Chennai formerly Madras, is the charming capital city of Tamil Nadu, the Southern Indian state. Set on the Coromandel Coast, along the Bay of Bengal, Chennai has much to offer. From scenic beaches, historical attractions, vibrant culture, delightful food, shopping and other delights, the Gateway of South is among the must-visit places in India. The fourth-largest metropolis of the country, the city port is ranked among the busiest in India. The best thing about Chennai tours is that it brings together, the old and the new creating a unique mix which is heart-warming.
The British colonial chapter has traces all over the city, but beyond that the roots of the history of city go deep. The Tamil Sangam era, 2000 years back was a glorious period. From those days the fine masterpieces include the Kapeleeshwar temple. The marvel of architecture is one of the iconic landmarks of the city. Matching pace with the modern day, Chennai is also dotted with eclectic mix of classical concerts to trendy nightclubs, Chettinad to multi-cuisine restaurants, museums to Internet cafes, and so much more. Shopping for genuine silk sarees, and many handicrafts are also some of the best things to do in Chennai.
For a beach holiday, a visit of the ancient temples, tracing the roots of history, a visit to other places in South India, tours to Chennai provide a host of options. The city has a charm that is simply matchless. Places to visit in Chennai include the Marina Beach, the 13 km stretch of blissful sun, sea and sand. Listed among the most popular beaches of India this shoreline is a pictorial setting where you can enjoy some spectacular sunsets and sunrises. Also included among the must-visit sights in Chennai is the San Thome Cathederal, built on the site of a 16th century Portuguese basilica. It is said to be the tomb of the apostle Thomas, who is reputed to have brought Christianity to India in the 1st century AD. Also interesting is The Fort St George and the Fort Museum which has a collection of objects from the tenure of the East India Company in Chennai, including letters from Robert Clive. Other tourist attractions include the Chennai Crocodile Bank, Pulicat Lake (a large saltwater lagoon), a bird sanctuary, and a zoological park.
In addition, from Chennai there are a number of interesting places to get away. Mahabalipuram (57km-1.5 hours), Pondicherry (154 km approx.- 3 hours). are amazing getaways which you can include with Chennai tours.