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Chennai Holiday Guide

An exhilarating mix of ancient and modern makes Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, one of the highlights of South India.

The first British outpost in India, Chennai combines compelling sights such as eighth-century temples with cutting-edge 21st-century developments. While skyscraper headquarters of multinational corporations line the city’s self-styled IT Corridor, Chennai’s historic quarters recall not just the era of British colonial rule but also the days of the first-century Pallava dynasty.

Discover the city’s rich past in its many excellent museums before hitting one of Chennai’s street-food stalls or trendy sophisticated restaurants.

Start in the narrow streets of George Town, where the 17th-century Fort St George takes you right back to the days of the British Raj. Get up to speed with colonial history with a visit to the fort’s museum. While you’re there, you can pop into the 17th-century St Mary’s Church, the oldest surviving British church in India.

Chennai’s cultural high points include the massive complex of museums and galleries that makes up the Government Museum. See the seventh-century bronze statues in the Bronze Gallery before going back to prehistoric times in the Anthropology Galleries. If you’ve got kids in tow, take them to the Children’s Museum within the complex to see the collection of antique dolls and toys.

Enjoy the views of the Bay of Bengal from Marina Beach, where locals play games of cricket on the sand among the market stalls and fortune-tellers. For panoramic views without having to work for them, take the lift in Madras Lighthouse on the southern end of the beach.

If you love the outdoors, spend the day in Guindy National Park, which has a Snake Park as well as a Children’s Park within its forested trails. For shopping, check out Chennai’s countless silk and jewellery shops as well as lively market stalls.

For an exciting taste of the Tamil Nadu region, explore Chennai’s fascinating history, mouth-watering street food and dramatic location facing the Bay of Bengal. This gateway to South India will whet your appetite for other delights along the coast, including the former French colonial city of Puducherry.


Guide to Exploring Chennai


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The Raintree, Anna Salai

The Raintree, Anna Salai

636 Anna Salai Teynampet, Chennai
4.5
of 5, from 118 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Alwarpet, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of U.S. Consulate, Anna Centenary Library, and Music Academy. Valluvar Kottam and Kapaleeswarar Temple are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£51
Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels

Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels

120, Sir Thyagaraya Road, Chennai
4.1
of 5, from 51 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Central Chennai, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of U.S. Consulate, Valluvar Kottam, and Music Academy. SDAT Tennis Stadium and Anna Centenary Library are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Quality Inn Airport

Quality Inn Airport

5 Old Station Road, Chennai
4.0
of 5, from 13 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Chennai, this hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Olympia Tech Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Chennai Trade Centre and MIOT International Hospital. DLF IT Park and Guindy Race Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£63
Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai

Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai

531 Gst Road, St.thomas Mount, Chennai
4.5
of 5, from 117 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Olympia Tech Park, Chennai Trade Centre, and Phoenix Market City. MIOT International Hospital and Guindy Race Course are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£87
The Leela Palace Chennai

The Leela Palace Chennai

175 Sathya Dev Avenue Extn, Chennai
4.8
of 5, from 69 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Chennai hotel is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Kapaleeswarar Temple and Marina Beach. Phoenix Market City is 5.5 mi (8.9 km) away.

£48
The Park Chennai

The Park Chennai

601 Anna Salai Road, Chennai
2.8
of 5, from 78 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Central Chennai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of U.S. Consulate, Valluvar Kottam, and Music Academy. Apollo Hospital and Express Avenue are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£19
Grand Treat

Grand Treat

223, Arcot Road, Chennai
2.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Chennai, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of MIOT International Hospital, DLF IT Park, and Chennai Trade Centre. Valluvar Kottam and SDAT Tennis Stadium are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£56
Hyatt Regency Chennai

Hyatt Regency Chennai

365 Anna Salai, Chennai
4.0
of 5, from 38 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly hotel is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of U.S. Consulate, Valluvar Kottam, and Music Academy. Express Avenue and Spencer's Plaza Shopping Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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