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Chennai
Travel Guide

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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

Hablis Hotel
Hablis Hotel
4.5 out of 5
19, GST Road, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The price is £32 per night from 6 Jul to 6 Jul
Located in Guindy, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Olympia Tech Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Chennai Trade Centre and MIOT International Hospital. Guindy ...
3.5/5Good! (106 reviews)
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"Good"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2021

Hablis Hotel
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
The price is £38 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in Guindy, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Chennai Snake Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Old Mahabalipuram Road and Chennai Trade Centre. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (352 reviews)
"Excellent piece of Architecture...Massive beautiful Hotel... Feels like you are in a Palace. Food is delicious. Welcome was great. Rooms was good but had a issue with A/c and tv... have to call technician everyday. Stayed for 6!days..changed 3 rooms...on day 6 got a good room... finally Amarnath ..."

Reviewed on 12 May 2021

ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai
Park Hyatt Chennai
Park Hyatt Chennai
5 out of 5
39 Velachery Road, Raj Bhavan, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The price is £41 per night from 18 Jun to 18 Jun
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 Indian Institute of Technology ...
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
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Swarna Sudarshan Service Apartments
Swarna Sudarshan Service Apartments
2.5 out of 5
No 16 Anna St, Chennai, TN
The price is £16 per night from 5 Jul to 5 Jul
Situated near the airport, this villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Old Mahabalipuram Road and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from VGP Universal Kingdom. MGM Dizzee World and Indian ...
Swarna Sudarshan Service Apartments
Villa With a Private Swimming Pool
Villa With a Private Swimming Pool
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Situated in Chennai, this villa is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Mayajaal Sports Complex and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from MGM Dizzee World. DakshinaChitra is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) ...
Villa With a Private Swimming Pool
Sai Orbit Serviced Apartments
Sai Orbit Serviced Apartments
3 out of 5
22 SIRNIVASA PALACE,LAKSHMI AVENUE, BAJANAI KOVIL STREET, KATTUPAKKAM, Chennai, TAMILNADU
The price is £17 per night from 18 Jun to 18 Jun
Located in Kattupakkam, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Sri Ramachandra University, Aravind Eye Hospital - Chennai and Sri Kamakshi Amman ...
3.5/5Good! (2 reviews)
Not so happy
"The staff not aware of booking through expedia. Had to show the official email to them they were asking how much we paid to expedia. Too disappoiting questions to be asked to Guests!"

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2018

Sai Orbit 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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