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Chennai is hot in the literal sense and also in an experiential manner! Hot places to see, hot food to cherish and hot experiences overall. Right from the cuisine, the hustling busy shopping experience and the buzz around the beach, everything stays with you forever. To explore the adrenaline rush don't miss the cattamaran ride on the beach. The temples are divine and the shopping around T-nagar can get you really crazy! A holiday in Chennai is truly delicious, spicy, sporty, exciting, literally and otherwise!

We started our drive from Bangalore on a Friday morning and took the Hosur - Krishnagiri- Vellore - Chennai road. Smooth highway; the toll cost pinches you a bit but its worth the drive. The outskirts were busy with traffic expecting the crowds to move in and out on a Friday. After a brief break for breakfast and lunch we drove into the city of the Super Kings. Busy roads, metro construction, movie posters and a hot weather welcomed us; which we expected.

We had taken a guest house in the busy T Nagar area almost the center of the city. A good 3 bedroom house that could accommodate 10 of us. We ventured out in the evening to catch a glimpse of the shopping and drove to the happening Besant Nagar Beach. A place known for its young crowd and a superb view of the beach. A nice walk with the typical boiled peanuts in your hand and a stroll into the beach area to get a superb view of the ocean is a must. On your way out do try a piece of the spicy mirchi bajjis fried hot there. Do carry a bottle of water just for your safety.

We drive again to T Nagar and feasted at the popular Murugan Idly shop with some different variety of Idlys and then headed to the room for an early sleep by 11! We were woken up with the wonderful Chennai filter coffee. The very smell itself is hugely addictive. Got ready quickly and went for a good breakfast at a nearby joint and headed by 10ish to the popular Renganathan Street in Tnagar, known for its wide variety of dress shops and a large crowd all the time. Even though we walked away with half a dozen bags each it dint quite pinch our pockets that much. Don't forget to bargain and get your negotiating skills a test !

After a meal at Anjappar joint, a must try for non vegetarians for the huge variety of dishes and cuisines on offer, we headed to the 2nd longest sea shore in the world, the Marina Beach. A walk around the evening is pleasant and this beach is more crowded and more activities options to choose from. The balloon shooting and the gala games are an added attraction.

Post that we drove to the popular East Coast road, to go to Mayajaal, a multiplex with lot of eating options. Had good food in the food court and went to Prathana Drive in Theatre. A one of a kind experience of watching movie in a driving mode. Seated in your cars or just walking along or coming and siting on the floor, this movie watching experience is unique and will stay with you for long. A long drive back at 1st with empty roads gave us a good glimpse of the city by night.

The next day was a leisurely start at 10 AM, and a heavy meal directly at the ever popular Saravana Bhavan joint in T Nagar and post which we hit the East coast road again for an even more crazy experience. We went to the Muttukaadu Lake area and had a good time. After this wonderful experience we headed to Blue Bay resort on ECR and stayed for a night. Refreshed and we were ready for the beach yet again. A long walk along the beach and a night dinner along the beach was a heavenly feeling and a nice time to talk and chit chat with friends with a fresh sea breeze giving you company. The next morning we got up early around 7 to have a swim in the beach and that was a great start to the day. After a sumptuous breakfast at the resort, we headed our way back via Tambaram towards the Vellore and Bangalore highway with some crazy memories.

Truly in its own style the land of the Super Kings was a crazy experience; amazing food, great hospitality, diverse experiences, adrenaline rushes, serene beaches and a hot climate to top it all.
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Sathish Varadharaj
  • Sathish Varadharaj
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"Many shopping places and entertainment centers" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
One of the fastest moving and heavy traffic city in India. Skywalk, Express Avenue and T Nagar are the shopping places around Chennai. Marine Beach is one of best tourist place in Chennai. For watching movies many high class theaters are available like Satyam, Inox and Mayajaal. Totally, it's a good entertaining city and a must visit city in India.
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Harish
  • Harish
  • 4 Reviews

