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Tips for Chennai?

Old Oct 12, 18, 11:50 pm
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Tips for Chennai?

I've never had any reason to visit Chennai, but I've decided to make up for that with a long-weekend visit next month, just for the heck of it.

Any advice on where to stay? Location and comfort are of course important, but so is price. I know there'll be a wondrous Taj hotel, but on my own dime I'll be happier in 3/4 star place - maybe use points if any of the IHG hotels are well located. Tripadvisor has become a mess of single-poster rave reviews for most hotels.

Any must see places? And must eat places?

Finally, is an Uber pick-up easy to negotiate at the airport?
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Old Oct 13, 18, 12:16 am
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Originally Posted by IAN-UK View Post
I've never had any reason to visit Chennai, but I've decided to make up for that with a long-weekend visit next month, just for the heck of it.
I've been there 4 times for work and once for a friend's wedding and I really can't find a reason why anyone would want to go there. Which is unusual, since I usually find a good reason to stay over the weekend wherever I travel for work.

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Any advice on where to stay? Location and comfort are of course important, but so is price. I know there'll be a wondrous Taj hotel, but on my own dime I'll be happier in 3/4 star place - maybe use points if any of the IHG hotels are well located. Tripadvisor has become a mess of single-poster rave reviews for most hotels.
I usually choose the Taj Coromandel, but that's because its close to work. At INR 6500+28% taxes its good value.
I hear the new IC south of the city is nice, but I've never stayed there.

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Any must see places? And must eat places?
No. No.

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Finally, is an Uber pick-up easy to negotiate at the airport?
No. One of my colleagues tried to get an Uber last month and the drivers canceled on him a couple of times (apparently they prefer cash payments) and one asked him to walk outside to a main road - and he spoke the local language. The international arrivals is a messy area. I usually get a prepaid taxi from the counter just before exiting the building and that's the most straightforward. You do need INR cash though.
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Old Oct 13, 18, 1:08 am
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I've been there 4 times for work and once for a friend's wedding and I really can't find a reason why anyone would want to go there. Which is unusual, since I usually find a good reason to stay over the weekend wherever I travel for work.

No. No.

Depressing

But my other need-to-see metro is Kolkata: so perhaps i haven't drawn the short straw with Chennai.
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Old Oct 13, 18, 12:07 pm
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i go to chennai for work 2-3 times a year....no real reason to go there besides work....i usually stay at the itc grand chola, which i would highly recommend....but if the rates are too high then i would recommend the le royal méridien....its an old hotel but close enough to the airport & perfectly acceptable....i stay here whenever the itc is sold out....
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The group of monuments at Mahabalipuram is a collection of 7th- and 8th-century CE religious monuments in the coastal resort town of Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, about 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of Chennai.

en.wikipedia.org / wiki / Group_of_Monuments_at_Mahabalipuram (can't able to post link)

The above is a good place to visit if you interested in seeing historical places. Also you can visit Pondicherry 90 miles from chennai which was a french colony.

en.wikipedia.org /wiki / Tourism_in_Puducherry (can't able to post link)
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Old Oct 18, 18, 5:06 am
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In Chennai, there are many to places to visit like Temple, Beach, Mosque, and Church. You will really enjoy to Chennai sightseeing. Here I am sharing only 15 places you can visit, if you want to know more you can take the help of Google search.
  1. Covelong Beach
  2. Marina Beach
  3. Mahabalipuram
  4. Sri Parthasarathy Temple
  5. Birla Planetarium
  6. Elliot’s Beach
  7. San Thome Church
  8. Kapaleeshwar Temple
  9. Thousand Lights Mosque
  10. Fort St. George
  11. Connemara Public Library
  12. Nettukuppam
  13. Guindy National Park and Snake Park
  14. Vellankani Shrine
  15. Madras High Court
Thanks a lot.
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Old Oct 24, 18, 1:59 am
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Thanks to Manish and Johnny for a positive slant on Chennai tourism

With IHG points and a measure of status in the hotel chain, we'll take the advice from earlier in the thread and stay at the IC Mahabalipuram - gives us beach+archaeology-on-the-doorstep+well on the way to Pondicherry. Perhaps a whirlwind tour of Chennai itself on the day of departure. Or perhaps not.
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There's literally nothing to do there.
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Originally Posted by calmasahinducow View Post
There's literally nothing to do there.

We managed to fill a day sightseeing, then moved on to Mahabalipuram and later Pondicherry. And were very pleased we made the trip.

Uber worked fine from the airport: reasonably clear instructions on where to go for the pick up. Though with an indian number, it's easy to synchronise things with the driver - might not be so simple without the sim.

Hopes are not so high for Kolkata, the remaining metro on my list.
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There's literally nothing to do there.
Here's a starter-pack for you: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/16/t...nai-india.html
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