It is the 31st Largest metropolitan city in the world and fourth most populous metropolitan city in India. Home to the second longest beach in the word, Chennai is also the only city in South Asia to get listed in the “52 places to go around the world” by The New York Times. Chennai was named one of the top ten cities in the world to visit in 2015, by tourism guide publisher, Lonely Planet. In this beautiful and diverse city, here are 10 things you just must not miss.
1. Experience the Magnificence of Mahabalipuram
Known as The Shore Temple in Mamallapuram, it is one of the oldest and most spectacularly carved stone temples in Tamil Nadu. Not only is it it amazing to look at, but the town of Mahabalipuram itself is quite an experience. With its colorful markets, tourist-friendly shops and relaxing resorts, the town has a lot to offer.
2. Spend a Weekend at Pondicherry
This French Colony is the best place to be if you want to be spiritual, or consume spirits 😉 It’s the city of bright, garish colors, clean roads, irresistible beaches and therapeutic get-aways. This is the calmer, South Indian Goa.
3. Eat The Best Sambar Idly at Ratna Café
To savour Sambar Idly, the idly has to be the perfect level of soft, and the sambar must have all the spices that blend together to compliment the idly. This is a grade that restaurants often fail, but Triplicane Ratna Cafe has managed to achieve. They provide unlimited sambar and generously-sized idlies that manage to capture the essence of Sambar Idly.
4. Go Temple Hopping
Chennai is the Metro of Temples. This is the city where you must go temple hopping and appreciate the beauty of the architecture. Chennai houses several kind of temples – ancient, modern and even completely-blocking-the-road kinds. The most famous temples are the Mylapore Kabaleeshwarar temple, Triplicane Parthasarathy, Vadapalani Murugan, and Aarupadai Veedu.
5. Eat hot, hot Chilli bajjis at Marina Beach
Enjoying the breezy beach and watching the red orb set somewhere far away, while eating hot milagai bajji is life’s simple, true pleasures. Order a plate (of onion, potato, banana, cauliflower or other kinds) and you can even watch the fascinating ways bajjis are prepared.
6. Experience Dakshinachitra
This museum of South Indian art, culture and heritage is a must visit. Constructed on 10 acres of land, this museum has real people demonstrating their way of life, along with puppetry shows as well as the sale of all kinds of art, jewellery and fabric. Moreover, if you want an authentic, traditional, South Indian Village feel (and no time to travel) this is the place to go.
7. Roam through the streets of Chennai
Richie Street. Ranganathan Street. Pondy Bazaar. Parrys. Anna Salai. There is no end to the mind-boggling, exciting, streets of Chennai. Shop to your hearts content, meet people and take pictures – no rules apply here!
8. Eat at Namma Kaiyendi Bhavan
This is the ultimate of street food experience! But all those who have OCD might want to keep away…
9. Have a moment at the Broken Bridge
Spanning the gorgeous Adyar Estuary, this broken bridge is a beautiful location to just sit by and relax or take stunning pictures.
10. Heritage Walk
Chennai, being the second oldest corporation in the World, Chennai is filled with remarkable, old buildings from the British Era. From the marvelous Santhome Church to the Rippon Building and our famous Central Station, a heritage walk through Chennai has much to offer.