About Chennai

European influences meld with local heritage in vibrant Chennai. The ‘capital of the south’ is keeper of South India’s cultural and artistic traditions, with dramatic temples and churches, interesting museums, and enthusiastic locals. Venture out and surprise yourself with its assorted charms.

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Sight Seeing

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San Thome Cathedral

Believed to mark the final resting place of St Thomas the Apostle, credited with bringing Christianity to India, this soaring Roman Catholic cathedral was built in 1504 by the Portuguese and rebuilt in the neo-Gothic style in 1896. Don’t miss the entrance to the saint’s tomb behind the cathedral.
Time : 6:00 AM
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Shiva Kapaleeshwarar Temple

This temple showcases the typical Dravidian style of architecture, with its square Vimana that houses the sanctum sanctorum beneath a towering pyramid roof. Pay your respects at this ancient house of worship as you observe the gopuram (gateway), mandapams (pavilions) and other classical features.
Time : 6:00 AM
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The Government Museum

The Bronze Gallery in this museum is our Chennai secret. It has a wonderful collection of South Indian bronze artworks dating from the 7th-century Pallava Era to modern times. The well-articulated English explanations of the pieces make this gallery a joy to explore.
Time : 9:30 AM

Activities To Do

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Do as the locals do on Marina Beach

Hit this bustling beach early in the morning for the sunrise or late in the evening ¬– when it’s cooler. A stroll along its sands is a great way to get your hand on the pulse of the city as you immerse yourself for a bit in the vibrant local atmosphere.
taj holidays

Visit the Enfield Factory

A factory tour to see the home of the Royal Enfield Bullet allows you a glimpse into the production of this classic Indian icon. Watch the motorcycles being made the traditional way on the two-hour tours that are held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, with advance booking.
Time : 9:30 AM - 8:30 PM
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Explore the Madras Crocodile Bank

The brainchild of eminent herpetologist Romulus Whitaker, the Madras Crocodile Bank is home to eighteen of the world’s twenty-three species of crocodilian (crocodiles and related species), many of which are endangered. The hour’s drive from the city is worth the rewarding interactions you will have.
Time : 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Shopping

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Pick a pattu

Kancheevaram saris and pattus (silks), crafted by skilled artisans in nearby Kanchipuram, make great gifts. Famed for the unique weaving method used in their creation and distinctive patterns, these saris are adorned in gold and silver threads. Visit Nalli Chinnasami Chetty to be spoilt for choice.
Time : 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
taj holidays

Take home flavours of the South

Chennai’s home-style snacks are great at teatime, addictive and made to last. You won’t be able to stop at just one kai murukku, a flavourful handmade local pretzel, or crunchy mulluthenguzhal (rice-flour spiral). These edible souvenirs make for great bar snacks.
taj holidays

Browse through a Chennai institution

Higginbothams has been around for over one hundred and fifty years and holds the distinction of being appointed the bookseller to King Edward, who was then the Prince of Wales, in 1875. The flagship store on Mount Road claims to be the country’s oldest bookshop and stocks a wide range of books.
Time : 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Have yourself an active day: Start with meeting crocodiles, visit Chennai’s famous temple, museum and cathedral, and end your day on the beach.
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Visit the Crocodiles
Marvel at the Shiva Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Explore the Government Museum
Visit San Thome Cathedral
Hit the beach
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