Chennai HotelsKeep your cool while tasting spicy sambar, or play it safe with a yoghurty avial curry in Chennai – a place where the locals believe it is their duty to provide you with an amazing culinary experience. The city's appeal stretches far beyond just the plate, however, with intricate temples, and long stretches of white sand dotted across this colorful and characterful destination. Spend a morning smelling the sharp flavors of cumin and ginger in the air, as you rub shoulders with the crowds in the bustling Parry's Corner market, before seizing the opportunity to find some peace at the towering Vadapalani Murugan temple in the afternoon.Things to seeChennai's many Hindu temples peek above the roofs of the city's buildings, and the crust of statues and carvings that cover Kapaleeshwar Temple is a humbling sight - especially when beautiful melodies, produced by Carnatic singers, are floating through the air. Make sure you have a local guide with you when visiting Sri Vadapalani Andavar temple, as this is the only way to dig into the relevance of each artifact, and understand the stories and tales that drip off the interior walls. The heat can get a little stifling in Chennai at times, and when it does, you can cool off by following the procession of locals down to Marina Beach. This huge urban beach is ideal for escaping the city's traffic and appreciating a gentle, cooling breeze. If you want somewhere a little quieter to stroll, as the sun begins to cast long shadows across the shore, Elliot's Beach is another pleasant coastal spot, a little further to the south. For something different, feel the ground shake to the pounding of hooves at Guindy Race Course, the oldest racecourse in India, or confront the ferocity of a Bengal tiger's roar at Arignar Anna Zoological Park. Hotels in
ChennaiIf you just want a basic bed for the night, as you continue traveling across India, you'll be glad to know the cheap rooms on offer generally come up to a high standard, with WiFi access and televisions often available. If 5-star luxury is more your style, you can drift off at night wrapped up in soft Egyptian cotton sheets, and spend your days relaxing by palm tree shaded, pools at the higher quality offerings. The included breakfast will be suitably exotic, with plenty of idli cakes - made from steamed rice – ready to be dipped in coconut and tomato chutneys. Where to stayStaying in the central T Nagar district will give you easy access to various metro stations, and mean you can wander down to the beach for a paddle whenever you feel the urge. For a serine escape from manic city life, take an afternoon to stroll through the beautiful grass, speckled with blossoming lilac and burgundy flowers, at Agri-Horticultural-Society. The Anna Salai neighborhood is another central option, where tempting aromas of coriander and cumin will drift through your hotel room window from the thriving restaurants below. How to get to ChennaiThe city is often used as an entry point for trips across India, so regular flights to Chennai International Airport are available from cities across the world. Car hire is available, but think twice before committing to tackling the often gridlocked roads. Instead, catch the airport train or bus into the city, and rely on the metro or taxis to get around. If in doubt, head to Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus, where busses to every corner of the city and beyond can be found.