Chennai (Madras) Travel Guide

  • Chennai (Madras)
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    Sweet Shop, Chennai
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    Egmore Station
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Chennai (Madras) Things to Do

  • Marina Beach

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Marina Beach was a pleasant area in Madras where to have a walk. I walked all along this Marina and saw many interesting tourist attractions, such as the Fort Museum, statues devoted to Gandhi, the Madras University, the beach, etc.

  • Government Museum

    3 out of 5 stars

    And this one is strictly for children. Located inside the complex of Government Museum it has different sections to give a glimpse of the Indian and World culture to children in a way they would like and be able to understand. On a personal note as an adult it was pretty boring for me but for a small kid all those dolls in various Indian costumes...

  • Mahabalipuram

    Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram, is the one of the archaeological marvels created by Pallavas of South Indian dynasty. It is was also an ancient port city, situated south of Chennai city. This place has so many historical rock-cut monuments with amazing details and ancient skills. One of the major attractions is the shore temple which is...


Chennai (Madras) Hotels

Chennai (Madras) Restaurants

  • Sparkys Diner CLOSED

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sparky has done a fabulous job of providing alternative (American) food in Chennai. His DINER style restaurant is large, well-decorated with American memorabilia and a fairly extensive menu, including Italian, Mexican and Cajun to suit anyone! He has an American BBQ Buffet every Friday night, for only Rps275--about US$6.50!! Also, in this locale,...

  • Benjarong

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Benjarong (the name refers to hand painted gold porcelain used in Thai households)is a nice restaurant on TTK road that serves you the best of Thai food in a nice ambience too. As soon as you enter you will be greeted by a pretty oriental woman who will either be playing some music or carving vegetables, while another takes you to a quaint corner...

  • Murugan Idli House

    4 out of 5 stars

    This no frills place has excellent south Indian tiffins/snacks. Idlies(fluffly steamed pancakes made of lentil and rice paste)is especially delicious here.It is served with an assortment of chutneys(dips) and sambhar(lentil gravy with vegetables) Apart from the idlies,you could also have dosa(crisp,pancakes made with lentils and rice),pongal,vada...


Chennai (Madras) Nightlife

  • Why not a South Indian Movie?

    The average South Indian is very fond of movies, all the Chief minister of Tamilnadu were great famous movie actors. It is said a South Indian family would surely watch a movie in a day! I have seen the quality of South Indian movie is very good, there are several very good actors from South India and the songs are pretty good. Many of the...

  • explore the nightlife of Chennai

    Chennai has a fast emerging Night Life. Come explore the nightlife of Chennai by visiting some of the popular Bars & Pubs in Chennai. Sip some of your favorite drinks from an assortment of exotic beverages served at the Bars & Pubs in Chennai. Rest assure of having a gala time with your beloved in the cool environ of the happening bars and pubs in...

  • Hell Freezes Over

    Though Chennai doesnt hve much niteclubs,one famous of them are HFO(Hell Freezes Over) where chennai high class ppl gather and hve fun..The night opens till 11:30pm.Offers good music by excellent DJ's and also drinks are cheaper.Entry fee around 600 to 1000 for couple Wear anything u like..


Chennai (Madras) Transportation

  • Train from the Airport

    Chennai has a suburban railway (4 lines) which has a station very close to the airport. This line goes very frequent to Egmont train station, and on to Park station and final station Chennai Beach where you can change to other lines. 5 Rupies until Park Beach station, 10 if you change to a other line. In case you stay in the Triplicane area...

  • Train from the Airport

    Chennai has a suburban railway (4 lines) which has a station very close to the airport. This line goes very frequent to Egmont train station, and on to Park station and final station Chennai Beach where you can change to other lines. 5 Rupies until Park Beach station, 10 if you change to a other line.In case you stay in the Triplicane area...

