Chennai (Madras) Vacations

Chennai, previously known as Madras, is the capital of the southern state of Tamilnadu in India. A major transport hub of the region, it is well connected to the rest of India by bus and train, making it a lesser known but effective jumping-off place for a tour of the subcontinent. A port of entry to India for years, it was also one of the first ... Read more
outposts of the British East India Company which established its toehold at Fort George in 1639. A busy, full city, Chennai’s restaurants serve rice based tamil cuisine and performances include the native Bharatanatyam dance.

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Chennai is a great Metropolitan city. It’s safe and cosmopolitan with lots of things to do and many shops.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Saw a few highlights of the city during a festival period, which made it much more fun. The temples are beautiful, but the bronze museum is sorely lacking. The city seems to be a mess, however the people were friendly.

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The city is so huge.. So crowded .. So hot .. Different people , different languages , different culture .. Different types of food which taste so good in and around the city .. Nice to enjoy with family and friends ..

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Very good food which is neatly served. Will suggest all to try Fish Tawa Roast. U will love that for sure!!!

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Back to Chennai for work again! Sight and sound Chennai revisited. This trip is for a longer period of time. Taken infront of an earth pot stall seller. Accordingly, the floral colorful pots are the must have for wedding ceremony. The pot is filled with 9 type of grains as some form of symbolism. Full of local flavor!

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Bakersfield, California

Like to see different cultures and customs. I was there 5 months visiting my daughter and had a great time. But it did make me appreciate the U.S. more too.

Local from Chennai (Madras), India

Traditional Indian city,which has lots of cultures and monuments...but city is a mess

Negombo, Sri Lanka

Loved the sari's and utensils bought from Chennai. Cheap ratings with a wide variety.

Colombo, Sri Lanka

madras the ancient name its a place where all people are gathered during a festival they come to enjoy the best i have been here 3 times Chennai are famous for there skills even though this place is polluted in various means it shan't be blamed coz the population shows it!!!!

New York City, New York State, USA

I live by the city since it is my hometown. But it is normally the last big city on a tourist's mind. It is an industrial city, albeit authentically Indian. It has some truly incredible temples but still better ones are in Madurai and Tanjavur interior of the state. The best trip from Chennai is to Mahabalipuram, a beach side temple city dating from 1000 AD.