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Chennai

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Detroit of South Asia
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India. Scenic stretches of sand line the city coast, not safe for swimming but great for relaxing walks, while landmark buildings, parks, temples, and nature reserves provide plenty of opportunities for sightseeing in Chennai. Although not a party destination, the sprawling metropolis offers visitors a wide assortment of restaurants, malls, art galleries, and charming handicraft shops. Use our India online road trip planner to arrange your visit to Chennai and other destinations in India.
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Popular things to do in Chennai

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Religious Site
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beach
Marina Beach
3.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Besant Nagar Beach
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Church
San Thome Church
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Chennai

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Religious Site
Shore Temple Mahabalipuram
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
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World heritage site
Monuments at Mahabalipuram Mahabalipuram
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Architectural Building
Pancha Rathas Mahabalipuram
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Chennai

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Religious Site
Parthasarathy Temple
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Religious Site
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Religious Site
Jain Temple
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Arulmigu Aadhi Vyadhi Hara Bhaktha Anjaneyar Temple
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Chennai

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Garden
The Theosophical Society
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Theme Park
VGP Snow Kingdom
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Vadapalani Murugan Temple
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Chennai

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Shopping Mall
Express Avenue Mall
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Shopping
T Nagar, Ranganathan Street
2.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Cane and Bamboo
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Shopping
Phoenix Marketcity
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Chennai

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Religious Site
Ananthaa Padmanabha Swaamy Temple
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
ISKCON Chennai, Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Ashtalakshmi Temple
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Zoo
Arignar Anna Zoological Park
3.9
Duration: 4 hours

Where to stay in Chennai

You can find accommodations in all price ranges for your stay in Chennai, but mid-range options remain especially plentiful. Budget lodgings include backpacker-style hostels, affordable guesthouses, and rental apartments, while five-star local and chain hotels make up the high-end choices, increasingly popular in Chennai.
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