Facing the hazy Bay of Bengal, the steamy city of Chennai virtually bursts into the sea. At dusk, vibrant urban crowds spill out onto endless golden shores to welcome the early evening. The largest city in the Tamil Nadu state has always been somewhat of a cacophony of colour and activity. Formerly Madras, it was once a busy seaport for the East India Trading Company. You can still see the relics of the British Raj today from the white-washed Fort St George, a historical beacon, to St. Mary’s Church, dubbed the Westminster Abbey of the East.
Now known as the Gateway to South India, the unsung city earns its own bragging rights and not just because of the Chennai Super Kings cricket team. Chennai and its suburbs are laced with 600 Hindu temples. The mille-feuille of attractive buildings originates from its 17th-century core, blossoming chaotically with Dravidian-style temples, like the brightly painted Kapaleeswarar, and the exquisite Indo-Saracenic Chepauk Palace, once the residence of the Nawab of Arcot.
In a place that’s overloaded with outstanding architecture, a travel expert can help you make the most of your time with a guide who knows the city’s historical sweet spots.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Malcolm, who's travelled extensively in India. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember.
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