Chennai

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Chennai featuring a city
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.

Where to stay in Chennai

Trident, Chennai
Trident, Chennai
4.5 out of 5
1-24 G S T Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600027
The price is AU$138 per night from 12 Aug. to 13 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Chennai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (311 reviews)
"It has always been a pleasure to stay at this hotel. The entire staff is amazing!"

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2022

Trident, Chennai
Park Hyatt Chennai
Park Hyatt Chennai
5 out of 5
39 Velachery Road, Raj Bhavan, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600031
The price is AU$145 per night from 27 Aug. to 28 Aug.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Chennai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (315 reviews)
"Good, clean hotel with friendly staff who go out of their way to help you out. Service at dinner and breakfast feels a bit on the slower side. Buffet options start to appear to be the same after a day!"

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2022

Park Hyatt 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, 600032
The price is AU$248 per night from 19 Aug. to 20 Aug.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Chennai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (438 reviews)
"Very clean facilities and room service was great. The breakfast buffet was excellent. Cafe mercara wasn’t that great service compared to other restaurants like avartana which was unique and excellent"

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2022

ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai
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.
The Lotus - Apartment Hotel, Burkit Road
The Lotus - Apartment Hotel, Burkit Road
2.5 out of 5
Burkit Road – No:15, Burkit Road, T.Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600017
The price is AU$66 per night from 11 Aug. to 12 Aug.
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Chennai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the family amenities and the overall value ...
3.4/5 (13 reviews)
Did not live up to expectation.
"Unpleasant. Did not get what I booked."

Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2018

The Lotus - Apartment Hotel, Burkit Road
Somerset Greenways Chennai
Somerset Greenways Chennai
4.5 out of 5
No. 94 Sathyadev Avenue, MRC Nagar, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600028
The price is AU$123 per night from 11 Aug. to 12 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Chennai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (156 reviews)
Queues in the Reception for check-in and check-out
"Reception staff not adequate nor efficient... Long queue for check-in and a still longer queue for Checkout.."

Reviewed on 28 May 2022

Somerset Greenways Chennai
Olive Serviced Apartments
Olive Serviced Apartments
2 out of 5
No. 36, Anna Nedun Salai, Facite Road, Kandanchavadi, Perungudi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600096
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Chennai. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Kapaleeswarar Temple and Consulate ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"the rooms were very clean"

Reviewed on 4 Mar. 2020

Olive Serviced Apartments
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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