Flights to Chennai (MAA)

With its hot climate, fascinating culture, and tasty cuisine, it should come as no surprise that Chennai is one of India’s most-visited cities.
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Chennai (Madras), India

What to do in Chennai (Madras)

Visit the Government Museum

Without a doubt one of the cultural highlights of the city, this museum has a wide range of displays. The ticket also gives you access to the children’s museum and contemporary art museum, so you get a lot for your entrance fee. Check out the bronze gallery for some incredible pieces of Indian art.

Pantheon Road
Egmore
600008
+91 44 2819 3238
chennaimuseum.org

Visit Kuchipudi Art Academy

Kuchipudi Art Academy was founded in 1963 to help spread the discipline of kuchipudi dance. The chance to watch this graceful art form shouldn’t be missed. Call before your visit to guarantee that you'll see the dancers practicing or putting on a show.

No 4
DGS Dhinakaran Road
Raja Annamalai Puram
600 028
+91 44 2493 7260
kuchipudi.com

See nature at Madras Crocodile Bank Trust

As one of the largest reptile zoos in the world, the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology is the perfect place to get up close and personal with crocodiles. The center promotes conservation, but the fun is to be had watching the animals being fed.

Mamallapuram
603104
+91 44 2747 2447
madrascrocodilebank.org

Tour Cholamandal Artists' Village

This artists’ cooperative has a history of being a hub of creativity. The friendly staff are very welcoming; you can explore the creative process of modern Indian art and even buy a piece. Private tours are available; they're worth the money if you're looking for extra insight.

East Coast Road
Injambakkam
Thiruvanmiyur
600115
+91 44 2449 0092
cholamandalartistvillage.com

Sunbathe on Elliot’s Beach

Marina Beach is the most popular sandy hangout in Chennai, but walk a little further along and you reach Elliot’s. While it's still busy on weekends, it's perfect for a morning or evening stroll. The beach is a favorite of college students, and there’s always something going on.

Elliot’s Promenade
Besant Nagar
+91 98844 88104
facebook.com/pages/Edward-Elliots-beach

Visit Kapaleeswarar Temple

This ancient temple is one of the top cultural attractions in Chennai. As with many Hindu temples, there are temples within the temple, some of which are exclusively for Hindus. It's an important center for local celebrations; if you happen to be visiting when there's a festival, there’s an extra buzz.

12 North Mada Street
Mylapore
600004
+91 44 2464 1670
kapaleeswarartemple.com

Where to eat in Chennai (Madras)

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The Fruit Shop on Greams Road (Healthy)

Smoothies and fruit-based drinks abound at this shop, which has a loyal following among locals. There are plenty of flavors to choose from, all of which will provide a refreshing break from the heat outside. All the fruit is wonderfully fresh, so the drinks are some of the best in the city.

21, 3rd Avenue
Besant Nagar
600090
+91 44 2345 0876
fruitshopongreamsroad.in

Madras Pavilion (Indian)

This stylish buffet restaurant serves up the best of southern Indian cuisine with some international options thrown in for good measure. The grandeur of the interior makes for a fantastic setting to spend a few hours and the particularly good coffee rounds off an enjoyable meal.

ITC Grand Chola
63 Mount Road
Guindy
600032
+91 44 2220 0000
itchotels.in/itcgrandchola/madras-pavilion-restaurant

Zara (Tapas)

Billed as India’s first tapas bar, this restaurant is certainly unique. Expect fantastic beverages served alongside exotic tapas such as baked crepes with spinach or more hearty options such as battered fish. This is a good place to kick off an evening with the locals in vibrant fashion.

71 Cathedral Road
Gopalapuram
600086
+91 44 2811 1462
zaratapasbar.in

Annalakshmi Restaurant (Vegetarian)

While you're digging into your tasty vegetarian food at Annalakshmi Restaurant, you can relax happy in the knowledge that all the profits go toward helping the poor. The thali is a highlights of the menu, and the carved wooden decor makes for a complete sensory experience. Make a reservation, as this is a popular dining spot.

First Floor
Sigapi Achi Building
18/3 Rukmani Lakshmipathy Road
Egmore
600008 +91 44 2852 5109
annalakshmichennai.co.in

Above Sea Level (International)

Perched on top of the 14th floor of the Raintree Hotel, Above Sea Level is all about the view. Add the extensive menu and excellent quality of ingredients, and you've got a real hidden gem. Enjoying a cold beverage and digging into a kebab as the sun sets over the horizon is sheer bliss.

The Raintree Hotel
120 St Mary's Road
Alwarpet
600018
+91 44 4225 2525
raintreehotels.com/html/chennai-st-marys-dining

Italia at the Park Pod (Italian)

You could almost forget you’re in the heart of Chennai at this popular Italian restaurant, thanks to its authentic cuisine and lovely terrace surrounded by greenery. There's always something interesting to try on the set menu. Be sure to leave room for one of the indulgent desserts.

Park Pod Hotel
23/13 Khader Nawaz Khan Road
Nungambakkam High Road
600006
+91 44 4295 5550
theparkhotels.com/chennai/the-park-chennai-pod/signore-italiano

Places to stay in Chennai (Madras)

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E Hotel

If shopping is your passion but value is key, then this hotel in Express Avenue Mall is perfect for you. The superb vegetarian restaurant is worth visiting, but if you need a meal with meat simply pop into the mall’s food court. And if there’s nothing on TV, head to the multiplex cinema.

Express Avenue Mall
Gate No 1
Patullos Road
Royapettah
Anna Salai
600002
+91 44 2846 3333
emallhotel.com

Hanu Reddy Residences, Wallace Garden

With its surrounding greenery, this hotel is a nice slice of tranquility in a pretty area of Chennai. The rooms and Wi-Fi make life comfortable, but it is the food that warrants the recommendation. It will be hard to eat anywhere else once you have tried the impressive breakfast.

No 6A/24 Wallace Garden
3rd Street
600006
+91 44 4503 8413
hanureddyresidences.com

Vivanta by Taj Connemara

Lovers of old-world colonial luxury should stay at Vivanta by Taj Connemara. Originally built in 1884, it’s one of the oldest hotels in the city and it has lost none of its charm. Relax by the pool and slip away into a world long gone.

2 Binny Road
Anna Salai
600 002
+91 44 6600 0000
vivantabytaj.com/connemara-chennai

Global Residency

Beautifully maintained and well looked after, Global Residency is clearly loved by its owners and this passion extends to their guests. It feels like a home away from home, and the location makes a great base if you plan to hit the nearby designer shops. But it's the home-cooked food that keeps guests coming back time and again.

AC-Block No 32
4th Street
Anna Nagar
600040
+91 94 4461 2222
globalresidency.co.in

Ibis Chennai Sipcot

Fresh, vibrant, and incredible value for money, this modern hotel is rightly recognized for its top-notch service. With its convenient location in the IT corridor and fair price point, it looks set to remain a favorite of those visiting Chennai, especially those on a long break. The well-being and fitness center is a welcome addition, too.

Plot No 34
Old Mahabalipuram Road
Egattur
603103
+91 44 6744 4777
ibis.com/ibis-chennai-sipcot

The Leela Palace Chennai

The Leela Palace caused quite a stir in the luxury hotel sector when it opened in Chennai. Overlooking the sea, the hotel has some of the loveliest rooms and best dining options in the city, and the ESPA spa facilities add another layer of pampering. It's so beautiful that many people choose it for their weddings.

Adyar Seaface
M R C Nagar
600028
+91 44 3366 1234
theleela.com/locations/chennai