ABOUT CHENNAI

Chennai is among the most visited Indian cities by foreign tourists. The Quality of Living Survey rated Chennai as the safest city in India.

Experience the perfect blend of tradition and urban culture in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, one of the largest metropolitan cities. Being among the most visited Indian cities by foreign tourists, The Quality of Living Survey rated Chennai as the safest city in India and one of the most iconic places to visit.

HOW TO REACH CHENNAI:

Airways:

Chennai is well connected to the world and most international airlines have flights to Chennai’s Anna International Airport. Domestic airlines operate daily flights to all major cities of the country from the Kamaraj domestic terminal near the international terminal. Both air terminals are located at Meenambakkam about 20 km from the city.
Chennai is connected through:

The airport serves as a hub for Blue Dart Aviation, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Alliance Air, IndiGo. It also serves as a focus city for Air India, Air India Express, GoAir.

You can book your tickets in websites like Air India, Yatra, Makemytrip, Goibibo, etc.

Metro

Chennai is one of the metropolitan city where every important areas of chennai is connected through metro train system.

Trains

Suburban trains are well-connected to a number of Indian cities and almost every area in chennai. You can book a train from any direction of the country. This is the most used transport facility by the people.

Visit https://www.irctc.co.in/nget/train-search for bookings.

Cabs/Autos :

Chennai is connected every nook and corner by its roads. You can take a ride in cab or auto just by waving and asking them for a ride or booking them using Ola and Uber apps.

Weather in Chennai in February 2019

31°C max day temperature.

11 day with some rainfall

12 hours of daylight per day

12 mm of monthly rainfall

20°C min night temperature

9 hours of sunshine per day

High heat & humidity

11+ (Extreme) UV index

Since chennai is located in the coromandel coast of india the average maximum daytime temperature in Chennai in February is a hot 31°C (88°F) with high heat & humidity. It’s better wear cotton or linen cloths to beat the heat.

Amazing Places to Visit in Chennai

Chennai, which was earlier called Madras, is the capital city of the South Indian state, Tamil Nadu. This city has an interesting history due to the major historical phases it has been through and is one of the important educational, economic and cultural centres in southern India. Being a coastal city, pretty and serene beaches are an important element in Chennai tourist places. Marina Beach and Elliot’s Beach are some great examples of the beaches one must spend time at, relaxing. Lazy sunsets on the gorgeous beaches of Chennai have their unique charm.

01. Marina Beach

India’s largest beach happens to be Chennai’s Marina Beach which extends from Fort St. George to Besant Nagar. One of the best places to visit in Chennai for viewing a spectacular sun rise, this sandy delight is lined by palm trees on one side. An old light house stands on the southern end of Marina along with several other structures including an aquarium, a swimming pool and a park. With food stalls, rides on ponies, kite flying and beach games to entertain you, a visit to here must be included on your trip to this city.
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02.Mahabalipuram Beach

Located a distance of 40km from Chennai, on the coast of Coromandel, Covelong Beach is well-known for its beach activities and the serene beauty of its surroundings. Once a major port, one comes across it on the way to Mahabalipuram.

Adventure filled water activities are one of the best things to do in Chennai, and Covelong Beach is now thronged mostly by water sports enthusiasts for activities such as wind surfing and swimming. Close by are ancient monuments like forts, churches and mosques apart from the town of Mahabalipuram and the Crocodile Farm.

03. Sri Parthasarathy Temple

One of the historical places to visit in Chennai is the temple said to be the oldest in this city. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, one can see its splendid coloured gopuram apart from the other shrines that stand within the temple grounds.
Timings: 4 am to 11:30 pm
Entry Fee: None
Photography: Allowed
Image Credit : Aj Photography – Flic

04. Birla Planetarium

Situated close to the Anna University in Chennai, Birla Planetarium is an important part of Periyar Science and Technology Museum. There are regular audio-visual programs on astronomy conducted here apart from exhibits that include Solar System, Cycle of Stars, Sky and Seasons, Comets and Man on the Moon.
Timings: 10 am to 5:45 pm
Entry Fee: Yes

05. Kapaleeshwar Temple

Apart from being a religious spot, what draws crowds to this temple is its unique architecture. The detailed Gopuram of this structure is 37 metres high and is a fine example of the Dravidian style of temple construction. The temple, home to the deities Shiva and Karpagambal, even holds a festival in the months of March and April.
Timings: 5:30 am to 12 pm, 5-9 pm
Entry Fee: None
Photography: Allowed

