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Things to Do in Chennai

  • Pallikondeswarar Temple

    Located in the Surutapalli village on the Tirupati (Balaji) route, the temple is 60 kilometres away from Chennai. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pallikondeswarar temple is the only temple where Shiva’s head is placed on Parvati’s lap. If you happen to visit this temple during Maha Shivratri and Sani Pardosham, witness a grand affair as well as a huge number of devotees crowding at the temple. Make sure you reach the temple in the early hours to visit the shrine and be part of the elaborate ceremonies that takes place during that time.

    The main shrines of Lord Shiva and Parvati are surrounded by Sun, Moon, Vishnu, Brahma, Laxmi, Subramaniyam and Ganapati. Apart from this, deities of Markandeya, Agasthya, Valmiki and Naradar can also be found at the temple. What's more, the temple is home to the sacred stones which carry the foot impressions of Luv and Kush from the Ramayana period.

  • Idli

    Also known as steamed rice cake, Idli is often part of the routine South Indian breakfast as it is light and easy to digest. Round in shape and almost two to three inches in diameter, these small cakes are formed after steaming the thick batter of fermented rice and black lentils. It is usually served with sambar and coconut chutney.

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How to Reach Chennai

By Air

Touted to be the third busiest airports in India, Chennai International airport is just 7 kilometres away from the city. It has two terminals. Most of the international and domestic airline carriers have direct flights to the terminal called Anna International Airport in Chennai making the airport well-connected to most major airports in the world. Domestic airlines operate on a daily basis at the Kamaraj Domestic terminal (located near the international terminal, just 150 meters away from each other.)

There are pre-paid taxi booths outside the airport from where you can hire a taxi and reach your destination. Charges may vary as per the cab vendor. However if you are looking for a cheaper alternative, auto-rickshaws can take you to the city at a relatively low fare.


By Bus

Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminal (CMBT) is one of Asia's largest bus stations. Around seven state owned companies run buses to and from various destinations within South India. they connect cities like Tirupati, Pondicherry, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli and others. You can choose from deluxe, semi-deluxe, hi-tech, rajahamsa executive and sleeper buses while taking a route to any of the neighbouring cities. Also, there are various buses that connect major cities Bangalore and Calicut to Chennai.


By Train

Home to the headquarters of the Southern Railway, Chennai has three major railway stations namely Chennai Central (code MAS), Chennai Egmore which is just 2 kilometres from the city (code MS) and Tambaram which serves the suburban areas of Chennai. Many super-fast and express trains run on a daily basis and are well-connected to cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Cochin, Hyderabad, Kolkata and other Indian cities. Some of the popular trains are Chennai Mail, Guwahati Express, GT Express, Chennai Central and Andaman Express. Outside the station, you would find many prepaid taxis, cabs and auto-rickshaws that are available for hire.

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Best Time to Visit Chennai

Touted to be the third busiest airports in India, Chennai International airport is just 7 kilometres away from the city. It has two terminals. Most of the international and domestic airline carriers have direct flights to the terminal called Anna International Airport in Chennai making the airport well-connected to most major airports in the world. Domestic airlines operate on a daily basis at the Kamaraj Domestic terminal (located near the international terminal, just 150 meters away from each other.)

There are pre-paid taxi booths outside the airport from where you can hire a taxi and reach your destination. Charges may vary as per the cab vendor. However if you are looking for a cheaper alternative, auto-rickshaws can take you to the city at a relatively low fare.

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