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Best of Chennai Guide

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The people of Tamil Nadu consider providing food to others a service to humanity. Thus the service in the state capital, Chennai, is first-rate. Treat your senses to some of the richest South Indian flavours in traditional dishes like sambar, rasam, fish curry or kootu. And don't forget to have a cup of full-bodied Tamil coffee, enhanced with chicory—no visit is complete without it.

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Kapaleeshwar Temple
Kapaleeshwar Temple
This ancient shrine to Shiva is centrally located and among the area’s most popular landmarks.
Attraction type: Sacred & Religious Sites
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Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
Attraction type: Sacred & Religious Sites
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Sri Parthasarathy Temple
Sri Parthasarathy Temple
Owner description: Close to Marina Beach, yet another architectural wonder from the 8th century can be part of the itinerary. An intricate pyramid-shaped rajagopuram (dome) stands prominently and is... more Owner description: Close to Marina Beach, yet another architectural wonder from the 8th century can be part of the itinerary. An intricate pyramid-shaped rajagopuram (dome) stands prominently and is the main feature of the temple. As anecdotes go, the British were unable to pronounce the original name, Thiriallikeni, and rechristened it Triplicane. less
Attraction type: Sacred & Religious Sites
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Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam
Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam
Attraction type: Sacred & Religious Sites
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San Thome Church
San Thome Church
Owner description: Probably the most magnificent and prominent reminder of Chennai's colonial lineage, the San Thome Church bears a colossal amount of history since A.D. 52, the year when St. Thomas... more Owner description: Probably the most magnificent and prominent reminder of Chennai's colonial lineage, the San Thome Church bears a colossal amount of history since A.D. 52, the year when St. Thomas traveled to India, though the Roman Catholic basilica was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. It was then rebuilt by the British in 1893. The imposing structure reaches a height of 155 feet and emanates peace and architectural splendor with its tall spires over the tomb of the saint. The sea makes a wonderful backdrop to the pristine white structure. The San Thome Church is considered one of the pilgrimages for people around the world. less
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Sacred & Religious Sites; Churches & Cathedrals
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Paprika
Paprika
Ranked #1 of 6,702 Restaurants in Chennai
Price: US$ 15 - US$ 25
Cuisines: Indian, Asian, International
Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Mastercard, Buffet, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Pan Asian
Pan Asian
Ranked #2 of 6,702 Restaurants in Chennai
Cuisines: Vietnamese, Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Thai, Korean, Indonesian, Singaporean
Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Peshawri
Peshawri
Ranked #3 of 6,702 Restaurants in Chennai
Price: US$ 20 - US$ 25
Cuisines: Indian, Asian
Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Avartana
Avartana
Ranked #4 of 6,702 Restaurants in Chennai
Cuisines: Indian
Good for: Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dakshin
Dakshin
Ranked #5 of 6,702 Restaurants in Chennai
Price: US$ 21 - US$ 69
Cuisines: Indian
Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Elements Hostel
Elements Hostel
US$ 14 - US$ 27 (₹ 912 - ₹ 1,758)
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Zostel Chennai
Zostel Chennai
US$ 10 - US$ 23 (₹ 651 - ₹ 1,498)
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Red Lollipop Hostel
Red Lollipop Hostel
US$ 15 - US$ 18 (₹ 977 - ₹ 1,172)
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Maple Tree Hotels
3.5 of 5
Maple Tree Hotels
US$ 29 - US$ 37 (₹ 1,889 - ₹ 2,410)
Ranked #37 of 403 Hotels in Chennai
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Pratap Plaza Hotel
3.0 of 5
Pratap Plaza Hotel
US$ 31 - US$ 60 (₹ 2,019 - ₹ 3,908)
Ranked #61 of 403 Hotels in Chennai
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The Belstead
3.0 of 5
The Belstead
US$ 33 - US$ 67 (₹ 2,149 - ₹ 4,363)
Ranked #65 of 403 Hotels in Chennai
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Feathers A Radha Hotel
5.0 of 5
Feathers A Radha Hotel
US$ 78 - US$ 125
Ranked #1 of 403 Hotels in Chennai
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ITC Grand Chola, Chennai
5.0 of 5
ITC Grand Chola, Chennai
US$ 170 - US$ 262
Ranked #2 of 403 Hotels in Chennai
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The Westin Chennai Velachery
5.0 of 5
The Westin Chennai Velachery
US$ 88 - US$ 196 (₹ 5,731 - ₹ 12,765)
Ranked #3 of 403 Hotels in Chennai
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