Colonial-era relics, temples and a rich food and arts scene welcome visitors to Chennai. The city was established as a British trading post in 1639. Now Chennai is India’s fourth-largest city and the capital of the southeastern Tamil Nadu state. Chennai’s people are welcoming. A variety of attractions presents the chance to experience the best of Tamil culture.
Chennai’s historic heart is George Town, a medley of narrow streets and bazaars lined with traditional silk and spice shops. Admire the architecture of the red-sandstone High Court and take a tour of the 18th-century Armenian Church, one of the oldest churches in India. Learn about Chennai’s history at the museum of Fort St. George, India’s first British-built fortress.
Take a rickshaw to the Government Museum, set in a complex of British-era buildings. Check out the ancient bronze sculptures and a curious skeleton and taxidermy display. Spot work by notable Indian artists, such as Raja Ravi Varma, at the National Art Gallery.
Wander through the vibrant streets of Triplicane, where you’ll find the impressive eighth-century Parthasarathy Temple. Enjoy a dawn or sunset stroll along Marina Beach. It’s a hive of activity, from cricket matches and kite flying to fortune tellers and street food vendors.
Don’t miss the Portuguese-influenced Mylapore neighborhood. Marvel at the white-washed San Thome Church, built on the tomb of the apostle St. Thomas. See a typical example of Dravidian architecture, characterized by pyramid-shaped buildings, at the Kapaleeswarar Temple.
Chennai thrives in showcasing its Tamil culture through music and dance, most notably during the Margazhi Festival in December and January. See a vast collection of everyday art at the Rukmini Devi Museum. Sample the city’s delectable Tamil cuisine. Try dishes such as spicy chettinad pepper chicken and local vegetarian specialties.
Chennai is the busy transportation hub of South India, and is well served by trains, buses and international flights. The city is notoriously hot and stuffy; after a few days of sightseeing activity many visitors travel to nearby beach resorts and hill stations.
Shopping, Cafes and Temples
Relaxed walks, pretty sunrises, elaborate entertainment, traditional Indian street food and historical landmarks make this one of Chennai’s liveliest beaches.
Marvel at the Dravidian architecture of this centuries-old temple, spot intricately carved figurines, watch devotees pray and experience a lively Hindu festival.
Spot impressive architecture and admire displays of British Raj artifacts as you explore this 17th-century citadel, one of Chennai’s finest colonial monuments.
Pick up at 0800hrs from hotel in Chennai city center by our driver. Discover the history of Hinduism in India as you see beautiful and ancient temples on a full-day tour with a private guide.
Embark on a private tour to discover the sights of Tamil Nadu's capital. Visit the former British stronghold of Fort St. George and see the world-famous collection at the Government Museum. Witness the vibrant Marina Beach and see the graceful San Thome Basilica, built by Portuguese settlers.
Early morning you will be pickup from your hotel and proceed toward the Dakshinachitra village by vehicle which is almost 18 miles (29 km) away from Chennai. Expend approximately 45 minutes in Dakshinachitra noted as “A Picture of the South” which conserves the traditional Dravidian way of life.
This experience will showcase the religious diversity of Chennai. You will visit The Santhome Basilica - a Roman Catholic Cathedral built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers, the 8th century Hindu temple of Sri Parthasarthy, and The Thousand Lights Mosque.
Following pickup from your hotel in Chennai, your first stop will be at Fort St. George: believed to be the first British establishment in India and a prominent example of military architecture style. You'll visit popular landmarks inside the fort, including St.
In the morning after breakfast, our driver will pick you from the hotel and proceed to Pondicherry for a full-day excursion on the way you will visit the town of Auroville where you will explore the Matrimandir. Afterward continue drive to Pondicherry.