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Chennai Travel Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do travelers from Melbourne typically stay in Chennai for very long?

Travelers from MEL to MAA stay for two weeks on average.

Are you paying the cheapest or highest price for your ticket to Chennai?

Flight prices fluctuate less than the majority of routes from Australia for MEL to MAA. They range from $562 to $857. Prices tend to be lower the further out you book.

When is the best time to visit?

Peak travel periods include May–Jun and Dec–Jan. Chennai has a hot and humid climate. Generally, there is very little rain Jan–May. Torrential rains arrive during the northeast monsoon, usually around Oct–Nov.

Exploring Chennai (Madras

The history of Chennai, or Madras, as Tamil Nadu's state capital was formerly known, dates back more than 350 years. This city which began from the tiny Fort St George trading post in 1640 is now not only India's sixth-most populous city, but also one of the world's most rapidly growing municipalities. Chennai is home to approximately 33,000 temples, India's most modern planetarium, and a stretch of beach longer than nearly any other on Earth.

The number of hotels in Chennai has also increased nearly as quickly as the number of people who live in and travel to this modern city with its own cuisine, dance, music, and culture distinct from any other region of India. The local Le Royal Meridien and Sheraton Park Hotel and Towers are as luxurious as their counterparts anywhere else in the world. One of the city's hidden treasures is its oldest neighbourhood, Georgetown, home of the Sowcarpet area and bustling Mint Street thoroughfare.

Sights nearby

Chennai is ideally positioned near a large number of popular daytrip destinations, from the Guindy Snake Park and national park to the endless stream of amusement parks and beaches along the East Coast Road.

National Art Gallery
The red sandstone building which has housed the National Art Gallery since 1907 is nearly as magnificent as the masterpieces displayed inside. The former Victoria Memorial Hall now contains four distinct collections of art, including galleries filled with exquisite Tanjore paintings on glass and tiny paintings from the Mughal and Rajput eras. Indian handicrafts from the 11th and 12th centuries are also prominently on display.

Government Museum
This extensive Egmore museum was among the first to open in India when it was established in 1857. Today, a children's museum and galleries of art and bronze are just a few of the attractions within the Government Museum's six independent buildings. The 46 galleries include sections dedicated to archaeology, botany, geology, and zoology. Free guide services are available twice per day.

Fort St George
Great Britain officially began its colonial rule over India with this small trading post near the Bay of Bengal which marked the official birth of the city long known as Madras. India's tallest flagpole now flies over this historic structure featuring a museum loaded with Tipu Sultan cannons and the nation's first British house of worship, St Mary's Church. Many government agencies are also housed here.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Due to a city law banning establishments with less than 21 bedrooms from serving alcohol, hotels are among the few places to find bars and pubs in Chennai. The Dynasty restaurant which serves up a unique fusion of Chinese and Indian cuisine at Harrisons Hotel is among the most affordable of the many restaurants found at local places to stay. The My Fortune, Chennai establishment alone boasts Chinese, Indian, and delicatessen restaurants. South India's second-largest shopping centre and one of the nation's first shopping centres are among the many modern places to shop in Chennai, while the Pondy Bazaar offers a more traditional outdoor market experience.

Public transport

A domestic terminal called Kamraj and an international terminal named Anna greet millions of visitors to one of the busiest airports within India's borders, Chennai International Airport. Egmore and Chennai Central are the two rail stations which can be accessed directly by suburban train from the airport, but a direct Metro rail connection remains under development. Visitors can also take a bus to one of the continent's biggest bus terminals, Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus, or climb aboard one of Chennai's many auto-rickshaws.

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