Chennai

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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 neighbourhood. 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.

Where to stay in Chennai

The Park Chennai
The Park Chennai
5 out of 5
601 Anna Salai Road, Near US Embassy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600006
The price is ₹5,395 per night from 2 Jan to 3 Jan
₹5,395
per night
2 Jan - 3 Jan
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Chennai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
3/5 (427 reviews)
Comfortable but overrated as 5-Star
"The rooms are clean but the hotel seems a bit old and needs some maintenance. There are signs that this is being done (e.g. repainting the bathrooms). Food is expensive. A Mediterranean sandwich costs nearly Rs 800 (including tax) and they give two sachets of ketchup with it!! This is definitely ..."

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2022

The Park Chennai
The Leela Palace Chennai
The Leela Palace Chennai
5 out of 5
175 Sathya Dev Avenue Extn, MRC Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600028
The price is ₹9,900 per night from 24 Dec to 25 Dec
₹9,900
per night
24 Dec - 25 Dec
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Chennai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (436 reviews)
"Amazing staff, amazing food, a memorable stag. Get there any way you can!"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2022

The Leela Palace Chennai
Hyatt Regency Chennai
Hyatt Regency Chennai
5 out of 5
365 Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600018
Fully refundable
The price is ₹6,999 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec
₹6,999
per night
11 Dec - 12 Dec
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Chennai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 5 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the WiFi in their reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (338 reviews)
"Liked the ambience and kids loved the view from room."

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2022

Hyatt Regency Chennai
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Swarna Sudarshan Service Apartments
Swarna Sudarshan Service Apartments
2.5 out of 5
No 16 Anna St, Chennai, TN, 600119
Stay at this business-friendly villa in Chennai. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Kart Attack and VGP Snow Kingdom are located ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
Decent hotel
"Stay was good, food and cleanliness can be improved. Good staff. But the road in front of the apartment was filled with water for so many days even though the rain was stopped. Hard to travel in such scenarios"

Reviewed on 8 Dec 2021

Swarna Sudarshan Service Apartments
Somerset Greenways Chennai
Somerset Greenways Chennai
4.5 out of 5
No. 94 Sathyadev Avenue, MRC Nagar, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600028
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Chennai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (156 reviews)
Queues in the Reception for check-in and check-out
"Reception staff not adequate nor efficient... Long queue for check-in and a still longer queue for Checkout.."

Reviewed on 28 May 2022

Somerset Greenways Chennai
The Lotus - Apartment Hotel, Burkit Road
The Lotus - Apartment Hotel, Burkit Road
2.5 out of 5
Burkit Road – No:15, Burkit Road, T.Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600017
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Chennai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the family amenities and the overall value ...
3.4/5 (13 reviews)
Did not live up to expectation.
"Unpleasant. Did not get what I booked."

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2018

The Lotus - Apartment Hotel, Burkit Road
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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