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Explore Chennai

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Car Hire in Chennai

A Chennai car rental gives you the freedom to explore not just the city itself but also other towns and villages in Tamil Nadu. It could be the start of an epic road trip throughout South India.

You can arrange your car hire before you arrive at Chennai International Airport. As it’s one of the few airports in the middle of a major city, rather than on the outskirts, you can start your Chennai driving experience almost immediately.

Road Trips around Chennai

Once you’ve explored all the exciting sights in Chennai, head out of the city and take a journey along one of India’s great roads. The East Coast Road runs along the Bay of Bengal and offers spectacular scenery and wild beaches. Hop out of your hire car for a break at the beach clubs and restaurants along the coast between Chennai and the next major town southwards, Mahabalipuram.

Take the time to wander around Mahabalipuram, which is rich in exquisite ancient stone temples on the UNESCO World Heritage list. But before you even reach the town, stop at Cholamandal Artists’ Village. This artists’ commune was founded in 1966 and features fine examples of modern Indian art among its studios and galleries.

Before you end your Indian odyssey, drive your rental car further south to Puducherry, one of the most attractive legacies of French colonial rule. Formerly known as Pondicherry, the city is like a slice of France in South India, with French-style villas, restaurants and road signs.

Hiring a car in Chennai opens up a whole world of Indian adventures.