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  5 Star Deluxe Hotels Chennai

  • Taj Coromandel
  • The Park
  • Park Sheraton & Towers
  • Le Royal Meridien


  •   5 Star Hotels in Chennai

  • Taj Connemara
  • Chola Sheraton
  • Fisherman's Cove
  • Trident Hilton
  • Radisson GRT


  •   4 Star Hotels in Chennai

  • GRT Grand Days
  • Benz Park Tulip
  • Ambassador Pallava
  • Ramada Raj Park
  • Savera Hotel
  • The Residency Towers
  • Hotel President


  •   3 Star Hotels in Chennai

  • Breeze Hotel
  • Radha Park Inn
  • Ambica Empire
  • Grand Orient
  • Hotel Shelter
  • Woodlands Hotel
  • The Residency
  • Quality Inn Sabari


  •   2 Star Hotels in Chennai

  • Pandian Hotel
  • Balaji Resorts
  • Hotel Mallika
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      Other Hotels in Chennai

  • Hotel Tulip Aruna
  • Hotel Dasaprakash
  • Hotel MGM Grand
  • Hotel Atlantic
  • Sindoori Hotel
  • Hotel Abu Palace
  • Windsor Park Hotel


  •   South India Tour Packages

  • Andaman Tour
  • Explore South India
  • Grand South India Tours
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      Beaches in Chennai

  • Covelon Beach
  • Elliots Beach




  • Chennai - Tourist Attractions

    There are several tourist attractions worth visiting in and around Chennai. Stretched over an area of 13 km, Marina Beach is the second longest beach in the world. The St. George Fort, built in 1653, is currently used as the state government's secretariat. Santhome Cathedral was built around 14th/15th century and is another colonial structure worth visiting. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Kapaleeshwar Temple is the oldest temple in Chennai. Another important temple in the city dedicated to Lord Krishna is Parthsarthy Temple. The National Art Gallery, initially known as Victoria Memorial Hall, houses a good collection of old paintings and sculptures. The Snake Park has a large collection of snakes and many other reptiles. The Theosophical Society is located in large and tranquil gardens with several shrines of different faiths and a Serene Garden of Remembrance. Nearby is the Kalakshetra, which was founded by Rukmini Devi Arundale for the revival of Indian classical arts and crafts traditions.

    Parthsarthy Temple

    The temple was built in the 8th century by the Pallava kings of South India. It was renovated by the mighty Vijayanagar kings in the 16th century. The temple, situated in Triplicane, another beach in Chennai and one of the major harbours during Pallava time, is famed for the beauty of its gopuram (arched gateway) and its architecture. The entire locality is fashioned around the temple.

    Kapaleeshwar Temple

    This temple was constructed in the 13th century and is a living example of the architectural skills of the Dravidians. Situated in the Malaypore area of Chennai, the temple is the nucleus of the local tank market and residential quarters around it. The main entrance facing east is painted in red, blue and yellow with Puranic legends sculpted on the sanctum sanctorum.

    Santhome Cathedral

    Built over the tomb of apostle St. Thomas, the Santhome Cathedral is an important pilgrimage centre. According to legends, St. Thomas arrived in India from Palestine in AD 52 and died after 26 year. The church was built after a millennium, probably by the Persian Christians, and his remains were moved inside. The church was refurbished in 1606 and made into a cathedral. Again, in 1806, it was rebuilt as a basilica. There is a museum in its premises with a 16th-century map of South Asia.

    Fort St. George

    The most powerful symbol of the British Empire in its early days in India, Fort St. George was the first piece of real estate for British in India. For many, it is still unclear that why Sir Day (the founder) choose this place to build this important fort, leaving many other picturesque locations on the vast coastline of the Bay of Bengal. The fort has a grey granite exterior unlike the Mughal forts that has lavish ornamentation and luxury. It housed barracks for the British army, a parade ground, and the oldest church of Chennai-the St. Mary's Church.

    Marina Beach

    The beach extends from Fort St. George all the way to Mahabalipuram. The beach looks spectacular at dusk when the setting sun casts iridescent glow and peddlers sell everything from ice creams to roasted peanuts to balloons. You can also read your future from the fortune tellers and palm readers who lure the visitors by various means. Don't try to show your swimming skills here as the sea can get quite rough here.

    National Art Gallery

    Built in 1906, the gallery is situated in a splendid Indo-Saracenic edifice. The building was initially known as Victoria Memorial Hall and was designed by Henry Irwin. The eminent historian Tillotson described it as one of "the proudest expressions of the Indo-Sarcenic movement". There is a good collection of old paintings and sculptures including Tanjore paintings on glass; Rajput and Mughal miniature paintings; Deccan paintings from 17th century; and handcrafts, metalware, and ivory carvings from 11th and 12th century.

    Other Attractions

    The Snake Park situated in the Guindy National Park in the Raj Bhavan Estate has a large collection of snakes and many other reptiles.

    The Theosophical Society was founded by Madam Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott in New York in 1875 and moved its headquarters to Chennai in 1882. The society is set in large and tranquil gardens with several shrines of different faiths and a Serene Garden of Remembrance.

    Kalakshetra, located around 1 km from the Theosophical Society, was founded by Rukmini Devi Arundale for the revival of Indian classical arts and crafts traditions.

      About Chennai

  • Introduction to Chennai
  • Attractions of Chennai
  • Chennai Sightseeing & Excursions
  • Culture of Chennai
  • Weather of Chennai
  • Rent-A-Car


  •   Beach Resorts in Chennai

  • MGM Beach Resort
  • Shelter Beach Resort
  • Ideal Beach Resort
  • GRT Temple Bay
  • Golden Sun Hotel & Beach Resort
  • K.G. Emerald Beach Resort


  •   Airport Hotels in Chennai

  • Hotel Le Royal Meridien
  • The Trident Hilton Hotel
  • Radisson Hotel


  •   Business Hotels in Chennai

  • The Ambassador Pallava
  • The Park
  • The Trident Hilton Hotel
  • Taj Connemara


  •   Suburb Hotels in Chennai

  • Park Sheraton & Towers
  • Chola Sheraton
  • GRT Grand Days
  • Benz Park Tulip
  • Ambassador Pallava
  • Savera Hotel
  • Breeze Hotel
  • Radha Park Inn
  • Pandian Hotel


  • Tour Packages from Chennai

  • South India Temple Tour
  • South India Ayurveda Tour
  • South India Temple and Beach Tour
  • Panaromic South India Tour
  • Andaman Island Tour


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      Things to do in Chennai

  • Nightlife in Chennai
  • Shopping in Chennai
  • Bars & Pubs in Chennai

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      Sightseeing in Chennai

  • Birla Planetarium
  • Government Museum
  • Crocodile Bank
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      Heritage Hotels in Chennai
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