A Day In Chennai – Travel Guide For A Newbie
From waking up to filter coffee & The Hindu newspaper, treating yourself the native food at a restaurant in any of the best hotels in Chennai, the adrenaline rush you get from the crackling whistles and cheers on a first-first-first-show of a Kollywood film to simply taking a walk in the Marina beach after a movie at Satyam cinemas, the life is Chennai is quite distinct from any other Indian metropolis. Chennai city is a potent blend of centuries old cultural and subliminally cool urban buzz. Fora newbie traveller, hotel bookings in Chennai come at some of the most reasonable prices in the Indian subcontinent. Nightclubs are open up to 2AM and sometimes beyond. The beach town also boasts some of the most happening parties along the East Coast Road. Above all, Chennai has a reputation for being relatively safer than other Indian cities.
The biggest industrial & commercial centre in South India was recently listed in LonelyPlanet’s top 10 cities to visit in 2015. The major economic, cultural and educational centre is also the only South Asian city to figure in New York Times “52 places to go around the world” list. The local food has put the city in 2nd position in National Geographic’s top 10 food cities.
In case you are planning to visit the city anytime soon, here is a to-do list in Chennai and live like a local Madrasi.
Illustrations by Purushu Arie