Chennai

Chennai,

India

Known as the ‘Capital of the South’ Chennai (Madras) has always been seen as one of India’s more reserved big cities, but things are changing. In recent years’ luxury hotels, shiny boutiques and cosmopolitan cafés and restaurants have sprung up.

Visit the historic hub of the city with its jumble of streets, bazaars and the British fort of St George. Explore the different neighbourhoods that make up Chennai, and where the religious traditions of the area are still strong. Don’t just pass though; linger for a while and let Qatar Airways Holidays show you just how special Chennai is.

Chennai Holiday Packages

Explore this wonderful Southern Indian city with Qatar Airways Holidays and choose from an extensive list of luxury hotels, exclusive tours, packages and excursions, as well as being able to experience the taste of the city with a fantastic culinary package.

Good to know

Time Zone

GMT+5:30 hours

Languages

Tamil,English,Hindi

Dialing code

+91

Electricity

220-230V 50 Hz

Currency

Indian rupee

Chennai Experiences

  • In the Pantheon complex you will find Chennai’s best museum, The Government Museum. From archaeology and Buddhist sculptures, to anthropological galleries and the best collection of bronzes in India, this museum is not to be missed. All three buildings are all fascinating, but building three is home to the bronzes. Dating from the 7th century right through to modern times this collection is truly outstanding.
  • Head to the Mylapore neighbourhood to witness Chennai’s traditional past. The Kapaleeshwarar Temple is impressive and includes the main elements of Tamil Nadu architecture, such as the rainbow-coloured gateway tower, the pavilions, it is dedicated to the most popular deity in India, Shiva.
  • Watch the sun rise or set along the 3km Marina Beach and watch cricket matches taking place, kites being enthusiastically flown, and fisherman selling their catch. Heading to the beach in the early morning or evening means you miss the most intense heat of the day and are able to enjoy this beautiful scene. Head to the southern end to the newly refurbished lighthouse and take the lift to the top for panoramic views of the city and the beach.
  • The best restaurants, cafés and shops are in the leafy suburbs of Chennai. Nungambakkam, Thyagaraya Nagar, Alwarpet and Velachery and Guindy are all excellent areas to explore when looking for somewhere to eat. Make sure you try a Thali style meal and meat eaters should check out restaurants that serve Northern Indian style tandoori dishes.
  • If you are after something special to take home with you then look for shops that sell all kinds of Kanchipuram silks, wedding saris and silk dhotis. The city is also famous for its dazzling gold jewellery, encrusted with precious and semi-precious stones, particularly rubies.