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Temples and colonial monuments, food and festivals combine to showcase the best of South India’s artistic and religious heritage.
Colonial-era relics, temples and a rich food and arts scene welcome visitors to Chennai. The city was established as a British trading post in 1639. Now Chennai is India’s fourth-largest city and the capital of the southeastern Tamil Nadu state. Chennai’s people are welcoming. A variety of attractions presents the chance to experience the best of Tamil culture.
Chennai’s historic heart is George Town, a medley of narrow streets and bazaars lined with traditional silk and spice shops. Admire the architecture of the red-sandstone High Court and take a tour of the 18th-century Armenian Church, one of the oldest churches in India. Learn about Chennai’s history at the museum of Fort St. George, India’s first British-built fortress.
Take a rickshaw to the Government Museum, set in a complex of British-era buildings. Check out the ancient bronze sculptures and a curious skeleton and taxidermy display. Spot work by notable Indian artists, such as Raja Ravi Varma, at the National Art Gallery.
Wander through the vibrant streets of Triplicane, where you’ll find the impressive eighth-century Parthasarathy Temple. Enjoy a dawn or sunset stroll along Marina Beach. It’s a hive of activity, from cricket matches and kite flying to fortune tellers and street food vendors.
Don’t miss the Portuguese-influenced Mylapore neighborhood. Marvel at the white-washed San Thome Church, built on the tomb of the apostle St. Thomas. See a typical example of Dravidian architecture, characterized by pyramid-shaped buildings, at the Kapaleeswarar Temple.
Chennai thrives in showcasing its Tamil culture through music and dance, most notably during the Margazhi Festival in December and January. See a vast collection of everyday art at the Rukmini Devi Museum. Sample the city’s delectable Tamil cuisine. Try dishes such as spicy chettinad pepper chicken and local vegetarian specialties.
Chennai is the busy transportation hub of South India, and is well served by trains, buses and international flights. The city is notoriously hot and stuffy; after a few days of sightseeing activity many visitors travel to nearby beach resorts and hill stations.
Notable for its restaurants, shopping and spas, T Nagar is a sought-after destination for many travellers visiting Chennai. If you want to see some sights in the area, check out Valluvar Kottam or Express Avenue.
Get to know Central Chennai and its many features like its churches and monuments. You might want to explore sights like Marina Beach and Fort St. George, and you can jump on the metro at Mannadi Metro Station or LIC Metro Station to get around the city.
Unique features of Guindy include the shopping and spas. Make a stop by Chennai Snake Park or Guindy Race Course while you're exploring the area.
You'll enjoy the cafes and monuments in Nungambakkam. You might want to make time for a stop at Valluvar Kottam or SDAT Tennis Stadium.
Mylapore is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Kapaleeswarar Temple or Chennai Citi Center Mall.
You'll enjoy the monuments and spas in Egmore. You might want to make time for a stop at Raja Muthiah Hall or Government Museum.
Reviewed on 23 Oct 2019
Reviewed on 22 Oct 2019
Relaxed walks, pretty sunrises, elaborate entertainment, traditional Indian street food and historical landmarks make this one of Chennai’s liveliest beaches.
Marvel at the Dravidian architecture of this centuries-old temple, spot intricately carved figurines, watch devotees pray and experience a lively Hindu festival.
Spot impressive architecture and admire displays of British Raj artifacts as you explore this 17th-century citadel, one of Chennai’s finest colonial monuments.
Siv16 Sep 2019
Love the city full of history and the future.