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The site of former Indian, Portuguese and Dutch settlements, today’s Chennai was established by the British in the 17th century as a trading port. This colonial town, formerly known as Madras, has since grown into India’s fourth-largest city and the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This bustling and colorful Indian city is bound to have something on offer for everyone.

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Fort Museum

The museum houses military memorabilia belonging to the times of the British and the French East Indian Companies, as well as of the British Raj and the Muslim administrations.
Adresse: Rajaji Road Fort Saint George, Chennai

San Thome Cathedral

Originally established in 1523, the San Thome Cathedral Church was rebuilt in Neo-Gothic style in 1896. It is said to be built over the shrine keeping the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle.
Adresse: 38 Santhome High Road Dummingkuppam, Chennai

Government Museum & National Art Gallery

The museums’ archaeological collection includes artifacts representing south Indian historical dynasties that span from the 6th century until the arrival of the British.
Adresse: Pantheon Egmore, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 2819 3035
Åpningstider: Sat - Thu 9.30am - 5pm

Kapaleeswarar Temple (Kapaleeshwara)

Thousands of worshippers flock to this temple – one of Chennai’s oldest – with some parts dating back to the 8th century. Its pride is the outstandingly detailed gopuram, or entrance gate, which is 37 meters high.
Adresse: Mylapore, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 2464 1670

Marina Beach

One of the world’s longest beaches doesn’t only feature water and sand, it is also home to hundreds of vendors selling food, refreshments and souvenirs, a light house with panoramic views of Chennai, as well as an aquarium and a swimming pool.
Adresse: Marina Beach, Chennai

St. Thomas Mount

Some 160 steps lead up to the top of the hill, which is believed to be the place where St. Thomas was slaughtered. The 16th-century Church of Our Lady of Expectations, built by the Portuguese and filled with relics, is located at the summit.
Adresse: St. Thomas Mount, Chennai


Going to the cinema is a must when visiting Chennai. There are plenty of cinemas in the city and, with India being the world’s largest film producer, the choice of films showed is broad. Cinemas include the Abirami Complex, Albert and AVM Rajeswari. Sathyam Cinema: 8, Thiru-vi-ka Road RoyapettahINOX Cinema, 3rd Floor,Chennai Citi CentreDr.Radhakrishnan Salai.
Adresse: Express Avenue Mall, Whites Road, Express Estate, Chennai

Fort St. George

Built by the British East India Company in 1640, Fort St. George today houses the legislative parliament of Tamil Nadu state. The site, which showcases Chennai’s colonial history, also features a museum, a library and the oldest Anglican church in India.
Adresse: Rajaji Salai, Chennai

AVM Studios

A rival to the film studios of Bollywood, films produced at Chennai’s AVM, or Kollywood, are in the Tamil language. Visitors to the studios can see the film sets and catch a glimpse of the filming or even become an extra.
Adresse: 38 Arcot Road, Vadapalani, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 4213 6700
Åpningstider: Every day 9.30am - 5.30pm

Madras Crocodile Bank

Observe crocodiles and all the different types of reptiles during your visit to the Madras Crocodile bank. It is located outside the city, but would be a worthwhile stop to make on your way to Mahabalipuram.
Adresse: East Coast Road, Vadanemmelli Village, Chennai
Åpningstider: Tue - Sun 9am - 5pm


With delicious food and good service, this chain of restaurants has spread in Europe, North America and India and has some 20 different locations in Chennai. The "Unlimited Thali" offer is a popular choice among diners.
Adresse: 1 Kennet Lane, Egmore, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 2819 2055
Åpningstider: Every day 7am - 11pm

Saravana Bhavan/Gopalapuram

Feast on Vegetable Biryani, Mushroom Seekh Kebab or Paneer Tikka at this restaurant belonging to the famous chain, which offers more than one hundred Indian and Chinese dishes, or dine in style with silver cutlery on the upper floors.
Adresse: 239 Peters Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 2835 1155
Åpningstider: Every day 7am - 11pm

