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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.

Where to stay in Chennai

Top hotels in Chennai

ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai
ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai
5 out of 5
# 63 Mount Road, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs4,275 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan

Located in Guindy, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Chennai Snake Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Old Mahabalipuram Road and Chennai Trade Centre. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (304 reviews)

"We like this hotel very much.Room ,restaurants and services are excellent."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2021

ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai
The Leela Palace Chennai
The Leela Palace Chennai
5 out of 5
175 Sathya Dev Avenue Extn, MRC Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs7,500 per night from 12 Feb to 13 Feb

This family-friendly Chennai hotel is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Kapaleeswarar Temple and Marina Beach. Phoenix Market City and Chennai Trade ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (383 reviews)

"Excellent location, very clean and amazing service."…"

Reviewed on 20 Dec 2020

The Leela Palace Chennai
Taj Connemara
Taj Connemara
5 out of 5
Binny Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs3,300 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan

Located in Central Chennai, this luxury hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Consulate General of the United States, Chennai, and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of ...

4.4/5Excellent! (240 reviews)

"Very nice and clean rooms. Excellent staff."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jan 2021

Taj Connemara
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Chennai

Somerset Greenways Chennai
Somerset Greenways Chennai
4.5 out of 5
No. 94 Sathyadev Avenue, MRC Nagar, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs3,400 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan

This family-friendly Chennai aparthotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of San Thome Cathedral and Kapaleeswarar Temple. Marina Beach ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (147 reviews)
Peaceful and relax

"Quiet and clean place, friendly and helpful staffs the food was very good. Room is need and clean If I am Chennai again my first choice would be Somerset Greenways Chennai"…"

Reviewed on 7 Apr 2020

Somerset Greenways Chennai
Syening Associates Near Sipcot IT Park
Syening Associates Near Sipcot IT Park
3 out of 5
Greenwood City,Plot No-200,OMR, ,Navalur,Near AGS Theater, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs1,218 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan

Situated in Chennai, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Old Mahabalipuram Road and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from SIPCOT IT Park. VGP Universal Kingdom and ...

4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)

"Good stay. Management is good. Good communication. They are very helpful. Good food."…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019

Syening Associates Near Sipcot IT Park
Swarna Sudarshan Service Apartments
Swarna Sudarshan Service Apartments
2.5 out of 5
No 16 Anna St, Chennai, TN
The price is Rs1,224 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan

Situated near the airport, this villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Old Mahabalipuram Road and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from VGP Universal Kingdom. MGM Dizzee World and Indian ...

Swarna Sudarshan Service Apartments
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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4/5 - Good

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25 Jan 2020

All the places we remember had changed

4/5 - Good

SG

8 Jan 2020

Better roads and infrastructure than Bangalore!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

17 Dec 2019

visit the vivekananda temple and the theosophical society

5/5 - Excellent

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6 Dec 2019

Grt

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

12 Nov 2019

Traffic tests your patience Weather is hot even in November

5/5 - Excellent

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30 Oct 2019

506 room is dusty

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