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South Asia

Chennai, India

Chennai, erstwhile Madras, has the reputation of being a laid-back city, especially when compared to the glitzy glamour of Mumbai or the frenetic pace of Delhi. A favourite pastime among locals is to spend time on one of the crowded beaches, catching up with friends or taking a stroll by the boulevard.

Of late though, Chennai has come into its own, with a slew of luxury hotels, restaurants and cafes serving international cuisine as well as swanky shopping options.

More than any other city, Chennai can lay claim to being the premier centre for the performing arts in India. That apart, the city is also home to a thriving film industry, with dozens of studios clustered around the suburb of Kodambakkam (giving it the cheeky sobriquet Kollywood).

They say there are three seasons in Chennai: hot, hotter and hottest. If you manage to adjust to the weather, it can be a fascinating city to explore.

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Road trips

Marina Beach

Take an evening stroll on Marina Beach, the second longest beach stretch in the world. Apart from the fresh air and local seaside ...


Shop at Nali Silks

Shop at Nalli Silks, almost considered a temple to silk in the city since 1928. Buy a stunning silk sari that is woven in the neig...


Saravana Bhavan

Have “tiffin” (snacks) and filter coffee at Saravana Bhavan; the masala dosa (rice pancake with a filling of dry, spic...


450-year-old banyan tree

Visit the 450-year-old banyan tree, housed inside the Theosophical Society (, a worldwide organisation dedicated to p...


Fort St George

Explore the Fort area, once the hub of the East India Company in Chennai. The Fort St George, built in 1639, now houses the Tamil ...


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  • LanguagesTamil, English
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