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Awesome Eco Park

Awesome Eco Park  Video Review

Chetpet Lake

Maha Raj
20th Oct 17

Superb Eco Park

Superb Eco Park  Video Review

Chetpet Lake

Maha Raj
20th Oct 17

Marina sea beach, don't fulfill expectations

Marina sea beach, don't fulfill expectations  Video Review

Marina Beach

Imran mollah
8th Jan 18

Thiruneermalai temple

Thiruneermalai temple  Video Review

Ranganatha Perumal Temple (Thiruneermalai)

Mohan Thulasingam
31st Dec 17

Children park

Children park  Video Review

Guindy National Park

2nd Dec 17

Lovely Marina beach

Lovely Marina beach  Video Review

Marina Beach

Prashenjeet Nag
10th Nov 17


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Marina Beach

Prashenjeet Nag
10th Nov 17

Beautiful Ambience

Beautiful Ambience  Video Review

Marina Beach

Laraib Alam
10th Nov 17

Marina Beach-Beautiful

Marina Beach-Beautiful  Video Review

Marina Beach

Laraib Alam
10th Nov 17

Beautiful Beach

Beautiful Beach  Video Review

Marina Beach

Manish Sahu
10th Nov 17

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Reasons to go to Chennai

1For its perfect blend of culture, tradition and urbanization.
For its perfect blend of culture, tradition and urbanization.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Giri Dharan says, “ Marina Beach is a very good place to relax.You can expect a lot of couples here but you can also enjoy with your family. Here, the experience of watching the sun rise and sunset was captivating and breathtaking. ”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Ajo Koshy Joseph says, “The San Thome Basilica in  Mylapore ia a must visit in Chennai. This place gave me a very unique feeling. The church includes a very big hall, a museum and the tomb church. It is a great place to pray and meditate.”


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2To be captivated
To be captivated

HolidayIQ Reviewer Mariya Dinesh shares, “There are so many Amusement Parks in Chennai. But by comparing all theme parks Queens Land is the best. I went there with my 17 friends. We enjoyed a lot and we were worried while leaving the park. If you want to enjoy the day at an ultimate level never miss Queens Land. But never go alone, go with your gang and rock the place.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Arun Rajan shares, “It is one of the best amusement parks in India. The entry fee is very cheap when compared to other theme parks. You have a lot of rides to enjoy and everyone from kids to elders will have a ride to enjoy. The place is worth the visit and money spent.


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3Go on a walk through the Thalankuppam Pier
Go on a walk through the Thalankuppam Pier

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq shares, “A city that has many signs of antiquity, but advanced on the modern race track with great intensity, and the city is an example of the development.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Ravi Jaiswal says, “The city has a bit of more sun intensity but you won't mind that if you lose to see the Indian tradition and second largest beach in the world. ”


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4Chennai to Tranquebar
Chennai to Tranquebar

The East Coast Road is known to be one of the most picturesque drives in India, and many use it to drive down from Chennai to Pondicherry on their days out. But if you are looking for more, we recommend that you drive down further to the tranquil erstwhile Danish outpost of Tranquebar.

HolidayIQ Traveller Travel Bound from Mumbai says, “Tranquebar is far from the crowds and not a very popular destination but a great place to relax. The road from Chennai to Tranquebar barely a single lane road.”


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5Learn a local language
Learn a local language

It's polite to at least begin your encounters and transactions by trying to speak in the language of the place you're visiting. It doesn’t matter how many mistakes you make, the locals would appreciate the effort and offer to help. It’s also a great conversation starter.

Bhanu Pratap : Chennai is the place where I got my first official assignment and my career in my organisation started from there. It is the most memorable town where the Tamil culture exist in its full swing. People from all over the world make this town a multi colours and multi religious. Mix of English-Tamil-Telugu-Hindi- Bengali and Punjabi languages is frequently observed throughout the town.


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Debashis roy

Debashis roy5.0/5

4 reviews

Chennai surprises still

Chennai as a destination for first or second time travelers have a lot to offer in terms of sight seeing, testing local cuisine, shopping and collecting arts and crafts. Being a veteran of travelling Chennai over past forty years I personally look for finer things having done all that. A quiet sunset watching from the St. Thomas mount with the airport runway in the foreground, or feeling the warmth of rising sun at Gandhi beach over the bay of Bengal in a clear sky with autumn clouds hovering over the horizon are the things I enjoy. Trying ethnic food is still a favourite at the Balaji Bhawan or at Rajdhani in Phoenix mall velachery

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  • Chennai surprises still
  • Chennai surprises still
  • Chennai surprises still
  • Chennai surprises still

Abhishek gami

Abhishek gami5.0/5

2 reviews


I have visited many places in andaman nicobar island. Weather was quite good as expected . Food and Shopping: Shopping was quite a good experience. For veg. You have to do some struggle but south indian food was amazing.

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Chennai Overview

History of Chennai

Chennai is the capital 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. Chennai, today, is one of the major tourist destinations in South India.

People and Culture of Chennai

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.

Things To Do in Chennai

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.

Photos of Chennai

Marina Beach, Chennai

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Deepankar Sarma

Marina Beach, Chennai
Marina Beach, Chennai

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Deepankar Sarma

Marina Beach, Chennai
Marina Beach, Chennai

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Deepankar Sarma

Marina Beach, Chennai
Marina Beach, Chennai

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Pratik Jena

Marina Beach, Chennai

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