Ponnusamy Hotel

The obvious choice for food from India’s Chettinad region, this restaurant is definitely one of the best in Chennai. It offers a great selection of meat and strictly vegetarian dishes, with its seafood specialties being a popular choice.
Adresse: 5/1 Gowdia Mutt Road, Royapettah, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 2813 3067
Åpningstider: Every day 11am - 12am

Murugan Idli Shop/Triplicane

This is another chain of restaurants, with three different locations in Chennai. Famous for its idly – an Indian savory cake, similare to semolina, served with coconut and sambar – and its dosai, a crêpe, usually filled with potatoe curry, made from rice and lentils. This place serves some of the best South Indian food in Chennai.
Adresse: 77-1/A,G.N. Chetty Road, T. Nagar, Chennai

Bayleaf Food

If you decide to take a break from the South Indian cuisine and feel like trying some Bengali food, this clean and unpretentious restaurant is the place to eat, with both the vegetarian and the meat dishes being excellent.
Adresse: 14, 6th St, Gopalapuram, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 2811 4558
Åpningstider: Every day 12pm - 3.15pm, 7pm - 11pm

The Residency, Sheraton Park Hotel

This multi-cuisine restaurant is one of the best in Chennai, having made a name thanks to the broad range of meals and desserts served at the lunch and dinner buffets. The quality of the food, as well as the service, is excellent. There is also life music every evening as well.
Adresse: 132 T.T.K. Road, Alwarpet, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 249 941 01

Pan Asian

Pan Asian offers an upscale dining experience and is a perfect venue to go for a special occasion. Request to be seated by the open kitchen and observe the culinary masters in action.
Adresse: Mount Road, Anna Salai, Guindy, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 4906 5271


The restaurant enjoys a spotless reputation and serves superb South Indian food. The owners have invested as much thought into the restaurant's interior as into the constantly updated menu.
Adresse: Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park, Chennai
Telefon: +914424994101

Cream Centre

North Indian, vegetarian food is served at this Chennai restaurant known for the speed of service. The place is popular for take-out and offers home delivery.
Adresse: 2nd Main Road, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 42815777
Åpningstider: Every day 11am - 3.30pm, 7am - 11pm

Barbeque Nation

The restaurant is primarily known for its barbecue, but vegetarians will surely not find themselves at a loss either. Unlimited starters are another feature this place is well-known and frequented for.
Adresse: 39 Bazullah Road, Chennai
Åpningstider: Daily 11:30am–5pm / 6:30pm–11pm

Amethyst Cafe

If you would like to escape the busy city life only just for a short while, then this is the perfect place to visit. Called as a “Quiet corner in Chennai”, it offers an amazing green garden with an indoor and outdoor sitting area. On the menu you will find mouth-watering desserts, sandwiches, toasts and salads.
Adresse: Whites Road, Royapettah, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 4599 1633
Åpningstider: Every day 10am - 11pm

Lloyds Tea House

With an extensive menu of 63 teas, this café will certainty attract all the tea lovers out there. Besides offering good quality tea the menu provides an eclectic choice of cuisine. Come take a sip and you will want to come back for more!
Adresse: 179, Lloyds Road, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 4551 4231
Åpningstider: Mon - Fri 10am - 10.30pm, Sat & Sun 8am - 10.30pm

Writer's Cafe Gopalapuram

Writer's Cafe is located in a beautiful setting surrounded by many books to browse. The experienced barristas serve excellent hot and iced coffees, teas and light lunches as well as cakes. The perfect place to refresh and relax.
Adresse: 127 Peters Road Gopalapuram, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 4861 1604
Åpningstider: Every day 9.30am - 10.30pm

Tryst Cafe

Tryst Cafe is known for being one of the best cafes in Chennai. Its outdoor seating is lined along the seashore and offers a peaceful and calm setting to unwind. They serve delicious freshly baked French bread and dishes inspired by Continental, Mexican and Italian cuisines.
Adresse: 359 East Coast Road, Chennai
Telefon: +91 72991 55222
Åpningstider: Every day 9am - 10pm