  • Latest android app for Chennai MTC

    Hi Guys, Please find the latest info about the city buses in chennai through the app MY MTC. It is a crowd sourcing app through which people can also track the buses real time.•Realtime time information about a bus.•Can get the nearest bus stop from your current location through...


Chennai (Madras) Shopping

  • Online Shop in Chennai for...

    In Chennai, try this online shop to make your daily routine easy and comfortable. If you wish to escape the tedious chore of buying grocery, vegetables and fruits, shop at "Stores on Doors" (, the only online portal in Chennai to offer the complete package of grocery, vegetables and fruits. Their slogan...

  • Express Avenue- World Class Mall

    A mall with world class shopping,entertainment facility. It is located in the heart of Chennai city, housing some of the biggest brands from around the globe along with a five star hotel and grade-A office building. It houses 2 department stores- Westside and Lifestyle. Also houses a host of other international brands including Swarovski, The Body...

  • First Mall in S India

    I still remember the days when going from Bangalore to Chennai meant a visit to this fabulously large shopping center- Spencer Plaza on Mount Road in Chennai. Well those days are certainly over now, this is but a rundown mall with a very local mix of stores. But don't be fooled by appearances, this may be run down but certainly ain't down and out...


Chennai (Madras) Local Customs

  • Orange Blossom

    Many of the women in Chennai wear orange blossom garlands in their hair, and the scent, wafting behind them in the warm air, is a sensual delight!You can see women stringing the flowers onto thread to create the garlands everywhere - I found the best place to buy them was outside Egmore Station. They make garlands out of other flowers too, which...

  • Chennai Sangamam

    Chennai Sangamam is an arts festival showcasing various arts of Tamil Nadu held evrey January. Chennai Sangamam is all about Chennai and the best of it. That is why it attracts thousands of tourists from arround the world.

  • Noise

    Be prepared for noise - constant, piercing noise. Most vehicles have horns and backup alarms that sound like bad cell phone ringers ("Silent Night," for example, but ending at "all is bright," and with two notes flat - infuriating). Elevators yell at you when you don't shut them properly. People yell to each other for everything.


Chennai (Madras) Warnings and Dangers

  • Keep your shoes safe!

    If you're visiting Kapaleeshwarar Temple, you'll see most of the Indian visitors just leaving their shoes and sandals by the entrance gate. I would advise that you do NOT follow their example, as our shoes were stolen from there. A little way down from the gate there actually is a booth where you can leave your shoes to be guarded, for a very small...

  • Sea Bathing at Marina Beach.

    Bathing at Marina Beach is not at all advisable as it is very rough not safe enough for taking a swim. Many people die every year for venturing out in the sea even if some are expert swimmer. There is not life saving society/ agency is operating at Marina Beach. It may look attractive but please stay away from swimming.

  • Chennai Drinking Water.

    Please never ever drink water from tap in Chennai. Even the locals buy water in pet jars or in pouches, they come cheap. The ground water of Chennai is salty. The Chennai corporation has not been able to provide potent drinking water to their citizen.The local brands are also process water with reverse osmosis technology, they are safe enough for...


Chennai (Madras) Tourist Traps

  • Fake Travel Agents in Chennai:

    The city of Chennai is full of Fake Travel agents advertising with display boards for various conducted tours with in the city and outside. They promise great things but actually nothing of that sort is available. They will sell you tickets for Two By Two seat in a luxury bus but you shall find that that it is an ordinary van having village people....

  • Auto Rickshaws of Chennai.

    We faced helluva problem in Chennai city with Auto - Rickshaw drivers even for going to hospitals. They think any fair coloured Indian non -Tamil speaking is North Indian and their rates just skyhigh. I even got down from one auto rickshaw after he started mis behaving in Tamil asking for more money. Then I gave him a Rs100/- note and asked him to...




