Flights to Chennai

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September 17

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Once known as Madras, Chennai is the cultural and artistic center of India. Classic South Indian dishes, fashion and absolute hospitality can be found anywhere in the city: from the historic center to the relaxing beach. The main thing is to know where to look. And that's what we are talking about next.

Chennai International Airport, IAA

Chennai International Airport is the main transport hub for arrivals in Southern India. It serves just over 20 million passengers a year, about a quarter of which fly around the world. This makes it the fourth busiest airport in India after Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. More than 400 planes arrive and depart from the airport every day.


Ppassenger traffic is growing by about 15% every year, and the Chennai airport is gradually becoming cramped. So get ready for crowds, lines and noise. They promise to open a new convenient terminal in 2021. In the meantime, you have to deal with Indians and other tourists. At the same time, the conveniences in existing terminals are rather modest and can unpleasantly disappoint travelers accustomed to complete comfort. Even to connect to the Internet, you have to buy a SIM card of a local operator. Who ever came up with that?

How to get from the airport to the city center?

You can get to the city center in 30 minutes. There are plenty of options for inexpensive trips.

Both taxi services that can be ordered with application in India operate at the airport also: Ola and Uber. There are even special areas for waiting passengers. The trip will cost no more than 5 dollars.

The subway or bus will be even cheaper. A ticket will cost less than a dollar for both modes of transport. Metro trains run from 6 AM to 11 PM, departing during peak hours every 10 minutes. Or, outside the terminal, look for bus 18A. But note that you have to go a fairly large distance in the heat to the nearest stop.

Quick facts about Chennai

Car rent
from $ 22 per day
Hotel booking
from $ 6 per night
Indian rupee

Reference average prices in Chennai

🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant
$ 1,55
🍕 Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course
$ 8,45
🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)
$ 2,11
🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)
$ 0,28
🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)
$ 182,33

Best time to visit Chennai

Best season to travel: October to February
Hotel from $6
The average temperature during the year ranges from 20°C to 38°C
The average rainfall per year is 1427 mm

During the year, the temperature in Chennai does not change much. Most of the precipitation falls during autumn, but the temperature is most acceptable for existence from the end of autumn to the end of winter.

Chennai Sightseeings

Chennai is hot and humid. Upon arrival sometimes you just want to stay in your room under the cool air conditioning. But it’s better not to fall into this trap, gather all your strength together and go on long explorations of the city. Moreover, this part of India is filled with cultural impressions at every turn.

School of Kalakshetra

This is a school, a cultural academy, a museum, and a venue for performances. The main mission of Kalaksetra is to preserve the classical Indian dance, music, art and the historical heritage of India as a whole. This school was founded in 1936. If you want to get acquainted with South India in a few hours, you need to go straight to the Kalakshetra. Here you can go to the museum, visit the center of arts and crafts, or even just relax on the lawn while artists rehearse their dances.

Georgetown Bazaar

This place was once called the Black City. The name has changed, but the essence remains the same: local residents come here to trade literally anything from vegetables and spices to jewelry and handicrafts.

Georgetown Bazaar is the most typical Chennai. This is not just a historical place, which is simply interesting to walk around, but here you can also chat with locals, bargain with them for exotic goods, or even go to the most interesting places with a guide.

Crocodile Reserve Madras Crocodile Bank Trust

17 species of crocodiles live here, this is the largest reserve in India. Unlike an ordinary African safari, here you will have 100% chance to see the animals for which you came. And you need to visit the reserve at night, because crocodiles are nocturnal animals. Imagine: only moonlight and a small flashlight illuminate your path in search of live crocodiles. It is unlikely that the city can propose a steeper ride in all of Chennai.

Kapalishvarar Temple

This is one of the oldest temples in the city. It is dedicated to the destroyer God Shiva. The temple was built in the 7th century, then the Portuguese demolished it, and ten centuries later it was rebuilt.

Even an experienced tourist will find here how to spend several hours. Everywhere in the temple you can find bizarre sculptures, numerous shrines, altars and sanctuaries. In the center of the temple is the main hall, designed for holidays and gatherings of people for various reasons. On the way, buy yourself local sweets, grab a delicious coffee and have a picnic overlooking an unusual temple.

Olive turtles

Every Friday and Saturday, from December to April, a local student organization holds an action to preserve sea turtles. Both locals and tourists are invited to join the search for eggs laid by turtles. They must be carefully removed and transferred to a safe place for hatching.

Olive turtles in India are endangered. Therefore, helping local volunteers will be a valuable contribution to save the species. In addition, in the process you can observe how the eggs develop in the incubator and how the cubs are released into the sea.

Marina Beach and Fort of St. George

The spirit of the British East India Company with its colonial architecture is strong here. And the historic Fort of St. George, which can be seen from the nearest Marina Beach, has been completely preserved.

Do not pass the Fort Museum. They gathered an impressive demonstration of how strong the influence of the British Empire was on India in general and the development of local culture in particular. Take a walk along the beach after that, play cricket with local children and relax on the warm sand.

What to eat in Chennai

It will be quite difficult to find local dishes in a city that has been influenced by various external cultures for centuries. Probably there aren’t even any local dishes there. But there are unusual hybrids that you definitely won’t try anywhere else in the world.

Try yellow pepper, chicken and coconut milk soup under the complex name Mulligatawny. This is a heritage of Tamil culture that cannot be missed in Chennai. Just like Chickpea Sundal, which is often made with fresh mango and grated coconut. Or Nethili Fry which is anchovies fried to a crust in spicy masala.

Oddly enough, real coffee snobs live in Chennai. Great coffee is brewed everywhere. And they do it by all the rules. No soluble 3-in-1, only natural and ground, passed through a filter. So go to any place and safely order.

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