Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu, in the southern part of India. Located on the Coromandel coast of Bay of Bengal, Chennai is as dynamic as it is immersed in tradition. This 'capital of the south', is one among the four metropolitan siblings of India, having a rich cultural history which it perfectly balances with its metropolis lifestyle.
Amid its chaos of traffic and sweltering humid climate, Chennai is worth visiting for its temples steeped in south-Indian culture, British-era museums and monuments, culinary delights and Marina Beach (Second largest urban beach in the world). Chennai's skyline is famous for its towering skyscrapers, but the heart of Chennai has an old-world charm to it that refuses to be overshadowed.
10 months ago
I took my children there yesterday. We all very sad to see that an elephant chained to tree. It was all by itself and clearly under a lot of distress as it rocked back and forth and whipped the chain around. The area it is kept in is large but has no fence or moat to keep the elephant in. This needs to change. Elephants are extremely emotional, intelligent, social animals, and chaining them to tree alone is incompletely inhumane. I really hope they make changes to this. All of the other animals seemed to have free range of appropriate size enclosures.
8 months ago
Been there for three days , need 2-3 more to cover Chennai. City of Chennai has old world charm. What I can say after three days that people are good, helpful most of the time, local street food or mid range food joints are very cheap but one thing that is negative is that auto drivers there tends to overcharge you in double or triple.
2 years ago
Good for shopping, food and medical facilities. I wouldn't recommend the beaches such as Marina Beach, it was very dirty and crowded. Still developing compared to the other metropolitan cities. The weather is very harsh so do use a lot of sunscreen. Transport may be a problem, apart from that Chennai makes for a good short trip.