Chennai is one of the biggest cultural, financial, and educational centres in South India. The historic buildings and landmarks, along with the beautiful beaches, parks, and art centres, make this capital of Tamil Nadu a popular tourist destination. If you are taking a trip to Chennai, we have a list of five things that you should start planning right now.
Located on the coast of Coromandel, Chennai is one of the most popular cities in India. The contribution of the city to the culture, education, and economy of the country is significant. It is the 5th largest city in India and is visited by millions of tourists every year. The city is a home to a number of historic buildings, landmarks, culture and art centres, sandy beaches, and much more, which attract Indian as well as foreign tourists throughout the year.
If you are planning a trip to this jewel of South India, we have a list of some important things that you should plan right now.
- The Best Time to Visit
The summer months in Chennai are just as popular as its rich culture and history. While the crowd will be scarce in the summer months as compared to the peak winter season between November and February, you’ll have to brave the legendary heat of the city during this period.
If summers are not your thing, then you can be here somewhere around late January and February when the tourist crowd falls, and the winter too is at its fag end.
- Check the Local Calendar
Just like any other popular tourist destination, Chennai too attracts crowds in seasons. However, what most of the people don’t know is that Tamil Nadu uses its own calendar, and seasons are based on it. Every month in this local calendar has some cultural significance.
For instance, the Aavani month (August-September) in the local calendar is when the city attracts more temple visitors, and Maargazhi (December-January) is to experience the culture of Chennai at its best. So, try to know these Tamil months and their significance to plan your trip better.
- Hotel Booking
While there is no shortage of all the different types of hotels for different budgets in Chennai, it is better to book your hotel in advance before you travel. This is highly recommended if you are travelling during the peak season and prefer hotels of a particular chain that offers certain amenities.
The hotels in Chennai significantly vary on the basis of the amenities offered, and you can find cheapest options with basic facilities, or 4-star and 5-star hotels with world-class amenities. No matter what you pick, book the hotel in advance to avoid any troubles.
- Research the Popular Destinations
Technology has now made it possible for the tourists to find out anything and everything about a particular tourist spot. As Chennai has so many popular spots, it is better to have an idea of the places you would want to visit before you reach the city.
Use Google to find out the busiest hours of the places you want to visit, their reviews, etc. to create a travel itinerary which allows you to visit a maximum number of popular places.
- Travelling through the City
Just as you exit the Chennai airport, you’ll find several travel options to take you to your hotel. The city has an excellent network of roads, but it can get very crowded on the streets during the peak hours. The simplest way to travel through the city is to hop in an auto-rickshaw.
But make sure that you negotiate the price before you get in one as the drivers usually quote way more than the meter reading. You can also find call taxis which you need to book in advance and not directly from the street.
If you are planning a trip to Chennai, these are some of the most important things that you should know. Remember all the points mentioned above to ensure that your trip to this city is exactly as you’ve planned.