Top Tourist Places To Visit in Chennai

Top Tourist Places To Visit in Chennai

  • Chennai
  • Tamil Nadu
  • India
  • Best Time to Visit


  • Calling Code


  • Area

    426 km2

  • Best Time to Visit
    November to February.
  • Climate
    The climate is hot and humid.
  • Main Languages
    Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and English.
  • Population

    89,17,749 as recorded in 2014.

  • Temperature
    Summer - Max : 37. Min : 22.
    Winter - Max : 32. Min : 19.8.

Chennai Overview

The capital of southern state Tamil Nadu, Chennai is the sixth most populated city in India. Currently a major metro city, Chennai is a very old establishment. Even before the colonial era, the city was called Madras. The name was officially changed by the government in 1996. Many people still refer to this city by the old name. Chennai is an important centre for learning, commerce and culture. There are several noted educational institutions, multinational corporations and IT Parks.

There is a blend of old and modern ways of living in the city. People follow traditional practices in their daily routine and wear the ethnic clothing mostly. With the influx of people from other parts of India, working in MNCs, the culture has become largely cosmopolitan. The tourists can enjoy plenty of options like beaches, monuments, famous haunted places in chennai and places of religious importance. The New York Times published a list of '52 places to go around the world' in which Chennai was the only South Asian city to be named.

Climate & Geography

Chennai is located in the northern region of Tamil Nadu and often referred to as "Gateway to South India". Located on the Coromandel Coast, on the Eastern Coastal Plains, Chennai touches the Bay of Bengal Sea. The ground elevation is 6.7 metres. Being located very close to the equator and along a coastline, Chennai experiences a tropical wet and dry climate. Summers are extremely hot while winter months are moderate. The precipitation during monsoon ranges from moderate to heavy.


Just like other metro cities, Chennai also has a developed transportation infrastructure. It is easy to get as well as get around the city.

Air: There is an international airport in the city which is one of the busiest ones in India with flights to many countries and major cities in India.

Rail: Chennai has two main railway stations. One connects it to the major cities of the country and the other for cities in Tamil Nadu and nearby places.

Roadways: Chennai is linked with other cities through five national highways. There are several bus services from many cities in south India going towards the city.

Local Transport: To get around Chennai, local trains, buses, auto-rickshaw and taxis can be used. All these modes are readily available at most spots.

Shopping & Entertainment

Chennai offers numerous options for shopping around. There are many shopping malls to flock and plenty of showrooms selling silk sarees, ethnic jewellery, items of handicrafts. There are many multiplexes showing Hindi, English and Tamil films where one can get entertained. Also, tourists can look out for live Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music performances.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • How many days should I plan for Chennai trip?
    3-4 days should be enough to explore the main attractions and experience the essence of Chennai.
  • What is the nearest major airport or train station for Chennai?
    The nearest major airport is the Chennai International Airport, and the nearest major train stations are Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore.
  • What are the primary transportation options for reaching Chennai?
    The primary transportation options for reaching Chennai are by air, with the Chennai International Airport, or by train, with Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore as major railway stations.
  • Are there any special events or festivals in Chennai?
    Chennai hosts various festivals throughout the year, including Pongal, Chennai Music Season, and the Madras Day celebrations in August.
  • What are the top tourist attractions in Chennai?
    Top tourist attractions in Chennai include Marina Beach, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Fort St. George, and the Government Museum.
  • What are some must-try local dishes and restaurants in Chennai?
    Must-try local dishes in Chennai include idli, dosa, sambar, and filter coffee. Popular restaurants include Saravana Bhavan and Murugan Idli Shop.
  • What types of accommodations are available in Chennai?
    Chennai offers a wide range of accommodations, from luxury hotels to budget guesthouses and homestays, catering to all budgets and preferences.
  • Are there any public transportation available in Chennai?
    Yes, Chennai has a well-developed public transportation system, including buses and metro trains, providing convenient travel options.
  • What are the transportation options available in Chennai?
    Transportation options in Chennai include taxis, auto-rickshaws, buses, and metro trains, making it easy to get around the city.
  • What is the primary language spoken in Chennai?
    The primary language spoken in Chennai is Tamil, but English is widely understood and spoken in most tourist areas.
  • What is the best time to visit Chennai?
    The best time to visit Chennai is from November to February, when the weather is pleasant and ideal for exploring.
  • What activities can be done in Chennai?
    In Chennai, you can visit historical sites, relax on the beaches, explore temples, indulge in shopping, enjoy cultural performances, and savor local cuisine.
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