Destination Snapshot

  • Travel Style

  • Culture Vultures
  • Family Fun
  • Beach Bums
  • Relaxation Bliss
    • Language

      Tamil, English and Hindi
    • Altitude

      2000 meters
    • Time zone

      GMT + 05.30 hours
    • Theme

      Beach, Religious

Vanakkam! Crowded and bustling, this colonial metropolitan will still impress you with its cultural dose, theme parks, temple architecture, Rajni craze and Marina Beach!

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  • Marina Beach

    Famed as the second longest urban beach in the world, anyone who comes to Chennai makes it a point to visit this iconic landmark, more than once during their trip.

  • Temples

    If you are an art lover, get ready to visit the many beautiful temples in Chennai which boast of typical South-Indian architecture with unique carvings and inscriptions that are rarely found in other parts of India.

  • Excursion Point

    Chennai enjoys a great geographical location with Pondicherry, Kanyakumari, Tirupati, Madurai and Tiruchirapalli as its neighboring cities. Thus, it is an ideal excursion point for the many exciting weekend getaways.

Be prepared

  • Hot Weather

    During summers, Chennai can be very hot in the daytime with temperatures soaring beyond 40 degree Celsius.

  • Language

    Though most of the locals are well-versed with English and some with Hindi, they are not that comfortable to interact in these languages always. It is good to know some common greetings in Tamil.

Describing It

Enjoying the status of being amongst the four major metropolis in India and Tamil Nadu’s capital, Chennai can most often be described as the ultimate ‘Getaway to South.’ Owing to its location and proximity to cities like Pondicherry, Tirupati and Kanyakumari, it is preferred holiday destination for many. But hang on, it’s not just the getaways that will excite you, the city has packed a bigger chunk of things to do for anyone who visits. Home to some of the greatest forts, beautiful temples, monuments, churches and theme parks, Chennai has something from everyone. Food buffs and shopaholics delight! There are many street markets, shopping malls, local eateries and fine dining options that you will love in this city. And that's not all! Chennai is home to the second longest natural beach in the world, Marina Beach.

While most of the temples in Chennai are dedicated to different forms of Lord Shiva, there are many churches to lookout for too. They are a brilliant example of history well-preserved. The world famous San Thome Church, which is amongst the only three St. Thomas Basilicas in the world (the other two are located in Rome and Spain) is located in Chennai.

Chennai has attractions galore for kids too. They can rejoice at not one but six different theme parks that are spread across different parts of the city. Many fun-filled learning opportunities also await them at the city's zoos and national parks. The joy ride at the railways museum is a must-not-miss.

With so much to do during the day, there are no lack of options to spend the night away too. Chennai’s nightlife is gearing up fast as the city is filled with entertainment zones in malls, glamorous lounge bars, happening pubs and more.

Need we say more? Come and explore…