Chamiers Café

Cozy up in this luxurious cafe and enjoy a unique blend of coffee or their fresh fruit juice of the day. Chamires also serves a selection of fantastic dishes. Their menu includes pasta, salads and bruschetta platters. This is a great place to spend some time by yourself or with your friends and family.
Adresse: Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar Road, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 4203 0734
Åpningstider: Daily 10:30am–7:30pm


Unquestionably the hottest place in Chennai, and everyone longing to be seen on the local scene goes here. Sera is simply the place to be in Chennai. The club offers Spanish drinks, tapas food and innovative cocktails, as well as live music.
Adresse: 71 Cathedral Road, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 281 114 62
Åpningstider: Every day 12.05pm - 11.55pm

The Westminster

Famous for its fine selection of spirits, the Westminster offers guests to enjoy their drinks in luxury surroundings with comfortable chairs and fresh flowers on the tables.
Adresse: 132 T.T.K. Road, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 249 941 01


Residing in the elegant Park hotel, Pasha is one of Chennai’s busier dance clubs. The venue’s bright lights, divan-styled seating areas, candles, pillows and colored veils gives it a mystic feel. Popular with the local party crowd, the music is usually a mix of pop, R&B and rap.
Adresse: 601 The Park, Anna Salai, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 4267 6000
Åpningstider: Every day 7pm - 3am

The Leather Bar

If you fancy a quieter, more relaxing and intimate evening, the Leather Bar at the Park hotel is the perfect place, with 20 seats and snacks and drinks on offer. There is also an outdoor terrace where you can sip a tasty martini while enjoying the view.
Adresse: 601 The Park, Anna Salai, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 4267 6000
Åpningstider: Every day 11am - 11pm

10 Downing Street

English-style pub that serves food in a welcoming atmosphere. This place is a popular venue for late-night hangouts in the city and a great place where you can relax.
Adresse: 50, North Boag Road, T. Nagar, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 28152 152
Åpningstider: Every day 12pm - 12am


Elixir lies somewhere between a bar and a nightclub, and doesn't tend to get too crowded, so you may always cont on finding a cozy spot to have a drink and even dance later in the night.
Adresse: Express Avenue 213, Anna Salai, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 2846 3333
Åpningstider: Mon - Fri 4pm - 12am, Sat & Sun 12pm - 12am

Chennai Citi Centre

One of the most expensive shopping malls in the city, Chennai Citi Centre offers shoppers everything they can desire in both national and international brand names, and has given older malls such as Spencer Plaza a run for their money. Spread over five floors, there is also a wide variety of restaurants serving everything from Indian to Italian to American dishes as well as a game arcade and a cinema.
Adresse: 10 - 11 Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 28477666

Spencer Plaza

Tracing its roots back to 1864, when Spencer and Durant opened the first department store on the Indian subcontinent, Spencer Plaza is today one of the largest malls in South Asia. The original building was destroyed in a fire in 1983, and the mall now consists of three different buildings – the third one being the newest one. Indian and international brands, clothes and jewellery can be found here.
Adresse: 768-769 Anna Salai, Chennai
Åpningstider: Every day 9.30am - 10pm

Victoria Technical Institute

Traditional wooden furniture, wood carvings, sandalwood items, textiles, stone carvings and bronze items awaits visitors to this arts and crafts shop, the perfect location for those wanting to lay their hands on beautiful Indian souvenirs.
Adresse: 180 Anna Salai, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 285 231 41
Åpningstider: Mon - Sat 10.30am - 7pm

SIPA’s Craftlink

This is South India’s first fair-trade shop. If you are interested of supporting local artisans, you can buy various crafts and art objects here.
Adresse: 70 Kodambakkam High Road, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 282 575 45

Varadarams Silks

Founded more than 90 years ago, this is one of the best places to buy silk from the Kanchipuram district, with sarees, party wear, wedding sarees and dhoti traditional men’s wear being sold.
Adresse: 88 Harrington Road Chetput, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 2836 3867
Åpningstider: Every day 10am - 7:30pm

