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Temples and colonial monuments, food and festivals combine to showcase the best of South India’s artistic and religious heritage.

Colonial-era relics, temples and a rich food and arts scene welcome visitors to Chennai. The city was established as a British trading post in 1639. Now Chennai is India’s fourth-largest city and the capital of the southeastern Tamil Nadu state. Chennai’s people are welcoming. A variety of attractions presents the chance to experience the best of Tamil culture.

Chennai’s historic heart is George Town, a medley of narrow streets and bazaars lined with traditional silk and spice shops. Admire the architecture of the red-sandstone High Court and take a tour of the 18th-century Armenian Church, one of the oldest churches in India. Learn about Chennai’s history at the museum of Fort St. George, India’s first British-built fortress.

Take a rickshaw to the Government Museum, set in a complex of British-era buildings. Check out the ancient bronze sculptures and a curious skeleton and taxidermy display. Spot work by notable Indian artists, such as Raja Ravi Varma, at the National Art Gallery.

Wander through the vibrant streets of Triplicane, where you’ll find the impressive eighth-century Parthasarathy Temple. Enjoy a dawn or sunset stroll along Marina Beach. It’s a hive of activity, from cricket matches and kite flying to fortune tellers and street food vendors.

Don’t miss the Portuguese-influenced Mylapore neighborhood. Marvel at the white-washed San Thome Church, built on the tomb of the apostle St. Thomas. See a typical example of Dravidian architecture, characterized by pyramid-shaped buildings, at the Kapaleeswarar Temple.

Chennai thrives in showcasing its Tamil culture through music and dance, most notably during the Margazhi Festival in December and January. See a vast collection of everyday art at the Rukmini Devi Museum. Sample the city’s delectable Tamil cuisine. Try dishes such as spicy chettinad pepper chicken and local vegetarian specialties.

Chennai is the busy transportation hub of South India, and is well served by trains, buses and international flights. The city is notoriously hot and stuffy; after a few days of sightseeing activity many visitors travel to nearby beach resorts and hill stations.

Top hotels in Chennai

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 AU$85 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.

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! (304 reviews)

"We like this hotel very much.Room ,restaurants and services are excellent."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2021

ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai
The Leela Palace Chennai
The Leela Palace Chennai
5 out of 5
175 Sathya Dev Avenue Extn, MRC Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The price is AU$149 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.

This family-friendly Chennai hotel is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Kapaleeswarar Temple and Marina Beach. Phoenix Market City and Chennai Trade ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (383 reviews)

"Excellent location, very clean and amazing service."…"

Reviewed on 20 Dec. 2020

The Leela Palace Chennai
Taj Club House
Taj Club House
5 out of 5
No 2 Club House Road, Off Mount Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The price is AU$56 per night from 29 Jan. to 30 Jan.

This family-friendly Chennai hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Spencer's Plaza Shopping Mall and Consulate General of the United ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (372 reviews)

"Cleanliness was on-point amid the pandemic. The stay itself was fantastic and nothing to complain."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2021

Taj Club House
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Holiday Rentals in Chennai

Somerset Greenways Chennai
Somerset Greenways Chennai
4.5 out of 5
No. 94 Sathyadev Avenue, MRC Nagar, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The price is AU$68 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.

This family-friendly Chennai aparthotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of San Thome Cathedral and Kapaleeswarar Temple. Marina Beach ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (147 reviews)
Peaceful and relax

"Quiet and clean place, friendly and helpful staffs the food was very good. Room is need and clean If I am Chennai again my first choice would be Somerset Greenways Chennai"…"

Reviewed on 7 Apr. 2020

Somerset Greenways Chennai
Syening Associates Near Sipcot IT Park
Syening Associates Near Sipcot IT Park
3 out of 5
Greenwood City,Plot No-200,OMR, ,Navalur,Near AGS Theater, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The price is AU$24 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.

Situated in Chennai, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Old Mahabalipuram Road and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from SIPCOT IT Park. VGP Universal Kingdom and ...

4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)

"Good stay. Management is good. Good communication. They are very helpful. Good food."…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep. 2019

Syening Associates Near Sipcot IT Park
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.
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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Reviews of Chennai

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Mar. 2020

Chennai is the cleanest of the many large Indian cities I have visited, not only in terms of trash but in terms of air quality. There is a more relaxed general ambience as well.

4/5 - Good

Christine

5 Jan. 2020

Enjoyed our stay as we were visiting family, but traffic and pollution really bad.

4/5 - Good

bg

19 Dec. 2019

Interesting to just walk around the streets

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Oct. 2019

Loved Chennai ..... no comparison to Delhi.

4/5 - Good

Rasiah

11 Oct. 2019

Excellent city for ladies shopping. Car hiring is good.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Jun. 2019

It’s an assault on all your senses, but is amazing. Great to experience another culture

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