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Known as Madras during the British reign, Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu and India’s southernmost metropolis. It is located on the Bay of Bengal’s Coromandel Coast, boasting the world’s second-longest urban beach, Marina Beach, stretching for over 13 kilometres. Home to the Tamil film industry, Carnatic music festivals and temples dating back to the 7th century, the city is a thriving cultural centre with plenty to see and do.

Chennai offers impressive examples of art and architecture from different eras and cultures. Its most famous monument is the colourful Kapaleeshwarar Temple, dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva. A few steps away lies the neo-Gothic San Thome Cathedral, built on the final resting place of one of Christ's apostles. Influences of the city’s colonial past can also be seen in some of its main buildings, such as the Gothic Revival Chennai Central, the busiest railway station in South India. For further insight into the country’s history, you can visit its first British fortress, Fort St George, housing St Mary's Church and the Fort Museum.

When in Chennai, kick-start your day with a freshly brewed cup of South Indian filter coffee, locally known as ‘kaapi’. Make some time to savour South Indian staples, traditionally served on banana leaves. Try dosa (rice and lentil crêpe), idli (steamed rice cake) and vada (savoury doughnut) served with sambar (a spicy broth) and an assortment of coconut chutneys. Thanks to its coastal location, the city also offers several delicious seafood preparations and fish curries.


From $5 per night

This weekend

From $8 per night

Next weekend

From $7 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency Rs. 100 = $1.26
Language English
Average weekend price $41 per night
Average weekday price $40 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Location is good.

July 31, 2022

Location is good. Rooms are big. But not cleaned. Slow check in process. Not well behaved by the staffs. Swimming pool was out of order. Value for money was not good. Breakfast items were not that rich like a five star hotel. Lobby was too noisy. No wellcome drinks were served. Baggage handling was slow and poor management. Conditions of drinking water bottles was not that standard, it could have been one time bottle rather than glass big bottles that was very difficult to handle by the children. Curtains were not cleaned for long time.

Momenun Bangladesh

There for work.

July 22, 2022

There for work. Chennai has the charm of Detroit (it's a car manufacturing town) with the weather and beaches of Miami. Lots of temples to visit, lots of shopping especially less expensive shopping like Spensers Plaza. Other UNESCO sites 20 miles away...all very nice.

TIM United States of America

Chennai has lots to offer to tourists.

July 16, 2022

Chennai has lots to offer to tourists. One should spend enough time to realise what all the city has to offer. Beaches, temples and few near to Chennai areas like Pondicherry and Kanchipuram provide a unique experience


What I like about is a tran system it cheaper and train goes...

July 9, 2022

What I like about is a tran system it cheaper and train goes up the airport but otherwise transport locally is expensive you have to do alot of bargaining and the language they are using is tamil and very few people talk broken English, hotel at sea side you have to be very carefully it very far and food are not available like brake fast and for lunch etc I booked a yoy 76653 bali beach house the manage is not honest after ruching they they change they mind and demanding more money I spent alot of money to rich they taxi took 1600 rupi and after I rich the manage double the prices and he was not will to see my booking I will not recommend to any one for bali beach house pls stay away and if possible pls removed they name fro you they totally rude and not honest I spent near 4000 thousand which is too expensive when ordering local person pay less than 200 rupis


If your looking for something reasonable and on work this is...

June 25, 2022

If your looking for something reasonable and on work this is a good place.We had ordered food from swiggy and vehicles on ola and there was no problem for them in finding this place. When we reached there it was late after 11 pm but Mr Esakiappan was very kind and made dosas for us ...which were very yummy with 2 different chutneys....He is a very kind host I must say.


City is not that clean, stray dogs all over, smell of dirt...

May 14, 2022

City is not that clean, stray dogs all over, smell of dirt all over the Chennai. Never take autorickshaws, as they will take you all over the world to reach to your destination which may be half a km away. Though local people are helpful, when it comes to general quiries

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