Bustling metropolis is the perfect gateway
The first city of South India
Steamy and sultry, the first city of South India is often overlooked, but this bustling metropolis is the perfect gateway to the Indian south, within easy striking distance of Mamallapuram and Puducherry. What Chennai lacks in world-famous sights, it makes up for in fabulous food – Tamil Nadu is renowned across India for its lavishly spiced curries, prepared with ‘pure veg’ to appeal to local religious sensibilities.
India is a beautiful and bamboozling place, where holy cows amble along the streets, bask on heavenly beaches next to modern hotels and where ancient temples sit perfectly at home besides shiny new offices. There are also many of the top nightspots, but Chennai also has a handful of independent watering holes where you can sink a mango daiquiri or a cool Kingfisher beer.