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 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.

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

Taj Connemara
Taj Connemara
5 out of 5
Binny Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600002
The price is Rs7,500 per night from 30 Jun to 1 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Chennai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (267 reviews)
"The ambience, staff, maintenance of the hotel was good. Food could improve as they tend to add too much oil. Remedial action taken when I mentioned about ool content. The hotel needs to provide more smaller towels instead of big towels to save the earth and to consume less water to wash a huge towel. ..."

Reviewed on 2 May 2022

Taj Connemara
Taj Fisherman's Cove Resort & Spa, Chennai
Taj Fisherman's Cove Resort & Spa, Chennai
5 out of 5
Covelong Beach, Kancheepuram Dist., Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 603 112
The price is Rs10,500 per night from 27 Jun to 28 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Chennai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (187 reviews)
"Family friendly place."

Reviewed on 8 Jun 2022

Taj Fisherman's Cove Resort & Spa, 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 Rs16,000 per night from 24 Jul to 25 Jul
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! (420 reviews)
"By the sea and beautiful"

Reviewed on 29 May 2022

The Leela Palace 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.
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
The price is Rs3,230 per night from 29 Jun to 30 Jun
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
Somerset Greenways Chennai
Somerset Greenways Chennai
4.5 out of 5
No. 94 Sathyadev Avenue, MRC Nagar, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600028
The price is Rs6,000 per night from 30 Jun to 1 Jul
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! (154 reviews)
"Food in the restaurant was very good & i cud notice 10-20 tiny cockroaches in the cupboard area as well as the bathroom...this was very disappointing"

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2021

Somerset Greenways Chennai
Olive Serviced Apartments
Olive Serviced Apartments
2 out of 5
No. 36, Anna Nedun Salai, Facite Road, Kandanchavadi, Perungudi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600096
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Chennai. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Kapaleeswarar Temple and Consulate ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"the rooms were very clean"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Olive Serviced 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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