Where traditional Tamil culture meets luxurious beaches, the city of Chennai is regarded as the gateway to South India. Dotted with temples and museums, Chennai is also known for its delectable local cuisine.
Things to do in Chennai
Want to immerse yourself in local history and culture? Visit the Government Museum, a historic Pantheon complex that boasts an impressive Bronze Gallery highlighting the Shiva as Nataraja, Archaeological Galleries, the National Art Gallery and the Children's Museum.
Chennai’s long-standing traditions are showcased at the Kapaleeshwarar Temple. It features a combination of architectural elements, including the traditional rainbow-coloured gopuram that serves as an ancient shrine to Shiva.
Head to Crocodile Bank to observe crocodiles in their natural habitat. The location features over 700 different species and offers experienced insight into the world of herpetology. If you’re looking to get a more hands-on experience, volunteer for a day at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology.
For a day of fun, head to Marina Beach to soak up the sunshine along the 12-kilometre stretch of golden sands. Go horseback riding along the sandy shoreline, enjoy a snack from one of the street vendors or head up to the Madras Lighthouse for beautiful panoramic views.
Getting around Chennai
Chennai International Airport offers easy access to the city via train, which connects to Chennai’s two main stations, Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore. The most convenient way of getting around is by tuk-tuk or taxi.