• Mylapore is a cultural hub and one of Chennai’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Photo by Vinoth Chandar
    Patterns Of Mylapore

    Mylapore is a cultural hub and one of Chennai’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Photo by Vinoth Chandar

  • Chennai is famous for its ancient temples, most of which date back to 500 years or more. Photo by Vinoth Chandar
    Kapaleeshwarar Temple

    Chennai is famous for its ancient temples, most of which date back to 500 years or more. Photo by Vinoth Chandar

  • Legend has it that St. Thomas the Apostle came to Tamil Nadu in 52AD and built a chapel on this spot in Mylapore. Photo by Nigel’s Europe & Beyond
    San Thome Cathedral

    Legend has it that St. Thomas the Apostle came to Tamil Nadu in 52AD and built a chapel on this spot in Mylapore. Photo by Nigel’s Europe & Beyond

  • Marina Beach is Chennai’s crowning glory, spreading for 12-13km along the Bay of Bengal. Photo by Thangaraj Kumaravel.
    Marina Beach - Chennai

    Marina Beach is Chennai’s crowning glory, spreading for 12-13km along the Bay of Bengal. Photo by Thangaraj Kumaravel.

  • Chennai is home to the heart of Tamil Cinema – Kollywood, one of India’s biggest movie centres. Photo by Steffen Zahn
    Kollywood

    Chennai is home to the heart of Tamil Cinema – Kollywood, one of India’s biggest movie centres. Photo by Steffen Zahn

  • The Government Museum in Chennai, one of India’s oldest museums. Photo by Prince Roy
    Chennai Museum

    The Government Museum in Chennai, one of India’s oldest museums. Photo by Prince Roy

  • The gopuram of the Temple was rebuilt after the original 7th century temple was destroyed by the Portuguese. Photo by mountainamoeba
    Kapaleeshwarar Gopurum

    The gopuram of the Temple was rebuilt after the original 7th century temple was destroyed by the Portuguese. Photo by mountainamoeba

  • The ancient city of Mahabalipuram is located about 60 km south from Chennai. The group of monuments here have been classified as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
    Mahabalipuram

    The ancient city of Mahabalipuram is located about 60 km south from Chennai. The group of monuments here have been classified as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

  • The Thillai Natarajah Temple in Chidambaram is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple has influenced local Tamil culture in architecture, sculpture and performance for over two millennia. Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
    Chidambaram

    The Thillai Natarajah Temple in Chidambaram is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple has influenced local Tamil culture in architecture, sculpture and performance for over two millennia. Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

  • Kanchipuram is one of the great temple towns in South India. The Ekambareswara temple is one of Kanchipuram’s most beautiful sites. Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
    Kanchipuram

    Kanchipuram is one of the great temple towns in South India. The Ekambareswara temple is one of Kanchipuram’s most beautiful sites. Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

  • Detail of the Thiru Vagestheeswar Temple in Thiruvannamalai. Photo by Amirthanarayanan Rajaravi
    Thiruvannamalai

    Detail of the Thiru Vagestheeswar Temple in Thiruvannamalai. Photo by Amirthanarayanan Rajaravi

  • The Yelagri region is much loved for its lake, but there are also hiking trails and outdoor activities available. Photo by McKay Savage
    Yelagiri

    The Yelagri region is much loved for its lake, but there are also hiking trails and outdoor activities available. Photo by McKay Savage

  • The Auroville in Pondicherry was an experimental township in the 60s,  where people from all nationalities could live in harmony. The golden monument is a symbol of the town, and an architectural achievement in its own right. Photo by Ravikiran Rao.
    Pondicherry

    The Auroville in Pondicherry was an experimental township in the 60s, where people from all nationalities could live in harmony. The golden monument is a symbol of the town, and an architectural achievement in its own right. Photo by Ravikiran Rao.

  • The Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Mylapore, one of Chennai’s oldest temples, having been founded in the 7th century. Photo by Ravas51
    Visit Kapaleeshwarar Temple

    The Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Mylapore, one of Chennai’s oldest temples, having been founded in the 7th century. Photo by Ravas51

  • The Government Museum in Chennai is not only one of India’s top museums, but it’s also one of the oldest. Photo by Nigel’s Europe & Beyond
    Chennai Museum

    The Government Museum in Chennai is not only one of India’s top museums, but it’s also one of the oldest. Photo by Nigel’s Europe & Beyond

  • Chennai is a haven for shoppers, whether it’s the street market and busy stalls in T. Nagar to some of the city’s swankier shopping centres and boutique shops. Photo by Vinoth Chandar
    Shopping in Chennai

    Chennai is a haven for shoppers, whether it’s the street market and busy stalls in T. Nagar to some of the city’s swankier shopping centres and boutique shops. Photo by Vinoth Chandar

