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Most travel guides don’t rate Chennai very highly as a tourist destination. I enjoyed the few days I spent here very much.
Many negative things could be said about the city – the poverty, it is very stretched out, the heat etc.
There are also many positives, like the temples, friendly people, very good food etc.

Arriving at the airport is much less chaotic than most other I used before (eg Mumbai, Delhi and Cochin).
The city is very sprawling, which makes it a bit more difficult to travel in. Chennai does not seem to have a central area, which could be called the heart of the city, but it rather feels like several small towns, linked to one another.
I stayed in Egmore, and did find it to be quite centrally located, easy to operate from.
Poverty is quite prevalent, but I did find that there were less begging compared to a city like Mumbai.
The South Indian food is something very special, and really worth trying as much as possible.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Friendly people, temples and food
  • Cons:Poverty
  • Last visit to Chennai (Madras): Jan 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    I liked your tips , are very interesting

  • bungi333's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2010 at 4:33 AM

    You have a pretty neat Chennai page here! I hope to build mine of the days.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    I will not have time to visit Chennai when I visit India for the first time later this year, but it looks like an interesting city to spend a few days in.

  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2009 at 8:58 AM

    I too enjoyed Spencer's Mall, as you say, you can get ALL your gift shopping done here, as it has everything in one place, and lots of fast-food eating places, too.

  • kmohandas's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2008 at 5:05 AM

    A wonderful VT page about an old Indian city. Here people are really crazy about movies. In TN state most of the top politicians were once movie stars.

  • 6aruna's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2008 at 5:20 AM

    hello and thankyou. Tamil Nadu ,chennai particularly is in my all time favourite list.Nice to know that you too like chennai

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2008 at 12:16 AM

    a good looking Taxi driver as well...why is he on theWarning and danger tips?He looks fairly innocent!Nice pages will visit again


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