Best Places To Visit On A Trip To Chennai

About Chennai

Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu, a city situated on the south- east coast of India. This metropolitan city offers a plethora of options such as serene beaches, heritage sites such as temples and churches, huge shopping spaces etc. making for a holistic traveller experience.

Why Go There: Beaches | Historical structures | Scenic Hills & Parks| Culinary experience
Ideal For: Heritage Site Trips | Rich Cultural experience | Beach visits | Food & Shopping
Trivia: It is also called the ‘Gateway to South India’
Things To Bring Back: Kancheepuram saris, pictures of interesting places, the quintessential Kaapi maker, artefacts and paintings from Mahabalipuram and Tanjore

If you are planning a trip to Chennai, here’s a list of places you should visit! Don’t forget to avail MakeMyTrip flight coupons while booking your travel tickets to Chennai. With MakeMyTrip domestic flight offers, you can get up to ₹1,500 instant off and additional CashKaro cashback on your bookings.


Places To Visit in Chennai

20. T.Nagar

T. Nagar is famous for its flea and street markets. The street is dotted with both street sellers as well as big retailers. One can get good discounts from big retailers during the winter months which is a festival time in Chennai.

You can first check out retailers offering branded goods before heading towards the cheap road side shops. Pandian Bangles is a must visit shop in T.Nagar that offers colourful accessories to match the dress. Ranganathan street is also a well-known place for a wide selection of bags and individuals can surely try their bargaining skills to get a good deal.

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19. Pondy Bazaar

This market is usually frequented by college goers as it sells trendy accessories at throw away prices. One can get spoilt for choice as this market displays a huge variety of earrings, watches, bags etc.
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18. Parry’s Corner

This is the oldest street market in Chennai and is located in George Town of Chennai. The area comprises of 25 streets and is considered a wholesale market selling an expansive range of goods such as fabrics, cosmetics, accessories etc.

One should definitely visit Parry’s bustling streets such as Perumal Mudali street, Godown street, Bunder street, Devaraja Mudali street, Anderson street, Evening Bazaar street and many more to have a delightful and colourful shopping experience.
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17. Sowcarpet

The market is dotted with rows of shops selling clothing especially meant for festivals and occasions such as weddings. It is said that Sowcarpet got its name from the hindi word ‘Sahukar’ which means trader.

The shops in the narrow lanes of this market remind the shoppers of Old Delhi markets such as the Chandni chowk market which also sells wedding items. The market has now become a bustling commercial suburb housing both wholesale as well as retail shops. Mint street is a prominent street in this market and a must visit place for shopping enthusiasts.

Chennai is known for its silk sarees and is dotted with many well-known shops selling silk ware. Notable among these are RmKV Silks, Kumaran Silks and Nalli Silk house and Pothy’s.
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Besides, Chennai being a metropolitan city, is dotted with many hypermarkets and malls selling contemporary items. Notable ones are Big Bazaar hypermarkets, Phoenix Market City, Express Avenue Mall, The Forum Vijaya Mall etc.


16. Marundeeswarar Temple

Marundeeswarar Temple
Marundeeswarar Temple

A breathtakingly fine example of Dravidian architecture, the opulent Marudeeswarar temple situated in Tiruvanmiyur, close to Chennai is a must visit place for tourists. The temple houses the deity of Shiva as Marundeeshwar or Aushadeeshwar, the deity of medicines.

The ‘prasadam’ given at the temple (a concoction of sacred ash, milk and water) is said to cure a myriad of ailments. The temple houses a huge one and a half feet Shivalinga which is said to be self-manifested. The temple hosts several festivals throughout the year. Significant among these are festivals such as Shivrathri, Skanda Sashti and Vinayaka Chaturthi which are celebrated with great aplomb at the temple.

