Chennai: Best Things to Do

Flickr - Chennai Central Railway Station

Chennai (also known as Madras) is the capital city of India State, Tamil Nadu is located on the coastline of the Bay of Bengal and famous for beautiful Marina beach

Exploring Parry's corner in a full-day tour is very worthy if you want to get to know about the city

Having Indian curry in Astoria Veg may give you an unforgettable dining experience while you book a room in Leela Palace Chennai to have absolute relaxation to sleep

having breakfast in Tryst Cafe is not a bad idea and spent your night time in Flying Elephant is not something you can regret

Do not forget to bring Kanchipuram silk saree as souvenirs that you can easily find in T Nagar Shopping District

Lastly, you have to take some photos in Santhome Cathedral Basilica and Kaapaleeswarar Temple as proof that you have been there

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SIGHTSEEING

Marina beach is such a good starting point when you are visiting Chennai since there are many city landmarks such as Kannagi Statue, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Dr. Annie Besant Statue, and many more which mingling facing the beach. Marina Beach is the second longest urban beach in the world with approximately six kilometers coastline spread out from Miracle Church of Jesus Christ to Marina Horse Riding Field.

Marina beach

Marina Beach is the longest natural urban beach in India

Address : Shankar Rd, Marina Beach, Triplicane, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600005, India

DOWNTOWN

Parry's corner is the least crowded area in Chennai since there are many banks and offices building taking place here such as Bank of India, Madras High Court, Wilhelmsen Ship Management and many more which make a lot of locals spent their time here to do their business. There is also a historical landmark Boundary of the Esplanade situated in one of the side streets. This is the only pillar that remain after the other five is getting destroyed due to the circumstance.

Parry's corner

Iconic place & local's favorite spot to go in Chennai

Address : Errabalu Chetty St, Mannady, George Town, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001, India

SHOPPING

When it comes to the shopping center in Chennai, T Nagar Shopping District will come along with that. It's like a paradise for you who want to bring Kanchipuram silk saree as souvenirs. The main street of this shopping district is at Ranganathan Street and North Usman Road which packed with shops and boutiques. But you can explore the side street to find less crowded shops but still offer their best product.

T Nagar Shopping District

The most famous shopping centre in Tamilnadu

Address : 24825, Sir Theagaraya Rd, Parthasarathi Puram, T. Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017, India

FOOD & DRINK

The locals of Chennai is usually having Idli for breakfast, it is made from a mix of rice and black gram flour which served with Sambar and varieties of Chutneys. You have to try this iconic dish to mark your visit to Chennai and this dish is easy to find at the breakfast restaurant in the city.

CULTURE

Chennai is home for various religions which makes this city very vibrant with its culture and having a good tolerance towards diversity. The locals mainly speak Tamil but they also open to learning new languages brought by immigrants such as English, French, Dutch, Urdu, and many more.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Chennai from October to February, to enjoy the city like in summer but with a little bit of rain so you are not experiencing the city's heatwave.

HOTEL

Spending some nights at five-star deluxe hotel Leela Palace Chennai and surely you will have a memorable moment that you never forget in your life. The architecture of the Palace Hotel is inspired by Chettinad Dynasty with grand and luxury style. You can expect the beautiful water view of the Adya river from your terrace. But when you want to stay at a hotel with has British vibes when in Chennai, you may book a room in Taj Club House. It located on the historic mount road and has advance technology for every room so you can expect modern facilities from this hotel.

Leela Palace Chennai

Five star deluxe hotel in Chennai and modern luxury

Address : Adyar Sea Face, The Leela Palace Road, Sathyadev Ave, MRC Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600028, India

Taj Club House

Five-star hotel connected to a shopping centre

Address : No.2, Club House Rd, Express Estate, Royapettah, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600002, India

RESTAURANT

Come to Astoria Veg to get the real taste of South Indian dish or vegan meal without any missed. The restaurant has a comfortable dining atmosphere with a simple yet contemporary concept. On the other hand, Madras Kitchen Company (MKC) will give you an unforgettable dining experience with its authentic food collaborate with excellent service from the staff. The restaurant dining room has a classical brick wall and brown wooden chair in some tables and has comfy sofas on the other table.