Phoenix Market City

Phoenix Market City is currently the largest mall in Chennai, and offers the ultimate shopping and entertainment experience with local and international boutiques, a Cineplex and impressive food court.
Adresse: 142 Velachery Main Road, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 3008 3007
Åpningstider: Every day 10am - 10pm

Ranganathan Street

This busy shopping street offers plenty in the way of affordable items and might be a challenge to struggle through during rush hour - the deals on all sorts of items available here are worth the trouble, however.
Adresse: T-Nagar, Ranganathan Street, Chennai


Higginbothams is a bookstore located in a historic colonial building, and is a must-visit for book and history-lovers alike, as it is one of India's oldest and most iconic bookstores.
Adresse: 116 Anna Salai, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 2852 0640

Express Avenue Mall

This mall, along with Phoenix Market is one of the most reputable in the city, and is always busy with shoppers. Unlike its closest double, Express Avenue houses many more local, Indian brand boutiques, which allows for a more authentic shopping experience.
Adresse: 2 Club House Road Express Estate, Chennai
Åpningstider: Mon -Thu 10.30am - 9.30pm, Fri - Sun 10am - 10pm

Montage Fashion House

Montage sells fashions inspired by local designs, and is an interesting stop for savvy shoppers, even if they do not end up purchasing any of the items - the store is a curiosity to browse through at the very least.
Adresse: Nungambakkam High Road, Chennai
Telefon: +91 98409 93506
Åpningstider: Mon - Sat 10am - 7pm


All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document with a valid visa. A visa is required for most nationalities, with the exception of Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives (if not arriving from mainland China). The visa has to be requested through an online application, and the instruction for filling in the application and for scheduling appointments can be seen at the visa department's website. Be aware that a visa can only be acquired via this online application, and without any intermediary – do not follow agents who claim speedy/express grant of e-Visa.

Best Time To Visit

If you are looking to visit Chennai while the temperatures are pleasant, you should travel in the winter months of November to February. Especially during the summer months temperatures can easily reach the 40s and the months of July to September are monsoon season in Chennai. There is also a dance festival in December that you should not miss.


Chennai International Airport is located 7 kilometers south of Chennai, and getting to and from the airport is easy given its taxi, bus and train connections. Pre-paid taxis can be ordered from the airport arrivals terminal to Chennai’s Egmore district. The suburban railway network also serves the airport via the Tirusulam station, which is located a short walk opposite the airport’s main international entrance. The travel time to Egmore Station in central Chennai is about 40 minutes. The Metropolitan Transport Corporation also provides bus services from the airport into Chennai. Be careful when leaving the airport, as there are many beggars and taxi drivers who will offer to carry your luggage or offer you transport, and it is easy lose sight of your baggage in the crowds.
Adresse: Chennai International Airport
Telefon: +91 44 2256 0551

Public Transport

Chennai’s extensive bus service, with more than 3 000 buses on more than 600 routes that carry some 4 million people every day, is an efficient way of getting round the city, but services can get very crowded. In addition to the bus network, there are also vans that are run like bus services on many routes in the city, called Maxi Cabs. Chennai also has a suburban railway network, connecting the suburbs with the city centre, and the airport south of Chennai with the city.


The best and quickest way of getting around Chennai is by taking a rickshaw or an auto rickshaw, which are available around the city. Tourists should be advised to negotiate the price before departure. Regular taxis are also popular with tourists, and are a good means of transport when traveling longer distances or in a group. Order one from your hotel or find fixed-rate tourist taxis at the central train station, the airport or the main bus terminus. Taxi Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 2474 7687


Chennai General Post Office.
Adresse: Post Office Street, Chennai
Åpningstider: Mon - Sat 8am - 5pm


There are plenty of Pharmacies located around the city, some specializing on Ayurvedic medicines. Muthu Pharmacy 109, 1st main road, Near Chinthamani Chennai Pharmacy No. 33, Sarojini Street, T.Nagar, S Usman Road, T Nagar Apollo
Adresse: 15b Syed Mansion, Shafee Mohammed Road, Chennai
Telefon: +91 44 439 223 00


Country Code: +91 Area code: 044


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