From the scent of fresh jasmine on streets to the roars of the ocean and from the waft of authentic filter coffee in the air to soul-warming sunsets, Chennai holds many lures. The rare combination of modern and traditional is aced by the city that is known as "India's health capital" and the safest city in the country as well as it is known for its rich traditional Carnatic music and its centuries old temples.
Top Things to Do In Chennai
Chennai travel features beach time at the Marina Beach and the Elliot's Beach. The history of Chennai can be sought at Vivekanandar Illam, Valluvar Kottam, Fort St. George, Victoria Public Hall and Ripon Building whereas for a close encounter with the city’s flora and fauna, one can pay Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Guindy National Park, Chetpet Lake and Adyar Eco Park a visit. One of the most exciting experiences for a traveller to Chennai could be a visit to DakshinaChitra, a living history museum, highlighting over 4000 artefacts from the South of India. Kalakshetra, a centre mainly dedicated to the revival of the Indian dance form of Bharatnatyam offers a window into the said traditional dance form which is mesmerising, to say the least. The families with kids will have a great time at the four leading amusement parks as well as thousands of multiplexes where movies from Tamil film industry are played. Catch a show at one of the malls, featuring a major star (Rajnikant, if possible) and you’ll have a movie-watching experience that parallels none.
Where to Stay
If you aren’t looking to stay near the Chennai International Airport or the Chennai Egmore Railway Station, you can look at areas from where major city attractions are around. These include Marina Beach hotels as well as accommodation options in Theagaraya Nagar or T Nagar, a renowned shopping hub. You can also look at Mount Road, Mylapore, Gandhi Nagar as well as Ashok Nagar for staying close to the best hopping hubs, entertainment districts, restaurants, multiplexes and parks in Chennai.
A haven for south Indian cuisine, Chennai serves sumptuous regional cuisine at its world-class restaurants as well as local markets. Check out Avartana, ITC Grand Chola, Murugun Idli Shop, Kaaraikudi, Junior Kuppanna, Sigree for indulgence and Anmol Mohit Lassi, Kaalathi News Mart, Alsa Mall Bread Omelet and Links Purasawalkkam for value for money meals.
Shopping and Nightlife
Shopping enthusiast will find a souvenir fix at T. Nagar, George Tow, Parrys Corner, Burma Bazaar and Moore Market. The nightlife in Chennai is buzzing and vibrant and can be best experienced at one of the many bars, pool parlours, lounges and clubs. Some of the hottest bars and pubs in the city include 10 Downing Street, Ink 303, Sudaka, Illusions, Bay 146, Pasha and Blend amongst many others.
How to Get to Chennai
British Airways, Jet Airways, Etihad and Emirates are some of the airlines offering flights from London Heathrow to Chennai International Airport. BA operates non-stop flights on the route, with a flight time of 10hrs (approximately). Other key UK airports like London Gatwick are well connected to the Indian city as well. Read more ...