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What to Do in Chennai: Must See Attractions

Chennai Attractions

A world of beauty and allure can be found in Chennai, India. Formerly known as Madras, this city is also full of exciting places and tourist attractions. A detailed map of the city will point you to all of the best places while you are embarking upon your Chennai excursions.

The versatility of this city is one of its most interesting aspects. The old and modern buildings standing next to one another will give you a full sense of this city’s unique qualities. The picturesque water front gives you optimal views of the Bay of Bengal. Chennai is also known as a main industrial center in the country and is even sometimes referred to as the “Detroit of India” due to its involvement in the automobile industry.

While taking Chennai tours, you can stop by one of the top local museums. The National Art Gallery contains exquisite paintings dating back hundreds of years. Magnificent artifacts recovered from archaeological expeditions can be seen inside the Government Museum.

Chennai is also known for its beautiful temples. The elaborate Kapaleshwar Hindu Temple is definitely a must see attraction. Other temples and sacred spots worth checking out include Kalikambal, Vadapalani Murugan, and Shirdi Sai Baba.

The Arignar Anna Zoological Park is another one of the best tourist attractions in Chennai. Monkeys, lions, and tigers are just a few of the animals you can view at this attraction. The park is also home to a variety of exotic birds and reptiles.

All of the exciting things to do in Chennai will surely keep you entertained throughout your visit. You can enjoy all of the wonderful Chennai activities and still have some money to spare when you book your flight, hotel stay, and car rental through Expedia.com.

Things to Do in Chennai with Kids

Chennai is a terrific destination for a family vacation. Take the youngsters along and have a go at these family friendly experiences together:

Free Things to Do in Chennai

Some say the best things in life are free. Check out the following around Chennai:

Tamilnadu Science and Technology Centres - Round up the entire family and set out on an interesting adventure through history with one another.

Madras War Cemetery - Amble around this historic site and discover some secrets from yesteryear.

MIOT International Hospital - Widely known among those who live here, this site is worth visiting.

Ananthaa Padmanabha Swaamy Temple - Stop for some quiet contemplation and learn a thing or two about this site's spiritual significance.

Children's Park - Revitalize your mind and body by spending a bit of time in nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Chennai

T Nagar

Get to know T Nagar by checking out its restaurants, shopping, and spas. Consider a visit to nearby sights like Valluvar Kottam or Vadapalani Murugan Temple during your time in the area.

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Central Chennai

The churches and monuments are just a few things visitors like about Central Chennai. Marina Beach and Fort St. George are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Mannadi Metro Station or LIC Metro Station to get around the larger area.

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Nungambakkam

You'll enjoy the cafés and monuments in Nungambakkam. You might want to make time for a stop at Valluvar Kottam or SDAT Tennis Stadium.

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Guindy

Unique features of Guindy include the shopping and spas. Make a stop by Guindy Race Course or Guindy National Park while you're exploring the area.

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Mylapore

Mylapore is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Kapaleeswarar Temple or Chennai Citi Center Mall.

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Egmore

You'll enjoy the monuments and spas in Egmore. You might want to make time for a stop at Government Museum or Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Chennai on a sunny day?

What to do in Chennai on a rainy day?

Take advantage of a dreary, rainy day by trying an indoor activity, like a Chennai Half-Day Private City Tour or a Visit Kalakshetra classical dance school-Chennai.

Are there cheap things to do in Chennai?

You'll find plenty of fun experiences here that are just the thing if you're watching your budget:

What can you do in Chennai for free?

You'll hardly have time to take your wallet out of your backpack with so many free things to do:

  • Marina Beach
  • Sankara Nethralaya
  • Kapaleeswarar Temple
  • Chennai Citi Center Mall