysterious circumstances. This is what led him to suicide. There have been instances of pets and stray animals disappearing after entering the colony.
The haunting of the colony is so famous that it inspired a 2015 Tamil movie. Watchmen appointed here say that they have experienced being slapped at night. People have also reported locks on the gate being mysteriously opened without anyone present.
- Address: De Monte Colony, Abhiramapuram
2. Broken Bridge
The Broken Bridge in Besant Nagar was being built over the Adyar River as a means to connect the fisherman on the outskirts of Chennai to the main city. However, during a torrential downpour the bridge broke down and its construction was ceased. There have been many freak occurrences and claims by the locals.
Though the bridge has been shut, people say they have heard the screams and wails of children coming from the bridge in the wee morning hours. It is also said that a woman who was attacked and left for dead in the area haunts the bridge.
- Address: Broken Bridge, Theosophical Society
3. Besant Avenue Road
The Besant Avenue Road is a beautiful road which is dimly-lit. The road houses a school and a temple. However, this road has a sinister side to it. There have been reports of a ghost that attacks unsuspecting travellers and pedestrians.
People have sworn that after being attacked they have heard sounds of laughter from an invisible entity. In other stories, people claim to have been thrown from their vehicles. There have been several complaints filed with the police to catch the miscreant but, upon arrival, even the police have failed to find a logical explanation.
- Address: Besant Avenue Road
4. F2 building, Valmiki Nagar
The F2 Building in Valmiki Nagar is a mere 15 kilometers away from Chennai Airport. The building is perhaps the most well-known haunted house in Chennai. It had been the home of a father and his daughter for 10 years. The daughter committed suicide and it is her spirit that has been haunting the house.
People have claimed to hear the daughter sobbing and wailing at nights. There have been instances where people have seen the daughter locking the doors and windows of the house as well.
- Address: Valmiki Nagar, Kottivakkam
5. Wipro Technologies CDC5
The site where the current Wipro Park has been constructed was a graveyard in the 1980s. This fact alone should scare the living daylights out of you. There have been several instances where human apparitions have been witnessed at the IT park.
The watchmen here also claimed to have witnessed several ghost-like people who vanish into nothingness upon being called out to. Employees who work here also talk of their encounters with the paranormal and have been spooked by strange occurances.
- Address: Elcot SEZ, Survey No. 602/03, Elcot Sez, Sholinganallur
Karikattukuppam is the locality that had been hit by the tsunamis of 2004. The tsunami caused massive devastation and several lives were lost. It is said that the area, now lying in decay, is haunted by the souls of the people who passed away during the tragedy.
There are several abandon homes in the locality along with a temple. The temple seems to be the prime target of the hauntings as people have reported finding blood on the temple floors and other disturbing sights.
- Address: ECR Karikattukuppam, Muttukadu Post
7. East Coast Road
The East Coast Road is a highway that connects Chennai to Pondicherry and is one of the most serene drives by day. By night it’s a different story altogether. Drivers have claimed to see different apparitions on the road ranging from toddlers to animals.
It is said that these visions aim to distract the drivers and make them lose control of the wheel. There have been reports of the ghost of a toddler entering cars, staring at the drivers with glowing red eyes.
- Address: East Coast Road, SH 49
8. Anna Flyover
The place is infamous for the number of suicides that have taken place. People passing by the bridge have heard strange noises from an abandoned building near. There have also been cases where the sounds of laughter and cries have been heard and, when investigated, no people have been found there.
Another unexplained phenomenon is that the bridge and the abandoned building always seem to be eerily cold even on hot summer days.
- Address: Dr Radha Krishnan Salai, Rangaiah Garden, Mylapore
9. Theosophical Society
The Theosophical Society is a forest reserve close to the Adyar River in Valmiki Nagar. The reserve sees massive footfall during the day due to its natural beauty and the massive banyan tree that resides here.
After the sun settles, the Theosophical Society narrates a different story. There have been incidents where loud screams have been heard emanating from and around the Banyan tree. The voices seem to be calling out indistinct names. People who try to take photos after 7 often end up with blurry photos or photos filled with a white wisp. The watchmen also insist that you leave by 7 pm.
- Address: Adyar
10. Madras Christian College
The Madras Christian College is famous for a tragic romance. A boy, after learning his love was unrequited, committed suicide and it is his spirit that haunts the corridors of the Herber Hall in the college.
People say that he often “visits” the room he used to reside in and is more of a mischievous spirit rather than a malevolent one. There have been instances of footsteps being heard in empty corridors or taps that are left running.
- Address: East Tambaram, Tambaram
Whether you are a daredevil or supernatural seeker, our list of haunted places in Chennai covers them all. If you do decide to visit these places, let us know of your experiences in the comments section below