The Top 5 things to do in Chennai if you're visiting
The city that was erstwhile known as Madras, Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, lies on the beautiful coast of the majestic Bay of Bengal. Known for its colourful culture, rich history, great contributions towards music and tradition, and also home to some of the stunning beaches, sacred temples, pious churches and places to visit, this metropolitan city has always proved to be a treasure trove for the visitors and residents alike.
It doesn’t matter whether you are among the leisure seekers or are, travelling with family members or friends, or just looking for some fun and adventure or planning for a backpacking trip, this list of the best things to do in Chennai will fulfil all your wishes. Interspersed with ancient temples, scenic places, architectural marvels, little quaint villages and much much more, this amazing city will surely take your breath away
The people of Chennai are very proud of their culture as well as their modern living and it can clearly be seen by the way the city has been designed designed. The trick here is to plan your trip to Chennai in a way that all aspects of the are included. A day or two that can cover the beach, the museums, monuments, the markets, street food, traditional food and a modern restaurant would be ideal. Here are a few options that you should include in your itinerary
Marina Beach One of the famous coastlines of Chennai, Marina Beach is known for its breathtaking view and serene surroundings. Nestled within the city premises, the calming waves, the peaceful beauty of the beachfront, and the picturesque surroundings will attract anyone who is visiting this kaleidoscopic city. With a coastline of around 13km, Marina Beach has bagged the title of being the second largest beach in the world; well, this makes it a must visit destination in Chennai.
Thalankuppam Pier Thalankuppan, a small fishing hamlet located in the northern part of Chennai, is another serene destination that will leave you longing for more. A quaint and silent destination near the metropolis, this is the village where the Thalankuppam River meets the sea. An ideal place for silence lovers, the pier in this region is one of the must to visit locations.
Extremely popular with the South Indian Film Industry, a walk along this pier is one of the best things to do in Chennai. Visit this spot during the morning or evening and you will be able to witness the golden rays of the sun playing hide and seek with blue sparkling waves. Take a walk through the Thalankuppam Pier, feel the tranquillity that exists here and curate some of the memorable moments of your holiday.
Santhome’s Church Visit Santhome’s Church - Visit the church and its basement and the little chapel. The architectural elegance will definitely blow your mind away. Built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers, over the tomb of Saint Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, it is truly a visit you will not forget. The Church is open from 6am to 8pm and has stained glass windows and a statue of St Thomas in a sitting posture. It also has a museum, library and a shop selling prayer material.
Visit the Kapaleeshwar temple and the Parthasarthy temple Kapaleeshwar Temple is probably one of finest specimens of Indian architecture. The detailed Gopuram structure that is almost 37 metres high, is a brilliant example of Dravidian inspired temples. Parthasarthy Temple, on the other hand is one of the historical places in Chennai is known be the oldest temple in the city. The myriad coloured gopurams are the true highlights of this temple.
Experience the true Chennai fare at the hotels in Chennai What started as a small cluster of villages and settlements along the Coromandel Coast is now not just one of India's largest metropolises, but also a vibrant culinary destination. In the last fifty years or so, Chennai's food scene has gone truly global. You can experience traditional southern fare that will truly tickle your taste buds and leave you longing for at any of our restaurants. For example, Southern Aromas at The Residency Towers, is a lovely restaurant that dishes up the choicest dishes from the south of the country. If you’d like to try other cuisines, you can visit “The Right Place” which is located in The Residency, aptly named, this all-day dining restaurant is very popular for both its Indian and European cuisine. Offering an exquisite a la carte menu, it is known for its myriad choices and delicious fare.
Here are the links to the restaurants we mentioned above, for ease of booking:
Southern Aromas: https://www.theresidency.com/dining/detail/2/hotel/1/southern-aromas
The Right Place: