5 Things to do in Chennai

5 Things to do in Chennai

The capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai was fondly called the Madarasapattinam in the olden days. The city is blessed with so many historical monuments and coastal beaches. Landing in Chennai, there would be no day that is a boring day for you! Yes, there are so many elements for your entertainment in this beautiful South Indian city.

Other than the natives of Chennai, people from various cultural backgrounds, all over India have settled down in this place. Hence, you can witness a mixture of things in Chennai. Here we list off 5 best things that you can do in Chennai:

5-Marina Beach

Did you know Chennai houses the Asia’s longest beach? Yes, Marina beach is situated in this part of India and is one of the best beaches you will visit in a lifetime. Leading smoothly into the Bay of Bengal, Marina Beach is also the second longest beach in the whole world. Go for an early morning walk and stop by gazing at the waves when the sun rises up from the waters! If you are a foodie, then take the route during the evenings. The whole area of the beach lights up to bring the spirits of the evening. You will find so many food stalls that sell spring potatoes, Bajji, Indian Chat, Fried seafood and more. There is also a fish market by the beach where you can get fresh fish just out of the net!  Many legendary leaders of the past politics are cremated near the beach and you can visit those places to know about them and their good deeds to the state of Tamil Nadu.

Kids will enjoy the aquarium and the Ice House near the Marina beach. On the opposite side of the beach or in just a driving distance is the Chepauk Palace, PWD office, Presidency College and Senate House. You can also get to visit these historical buildings.


In the outskirts of the city of Chennai is this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site called Mahabalipuram. It was called Mamallapuram in the olden days. Pallava rock sculptures of the ancient time are preserved here. The history of this place is not very clear but from the art and literature, people have come to a conclusion that it was built in the between the 3rd and 7th century. It is also called as ‘Land of Seven Pagodas’ by the ancient mariners. Below are some of the things you can see in Mahabalipuram:

  • Shore Temple

  • Crocodile Farm

  • Arjuna’s Penance

  • Thirukadalmallai or Sthalasayana Perumal Temple

  • Cave Temples

  • Seashell Museum of India

Mahabalipuram Dance Festival is of core importance in this place and happens during December to January. You will witness graceful classical dance forms like Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kathakali and Kuchipudi during the festive season.

Marina Beach

Marina Beach



3-Pulicat Lake

Pulicat lake is the second largest salt water lake in India. A scenic lake in the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh is the Pulicat Lake. This place is for the bird watchers to go crazy! You can find beautiful kingfishers, flamingos and storks in Pulicat lake. The Dutch ruled this place for a long time and you can see their influence in the buildings there. You can either trek the route to the lake or enjoy a day of adventure water activities near the lake. The Dutch fort and Dutch Cemetery present here is worth a visit. You can also visit the Buckingham canal and Satish Dhawan Space centre if you have left over time.

2-Temple Tour

Chennai is the house for so many historical temples. If you want to get a glimpse of Hindu mythology, then visit the best temples in Chennai. We have made a list of some of the top temples you must visit when you are here:

  1. Parthasarathy Temple

  2. Anantha Padmanabaswamy Temple

  3. Vadapalani Murugan Temple

  4. Kapaleeshwarar Temple

  5. Marundeeswarar Temple

  6. Madhya Kailash Temple

  7. Arupadai Veedu Murugan Temple

Each of these temples have a unique history that you can research about when you visit Chennai.

Kapaleeshwarar Temple

Kapaleeshwarar Temple

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1-Feast your souls

Chennai is well- known for a mix of cuisines. Some of the must-try foods in Chennai are Idly, dosa, pongal, vada, Madras meals, Chicken 65 and Biryani. Well, the list can’t end this way as there is so much for a foodie in Chennai. If you are looking for typical south Indian restaurants that serve vegetarian food, then visit Adyar Anandha Bhavan, Saravana Bhavan, Ratna Cafe or the local street shops! With some of the Burmese who migrated to Chennai in the ancient days, you will find amazing Burmese foods like Atho and Moyinga in the chain outlet ‘Atho Shop’. If you are visiting India but haven’t got time to explore the Northern India and have landed to Chennai, then you need not worry! Sowkarpet is an area in Chennai where five to six generations of Marwaris or North Indian families reside. Just walk the roads to feast upon yummy north Indian snacks like Bhel Puri, Pani Puri, Samosa, Kachori, Pav Bhaji and more! If you are a non- vegetarian, then you have places like Buhari, Sukku Bhai Biriyani, Paradise and a lot of age- old non- veg messes.

Book your tickets to Chennai right away to enjoy a mesmerising city tour! Make your travel to India amazing by following Divert Living to get ideas of where to go and what to do in India!

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