  • Cricket is one of Chennai’s most popular sport. Photo by David Brossard
    Sport in Chennia

    Cricket is one of Chennai’s most popular sport. Photo by David Brossard

  • Chennai is a hot destination in India for yoga lovers. You can find fancy yoga studios, peaceful ashrams and meditation centres, and yoga in someone’s living room in Chennai. Photo by Shiv
    Yoga Hotspot - Chennai

    Chennai is a hot destination in India for yoga lovers. You can find fancy yoga studios, peaceful ashrams and meditation centres, and yoga in someone’s living room in Chennai. Photo by Shiv

  • Chennai might not have a reputation for its nightlife, but you can always find something exciting if you know where to look! Photo by Andrea (Rivo)
    Chennai Nightlife

    Chennai might not have a reputation for its nightlife, but you can always find something exciting if you know where to look! Photo by Andrea (Rivo)

  • Tamil cuisine is characterized by rice, dal and spices. A thali is a common way of serving up Southern Indian cuisine, which is a tray with small dishes containing curries, rice, chutneys, pickles and yogurt. Photo by tailorandyumi
    Resturants - Chennai

    Tamil cuisine is characterized by rice, dal and spices. A thali is a common way of serving up Southern Indian cuisine, which is a tray with small dishes containing curries, rice, chutneys, pickles and yogurt. Photo by tailorandyumi

  • Idli is one of Tamil Nadu’s traditional dishes. These cakes are made from fermented rice and black lentils. Photo by avlxyz
    Food

    Idli is one of Tamil Nadu’s traditional dishes. These cakes are made from fermented rice and black lentils. Photo by avlxyz

  • Tamil Thali. Photo by Terry Presley
    Bars + Resturants

    Tamil Thali. Photo by Terry Presley

  • Filter Kaapi – filter coffee – is a staple in Tamil Nadu, and made from locally grown coffee beans and chicory mix. Photo by avlxyz
    Masala Tea + South Indian Filter Coffee

    Filter Kaapi – filter coffee – is a staple in Tamil Nadu, and made from locally grown coffee beans and chicory mix. Photo by avlxyz

  • There is always something happening in Chennai, whether it’s a festival celebrating local Tamil culture, like the Bhatatanatyam dance as pictured above, or religious ceremonies, you’ll always find something. Photo by Alex Mercatali
    Tamil Bhatatanatyam Dance

    There is always something happening in Chennai, whether it’s a festival celebrating local Tamil culture, like the Bhatatanatyam dance as pictured above, or religious ceremonies, you’ll always find something. Photo by Alex Mercatali

  • Chennai is a diverse city. Its colonial heritage mixing up the British, Portuguese and Dutch culture with local Tamil and Telugu people, has turned it into one of India’s most interesting cities. Photo credit: McKay Savage
    Chennai Culture

    Chennai is a diverse city. Its colonial heritage mixing up the British, Portuguese and Dutch culture with local Tamil and Telugu people, has turned it into one of India’s most interesting cities. Photo credit: McKay Savage

  •  St. Mary’s Church, Fort St. George. Photo by Nigel’s Europe & Beyond
    Fort St George

    St. Mary’s Church, Fort St. George. Photo by Nigel’s Europe & Beyond

  • Chennai is India’s 4th city, rich in diversity in both its people and its architecture. Photo by McKay Savage
    T. Nagar Market

    Chennai is India’s 4th city, rich in diversity in both its people and its architecture. Photo by McKay Savage

  • About 5% of Chennai is parkland. You’ll even find the Guindy National Park at the city centre for some respite from urban life. Photo by Vinoth Chandar
    Guindy National Park - Chennai

    About 5% of Chennai is parkland. You’ll even find the Guindy National Park at the city centre for some respite from urban life. Photo by Vinoth Chandar

Let us be the first to say Vanakkam! (“Welcome” in Tamil).

Ancient and new, sprawling but community oriented, Chennai is a city that captures the Tamil spirit of South India, acting as a gateway to both the region and its culture. Formerly known as Madras, Chennai has changed over it’s relatively short history, from its humble beginnings as a colony established by the British East India Company, before expanding into a vast metropolis in the 21st Century.

At the Tourist Information Centre Chennai, we’re here to help you make the most of this exciting city. Peruse our Chennai travel guide, eat with us, stay with us, maybe even take a tour – see the best that Chennai has to offer.

Our online Chennai tourist guide and accompanying booklet are here to give you the must sees and dos in the city, practical information, maps, hints and tips you need to make the most of your stay in India’s 4th largest city.

Check out our blog for interesting articles about Chennai and around, and also we’ll keep you up-to-date on which local events and festivals should be on your bucket list.

If there is anything not covered and you’d like to know more or see it on the site or the magazine, drop us a line and we’ll be happy to help.

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