14. February 2014 14:03 /
By Nanak Flights
As the fourth largest city in India, Chennai is one of our top destinations for both tourists and family members visiting home. If you are not interested or have already seen the huge cities of Mumbai and Delhi, you should consider visiting Chennai for its warm (and humid) climate and for its distinct cultural value. The culture of Chennai is markedly different from other major cities in India, as it is heavily influenced by its Tamil roots. Local clothing, cuisine, music and dance are unique to the area and anyone wishing to sample India's vast and diverse cultures should not overlook this city of over 4 million people.
Formerly (and still commonly) known as Madras, the name of Chennai was chosen as an alternative to the old name rooted in colonial past. It is one of the only cities in the world containing a National Park ( Guindy National Park ) within its borders, with nearly 5% of the city covered in green. Along with other wetlands and reserves, Chennai should hold some appeal to wildlife enthusiasts who may not yet be ready to enter the jungle and see tigers.
When and How to Visit
Summer season in Chennai may be too hot for most, so we advise planning a trip between October and March. Use our online search engine to check a few dates around the time you would like to visit to get an idea of the price range you can expect, and then find the lowest price by either searching yourself or contacting us to get you the lowest fares.
If you would like to land in a different city in India first, rail is your best option to get to Chennai. Regular trains depart from large hubs like Delhi to Chennai.