The capital city of the Indian state Tamil Nadu, Chennai is located in the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, giving it the second-longest beachfront of any municipality in the world. In 2015, Lonely Planet ranked Chennai as one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit, and etching a Chennai holiday on the bucket list of adventurous travellers around the world.
Things to Do in Chennai
If your toes are itching to feel the sand on the beautiful beaches in Chennai, start at the Marina Beach. Although swimming is not allowed due to strong undercurrents, you can still enjoy a nice morning walk or watch the panoramic sunset. For those who want to see historical sites, visit the Kapaleeswarar Temple, which honours the Indian god Shiva. It was built in the 7th century using an Indian architectural style known as Dravidian. You can also see elephants and lions in some of Chennai's parks, including the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, which is one of the biggest zoos in Southeast Asia. At the end of the day, rest up at one of the hotels in Chennai. From luxury suite to more affordable Chennai accommodation, you can choose from a variety of options scattered around the city's main attractions.
Getting to & Around Chennai
There are four ways to get around Chennai: by subway, bus, taxi and auto rickshaw. The subway system is divided into four routes, so familiarise yourself with this before taking a ride. Buses are cheaper and can go where the subway routes can't, and of course there’s always taxis.
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