Astoria Veg

South Indian dish or vegan meal prepared well

Address : Opposite Cognizant, Thoraipakkam, Old Mahabalipuram Rd, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600097, India

Madras Kitchen Company (MKC)

You can taste authentic food here

Address : 154, Velachery Main Rd, Dhadeswaram Nagar, Velachery, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600042, India

CAFE

Amethyst is the right place to go when you do not have enough time to shop and grab a cup of coffee because this place offers a boutique, cafe, and flower shop in one area. The cafe has outdoor seating in the garden full of green and its caffeine will not disappoint you since the set a high standard. But when you want to get a cup of caffeine and a bite of finest bakery for breakfast, you may head to Tryst Cafe because they served their signature bread which you can not find at another place in the world. They have comfortable indoor seating which not letting you feeling in rush.

Wild Garden - The café at Amethyst

Arty haveli-style cafe with garden and veranda tables, an Indian clothing boutique and flower shop

Address : No 28, Whites Road, Amethyst, next to Corporation Bank, Royapettah, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600014, India

Tryst Cafe

Chic bakehouse & patisserie with cozy nooks & corners, plus some open-air seating

Address : 359, East Coast Road, Saraswathi Nagar, Neelankarai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600115, India

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

The atmosphere of the Flying Elephant is no joke, they bring the library atmosphere but in the most relaxing way to their bar. It is suitable for you who want to have a deep talk while sipping wines, imported beers, or whiskeys. But when you want to eat something for your tummy at midnight, The Velveteen Rabbit is the best choice. They serve delightful meals along with cocktails, beer, and margaritas and the bar is gorgeous with brightly light.

Flying Elephant

This soaring, multilevel hotel venue features chic design, a globally inspired menu & Sunday brunch

Address : Raj Bhavan, 39, Velachery Main Rd, Little Mount, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600032, India

The Velveteen Rabbit

Inventive cocktails & pizzas draw a young crowd to this lively pub with neon lighting & karaoke

Address : 57, 2nd Main Rd, Govindaswamy Nagar, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600028, India

INTERESTING PLACE

You have to make sure that visiting Fort St. George is a part of your plan when you are in Chennai because it was the first British center power in the south which has ancient architecture. Nowadays it becomes the seat of the Government of Tamil Nadu and holds many histories about the city and World War I. Established in 1855 Vandalur Zoo become the first public Zoo and the largest zoology park in India. This is a house for exotic species such as Emu and Cassowary a flyless bird from Australia, also a king cobra which place in an air-conditioned enclosure to stabilized the temperature due to the heatwave of the city. You can stroll around the zoo using battery-operated vehicles which for free.

Fort St. George

The first British fortress built in India, established in 1644, with a museum & 17th-century church

Address : Rajaji Rd, near Legislature and Secretariat, Fort St George, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600009, India

Vandalur Zoo

Vast zoo with large, natural enclosures for Asian mammals & battery-operated cars (fee) for touring

Address : Grand Southern Trunk Rd, Vandalur, Tamil Nadu 600048, India

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

You have to bring a gift to your followers on Instagram by upload some pictures from the majestic Santhome Cathedral Basilica. This cathedral is one of three basilicas in the entire world to be constructed above the tomb of Apostles of Jesus Christ. It was originally a church built-in 1523 by the Portuguese but in 1893 due to some circumstance the church getting rebuilt with Neo-Gothic style become a cathedral. Before leaving Chennai, do not forget to take an exotic photo in front of the Kaapaleeswarar Temple as proof that you have been there since this is the oldest place of worship in the city. The temple's surrounding is still well-preserved with Agraharam style like before.

Santhome Cathedral Basilica

Cathedral basilica rebuilt in 1896 in neo-Gothic style, at the site of St

Thomas Apostle's tomb

Address : 38, Santhome High Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600004, India

Kaapaleeswarar Temple Devotional Library

A Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva located in Mylapore, Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu

Address : Ponnambala Vadhyar St, Vinayaka Nagar Colony, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600004, India