Overview: The city was called as Madras for a longer period of time and now is being called as Chennai since 1996. It is famous as a centre of classical dance, classical Carnatic music and a vibrant political hub. Chennai is a busy metro, with pollution and and a bit congested. Chennai has all the stuffs which a metro city should have from the wide range of shopping for Saris, Beaches and temples, bars and pubs versus spicy Chettinad cuisine. One will experience and discover a seamless blend of tradition and modernity into each other.
Tourist Attractions in Chennai:
- Marina Beach: It is 12 km long and offers excellent opportunities for walks and has a very wide sandy foreshore. The beach is relatively less crowded in the early morning and more pleasant. Watching sunset and sunrise from the beach is an experience by itself.
- Edward Elliot's beach: It is spread along the coast down south from Marina. It is also the night beach for Chennai youth. Good roads, pavements, walking track illuminated sands, makes a visit to this beach a real pleasure.
- Breezy Beach: This beach is not as commercialized as the Elliot's beach, and is hence more quiet and peaceful. Evenings are very pleasant and with gentle breezy here, Lots of tourists are attracted towards this beach.
- Basilica of the National Shrine of St.Thomas Church: You can admire valuable work of art kept in the Basilica is an ancient painting of Our Blessed Mother, in front of which the other great apostle of India.
- Kapaleeswarar Temple: It is Chennai’s oldest and popular temple. It is well known for its 37 Meter gopuram( entrance gate).
- Valluvar Kottam Memorial: Valluvar Kottam marks the memorial of one of the renowned poet and saint of the region, Tiruvalluvar. It is shaped like a temple chariot in Thiruvarur. It has an image of the poet in this 101-feet high temple chariot structure.
- Fort St. George monument, Government Museum, National Art Gallery and Birla Planetarium.
Things to do in Chennai
Trident Holidays present an opportunity for a perfect family holiday. A range of activities which include special performances, recreational facilities and the exclusive Kids Club ensure a memorable getaway from the daily grind. The hotels combine beautiful locations with contemporary facilities and warm and caring service.
Best Time to Visit
Winters (November to February)
Distance from Chennai to nearby cities/places:
Tamil Nadu - Tiruvallur - 42 km
Tamil Nadu - Kanchipuram - 70 km
Andhra Pradesh - Tirumala - 114 km
Tamil Nadu - Vellore - 128 km
Pondicherry - Puducherry - 137 km
Tamil Nadu - Viluppuram - 154 km
Tamil Nadu - Cuddalore - 159 km
Tamil Nadu - Thiruvannaamalai- 165 km
Tamil Nadu - Mayiladuthurai - 230 km
Tamil Nadu - Krishnagiri - 232 km
Karnataka - Bangalore - 297 km
Andhra Pradesh - Anantapur - 342 km
Tamil Nadu - Madurai - 424 km
Tamil Nadu - Coimbatore - 429 km
How to Reach
By Air: Chennai is well connected with Air. Chennai’s Anna International airport is on many international air routes. Chennai is a major stop in the domestic circuit.
By Rail: Chennai is well connected with rail but it takes longer time then Air. Several trains run from the east, west and north to the main railway station, Chennai Central.