Distance from the city: 8 km from city centre
Time Required: 1-2 hrs
Ideal For: Heritage lovers | Religious people
Best Time To Visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


15. Ashtalakshmi Temple

Ashtalakshmi Temple
Ashtalakshmi Temple

This magnificent temple situated in Besant Nagar, Chennai is built at a stone’s throw on the coast of Bay of Bengal. Besides housing Ashtalakshmi, the deity of prosperity and learning, it also houses other eight forms of Goddess Lakshmi namely material means, accomplishment, affluence, valour, bravery, learning, nutriment and offspring. The followers of the Sage of Kanchi Mutt, Sri Chandrasekara Saraswati Swamigal built the temple complex with great devotion. The intricate temple sanctorum is gigantic and has been built to represent the sacred Hindu symbol, ‘Om’. Built as per the ‘Ashtanga Vimana’ or the eight parts, the temple is inspired by the Sundararaja Perumal Temple in Uthiramerur.

The sanctum has four levels and each level houses shrines of different deities. The temple also includes a 5.5-foot tall gold plated Kalasam perched atop the sanctum sanctorum which also has the idols of Mahavishnu and Mahalakshmi. Festivals such as Navaratri, Pavitra Ursavam, Markazhi month, Gokulastami, Diwali, Kartigai as well as new year (1st January) are celebrated at the temple.

Distance from the city: 8 km from city centre
Time Required: 1-2 hrs
Ideal For: Heritage lovers | Religious people
Best Time To Visit: All year round
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14. ISKCON Temple

ISKCON Temple
ISKCON Temple

Located on the East Coast Road, in the south of Chennai, ISKCON is the largest temple devoted to Lord Krishna in Chennai. Radha Krishna and members of the Lord Krishna’s family are worshipped in the temple. The temple is situated in the Injambakkam region in Thyagaray Nagar of Chennai.

The temple is dedicated to the life and preachings of Lord Krishna. Deities such as Satyabhama, one of the eight wives of Krishna are housed in the temple premises. ISCKON is also dedicated towards enhancing and preserving the ancient art and craft of South India.

Distance from the city: 17 km from city centre
Time Required: 2-3 hrs
Ideal For: Lord Krishna followers | Religious people
Best Time To Visit: All year round
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13. Valluvar Kottam

Valluvar Kottam
Valluvar Kottam

Valluvar Kottam is an intricately built edifice to honour the well-known Tamil poet and saint, Thiruvalluvar. The structure is known for its superior architecture and well-planned layouts. Valluvar Kottam also hosts significant events and exhibitions which take place in Chennai.

Traditional handlooms and handicrafts are displayed at the auditorium which is an air-conditioned facility. The structure also boasts of a temple car which is fixed to the base of the monument. One can also find some saplings planted by Mother Teresa in 1984 and now marked in stone.

Distance from the city: 1 km from city centre
Time Required: 1-2 hrs
Ideal For: Individuals interested in Heritage and cultural sites
Best Time To Visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


12. Koli Hills

Koli Hills
Koli Hills

A mountain range situated in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu, Koli Hills have retained its pristine natural elegance. Besides, the hills also house the Arapplaleshwar temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Siddhar Caves, Masi Periyaswamy Temple and Falls, Seekuparai and Selur Viewpoint are must visit places at this destination.

Trek Details:

Trek Time: around 3-4 hrs
Base Camp: Puliancholai
Days to do the trek: 1 day
Height above sea level: 4200 feet approx.
Nearest Airport: Trichy (140 kms)
Nearest Railhead: Salem
Region: Eastern Ghats
Trek Start Point: Puliancholai

Distance from the city: 279 km from city centre
Time Required: 1 day
Ideal For: Trek Lovers | Nature enthusiasts
Best Time To Visit: All year round
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11. Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Arignar Anna Zoological Park
Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Situated in Vandalur, in Kanchipuram district, the Arignar Zoological Park is a popular weekend getaway about 32 kms from the Chennai city. Spread across 1260 acres, it has a wide collection of 138 species of endemic as well as rare breeds of animals. In built Jurassic park, elephant joy rides, kids’ park as well as an education centre are other attractions of the park.

