The fourth largest city of India, Chennai is convoluted with temples, churches and beaches. The ornamental heritage is surrounded by the sparkling and dynamic charm of a metro city having under its domain a night life you just don't want to miss.
This city offers to its visitors plentyful of places to stay at depending on the cash stashed in their pockets. All hotels are comfortable and provides basic amenities of comfort.The Accord Metropolitan,Ambassador Pallava,Hyatt Regency,Trident Chennai has world class interiors and are all all five star properties. Comfort in these hotels is defined by nothing less than heavely scented rooms, paparazzi filled restaurants and scenic views.
INR 4,400 - 16,000
INR 2,833 - 4,833
Accessible from all over the country and has excellent transport facilities.
Temperatures are very high from March to October. Most of the people do not speak Hindi and English, knowledge of basic Tamil may be required. Auto drivers are known to charge higher rates to non-locals
Chennai is ideal to be used as a base for people looking for a trip in South India. Chennai is also suitable for beach lovers. The Margazhi cultural festival ( Dec- Jan ) is perfect for aficionados of classical arts.
Day 1 - Reach Chennai by morning. Don't forget to sample Chennai's popular breakfast dishes like idli and dosa. Team it up with a glass of steaming hot filter coffee. Keep yourself busy with some shopping in some of the city's famous shopping areas like T.Nagar and Pondy Bazar. Head out to the bustling Marina or the relatively calmer Besant Nagar beach to catch the glorious sunset.
Day 2- Devote this day to checking out the magnificent Government Museum, the Birla Planetarium and the Guindy National Park. Do take a stroll through the breathtakingly vast and green campus of IIT- Madras.
Day 3 - Pay a visit to Chennai's gorgeous temples steeped in heritage. Take some time to appreciate the magnificent Theosophical Society. Catch a movie at one of the multiplexes here and try the fabulous South Indian cuisines available here. End the trip with a visit to North Chennai - the food and the shopping options there will amaze you!
If you are someone who loves shopping, then Chennai won't leave you disappointed. Being a metropolitan this town offers a lot to the tourists visiting this place. It has a tonne of wonderful shopping options ranging from the silk from Kancheepuram, traditional jewellery from Kumbakonam, metal works from Tanjavur to the stone carvings from Mamallapuram. Some of the important and famous shopping destinations in Chennai are Pondy Bazar, Anna Salai, T-Nagar, Anna Nagar, Egmore and Mylapore. For the people looking for high-end branded shopping, there are also several malls in Chennai like the Spencer Plaza, Chennai Citi Centre, Express Avenue and Phoenix Market City.
Despite being a metropolitan, Chennai's nightlife is not as happening as you would expect it to be. Though the nightlife scene has been improving in the recent years, yet most of the bars and pubs only regulate in high-end hotels due to some regulations. The bars and pubs are prohibited from regulating after midnight. Some of the mid-range hotels also have drinking room where you can have a nice time. Some of the famous bars and nightclubs in Chennai are The Westminster, Zara's 10 Downing Street, The Leather Bar, Pasha and Elixir. Make sure to dress neatly as most of these places have a strict dress code.
Chennai like any sparkling city that is constantly growing and expanding in all its spheres, fosters a cuisine that provides countless options. The city has a vibrant street food cultures as well as well laid out and flattering fine dining experiences. While you can try an number of cuisines and foods here, one must not miss what Chennai is known for- traditional and authentic South-Indian cuisine. Hence do not miss the filter coffee as well as items like Idli, Dosa, Appam, Vada, Upma, Sambhar, Parotha, Chettinad Chicken, Pepper Chicken, Chicken Stew, Sweet Pongal, Kesari, Payassam and much more.
By Pallavi Siddhanta
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.