06. Santhome Church


An important religious spot for the Christian community, the sparkling white structure of San Thome stands on the tomb of St Thomas. This structure, which is a reminder of the colonial past of the city, has stained glass windows and a statue of St Thomas in a sitting posture. A museum, a library and a shop selling prayer material are found within the church premises too.
Timings: 6 am to 8 pm
Entry Fee: None
Photography: Allowed

07. Elliot’s Beach

Now renamed as Besant Nagar Beach, Elliot’s is one of the places to see in Chennai and less crowded than the popular Marina Beach. On the southern side this seashore are the famedAshta Lakshmi Temple and Velanganni Church, popular among the residents of Chennai.

Head here to experience a tranquil evening overseeing the waves as they roll into the shore.

08. Fort St. George

A delight for history buffs, this fort constructed during the British Rule, encloses historic monuments of St. Mary’s church and St. George museum. The museum houses artefacts from that era including paintings, coins, silverware, arms, porcelain and documents.

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm (except Friday)
Entry Fee: Yes
Photography: Allowed

09. Thousand Lights Mosque

One of the best places to see in Chennai for its architectural magnificence is this mosque which holds a special place in the Shia community. A total of 1000 oil lamps light up the hall of the mosque, which is how it got its name. Its multi-domes and twin minarets enclose the main hallwhere men offer their prayers. There is a separate hall for the women.
Timings: 5:30 am to 9 pm
Entry Fee: None
Photography: Not allowed

10. Crocodile Bank

Started in an effort to preserve and protect this reptile species, the Crocodile Bank even houses alligators, snakes, sea turtles and water birds. In all there are 2500 creatures within the premises of the Bank and one can spot crocs as well as ghariyals sunning themselves on the edge of the water body during the day.
Timings: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (except Monday)
Entry Fee: Yes
Photography: Allowed

11. Dakshinachitra

This is one of the Best places to visit in Chennai with kids where they will be introduced to the South Indian culture of the past. Literally translating to ‘a picture of the south’, Dakshina Chitra is a small village has been recreated using replicas of traditional South Indian houses dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries.
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm (except Tuesday)
Entry Fee: Yes
Photography: Allowed

12. MGM Dizzee World


This amusement park, located on the East coast road, is a wholesome entertaining spot for young and old alike. With several thrilling rides and an amphi-theatre for performances, guests to Dizzee World would surely enjoy a day spent here.
Timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on weekdays, 10:30 am to 7:30 pm on weekends and holidays
Entry Fee: Yes
Photography: Allowed
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13. Cholamandal Artist Village

This artists’ commune is a platform for the resident painters and sculptors to showcase their creations to the visiting guests. Located on the fringes of Chennai, in the village of Injambakkam, Cholamandal has two galleries, an open-air theatre, a book store and a craft shop. For those interested in art and craft, this destination with a serene ambience.
Timings: 9 am to 6:30 pm
Entry Fee: Yes
Photography: Allowed

CUISINES:

Chennai welcomes all cultures, traditions and cuisines:

SOUTH INDIAN:

A lot of south Indian dishes originated in Tamilnadu whereas others have an Indian version with Chennai twist. Experience the taste of authentic madras delicacies in the street food available only at Chennai. Some of the mouthwatering dishes authentic to south Indian cuisine includes:
Idli Sambar, Dosa, Uttapam, Pongal (dish), Sakkarai Pongal, Paniyaram, Kozhukattai,Chapatis, Poori, Vada, Plantain leaf Meals, Samosa, Filter Coffee, Bhaji, Pakoda, Boli, Murukku, Jigarthanda (drink), Atho, Parotta, Kothu Parotta, Chili paratha, Idiyappam, Muttai Dosai, Chettinad food items, Biriyani, Kulfi, Karandi omelette / kalaki, Meen Kuzhambu & Meen Varuval, Karuvattu Kuzhambu (dry fish curry) and much more.
Visit here to taste the best of chennai foods:

NORTH INDIAN CUISINE:

