Chennai Sightseeing & Shopping

Activity Charges / Entry Fee: N/A
Time Required
Two to three days.
Difficulty Level
Best Suited For
Families with kids and tourists interested in history, art and culture.

Quick Info

Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Belonging to South India, the city is one of the most prominent business, cultural and academic hubs in the country. It attracts many foreign tourists every year. The city is home to art galleries, museums, amusement parks, temples, shopping malls and wildlife parks. The Marina Beach in Chennai is one of the most significant tourist attractions in South India. The city has a hot and humid climate.

Rankings & Ratings

A city offering something for all kinds of tourists.
Editor's Rankings

#1 in 3 Things to Do in Chennai
#1 in 2 Sightseeing Spots in Chennai
#1 in 1 Shopping & Souvenirs in Chennai
#1 in 1 Outdoor Activities & Parks in Chennai

TripAdvisor Ratings

Editor's Review

The city of Chennai has sightseeing and activity options that are suitable for all kinds of travellers. The architecture of the buildings in Chennai is especially beautiful, attracting many foreign tourists. Kids would enjoy the amusement parks, zoos and beaches of Chennai. People interested in history, art and culture have much to see in the city.


  • Ideal for all kinds of travellers.
  • Many amusement parks and zoos.
  • Lots of interesting things for history and art lovers.
  • Amazing breakfast delicacies.


  • Weather is hot and humid most times.
  • The city is quite crowded.
  • Rains can get quite heavy during monsoon.
  • Months between April and June are extremely hot.

Detailed Info

Chennai, previously known as Madras, is the fifth largest metropolitan city in India. The capital city of Tamil Nadu is a prominent centre for business, culture and academics. It is one of the most visited cities by foreign travelers. In 2015, 'Lonely Planet' listed Chennai among the top 10 cities to visit in the world. Located on the Eastern Coastal Plains with an average altitude of 6.7 m, the city of Chennai has a tropical wet and dry climate. There are three rivers and many lakes all around the city.

The temples, art galleries, statues and buildings of Chennai showcase grand architecture. Buildings like Madras High Court, Southern Railways Headquarters, Government Museum and Ripon Building display a unique Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. The National Art Gallery, Government Museum, Birla Planetarium, Vivekanandar Illam and Fort Museum are major tourist attractions in Chennai. Tourists can enjoy watching classical dance shows at the cultural centres in the city.

Marina Beach in Chennai is a world-famous tourist attraction featuring scenic beauty and bustling activity. Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Arignar Anna Zoological Park and Guindy National Park are the popular wildlife parks in Chennai. Express Avenue, Citi Centre, Forum Vijaya Mall, Abirami mega mall, Ampa Skywalk and Phoenix Market City are some of the significant shopping malls in Chennai. The city also has beautiful amusement parks like VGP Universal Kingdom, Snow Kingdom, Queens Land, Wonderla and MGM Dizzee World.