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Best things to do in Chennai

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Natural Feature
“Marina Beach is a natural urban beach in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, along the Bay of Bengal. The beach runs from near Fort St. George in the north to Foreshore Estate in the south, a distance of 6.0 km, making it the longest natural urban beach in the country”
21 locals recommend
Premise
“Anything from Western fashion stores like Steve Madden and Kenneth and Cole, to local favourites like Kalanikethan, RMKV Silks and more!”
7 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“This ancient shrine to Shiva is centrally located and among the area’s most popular landmarks. ”
11 locals recommend
Bus Station
“One of the largest shopping centres in Asia by sheer number of sales, variety, profitability and footfalls! Its also the hub for Jewellery in Chennai - the world's largest jewellery showroom (Joy Alukkas) is located here!”
5 locals recommend
Hindu Temple
“Sri Parthasarathy Swamy (Vishnu) Temple is one of the three oldest temples in Chennai, alongside Kapaleeswarar & Marundeeswarar. Worth a look for the heritage alone.”
3 locals recommend
Lodging
1 local recommends
Establishment
“This beach buzzes with life. Lots of activities here in the evenings makes it look like a mini fair in itself! It's a popular hangout spot for younger people given it has a chain of fast food restaurants on the other side of the road. ”
4 locals recommend
Establishment
“A zoological garden located in Vandalur, a suburb in the southwestern part of Chennai, Tamil Nadu.”
6 locals recommend
Museum
“While not the best maintained place, with several galleries closed for renovation, the Bronze Gallery contains some truly stunning sculptures. The museum also has a large numismatic and Roman antiquities collection and the National Art Gallery may merit a visit. What few people know (and perhaps fewer may care for) is that there is a massive bat colony, home to some 3 species of bat, that roost just behind the museum... Take a peek at the clouds of flying fox hanging off the trees!”
4 locals recommend
Park
“Once a famous drive-in restaurant called Woodlands, now transformed into a lovely park with several walkways and sprawling spaces, accommodating all generations.”
2 locals recommend
School
“This 100 acre campus is the centre for the study and performance of traditional fine arts. Bharatnatyam dance and carnatic music performances are held here regularly. That aside, it's a wonderful place to visit for morning assembly and take a tour through the dance and music classrooms. The campus is a green and gorgeous oasis.”
6 locals recommend
Place of Worship
2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This is THE beach for family entertainment; a carnival type atmosphere pervades it. It is totally safe, relatively clean, and has a theme park at the south end with kiddie rides.”
3 locals recommend
Multiplex
“It has many screens showing English and other language movies,with Eateries and children's play area.”
1 local recommends
Establishment
“Hardly 6 min drive from our building! Almost every day, there are South Indian Carnatic and fusion music events as well as dramas etc. musicacademymadras.in Extremely popular with South Indian music afficandos and those who want to get a taste of it. Most of the events are FREE!!”
4 locals recommend