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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.

Where to stay in Chennai

Taj Club House
Taj Club House
5 out of 5
No 2 Club House Road, Off Mount Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs3,500 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
This family-friendly Chennai hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Spencer's Plaza Shopping Mall and Consulate General of the United ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (381 reviews)
"Fairly decent property. Centrally located in the heart of Chennai. Safe and secure staffed with extremely courteous and respectful people. Rooms are mediocre. Poor airconditioning system without humidity control makes you feel like a wet rag most of the time."

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2021

Taj Club House
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 Rs4,550 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
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! (358 reviews)
"Clean and friendly staff."

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2021

ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai
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
The price is Rs7,000 per night from 28 Jul to 28 Jul
Nestled on the beach, this Covelong Beach resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Muttukadu Boat House and DakshinaChitra. Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Old Mahabalipuram ...
4.2/5Excellent! (169 reviews)
Highly recommended tropical resort
"Wonderful stay! Would highly recommend fisherman's cove for it's tropical theme and beach"

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2021

Taj Fisherman's Cove Resort & Spa, 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
The price is Rs1,350 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
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
Sai Orbit Serviced Apartments
Sai Orbit Serviced Apartments
3 out of 5
22 SIRNIVASA PALACE,LAKSHMI AVENUE, BAJANAI KOVIL STREET, KATTUPAKKAM, Chennai, TAMILNADU
The price is Rs1,585 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
Located in Kattupakkam, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Sri Ramachandra University, Aravind Eye Hospital - Chennai and Sri Kamakshi Amman ...
3.5/5Good! (2 reviews)
Not so happy
"The staff not aware of booking through expedia. Had to show the official email to them they were asking how much we paid to expedia. Too disappoiting questions to be asked to Guests!"

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2018

Sai Orbit Serviced Apartments
Kolam Serviced Apartments - Alwarpet
Kolam Serviced Apartments - Alwarpet
3 out of 5
No:5, 3rd Street, Ganapathy Colony, Alwarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs2,169 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in Alwarpet, this apartment building is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Anna Centenary Library and within 3 miles (5 km) of Consulate General of the United States, ...
3/5 (2 reviews)
"Hard to find the property. Uber has cancelled my booking because he could not reached. Also to go their my driver was confused. Thanks there were people on the road who helped us get there.."

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2019

Kolam Serviced Apartments - Alwarpet
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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