The park is divided into different sections according to the species of animals it exhibits. The 8 sections are: sanctuary aviaries, walk through aviary, butterfly house, reptile house, amphibian house, crocodile enclosure, primate house and world of nocturnal animals.

The park also offers safaris where one can take a closer look at the animals. The most popular safari is the lion safari where the majestic animal can be seen in all its splendour.

Distance from the city: 27 km from city centre
Time Required: 3-4 hrs
Ideal For: Animal Lovers | Nature enthusiasts | Kids | Family & Friends
Best Time To Visit: All year round
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10. Vivekananda House

Vivekananda House
Vivekananda House

Also known as the ‘Ice House’, the Vivekananda House is a shrine and centre for pilgrimage for the followers of Swami Vivekananda who stayed in the house for about six weeks in 1900. A marvel of Victorian architecture, the edifice has unique sunburst and saddleback roofs. The house showcases the materialistic reminders of the simple life and principles which Swami Vivekananda preached all his life.

Distance from the city: 4 km from city centre
Ideal For: Admirers and followers of Swami Vivekananda
Best Time To Visit: All year round
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9. Connemara Library

Connemara Library
Connemara Library

Established in the year 1896 and situated in Egmore, Chennai, the Connemara library is a reader’s paradise and houses a variety of books, periodicals, newspapers and other texts. The Connemara Public library has the privilege to be among one of the four national depository libraries of the nation and hence receives all copies of the texts which are published in the country. The building has a video chamber, a reference area, a gallery dedicated to periodicals and a floor dedicated solely to Indian books.

Distance from the city: 1 km from city centre
Ideal For: Literature geeks | Book lovers
Best Time To Visit: All year round
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8. Prakasam Salai

Prakasam Salai
Prakasam Salai

Prakasam Salai is a magnificent Indo-Saracenic style structure with prominent red bricks. The structure was built in the year 1795 and was earlier called as Popham’s Broadway. Prakasam Salai houses shrines which include Kandaswamy Koil, Tucker’s Church, a Wesleyan Chapel and the Anderson’s Church.

Distance from the city: 6 km from city centre
Ideal For: Individuals interested in archaeology | Heritage lovers
Best Time To Visit: All year round
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7. Santhome Cathedral Basilica

Santhome Cathedral Basilica
Santhome Cathedral Basilica

A pilgrim centre of historical significance, Santhome Cathedral Basilica was built between the 14th and 15th century A D by the Portuguese. The cathedral located near Chennai is named after St Thomas, who was an apostle of Jesus Christ. A museum built in Neo-Gothic style is located close to the cathedral. A 16th century map of South Asia is a prominent feature of the museum.

Distance from the city: 4 km from city centre
Ideal For: People with Christian faith | Archaeologists | Historians
Best Time To Visit: All year round
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 6. Dakshinachitra Museum

Dakshinachitra Museum
Dakshinachitra Museum

The Dakshinachitra museum, a brainchild of the Madras Craft Foundation, an NGO was displayed for public view since 14th December, 1996. The museum houses numerous artefacts and pictures which give an in-depth view of the traditional customs, cultures as well as lifestyles of people of South India. The museum is a collection of 18 authentic houses which have been rebuilt by professional artisans called as the Stapathis.

Distance from the city: 2 km from city centre
Ideal For: Heritage Lovers | Historians
Best Time To Visit: All year round
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5. Chennai Sangamam

Chennai Sangamam
Chennai Sangamamadd

This is a festival which is held around the time of Pongal. Chennai Sangamam is held in large open spaces such as parks and beaches where one can get a flavour of South Indian art and culture. Traditional dance forms as well folk events are performed at the festival. One can also savour traditional South Indian delicacies at the festival.

Ideal For: Art and culture enthusiasts | Foodies
Best Time To Visit: January 14 – January 17


4. Breezy Beach

Breezy Beach
Breezy Beach

Also known as the Elliot’s beach, Breezy beach is situated in the remote neighbouring hamlet called Valmiki Nagar in Chennai.

