Things to do in Chennai

Discover the local culture and art scene of Chennai

Chennai, located in the south of India, is a vibrant and quickly expanding city that has been gaining recognition for its recent growth in industry and population. The busy downtown is contrasted with the beautiful beaches just outside the city, and wonderful architecture fills the streets.


Things to do in Chennai



While in Chennai, the first thing you’ll notice is the beautiful and varied architecture encompassing the ornate churches, mosques, and temples. This diversity of buildings can be seen throughout the city and there seems to be a little bit of everything in Chennai.



Make sure to walk through the downtown shopping mall and treat yourself to a gift or two while browsing the local handicrafts.


Getting out of the city

If you want to explore outside the city, you can take a train to Bangalore and see another metropolitan area while you’re in the country. The railway station is fairly easy to navigate and you can travel throughout the neighboring cities on a low budget.



Don’t forget to spend some time on the Chennai beaches and get a meal at one of the beachside restaurants that serve some of the best food in the city.



There are also several museums in town where you can see beautiful artwork or learn more about the local history of Chennai.


When to go to Chennai

Chennai has a tropical wet and dry climate, with most of the rainy season taking place from October to December. The coolest part of the year is January, with minimum temperatures around 15–22 °C (59–72 °F), so bring along an extra jacket if you visit during this month.



The city has several festivals throughout the year, including an excellent music festival in December and a temple festival in March that both attract crowds and bright colors. No matter when you visit, however, you will love exploring all the city and all things to do in Chennai and will want to return as soon as possible.

Chennai Facts

Population8 917 749
CurrencyIndian rupee
AirportChennai Intl, India (MAA)

Chennai average temperatures

11~29 °C 12~31 °C 33 °C 35 °C 25~37 °C 27~37 °C 26~35 °C 25~35 °C 25~34 °C 22~32 °C 18~29 °C 14~28 °C


Chennai Marathon

The Chennai Marathon is an annual marathon event in December that features a main marathon race, a half-marathon and a 10k. While the main marathon is the biggest challenge, it is actually the 10k that attracts the most runners and it is truly a festive experience to take part in it. The full marathon will take you through both the old and new parts of Chennai and is as such a beautiful race filled with historical landmarks and sights that has to be seen for the traveling marathon runner. Just don't forget to set your alarm, the race has a really early start at 4 am!

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