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12 Sep 2019

The Chennai Guide: How to make time for leisure despite a tight schedule


Not all trips are for leisure. Sometimes you are on a business visit, or are travelling to meet relatives. Maybe you are in Chennai for the wedding of a cousin or an old friend. But the lack of time is no reason not to explore the city along the way.


Even with just a few hours of free time, you can still enjoy your stay in Chennai. Here are a few ideas to make the most of your time in this gorgeous city.


Arranging a meeting in the city? Let’s start with the basics! Save time and the hassle of commuting by simply booking the Business Centre at The Residency Towers Chennai. Retrofitted with the latest gadgets, the Centre takes care of all your meeting and conference essentials.



Business Centre


Just a 15-minute break in your schedule? Pop into our Health Club and get on the treadmill for a quick 15-minute workout. Its guaranteed to improve your mood and energy levels for the rest of the day.


Want 30-minutes of pure relaxation? Rejuvenate your mind and body with a quick massage treatment in the midst of a busy schedule. You can stop by our in-house wellness centre Respa to help you disengage from your rigmarole and recharge your senses in a whole new way.



Respa The Wellness Spa


Just an hour to spare? If you prefer the hustle and bustle of local markets, Pondy Bazaar is the place to be. Browse through the range of knick-knacks and souvenirs available, and indulge in some retail therapy. From food to fashion, this there is nothing you can’t find here. What’s more is that prices here are super competitive. You can go back with goodies for everyone back home!
Also, did we mention that you land in Pondy Bazaar the second you step out of The Towers, and it is only a stone’s throw away from G.N. Chetty Road property too?


What can you do with 2 to 3 hours at hand? The iconic Marina Beach is just a 15 minute drive from our hotels that are centrally located in T.Nagar. Enjoy the stunning sunset atop the lighthouse, or binge on delicious local snacks while you take a stroll on the beach. You can even visit the Santhome Basilica nearby to soak in some local culture and history.



Marina Beach


Have the entire evening to yourself ? Head to Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Mylapore. Built by the Pallavas in the 7th century, the marvelous architecture is of classic Dravidian style, featuring wood and stone carvings, decorated pillars and a Gopuram at the doorway. After this, you could catch a late night movie at SPI Cinemas, considered a right of passage around these areas. And do not forget the extra butter and variety of seasoning they offer!


With a day or two, you can bid the city adieu! If you have at least a day at hand, chill like the locals do and head to Puducherry. Also known as the French Capital of India, ‘stroll, cycle, dive, eat, repeat’ is the suggested way of life in this laidback city. We assure you...Pondy’s colourful streets and cuisine will leave you asking “Am I in France or India?”.



Matrimandir at Auroville, Puducherry


Located at the heart of the French Colony and offering easy access to all major tourist spots, The Richmond is the place to stay when in Pondy.


Just want to wind down after a long day?Take a dip in the rooftop swimming pool to soothe all the stress and tension. Nothing that a few laps under the star-studded night sky can’t cure.


P. S. Sip while you dip...ask for our signature Secret Cocktails. You will not regret it.



Swimming Pool


For more personalised recommendations, you can always approach the Travel Desk at our hotels. Our experienced team will be happy to help you with recommendations, itinerary planning, travel assistance, and much more. With sufficient time, you can also visit nearby cities such as Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, and Tirupati.


What are you waiting for? You have a Chennai trip to plan!


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