Distance from the city: 9 km from city centre
Time Required: 1-2 hrs
Ideal For: Anyone looking for solitude
Best Time To Visit: November- February
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3. Akkarai Beach

Akkarai Beach
Akkarai Beach

The beach coastline extends from Ennore in the north to Uthandi in the south. The beach has a good infrastructure for fitness enthusiasts as well as for folks looking for leisure activities.

Distance from the city: 18 km from city centre
Ideal For: Relaxation | Fitness activities
Best Time To Visit: November- February
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2. VGP Golden Beach

VGP Golden Beach
VGP Golden Beach

Part of VGP Universal Kingdom, an amusement park, the VGP Golden beach is a major tourist attraction frequented by families. Loved by kids for its various fun activities, the private beach along with the adjoining theme park, make it a one stop family destination. VGP 2000 Millennium Tower, Paneer Fort and the Statue Man are popular tourist attractions of the theme park. The park is spread over three sections namely ‘Universal Kingdom’, ‘the Aqua Kingdom’ and ‘Snow Kingdom’.

Distance from the city: 16 km from city centre
Time Required: 2-3 hrs
Ideal For: Family | Friends | People seeking adventure rides
Best Time To Visit: November- February
Location: Navigate


1.Marina Beach

Marina Beach
Marina Beach

The acclaimed Marina beach lining the Bay of Bengal with a total length of 13 km is the longest beach in Chennai. Also, pronounced as the second largest globally, this beach boasts of a white sandy shoreline which sets an amazing view of the place. Olive Ridley turtles are another highlight of Marina beach.

Distance from the city: 4 km from city centre
Time Required: 2-3 hrs
Ideal For: Everyone
Best Time To Visit: November- February
Location: Navigate


Also Read:  Things To Do In Chennai


How To Reach Chennai

Flight | Train | By road

Nearest Airport:

Chennai International Airport (21 km away)
Book Flights Through: Ixigo | Cheaptickets | Thomas Cook

Nearest Railway Station:

Chennai Central/ Madras Central Station

Nearest Bus Stop:

Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus or CMBT
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Where To Stay?

There are some popular hotels to stay at:

The Leela Palace Hotel | Park Hyatt Hotel | Taj Coromandel
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Nearby Places To Visit

  • Tirupati (134 km)
  • Pondicherry (170 km)
  • Kanchipuram (75 km)
  • Mahabalipuram (57km)
  • Kanipakam (175km)
  • Tirumala (155 km)
  • Vellore (142km)
  • Srikalahasti (113 km)
  • Talakona Waterfalls (192 km)
  • Tada Falls / Ubbalamadugu Falls (Near Srikalahasti) (92 km)

Hidden Gems

  • Visit the Freemason’s Hall, a double storied mansion which hosts periodic Masonic meetings
  • Visit the Hanging Gardens located in Northern Chennai which now stands renovated by the Archaeology survey of India
  • Experience the parallel theatre named ‘Koothu-p-patrai’ which hosts experimental Tamil plays apart from holding other cultural activities
  • Visit the pristine Pulicat lake which is located about sixty kilometres from Chennai
  • Do visit Prison Bazaar, located close to the Chennai prison which displays diverse items from sweets to trinkets made by the prison inmates

CashKaro Recommendation

  • Kattypalli Island (40Kms from Chennai)
  • Mylapore Fest
  • Sadras Beach Resort (68 kms from Chennai)
  • Vedanthangal Bird Santuary, the oldest water bird sanctuary in India (75 kms from Chennai)
  • Nagalapuram Falls (87 kms from Chennai)
  • Arunachala Temple – Tiruvannamalai (195 kms from Chennai)
  • Gingee Fort

The Most Fun Way To Travel To Chennai

One can travel by road to Chennai, especially if in need of privacy. Travelling with friends and family requires some flexibility and road travel is a suitable option. Also, Individuals who want to drive by themselves, taking stops whenever required, car rental is a suitable option. Below are the links to some car rental agencies:
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