Flights to Chennai (MAA)

Flights to Chennai land you in one of India's most touristy cities, where bold cuisine is the order of the day.

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There was a time when Chennai was simply a throughway to the south. Now, thanks to a steady rise in the number of cultural, shopping and dining hot spots – as well as a thriving arts and dance scene – Chennai is an exciting destination in its own right.

A lot of people still know Chennai as Madras (its former name during colonial times). India’s fourth largest city is also one of its fastest growing. It's a cosmopolitan place that's welcoming to visitors, which means that you can find your way around easily, whether you're visiting Fort St George, built by the British in 1644, or watching a Tamil film in one of the many cinemas. And while there are some laws in place to curb late night socialising, various nightlife venues are popping up for those who want to unwind after dark.

And, while it’s not India’s most well known beach destination, Chennai is actually home to some of the largest and loveliest expanses of sandy coastline in the country. The fact that this isn’t common knowledge means you're likely to feel a lot more peace and quiet as you sunbathe by the sea and plot how else you can enjoy this stunning corner of the country.

When you’re not soaking up the sun, visit Chennai’s many cultural attractions. It’s one of the best places to experience the unique Tamil culture of the region, particularly the love affair with dance and the arts.

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 still busy at the weekend, it is perfect for a morning or evening stroll. A favourite of college students, there’s always something going on.

Elliot’s Promenade
Besant Nagar
+91 98844 88104

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 flavours 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

Above Sea Level (International)

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

The Raintree Hotel
120 St Mary's Road
Alwarpet
600018
+91 44 243 04050
raintreehotels.com/html/chennai-st-marys-dining

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 99624 16692

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