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.
Popular Questions And Answers on Chennai
Q. How is the weather in Chennai during Last week of December and January plz? Which places are the best to choose for vacation stay in Chennai plz?
2 years ago
The last week of December is comparatively colder but the temperature lies somewhere between 20 and 30 degree Celsius and remains the same until the end of January. Not so cold winters when compared (Read More)to the weather in other major cities. as Chennai is too hot in other months of the year heading to the beaches around Chennai would be a great idea. If you want to relax surrounded by music, then there's Madras Music Festival which is coming up too. If you get the time you could also visit Pondicherry which is just a 2-hour drive from Chennai for a good time in the beautiful city. There are abundant hotels in Chennai which can cater to your needs. Here's a list of hotels you can choose from.
Q. How can I make the most of a winter trip to Chennai? Is the cold harsh? I don’t mind travelling to the outskirts of the city.
2 years ago
There are no 'winters' as such in Chennai. Temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees, so the cold will not be much of a problem for you in planning your trip. Apart from that, there are numerous plac (Read More)es you could visit in Chennai. The Marina beach is a must. If you're an artchitecture junkie, then check out the Santhome Cathedral Basilica. Or you could visit the Arignar Anna Zoological Park 30km from the city and explore the wildlife of the region. Also, Snake Park and Crocodile Bank are quite interesting places.
1 year 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 (Read More) 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.
1 year 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 m (Read More)id 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 w (Read More)eather 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.