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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.

Hablis Hotel
Hablis Hotel
4.5 out of 5
19, GST Road, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The price is AU$57 per night from 2 Jul. to 2 Jul.
Located in Guindy, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Olympia Tech Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Chennai Trade Centre and MIOT International Hospital. Guindy ...
3.5/5Good! (106 reviews)
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Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2021

Hablis Hotel
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$70 per night from 23 Jun. to 23 Jun.
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! (353 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel with amazing room. Brinda das was totally professional and it was so Easy to deal with her.. Right from check in, she made us way toooo comfortable ..best hotel. Had a very happy stay."

Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2021

ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai
Park Hyatt Chennai
Park Hyatt Chennai
5 out of 5
39 Velachery Road, Raj Bhavan, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$68 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Guindy, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Chennai Snake Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Old Mahabalipuram Road and Indian Institute of Technology ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (272 reviews)
A++ hotel! Amazing.
"Amazing! Simply amazing. Comfortable bed, excellent service, great food. Would definitely stay here again. Felt like the price was right for what you get as well."

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2020

Park Hyatt Chennai
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Swarna Sudarshan Service Apartments
Swarna Sudarshan Service Apartments
2.5 out of 5
No 16 Anna St, Chennai, TN
The price is AU$23 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Situated near the airport, this villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Old Mahabalipuram Road and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from VGP Universal Kingdom. MGM Dizzee World and Indian ...
Swarna Sudarshan Service Apartments
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
Sai Orbit Serviced Apartments
Sai Orbit Serviced Apartments
3 out of 5
22 SIRNIVASA PALACE,LAKSHMI AVENUE, BAJANAI KOVIL STREET, KATTUPAKKAM, Chennai, TAMILNADU
The price is AU$32 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Kattupakkam, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Sri Ramachandra University, Aravind Eye Hospital - Chennai and Sri Kamakshi Amman ...
3.5/5Good! (2 reviews)
Not so happy
"The staff not aware of booking through expedia. Had to show the official email to them they were asking how much we paid to expedia. Too disappoiting questions to be asked to Guests!"

Reviewed on 27 Jan. 2018

Sai Orbit Serviced Apartments
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