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About Chennai City – Gateway to South India

The Chennai Metropolitan area is one of the largest municipal economies of India. Chennai is nicknamed "The Detroit of India", with more than one-third of India's automobile industry being based in the city. Home to the Tamil film industry, Chennai is also known as a major film production centre. Also offers the perfect introduction to the South – colourful temples, famously spicy food and a rich history that leaps out of the architecture.

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San Thome Cathedral
Open :6.00AM-7.00PM
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
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The Government Museum
Open :9.30AM-5.00PM
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.
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Pick a Pattu
Open :9.00AM-9.00PM
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.
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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.
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Shiva Kapleeshwarar Temple
Open :6.00AM-8.00PM
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.
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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.
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Browse Throug a Chennai Institution
Open :9.00AM-8.00PM
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.
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Mahabalipuram
Open :9.30AM-5.00PM
Mahabalipuram - Also Known as Mamallapuram is best known UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the site of a group of royal monuments, many carved out of the living rock. These are dated to the 7th and 8th centuries: rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), the giant open-air rock relief the Descent of the ganges, and the Shore Temple dedicated to Shiva, Durga, Vishnu and Krishna.
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5 Star Luxury Heritage Hotel in Chennai - Taj Connemara
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Taj Connemara

Taj Connemara

Binny Road, Chennai Binny Road, Chennai

If the Taj Connemara, Chennai could speak, it would tell you tales from its history, the place became a household name across the globe, for it was here where the blue-blooded indulged and entertained. But little did anyone know how history would shape the fate of the entire colonial empire, and this small but significant beginning of it. As the presidency of Madras became the metropolitan of Chennai, the iconic Connemara was entrusted into the hands of the Taj Management in 1984. Today, this symbolic 5 star hotel in Chennai has been carefully restored to its premier status with influences inspired by the past and present. Enter the grand lobby through a foyer flanked by sepia-toned memories of a regal past. The refurbished grand wooden staircase embellished with South Indian stonework pays homage to the rich design culture of Chennai. Right across this, standing tall amidst the muted tones is the centuries-old brass statue of Shiva & Parvati amidst an aura of glittering deepams. The original lattice ceiling complements the Carrera marbled floor which paves the way to the personalised reception desks for a quick, efficient check-in. Business travelers will find themselves conveniently close to most of the city’s business districts, while leisure travelers will find exhilaration in the city’s cultural offerings. The Taj Connemara, Chennai has many stories to enthrall you with, and you may be inspired to create a tamer version of your very own, here.

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Taj Coromandel Chennai

Taj Coromandel Chennai

Mahatma Gandhi Salai, CHENNAI Mahatma Gandhi Salai, CHENNAI
15.5km from Chennai International Airport

One of Chennai’s best known landmarks, the hotel was established in 1947. Nestled in the city centre, it is close to business, commercial and entertainment hubs. 

Preferred Hotel for major Government and Embassies
Located in the Heart of Chennai
Jiva Grande Spa
24-hour Dining
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Taj Fisherman's Cove Resort & Spa, Chennai

Taj Fisherman's Cove Resort & Spa, Chennai

Erstwhile 18th Century Dutch Fort
Seaside Resort with Scenic Views
Jiva Spa
Pet friendly for specific room category
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