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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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Cultural Kaleidoscope
Most museums commemorate what is long gone. But Kalakshetra and DakshinaChitra are vibrant, living museums that represent the art, architecture, lifestyle, crafts and performing arts of South India. Both Kalakshetra and DakshinaChitra, are truly immersive experiences that celebrate the cultural kaleidoscope that is Tamil Nadu. Kalakshetra - a centre for artistic endeavour – founded in 1936 by the visionary Rukmini Devi Arundale, showcases the state's rich heritage of dance and music. And DakshinaChitra is a cross cultural living museum that presents the state's art, architecture, lifestyle and crafts in an incredibly participative and engaging manner.
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Retail Therapy
From Kanjeevaram silks to comfortable cottons; from bronze and brass castings to leaf handicrafts; from chic leather bags to traditional jewellery, Chennai has something for everybody. Chennai is home to some of the world's most esteemed Kanjeevaram saree shops, many of whom have been selling these gorgeous creations for generations. We would be happy to guide you to these family-run establishments for a spot of retail therapy. Along the way you could also pick up bronze and brass castings, traditional jewellery, leather bags, cotton garments, organic soaps, leaf handicrafts and a whole lot more.
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Balm for the Soul
Pondicherry with its wide avenues and sun-kissed shoreline is a sparkling example of French joie de vivre and laissez-faire and the perfect day-trip from Chennai. Two and a half hours from Taj Wellington Mews, Chennai, Pondicherry, a former French colony, is a vibrant yet laidback blend of European and Tamilian cultures. With its stately villas, cafes, boutiques and bicycle rides along the beautiful promenade, Pondicherry truly represents French joie de vivre. The soulful neighbouring township of Auroville celebrates universal kinship. We'd be happy to arrange a day trip to Pondicherry and Auroville for you.
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Pilgrims’ Progress
From ancient Dravidian temples to one of India's finest cathedrals, Chennai has treasures aplenty for history buffs and aficionados of architecture. Chennai's spiritual aura has made the city a custodian of all that's cultural. Two of the city's most revered monuments are the Shiva Kapaleeshwarar Temple with its lofty gopuram and the soaring neo-Gothic Santhome Cathedral. The temple was originally built by the Pallavas and later rebuilt by Vijaynagar kings and the Cathedral was built by the Portuguese over the tomb of St. Thomas, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus.
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Stories in stone- Mahabalipuram
The ancient rock-cut temples of Mahabalipuram, among the finest examples of Dravidian Temple Architecture, have withstood both time and tide for almost 1400 years.Culture, history and nature come together to make the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mamallapuram (also called Mahabalipuram) a sight to behold. This ancient coastal town, once a premier port for the mighty Pallava dynasty, is located just 45 kms away from Taj Wellington Mews, Chennai. Built between 700 and 800 AD, Mamallapuram's open-air rock reliefs and the seafront Shore Temple are among the finest examples of Dravidian Temple Architecture.
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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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