Going to the cinema is a must when visiting Chennai. There are plenty of cinemas in the city and, with India being the world’s largest film producer, the choice of films showed is broad. Cinemas include the Abirami Complex, Albert and AVM Rajeswari. Sathyam Cinema: 8, Thiru-vi-ka Road RoyapettahINOX Cinema, 3rd Floor,Chennai Citi CentreDr.Radhakrishnan Salai.
This is another chain of restaurants, with three different locations in Chennai. Famous for its idly – an Indian savory cake, similare to semolina, served with coconut and sambar – and its dosai, a crêpe, usually filled with potatoe curry, made from rice and lentils. This place serves some of the best South Indian food in Chennai.
This multi-cuisine restaurant is one of the best in Chennai, having made a name thanks to the broad range of meals and desserts served at the lunch and dinner buffets. The quality of the food, as well as the service, is excellent. There is also life music every evening as well.
If you would like to escape the busy city life only just for a short while, then this is the perfect place to visit. Called as a “Quiet corner in Chennai”, it offers an amazing green garden with an indoor and outdoor sitting area. On the menu you will find mouth-watering desserts, sandwiches, toasts and salads.
This is one of Chennai’s best discotheques and chill-out zones, spread over 9000 square feet with several bars and different areas for dancing, chatting and chilling-out. Entrance is free during pub hours from 6 pm and 10 pm, after that, there is a fee. Wednesdays are "Ladies Night."
Located on the ground floor at Somerset Greenways Residences, this bar offers friendly service, dim lights and high-quality drinks. On Thursday the bar provides ladies night, Funky Friday and for those who loves sports, there are large LCD televisions sending current and popular sport events.
One of the most expensive shopping malls in the city, Chennai Citi Centre offers shoppers everything they can desire in both national and international brand names, and has given older malls such as Spencer Plaza a run for their money. Spread over five floors, there is also a wide variety of restaurants serving everything from Indian to Italian to American dishes as well as a game arcade and a cinema.
Tracing its roots back to 1864, when Spencer and Durant opened the first department store on the Indian subcontinent, Spencer Plaza is today one of the largest malls in South Asia. The original building was destroyed in a fire in 1983, and the mall now consists of three different buildings – the third one being the newest one. Indian and international brands, clothes and jewellery can be found here.
Chennai International Airport is located 7 kilometers south of Chennai, and getting to and from the airport is easy given its taxi, bus and train connections. Pre-paid taxis can be ordered from the airport arrivals terminal to Chennai’s Egmore district. The suburban railway network also serves the airport via the Tirusulam station, which is located a short walk opposite the airport’s main international entrance. The travel time to Egmore Station in central Chennai is about 40 minutes. The Metropolitan Transport Corporation also provides bus services from the airport into Chennai. Be careful when leaving the airport, as there are many beggars and taxi drivers who will offer to carry your luggage or offer you transport, and it is easy lose sight of your baggage in the crowds.
Chennai’s extensive bus service, with more than 3 000 buses on more than 600 routes that carry some 4 million people every day, is an efficient way of getting round the city, but services can get very crowded. In addition to the bus network, there are also vans that are run like bus services on many routes in the city, called Maxi Cabs. Chennai also has a suburban railway network, connecting the suburbs with the city centre, and the airport south of Chennai with the city.
The best and quickest way of getting around Chennai is by taking a rickshaw or an auto rickshaw, which are available around the city. Tourists should be advised to negotiate the price before departure. Regular taxis are also popular with tourists, and are a good means of transport when traveling longer distances or in a group. Order one from your hotel or find fixed-rate tourist taxis at the central train station, the airport or the main bus terminus. Taxi Chennai