With a plethora of breathtaking parks and entertainment centres available in and around the city, the coastal destination of Chennai is the perfect getaway for a fun-filled weekend with your family and friends. This spectacular city has the perfect concoction of striking monuments, traditional and religious destinations, family-friendly hangouts and hip and happening party hubs. Additionally, Chennai is also home to the most heart-warming people you will ever meet. Let’s take a look at the top spots you can visit during your short break from Friday evening to Monday morning.
Due to its diverse culture, Chennai is known for its abundance of restaurants and eateries. From scrumptious Italian and Chinese to hearty American and exotic Pan-Asian, there are a multitude of cuisines you can try out. Apart from international food, there is a good mix of restaurants offering authentic Indian dishes from the nooks and corners of India. You can also indulge in exquisite south Indian cuisine which is guaranteed to tickle your taste buds and leave you wanting for more! You haven’t had a good dosa until you eat one from a proper South Indian restaurant. Order the ghee roast dosa if you’re feeling particularly hungry, we guarantee it will be an experience you’ll never forget. Another must-try at a South Indian restaurant is the lunch thali. With a dozen different vegetables, rice varieties and side dishes, a lunch thali is Chennai on a platter.
Being a coastal city, Chennai has some of the best beaches in the country. No visit to Chennai is complete without a trip to Marina Beach. Located in the heart of the city, this beautiful beach stretches for around 13 kms! It is , in fact, the longest beach in India. The beach is also a great chance to interact with the locals of Chennai. Every evening, families and office-goers descend upon the beach for an evening stroll across the soft sands or a splash in the bright blue waters. Be sure to try some corn-on-the-cob, which is freshly roasted in stalls along the beach and basted with warm butter or the piping hot bhaji, a snack similar to fritters. If you prefer some quiet time, visit the beach in the early hours of the morning. You will get a rare chance to see fishermen work for the day’s catch by the sea.
The Ancient Temples of Mahabalipuram
Chennai is a city where the ancient and the modern live side-by-side. A short drive away from the hustle and bustle of city life is the heritage town of Mahabalipuram. Built during the reign of the Pallavas, Mahabalipuram is a testament to their amazing architectural expertise. The beautiful, intricate craftsmanship of the temples and their inscriptions will keep you mesmerized for hours. Another geological marvel, this time natural, is Krishna’s Butterball which is located on the way to Mahabalipuram. The Butterball is a huge boulder, resting on a slope which defies all laws of gravity. The historical town of Mahabalipuram has so many sights to see that it has even been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Fort St. George
For hundreds of years, Chennai was under the Madras Presidency of the British colonial forces. This was an important chapter in the history of Chennai and has left an indelible impression upon the city. One of the most obvious relics from its colonial past lies in the many buildings the British built in Chennai. The most famous of all of them is Fort St. George. Fort St. George was built in 1644 by the East India Company and is one of the most gorgeous examples of British architecture in India. Currently, the fort houses Chennai’s Legislative Assembly, but it also has a vast museum that is perfect for history buffs. The museum exhibits ancient coins, colonial uniforms, weapons and many other artefacts. A visit to Fort St. George is the perfect way to learn more about this incredible city and its past.
Chennai is one of the most diverse, secular cities in the country. No matter what faith you follow, Chennai’s beautiful religious sites can be admired by everyone. Built in the 16th century by the Portuguese and rebuilt in its present neo-gothic style by the British in 1893, the Santhome Cathedral is one of the most important locations in Chennai. It is built over the tomb of St. Thomas and is an important pilgrimage site for Catholics all over the world. A stone’s throw from the Cathedral is the famous Kapaleeshwar temple. This ancient temple has beautiful carvings of various deities and a huge tank for you to seek blessings in. The temple is adorned with ancient artefacts and religious symbols, making it a must-see for spiritual travellers and history buffs alike.
Chennai isn’t all history and spirituality;there are also plenty of adventure sports for thrill-seekers. At the Boat House on Muttukadu Lake, you can rent aqua scooters, pedal boats and speed boats to explore the beautiful lake with. You can even dive deep into the depths of the Bay of Bengal with scuba diving packages offered at Covelong beach. If you prefer adventures on land, you can rent an ATV and drive over the rough terrains of the coast. If you’re a nature enthusiast, the Madras Crocodile Bank lets you see these ferocious reptiles up close. Make sure you book an evening tour, because this is when the crocodiles are most active.
The beautiful city of Chennai has something to offer for everyone. Even if you’re visiting the city for just a few days, you can be sure that your weekend will be packed with things to do. If you’re planning a trip to Chennai, make sure you book your stay with Feathers Hotel. Our luxurious rooms are the perfect way to unwind after a long day of sightseeing in Chennai.