Chennai In A Day: What To Do In The City In 24 Hours

Nidhi Kadere

Sri Parthasarathy Temple

Begin your day with a visit to Sri Parthasarathy Temple, one of the oldest temples in the city devoted to Lord Krishna. Observe the temple's intricate architecture and sculptures, and learn about its history and importance.

Sri Parthasarathy Temple | Shutterstock

Government Museum

Visit the Government Museum to witness a collection of exhibits, including ancient coins, paintings, natural history, and anthropology. Make sure you don't miss the Connemara Library, one of the oldest and largest libraries in India.

The Government Museum, Chennai | Shutterstock

South Indian Cuisine

For lunch, enjoy some authentic South Indian cuisine at one of the many restaurants or street stalls in the city. Try some of the local specialities such as idli, dosa, sambar, vada, and filter coffee.

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Valluvar Kottam

After lunch, visit Valluvar Kottam, a monument dedicated to Tamil poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar. The monument features a 39-metre-high chariot with a statue of Thiruvalluvar and a hall with inscriptions of his 1330 verses.

Valluvar Kottam in Chennai | Shutterstock

San Thome Cathedral Basilica

Next, visit the San Thome Cathedral Basilica, a magnificent church built over the tomb of St. Thomas, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. The church has a neo-Gothic style and is adorned with a 50-metre-high spire.

San Thome Cathedral Basilica | Shutterstock

Marina Beach

Take a walk to Marina Beach, the longest natural urban beach in India. Relish the cool breeze of the sea, admire the sunset, and try some snacks and souvenirs from the vendors along the beach.

Marina Beach | Shutterstock

Kapaleeshwarar Temple

For dinner, head to the Kapaleeshwarar Temple. It's a beautiful temple that's dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. You can also take part in the evening prayer ceremony and participate in the rituals.

Kapaleeshwarar Temple | Shutterstock

Semmozhi Poonga Botanical Garden

Relax at Semmozhi Poonga Botanical Garden after dinner. Enjoy plants, flowers, a musical fountain, a butterfly house, and a children’s play area.

Semmozhi Poonga Botanical Garden | WikimediaCommons

T. Nagar Shopping District

If you have some energy left, you can visit the T. Nagar Shopping District. Here, you can find a wide variety of items ranging from clothes and jewellery to electronics and handicrafts, so bargain hard and take home some exciting souvenirs.

Handicrafts made in Chennai | Shutterstock

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