Hotel Grand Palace

257, G.S.T. Road, Near MIT Gate, Chrompet, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, 600044, India
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How to spend a couple of hours in transit zone at Chennai Intl Airport?

by Globetrotter_09

Hi, I have to spend a couple of hours in transit zone at Chennai Intl Airport soon. So, what can I do in there? Do they have WiFi Internet free? Any coffee shops? Is there nice duty free shops with reasonable prices?
Thank you in advance!

Re: How to spend a couple of hours in transit zone at Chennai Intl Airport?

by lynnehamman

Chennai International Airport facilities:

Retiring rooms & dormitory accommodation are available for transit passengers

Auto vending machines for snacks, newspapers, magazines, etc
Restaurant for passengers & visitors
Entertainment televisions
Duty Free Shop- Prices are duty-free, so depends upon what you purchase.
Vending machines for tea / coffee and cold drinks
Foreign exchange counters
Communication centre for Internet browsing, Email, Video Phone, Conference, etc
Video/Phone/Conference facility

Gift shop, travelers requisite shop, book stall, etc

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Travel Tips for Chennai (Madras)


by AliJoe


From the photo below, can see people are sleeping and resting on the floor during a day time. At night, emmm, sooo many people laying down at any train station. The beauty is, they are line up in a single file, from end to the other end. Depend on the size of the station, it goes from five to ten single file of people laying and sleeping there. At once glimpse, the scenario look like in the hospital, people laying down badly injured due to the war. Some of them with a wife and kids too. I'm thinking, how they wanna to.....but, they still productive. Mericle, magic and mystery !!

Available for hire - 1 Plane in original condition

by ChadSteve1975

Flying into Chennai may not seem that unusual to everyone but alas India is India and to me it had it's own quirks.

Quirk number 1
The Air India planes are definitely not new. Infact they're still in original condition. The walls had that wallpaper like look on the interior. and the panelling was out of a bad 1970's set, so too the seating.

Sure it may have been fairly safe but alas there was no doubt the plane was mutton being dressed up at lamb.

Quirk 2
For a population of close to 1 billion they don't fly much. There was only one flight out of Vishakhapatnam to Chennai I knew of in the scheduling. And Vizag is a major centre. Go figure. Even with the rich poor divide I would have thought there'd be more flights. (apparently Vizag is getting a new airport which will boost flights etc)

Quirk 3
You can't just sit in the terminal are for a few hours before your flight. Even if you are to be a passenger. You can't even enter the terminal until 3 hours before your flight.

Having said this my suggestions are:
1. If you have a big gap between flying in and flying out then go shopping. Do not check into a hotel for just 6 hrs. It's just not worth it.
2. Check your luggage into the storage centre at the international airport over in the carpark. It costs only 50 rupee.
3. Know where you are going from the airport. If you say Spencer Centre then don't accept anything but the Spencer Centre.

Government Museum - Stone Sculptures

by Willettsworld

The stone sculptures are found within the Archaeology section, located in the Main Building behind the Front Building. There's a huge array of wonderful sculptures on display with galleries including South Indian sculptures, North Indian sculptures, Indus Valley Civilisation, Memorial stones and Hero stones, Hindu sculptures, Amaravati sculptures and Jain sculptures. They cover all ages such as early eastern Chalukyan (625-900 AD), Pallava (600-850 AD), Early Chola (850-1100 AD), Nolamba (900-1000 AD), Later Chola (1100-1350), Hoysala-Kakatiya (1100-1350), Vijayanagar (1350-1600) and Modern (from 1600).

Open: 9.30am-5pm. Admission: Rs250 for foreigners & Rs200 for camera.

Day out with the crocs

by abi_maha

The number of crocs and alligators at this park is unbelievable!! The last time I visited the same I entered the park and looked at a nice brown ground in one of the cordoned off area. I kept searching for a croc in the same, obviously I expected to see a single croc, however only when one of the hundreds there moved its head did I realize that the entire ground was covered by crocs!! The brown ground was actually a spread of crocs!! :O

Madras (Chennai)

by Canadienne

Chennai (earlier known as Madras) is the capital of Tamil Nadu. It also seems to be the billboard capital of the country ~ they are seen in every available space.

I didn't really take to Chennai. . .I'm glad it wasn't my introduction to the country (no offence to anyone living there). Coming from Gujarat to this city was a shock ~ suddenly salespeople, touts and beggars were everywhere. The increased humidity in the South seemed to blanket the city in smog. . .and I didn't find much in the city that enticed me to stay longer. The only exception to this was the stunning Kapaleeswarar Temple

Thankfully, the tour used Chennai simply as a start and end point.


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