Downtown Chennai offers the perfect blend of the old and the new. Chennai’s rich history, reflected in its Dravidian style temples and Indo-Saracenic British era buildings, co-mingle with wide modern avenues, parks and shopping malls to give this city a unique charm.
Here are five places you must not miss when being in Chennai:
Chennai Central Railway Station
Built in the Gothic Revival style, this massive and beautiful building provides a striking backdrop to the hustle bustle of a typical Indian railway station.
San Thome Basilica
Built in honour of Apostle Thomas, this historic landmark is pleasing to the eye and is an important place of pilgrimage for Christians in India.
This 7th century temple is one of the oldest buildings in Chennai and provides a glimpse of the highly intricate Dravidian style of architecture. Its grandiose and rich history will leave you in awe.
The biggest shopping district in India by revenue; you can get the finest Indian apparels and jewellery at a surprisingly reasonable price.
No trip to Chennai can be complete without a visit to the world famous Marina Beach. Whether you want to swim or surf or just stroll across the sand, this beach is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a breath-taking view of the sea.
With over 2000 heritage buildings located in the city’s metropolitan area, this is but a small sample of what downtown Chennai has to offer.