"A lovely and relaxing place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
On our way to Madurai and Rameswaram, a religious trip, we planned to spend a day at Chennai and visit the historic Kapaleeshwar Temple. It proved out to be a lovely and relaxed evening at Chennai. From the airport, we took a pre-paid taxi and reached Hotel Savera. Our choice of the hotel proved out to be correct as the hotel was centrally located and near the Kapaleeswar temple, Santhome Cathedral as well as Marina Beach. We could visit all the three places in just three to four hours, spending enough time at each place and clicking a photo/video here and there. We also spent some time at a beautifully decorated shopping mall located at Dr. Radhakrishna Salai, the road from our hotel to the marina beach. The radio taxis proved to be affordable than using a taxi arranged by the hotel and we used the same for going back to the airport the next day. It was a great place.
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Anant shri panthri
  • Anant shri panthri
  • 3 Reviews

"Ascetic beauty;great experience" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Overall experience was awesome. During my brief stay I enjoyed a lot and had a great experience of the atmosphere as well as face absolutely no problem. The beauty was ascetic whereas all the amenities and facilities were provided without even a reminder. Hospitality 100%,must to visit this hotel as well as flight.
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Pavan reddy Yasa
  • Pavan reddy Yasa
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"City with best shoping malls" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Chennai have beautiful beaches like Besantnagar and Marina. Shopping malls in Chennai are too good. Phoenix and Velachery are a must visit malls in Chennai. It was a superb place to enjoy. Food is good with affordable prices. We went to Dimora Velachery and Sangeetha Velachery which are nice places to eat. There are many other places like Zoological Park in Chennai to visit and its a nice destination. Better opt public transportation rather than auto rickshaws as they are not affordable. Chennai have better public transit facilities with local trains connecting almost all the places. So better go for it.
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Mohana sundaram Siva kumar
  • Mohana sundaram Siva kumar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Chennai is a nice place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Chennai has a very strong history and all its fame can be attributed to the Raja of Chandragiri who was the first person to lay out the foundation for establishing the city of Chennai. This place has a lot of history and certainly enjoyed and had a good time.
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Gc Sujin
  • Gc Sujin
  • 1 Review

"Super Chennai Experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
So many MNC's there in Chennai. WIPRO, TCS, CTS and so many MNC's are functioning in Chennai. Largest beach Marina is located in Chennai. Tamil is the common language in Chennai. But Malayalam and Telugu speaking peoples are widely staying in Chennai. So many Malls are there in chennai. Express Avenue is one of the Mall in chennai. So Chennai was awesome.
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Karthik Keyan
  • Karthik Keyan
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Good city" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Always Chennai will be the best and the suitable destination in India. This is because of the availability of a number of tourist attractions like Marina Beach, Valluvar Kottam, etc. I was totally very happy when I was enjoying the trip. I stayed for at least one month and visited all sorts of attractions. So always go out with your family or your friends to make it a comfortable and a memorable one.
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Pritpal singh
  • Pritpal singh
  • 6 Reviews

"It was Okay" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We had only a day for Chennai and as I had been to the place earlier and visited almost all other places than Golden beach. So we decided to go to the golden beach. On arrival at golden beach we came to know that it is a resort and had to buy ticked to enter the resort. Each ticked Costed Rs. 225/- (Camera charges extra). They had a few other things there viz. rides which were average. Toilets were not clean and were very untidy. The beach was very good and that was all there at golden beach
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Birra Eduru
  • Birra Eduru
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 3 Reviews

"There are a lot of things to explore" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Fort is very good ...But totally messed up by tourists. The guides can demand any amount they feel, but without them the fort looks blank since you cannot make out the history behind the architecture. The Light show in evening is one of the most boring shows I have ever seen in India.. Avoid Summer season for a visit. There are a lot of ruins to see at Golkonda Fort especially is you take the long hike to the top of the fort. It was a very humid day when I went. I recommend you take bottled water with you, wear good rock gripping shoes, and get some Odomos mosquito repellent cream to put on. The sound and light...
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Sunil Reddy
  • Sunil Reddy
  • 3 Reviews

