Chennai

Chennai

A metropolitan city with a traditional heart and an old-world charm, Chennai is the gateway to Dravidian India. While tall skyscrapers line its horizon, the real Chennai lies in the ancient districts of Mylapore and Triplicane, where ancient temples, famous eateries, and thousands of legends & lore come together to create its cultural tapestry. Welcome to this beautiful capital of Tamil Nadu for a delightful south India experience.

Alluring Attractions of Chennai

Kapaleeshwarar Temple

Kapaleeshwarar Temple

An iconic temple and the most photographed structure in Chennai, Kapaleeshwarar Temple is known for its brilliant colors, towering Gopurams, a sacred tank, exquisite sculptures, and a host of myths & legends. Originally believed to be built by the Pallavas in the 7th century, this Shiva temple was destroyed by Portuguese invaders, and then rebuilt in the 16th century.

Santhome Cathedral

Santhome Cathedral

This church is believed to be built over the remains of St. Thomas, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ, who traveled to India in 52 AD, died here in 78 AD and was interred at this site. Tall steeples, dome-shaped windows, stain glass interiors, and elegant pews characterize this beautiful church. Do visit St. Thomas’ tomb behind the church and check out the museum showcasing his relics.

Fort George

Fort George

The first English fortress in India, Fort George, built-in 1644, is now home to the state legislature. A tour of this impressive structure takes you through its sprawling grounds that house beautiful churches and a fascinating museum displaying the artifacts of the bygone era.

Government Museum

Government Museum

This expansive museum complex, spread over six buildings, is a goldmine of antiques and heritage treasures from across the world. Set up in 1851, this colonial-era museum showcases a range of prehistoric relics, ancient inscriptions, palm-leaf manuscripts, sculptures, wooden carvings, paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Roman antiques, and a host of curios from the past.

Marina Beach

Marina Beach

Endless stretches of sand, picturesque sunrise & sunsets, and cool breeze greets you at Marina Beach, one of the longest urban beaches in the world. While mornings here bring walkers, joggers, and yoga practitioners, evenings are much festive with peddlers plying their wares, vendors selling street food, balloon sellers, cotton candy, and ice cream carts taking over the pavements on the beach road.

Other Attractions of Chennai

Other Attractions of Chennai

Valluvar Kottam Monument -Dedicated to Tamil poet-philosopher Thiruvalluvar
Madras War Cemetery- Commemorating the martyrs of WWII
Guindy National Park- A wealth of flora & fauna

Fairs and Festivals of Chennai

Fairs and Festivals of Chennai

Pongal-Winter Harvest Festival, celebrated in January
Theppam- Annual float festival in Kapaleeshwarar Temple, celebrated in January
Margazhi Festival of Dance and Music- A celebration of Carnatic music and classical dance, Bharatnatyam, celebrated ever year in December/January.

Shopping in Chennai

Shopping in Chennai

Check out the local markets for a range of gorgeous Kanchivaram silk saris, intricate gold jewelry, Tanjore gold leaf paintings, wooden toys, miniature musical instruments, and stone-carved figurines as the capital showcases the best of Tamil Nadu.

Food in Chennai

Food in Chennai

A city where a lot has changed over the centuries, staple food remains the same. Thi land of delicious idly-dosa-sambhar is also known for its Chettinad chicken, piquant Rasam, spicy prawns, and the sumptuous Madrasi Thali.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this classic south Indian city would be in winter from October to February.

How to reach

By Air - Chennai International Airport connects the city with major cities across the globe.

By Rail - Chennai’s three major railway stations- Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, and Tambaram; connect the city to the rest of India by numerous direct & indirect trains.

By Road - A well-maintained network of roads and highways connects Chennai to major cities in India.

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