Capital of the South, Chennai has always been the quite dowdy sibling amongst India’s four metropolitans, with scarcity of outstanding sights, roaring traffic and withering southern heat. Your journey to this destination would not get completed without poking around the centuries-old museums and taking a stroll under the burning sunset along the Marina Beach. Exploring the varied neighborhoods of Chennai will really add to your journey and you will appreciate this place for its role as keeper of South Indian religious traditions and artistic. The recent year has added a new glooming layer of cosmopolitan glamour to Chennai in the form of classy contemporary restaurants, shiny boutiques, luxury hotels and smattering of clubs and open bars into the wee hours.
The biggest asset of Chennai is its local people who are infectiously passionate about their hometown. The people are known globally for their hospitality, they don’t hit the tourists with lots of hassles and hustle, instead they treat the tourists as a guests rather than a commodity. The untidy heap of narrow streets and markets in George Town and the old British Fort St George represent the historic face of Chennai. Some of the best accommodation, shopping and eating lies in the southwestern and southern suburbs of the city like Alwarpet, T Nagar and Nungambakkam. The primary road connecting southern and northern Chennai is the Anna Salai, which is also known as Mount Road.
How to reach
By Plane: Chennai has its own international airport which is the third busiest airport following Mumbai and Delhi. The international flights arrive at Anna Terminal, while for domestic flights the airport has another terminal known as Kamraj Terminal. Both the terminals lie on the stretch of same road and located just 150m away from each other. Chennai is well connected to almost all major international and national destinations via air.
By Train: There are two major long-distance railway stations in Chennai, Chennai Egmore and Chennai Central. These two railway stations are well connected to airport and bus terminus by suburb rail and city buses respectively. Tourists will find trains for all major cities and towns of India from both these railway terminus. Chennai is well linked with all major towns of India via railway network.
By Bus: One of the Asia’s largest bus stations is located in Chennai, Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminal or CMBT. Tourists will find over 7 state owned corporation’s drive buses to and from various destinations of South India at this station. Both AC and non-AC buses are available at this terminus for cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Trivandrum.
Major Attractions in Chennai
Georgetown: Located in the northern part of city, Georgetown is the oldest neighborhood which is linked with the nearby port. The area offers exceptional experience to the tourists where they can also enjoy multiple of commercial activities. If any tourists want to explore the heart of the city, then this place is worth visiting for them. This area also boasts Sowcarpet area and city’s most popular road, Mint Street.
Beaches: Though the beaches in Chennai are both inviting and alluring, but they are not perfect for swimming indeed, owing to its strong under currents present along shoreline as well. No lifeguards and rescue team is available, therefore no swimming should be attempted. There several beaches in the city to explore including, Marina Beach, Edward Elliot’s Beach, Breezy Beach, Covelong Beach and much more.
Government Museum in Chennai: This museum is also popular as Madras Museum and it was established in the year 1851. This is the second oldest museum of India following Kolkata’s Indian Museum. This old government museum is a treasure in itself as it houses some of the rich and finest masterpieces of archeology, art, numismatics, anthropology, and much more. It entices every tourist visiting Chennai. Sprawling on area over 16.25 acres of landscape, this old museum is declared as the largest museum of South Asia.
Where to Stay
Chennai has a wide variety of luxury hotels and guest houses to accommodate the most demanding tourists. There are also several budget hotels available with exceptional hospitality. The hotels that you may consider during your visit to Chennai include, Alcove Service Apartments, Kanchi, Abu Palace, Dakshin, Lemon Tree Hotel, Liberty Park, The Accord Metropolitan, My Fortune, Hyatt Regency, ITC Hotel Park Sheraton & Towers, Radisson GRT Hotel, Trident Chennai, Taj Connamera and many others.