"Don't visit Chennai" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
NO! You should not visit this destination. First thing is you will die in the sun. It is really hot in Chennai. And then the food, you hardly get any other food except idly and dhosa.
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Chennai Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: City
  • Altitude: 6 m
  • Pincode: 600001
  • District: Chennai
  • Language: Tamil
  • STD code: 044
  • Weather: Summer 23 to 37°C, Winter 20 to 28°C
Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu and the fourth largest city in India. Located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai is popularly known as ‘the gateway to the South’ as it is the seat of culture and learning in South India. Hailed as the automobile capital of India, Chennai is the third largest commercial and industrial hub of India.

As per folk lore, the name ‘Chennaipattinam’ arrived from the Chenna Kesava Perumal temple. It is also believed that the region was named after Damarla Chennappa Nayakudu, who was the Nayaka of Kalahasthi and Vandavasi. Several tools related to the Stone Age recovered from Pallavaram of Chennai, by the Archaeological Survey of India, points to the fact that Chennai region held a megalithic cultural establishment.  

The recorded history of Chennai can be dated back to 1st century AD, when it was regarded as an important military and economic hub. Later Chennai was ruled by many South Indian dynasties like the Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas and Vijayanagara. The Portuguese arrived at Chennai during 1522 and they were followed by the Dutch in 1612.  

The British East India Company came to Chennai in 1639. It was the adjacent village of Madraspattinam that was chosen as the place to settle in by the British. The town of George Town, with the fort of St. George became their stronghold in the South. George Town was granted its first municipal charter in 1688, which makes it the oldest municipal corporation in India.

In the 17th century, Madraspattinam and Chennaipattinam were merged by the British and it was renamed as Madraspattinam. By the end of 18th century, most of Tamil Nadu came under their control. Under British rule Chennai was transformed to become a major urban centre and naval base in South India. It was in 1996 that ‘Madras’ or ‘Madraspattinam’ was renamed as ‘Chennai’ by the Tamil Nadu State Government.

Chennai, today, is one of the major tourist destinations in South India. Chennai is famous for its temples and churches which are considered as fine examples of architecture and craftsmanship. Parthasarathy Temple, Kaapaleshwar temple, Ashtalakshmi temple, Santhome Cathedral Basilica, Velankanni Church, etc. are some of the famous religious attractions in Chennai.

The highlight of Chennai tourism is its beaches. Chennai is home to one of the longest urban beaches in the world, Marina Beach, which is 12 km long. The months from November to March are the best time to visit Chennai, when the weather is pleasant.

The city also enjoys a vibrant culture, which is an amalgamation of the old and new. Of the many festivals celebrated, Tamil New Year is one of the biggest. It is celebrated by locals with great pomp and fervour. Festivities, feasting and giving gifts mark the occasion. The festival is also known as Puthandu in many parts of Tamil Nadu. Tamil New Year is considered an auspicious time by Tamilians to start something new. 

The vicinity of Chennai to Mamallapuram, Pondicherry, Kanyakumari, Chidambaram, Tiruvallur, Tirupati, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Swamithoppe, Kanchipuram, Thanjavur,   Tiruvannamalai and Tiruchirapalli makes it a hotspot among tourists.

Anna International Airport lies 7 km south of Chennai. The airport is connected by several international airlines including Air India, British Airways, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Air Lanka and Malaysia Airlines. Pre-paid taxis and airport coaches are available at the airport.

Chennai has three major railway stations - the Chennai Central is the biggest, Egmore station and Tambaram station. For quick access across the city, the recently introduced north-south MRTS (Mass Rapid Transport System) can be boarded. Chennai Central and Egmore are the main railway stations that link north and west India, respectively with south India.

At Chennai, most government bus services for Tamil Nadu which is TSTC and other private buses ply to all the cities in the state. The interstate bus service now operates from the newly opened Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Salai, Koyembedu and is believed to be the largest bus station in Asia. Private bus services along with deluxe Volvo bus services are available from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Cochin and Coimbatore.

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