The old city of Madras, now known as Chennai, is the official gateway to South India and one of its most vibrant destinations. Seething with a lively local colour, Chennai may best be described as a sophisticated metropolis with culture running deep through its veins.
If you find yourself in Chennai, with only two days to spare, there are many hotels in Chennai to choose from, but few like the ITC provide the luxurious experience you want.
Once you’ve booked a room, here is the perfect itinerary to spend your time commodiously:
Places to Visit
Kapaleeshwarar Temple:! Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple displays all the architectural details of a quintessential Tamil Nadu Temple: a colourful gopuram (gateway towers), pillared pavilions, and a massive tank. The temple also has an interesting story behind it.
Fort St. George: This fort has come to be known as the landmark of East India Company’s descent and consequent success in India. This massive structure houses Tamil Nadu’s Legislative Assembly and Secretariat, along with the Fort Museum and a whole lot of other ancient buildings.
Marina Beach: Visit for a leisurely stroll along the beach at morning or evening. Avoid the hot, humid afternoons! Enjoy the beach as it comes alive with cricket matches, flying kites, happy locals and the gorgeous sea!
Things to Do:
Bird Watching/Nature Walks: Chennai boasts a wide range of local and wintering species of birds, and there are many hotspots in the city to go bird watching, or enjoy a nature walk. Some of these include: Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, Pallikaranai marsh, Nanmangalam Reserve Forest, Siruthavar Lake.
Shopping: Visit Express Avenue- the second largest mall in South India- and shop from unique stores like Peakaboo and Global Desi as well as high class chains like Guess, Body Shop, Espirit, Tie Rack, Diesel and Lush. This place also offers fine-dining options and the largest food court in the country.
Attend a Cultural Event: Although Chennai boasts a number of cultural and musical festivals, if you are visiting at a time you can’t find any, be sure to pay a visit to Das Community Hall and Shankara Hall where local artisans display their work in several exhibitions all year round.
Things to Eat:
Indian Cuisine at Pergola: This is the highest open-sky restaurant in the city and offers a variety of grilled and Indian food options! Drop by for a local, luxurious experience!
Afghan Cuisine at Peshwari: Get a taste of the flavours of the North West Frontier region and the authentic tandoor! This award winning restaurant cooks all its delicacies in an open kitchen in traditional clay ovens!
Japanese Cuisine at Akasaka: Do try the sushi and sashimi when you visit Akasaka. Although a tad heavy on the pocket, it meets the standards of an authentic, Japanese dinign experience, right from the ambience and decor to the flavours on your palette.