Chennai (Madras) What to Pack

  • Fight the Sun and Bugs

    both sandles and sneakers pleanty of toilet paper for your day-tripsyour anti-malaria medsa pepto-bismol or two sun screen is no where to be found in the city and the locals didn't seem to know what it is, however no one in my group got any tanner or burnt in the city. i did when we went to the beach.budg spray could be useful for around your...

  • Toiletries and Medications

    Many brands available in the west are available here under other names. One thing NOT available is Pepto Bismol. (Gelusil is similar, but not as good.) For the most part, you will be able to find what you need, although not always where you expect to find it. If you find something you recognize, buy it - you might not find it again.Some...

  • Hot Hotttt Chennai

    1. Backpack 1. Sandals.2. Sunglasses3. Cap4. Shorts5. Light cotton T-shirts 1. Shaving Kit 1. Camera2. Camcorder3. Additional discs, tapes, films 1. Bottled water2. Mosquito repellant3. Sunscreen lotion 1. Avoid full-sleeve shirts during summer. 2. Shoes would feel rough on the feet during summer heat.


Chennai (Madras) Off The Beaten Path

  • Sacred Heart Church

    So another walk around Egmore brought me to this Church which I had never heard about and hence I decided to visit the same and know a bit about it.As per the records the Church was established in the year 1848 and the first Parish Priest was Rev Fr Jerome from Portugal. The Parish is famous for Sacred Heart devotion started by Fr. A.J. Adaikalam...

  • St.Antony's Church - a small nice...

    I had come across this church unplanned while walking around in search of National Art Gallery and Government Museum. Sadly they were closed that day and luckily I could explore St.Antony's Church. I tried to get some history about it but sadly I couldn't find anyone there to address me and my query (all present were looking to be offering prayers...

  • In & around Chennai- Sparsha

    Like many people we also thought the only nearby getaway from Chennai is Mahabs/Pondy. But increasingly this year we have come to discover some new places around Chennai that make for equally good weekend getaways. So here goes, early this year we discovered through word of mouth a resort named 'Sparsa' in Thiruvannamalai- a holy town famous for...


Chennai (Madras) Sports & Outdoors

  • Motor racing at Sriperumbedur Race Track

    Inaugurated in 1990 this motor sports track has been the backbone of motor sports in India and also plays a key role in vehicle and component level testing by automobile and related companies. The test track is located on the Chennai-Bangalore highway and is about 45 kms from Chennai Central Railway Station. It is owned, managed and operated by...

  • Muttukadu Boat House

    Muttukadu Boat House: Located at 23 Kms from Adayar, this backwater area is maintained by the Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation, and offers rowing and speedboat riding. This place has great potential but the bad marketing of TTDC ( Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation, they are just like our WBTDC) it is not getting clientale. First...

  • Cricket, the most popular sport in...

    The M.A. Chidambaram Stadium (MAC) in Chepauk is one of the oldest cricket stadiums in India. The Chemplast Cricket Ground on the IIT Madras campus is another important venue hosting first class matches. Prominent cricketers from the city include former Test-captains S. Venkataraghavan and Kris Srikkanth. A cricket fast bowling academy, the MRF...


Chennai (Madras) General

  • Medical Tourism

    What is Medical Tourism?What's called medical tourism - patients going to a different country for either urgent or elective medical procedures - is fast becoming a worldwide, multibillion-dollar industry Why Tamilnadu? Good medical services are available in the state along with good tourist attractions. This has recently spurred a new wave of...

  • Clean beaches

    The worst Auto rickshaw service i the country. the drivers cheats & cheats only by 200% plus every time. BE CAREFUL ! Good development in outer part of the city. Mount Road - one of the main street in the city is very gloomy in the night (bad street lights) and huge traffic.

  • autorickshaws

    even though places in chennai are well connected by buses, for short distances autorickshaws are the basic mode of transport .The minimum fare charged is Rs 30/-that is for locals .If they smell that you are a tourist the charge is usually plus enquire.But unlike in other places they take you straight to your destination and can be good...


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