Trip to Chennai
Chennai has been under the rule of various dynasties each leaving an imprint on Chennai culture and lifestyle. It is the sixth biggest city in terms of population in the country and all forms of art, music and dance flourish here. There are also numerous religious places and shrines making it a hotspot for religious travel. Not only that Chennai has one of the world's best beaches along with exquisite luxury hotels. There are also many budget hotels for travelers wherein they can avail good facility at cheap prices.
Chennai is a hotspot for tourists and an enigma to cherish long after
one has left the place. It is a hub of cultural and commercial
activities and people from all walks of life visit this place. Chennai
is also known as the "Gateway to the South" and is the perfect blend of
North and South India. It attracts tourists from all parts of the
Best time to visit Chennai
As Chennai remains hot for most of the year, the perfect time to visit Chennai will be in Winters. December to February can be the most optimum time period to enjoy Chennai at the fullest. You can also visit the city in the monsoon period from June-August. But do not forget to carry your umbrella with you.
How to Reach Chennai
Chennai by Air:
The Chennai International Airport is the primary airport that caters to the international tourists visiting this metropolis. This airport serves as the primary gateway to four southern Indian states and two union territories.
It is the first airport in India to have both the domestic and international airport adjacent to each other.
There are two other airports in Chennai though they are not open for civilians.
- Indian Air Force Base
- Naval Air Base
Most of the international flights to India touch Chennai. Flights from US, UK, Australia, Germany, Middle East countries, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and many more countries have regular flights to Chennai. Also most of the cheap airlines from India and abroad operate from Chennai. All the important cargo airlines also have their services through Chennai.
There are also many chartered airlines operating from this city. Nearly all the international and domestic airlines namely Air India, Indigo, Spice jet, Malaysian airlines, Jet Airways operate and provide their services to this region. Chennai airport is well connected with other parts of the metropolis through buses, metered taxi, private transport and metro railways.
Chennai by Trains:
Chennai also play an important role in maintaining a vast network of trains of Indian Railways. It is the headquarters of Southern Railways. One can reach every corner of India through train, bus and other modes of transport from Chennai. Soon metro railways will be open for passengers which are under construction.Local trains in Chennai ply between major spots and bear the load of a huge workforce.
Chennai by Road:
Other means of transport in Chennai are buses, taxi and private cars. The bus service is one of the most efficient services in India. The Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT), is one of the largest bus terminus in Asia which serves as the terminus for all intercity buses from Chennai.
One can reach Chennai through the National Highways which connect Chennai with other metro-cities. These National Highways are- NH 8, NH 2, NH 4, NH 7, NH 79-A, NH 46 and NH 60.
Chennai Sea Ports:
Chennai accommodates and handles a lot of cargo from its two important sea ports. There are a huge number of freight carriers and container service providers. Chennai is continually expanding and evolving to accommodate large number of tourists which are increasing every year.
Top Places to visit in Chennai
Here are some of the top places in Chennai:
- Ashtalakshami Temple
- St. George Fort
- Marina Beach
- Birla Planetarium
- Guindy National Park
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