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Welcome to Chennai

Chennai

Area code: +91-44

A deep cultural mega city in the southern part of India, Chennai is proud to show off its colourful temples, famously spicy food and a rich historical architecture. Formerly known as Madras, the fascinating city is the capital of Tamil Nadu, one of the 29 Indian states. Its called India's Health Capital as it attracts 45percent of health tourists visiting India.

Here, colonial buildings and historic churches litter the old streets of the city. Although, Chennai is still traditionally conservative,  as it lacks the cosmopolitan glamour (and nightlife) of Mumbai, Bengaluru (Bangalore) and Delhi. However, Chennai offers a perfect blend of modern and traditional values. 

The city is just a short bus or train ride from some of South India’s most famous sights, including the ancient temples of Mamallapuram and the French outpost of Pondicherry

Information & Facts

Activities

Visit India's Oldest Bookstore

Higginbothams is over 150 years and its still selling books and holds the title of being India’s oldest bookshop. The bookstore was founded by an English stowaway, Abel Joshua Higgingbotham on Mount Road in 1844. It has an English language section, and worth a visit for the whitewashed colonial visage alone.

Explore Croc Bank 

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust was set up in 1976 to “promote the conservation of reptiles and amphibians and their habitats” and is still going strong. It’s safe to say they welcome visitors with welcome arms. Don’t leave without getting a look at Jaws III; at 16ft, he’s the largest captive croc in India.

Try out George Town's Street Food

Chennai is also famously known for its street food. When you visit, roll over to George Town’s maniacal streets and check out the street food. Dont be overwhelmed as there is so much to explore.

 

Climate

A typically tropical climate. Around May and June, temperature can reach as high as 35°C to 40°C (95°F to 104°F). Temperatures are more pleasant between November and January when it hovers around 28°C (83°F).

Eating Out

Try out Chennai's street foods. Although spicy, you can never get it wrong especially around George Town. 

Getting Around

Chennai has a dependable public transport system that caters for every pocket. The buses are the cheapest form of transport, although they can get heavily crowded- so avoid that if you can't cope. You can opt for the Chennai Metro. It is is a light rail system which opened in 2015 and travels from Alandur to Koyambedu, with further stations and lines under construction. Preloadable smartcards are available. 

Taxis are available infront of large hotels. You can board them to wherever you are heading but make sure you negotiate the fare before the start of the journey. If you are thinking of hiring a car, it would be better to get one with a driver as its cheap and less stressful.

 

 

Kids Attractions

Marina Beach

Take the kids to Chennai's main attractions to have the fun of their lives with lovely soft sand and cool waters.

Night Life

Nightlife in Chennai is not as interesting as  that of Mumbai, Bengaluru (Bangalore) or Delhi as there are only few bars and clubs that run till late after midnight. But some 5-star hotels like Pasha run lively nightspots that guarantees a glam night.

Shopping

Shopping in Chennai is big deal with big malls springing up everywhere. In George Town, you can find everything from paper and textiles to cosmetics and decorations.

For an array of great fabrics, cheap clothes and jewellery, and many more, you can head to the markets for your items. Burma Bazaar is renowned for its electronic goods,  while Mint Street is filled with kitchenware, textiles and jewellery.

Time

UTC +05:30

  • Fri, 20 Oct

    Drizzle. Morning clouds. Hot.

    94 | 82 °F

    Drizzle. Morning clouds. Hot.

    17 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Sat, 21 Oct

    Drizzle. Morning clouds. Hot.

    93 | 81 °F

    Drizzle. Morning clouds. Hot.

    23 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Sun, 22 Oct

    Afternoon clouds. Hot.

    95 | 80 °F

    Afternoon clouds. Hot.

    3 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Mon, 23 Oct

    Thunderstorms. Partly sunny. Warm.

    88 | 79 °F

    Thunderstorms. Partly sunny. Warm.

    35 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Tue, 24 Oct

    Strong thunderstorms. Morning clouds. Warm.

    89 | 81 °F

    Strong thunderstorms. Morning clouds. Warm.

    26 %  Chance of Precipitation

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