Don’t miss out the ravishing North Indian dishes that have become a part of Chennai’s food menu. North Chennai – Mogappair, Sowcarpet, OMR – Thoraipakkam, Okkiyampet, Sholinganallur, Chemmenchery, Navalur, Siruseri and Kelambakkam are the places you can find a lot of north Indian people dwelling and has some of the best restaurants which have the North Indian cuisine.
You can taste all types of North Indian dishes including chats, snacks, main and starters.
VVisit these restaurants for a taste that takes you to the North:

EUROPEAN & AMERICAN CUISINE:

Due to the technological growth and IT revolution in India, Indians have westernised not just in culture but also cuisines. This gave birth to the launching of a lot European and American restaurants in India and have stayed over a long period of time for their distinctive and addictive taste.
Visit these restaurants to have a bite of American and European cuisines:

JAPANESE CUISINE:

Chennai has a Japanese community of around 1500 members. Chennai has traditionally respected and valued Japanese culture and discipline. More than a third of the Japanese companies in India have their presence here and about half-a-dozen Japanese restaurants while hotels continue to add Japanese cuisine to their menus. These restaurants are fast growing because of their popularity and bringing in the originality of Japanese taste in the food.

Check out these websites for a delicious Japanese treat:

Some of the must try restaurants include

Raku Raku, Radisson Blu Egmore

This place gets really crowded and the minute you step in you’ll know just why. We’ve never been to Japan, but if you’ve not either, this is probably what it looks like. There’s even a typical Japanese tea room for those who want to dine exactly like the Japanese- be sure to ask for chopsticks, even if you just want to look fancy. Make a reservation is our word of advice.
Must try’s: Yaki tori for the Chicken lovers and Mixed vegetable tempura for the others.
Price for two: Rs 2500.

GoGo Ramen, Alwarpet

This compact, cute-looking space on TTK road is just the place to go if you’re looking to do a nice Japanese lunch- with friends, we’d like to add; but don’t let it stop you from taking anyone else. Their service is quick but you may want to call in before-hand.
Must-try’s: Non-veg Miso ramen and the steamed pork buns.
Price for two: Rs 1250

Teppan, TTK road

Teppan, above Benjarong, offers great food and a show. Their sushi chef, in particular, is a talented gentleman. They have great ambience and the service is great. They have set menus, so do check them out.
Must-try’s: Tori gyoza, Grilled fish fillet and of course, their sushi
Price for two: Rs 2000

Pan Asian, ITC Grand Chola

Oh and grand it is. All the Japanese who visit Chennai are probably told this one’s a must-visit right after they get off the plane- because this is where they all are. They’ve got great sushi and the rest of the food is amazing too.
Must-trys’: Lamb with Basil and Chili, Spinach and Garlic dim sums
Price for two: Rs 2500

Shopping

Chennai is a hub for traditional silk sarees and jewellery. Kanjivaram sarees are the most sought after silk sarees. Traditional jewellery includes temple jewellery, antique jewellery with beads, stones and pearls.

Silk Sarees

Kanjivaram or Kanchipuram silk sarees are the most renowned silk sarees in Chennai and rest of Tamil Nadu. Originated in Kanchipuram, these silk sarees are now available in popular stores in Chennai. T.Nagar, Mylapore and Anna Nagar are well known for its lineup of stores housing the most resplendent and assorted range of silk sarees. Some of the eminent names in this line are Pothys, Kumaran Silks, Nalli Silks, Tulsi Silks, Palam Silks, Sundari Silks, RMKV, Kalanikethan, and so on.

Jewellery

Jewellery stores and their collections speak volumes about the culture and tradition prevalent in Chennai and Tamil Nadu. Chennai has umpteen jewellers and multiple showrooms, showcasing an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary designs and collections in silver, gold, diamonds, platinum and precious and semi-precious stones. Some of the popular jewellery destinations in Chennai are:

GRT Jewellers, NAC Jewellers, Lalithaa Jewellery, Nathella Jewellers, Saravana Stores, Vummidi Bangaru Jewellers (VBJ), Khazana Jewellers and more

NightLife

Chennai has a very happening nightlife for the night crawlers and the Nocturnals. With an impressive lineup of pubs and lounge bars both in 5-star hotels as well as stand-alone, people can choose from a wide range. With an eclectic mix of crowd, these pubs are a perfect place to unwind and relax after a busy day. Some of the popular places in the city are :
10 Downing Street, Illusions, Pasha (The Park), The Flying Elephant, Dublin, The Leather Bar, Big Bang Theory and more.