4 Star Hotels in Chennai
Several of Chennai’s four-star hotels are around T Nagar, one of the shopping districts, and Nungambakkam. Choose a contemporary Chennai four-star hotel that has an outdoor pool and is within easy reach of the shopping centres. Indulge yourself with a stay in one of Chennai’s four-star hotels that feature a full-service spa and an indoor pool.
Where to Go Shopping in Chennai
Chennai has no shortage of places to shop. If you want a wide range of international and Indian brands under one roof, check out the city’s numerous shopping malls including the Chennai Citi Centre, Express Avenue and Spencer Plaza. For designer boutiques and smart galleries, head to Khader Nawaz Khan Road in the district of Nungambakkam.
The city is particularly known for its silk shops selling exquisite Kanchipuram silks. There’s a large range of silk shops in Pondy Bazaar and in the streets around Panagal Park. It’s precisely the area to explore if you’re in India for a wedding and want to buy a sari for the occasion.
Eating in Chennai
If you’re a vegetarian, you’ll enjoy the mostly meat-free food of the Tamil Nadu region, which includes dosas (thin rolled pancakes), vadas (lentil-flour doughnuts) and idlis (soft rice cakes) – all flavoured liberally with coconut chutney, chilli and coriander.
If you prefer meat dishes, check out the Muslim district around Triplicane High Road and feast on succulent beef and lamb biryanis. The growth of luxury hotels in Chennai has brought a huge rise in upmarket, international restaurants that offer fine dining.
Chennai for Culture Lovers
Discover the treasures found in Chennai’s temples, including Kapaleeshwarar Temple and the eight-century Parthasarathy Temple. You can see the Portuguese legacy in the form of San Thome Cathedral, which has the tomb of St Thomas the Apostle. Doubting Thomas, who was killed at St Thomas Mount in the southern part of the city, was believed to have brought Christianity to the Indian subcontinent in the first century AD.
Your four-star hotel can arrange a private tour of the narrow streets of George Town, Chennai’s historic heart which includes the vast 17th-century Fort St. George. Its museum chronicles Chennai’s past and features colonial works of art.