Chennai

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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.

Where to stay in Chennai

Trident, Chennai
Trident, Chennai
4.5 out of 5
1-24 G S T Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600027
The price is £79 per night from 12 Aug to 13 Aug
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Chennai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (311 reviews)
"It has always been a pleasure to stay at this hotel. The entire staff is amazing!"

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2022

Trident, Chennai
Park Hyatt Chennai
Park Hyatt Chennai
5 out of 5
39 Velachery Road, Raj Bhavan, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600031
The price is £83 per night from 27 Aug to 28 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Chennai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (315 reviews)
"Good, clean hotel with friendly staff who go out of their way to help you out. Service at dinner and breakfast feels a bit on the slower side. Buffet options start to appear to be the same after a day!"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2022

Park Hyatt Chennai
ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai
ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai
5 out of 5
# 63 Mount Road, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600032
The price is £142 per night from 19 Aug to 20 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Chennai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (438 reviews)
"Very clean facilities and room service was great. The breakfast buffet was excellent. Cafe mercara wasn’t that great service compared to other restaurants like avartana which was unique and excellent"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2022

ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Lotus - Apartment Hotel, Burkit Road
The Lotus - Apartment Hotel, Burkit Road
2.5 out of 5
Burkit Road – No:15, Burkit Road, T.Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600017
The price is £38 per night from 9 Aug to 10 Aug
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Chennai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the family amenities and the overall value ...
3.4/5 (13 reviews)
Did not live up to expectation.
"Unpleasant. Did not get what I booked."

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2018

The Lotus - Apartment Hotel, Burkit Road
Somerset Greenways Chennai
Somerset Greenways Chennai
4.5 out of 5
No. 94 Sathyadev Avenue, MRC Nagar, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600028
The price is £70 per night from 11 Aug to 12 Aug
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Chennai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (156 reviews)
Queues in the Reception for check-in and check-out
"Reception staff not adequate nor efficient... Long queue for check-in and a still longer queue for Checkout.."

Reviewed on 28 May 2022

Somerset Greenways Chennai
Olive Serviced Apartments
Olive Serviced Apartments
2 out of 5
No. 36, Anna Nedun Salai, Facite Road, Kandanchavadi, Perungudi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600096
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Chennai. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Kapaleeswarar Temple and Consulate ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"the rooms were very clean"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Olive Serviced Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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