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Chennai

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.

Top hotels in Chennai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Taj Connemara
Taj Connemara
5 out of 5
Binny Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM310 per night

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! (231 reviews)
An AMAZING experience amongst those who CARE

"This is an amazing Hotel. It is your home away from home The staff in every service zone was just amazing This hotel is quite sentimental to my wife and I, as this was the hotel we had our Honeymoon night. When we arrived and was accompanied to our room we got Avery pleasant surprise. They placed ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2020

Taj Connemara
FEATHERS- A Radha Hotel
FEATHERS- A Radha Hotel
5 out of 5
No. 4 / 129, Mount Poonamallee Road, Manapakkam, Chennai, Tamilnadu
The price is RM280 per night

Located in Manapakkam, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of MIOT International Hospital and Chennai Trade Centre. Guindy Race Course and Anna University ...

4.2/5Excellent! (89 reviews)
Stay

"Big room with good service Breakfast, Staff at Front Desk are helpful as well. However, much to improve in-term on TV channels and continous power in room (numerous power trip during my 4 day stay). Service on Roof Rest are slow and need prompting to accompanish the order."…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020

FEATHERS- A Radha Hotel
Park Hyatt Chennai
Park Hyatt Chennai
5 out of 5
39 Velachery Road, Raj Bhavan, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Located in Guindy, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Chennai Snake Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Old Mahabalipuram Road and Chennai Trade Centre. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (272 reviews)
A++ hotel! Amazing.

"Amazing! Simply amazing. Comfortable bed, excellent service, great food. Would definitely stay here again. Felt like the price was right for what you get as well."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

Park Hyatt Chennai

Popular places to visit in Chennai

Marina Beach
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Marina Beach

4/5(44 reviews)

Relaxed walks, pretty sunrises, elaborate entertainment, traditional Indian street food and historical landmarks make this one of Chennai’s liveliest beaches.

Kapaleeswarar Temple
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Kapaleeswarar Temple

4.5/5(31 reviews)

Marvel at the Dravidian architecture of this centuries-old temple, spot intricately carved figurines, watch devotees pray and experience a lively Hindu festival.

Fort St. George
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Fort St. George

4/5(25 reviews)

Spot impressive architecture and admire displays of British Raj artifacts as you explore this 17th-century citadel, one of Chennai’s finest colonial monuments.

Top things to do in Chennai

Chennai Half-Day Private City Tour
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Chennai Half-Day Private City Tour

RM359
Per adult
Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch
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Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

88% of travellers recommend
RM1,000
Per adult
Chennai City Tour (Pickup from Hotel)
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Chennai City Tour (Pickup from Hotel)

RM201
Per adult
One Day Mahabalipuram Tour From Chennai
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One Day Mahabalipuram Tour From Chennai

RM609
Per adult
Private Chennai Sightseeing Day Tour with Guide & Transport
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Private Chennai Sightseeing Day Tour with Guide & Transport

RM689
Per adult
Mahabalipuram Day tour (Pick up and drop from Chennai hotel)
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Mahabalipuram Day tour (Pick up and drop from Chennai hotel)

RM288
Per adult

Reviews of Chennai

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5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 29.746835443037973%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 45.56962025316456%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 19.620253164556964%
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2 - Disappointing 5.063291139240507%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

30 Oct 2019

506 room is dusty

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