Once a small fishing village formerly known as Madras, Chennai is now a highly-sought capital city on Southern India’s east coast. Chennai represents the cultural, economic and educational influences of India, and features an incredible transportation infrastructure. You will discover numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, diverse villages and neighborhoods, mouthwatering culinary traditions, artistic and religious influences, and so much more! There are also beautiful beaches, museums, temples, parks, and tons of interesting sights.
A great time of year to visit Chennai is between October and February, which falls in between the region’s pre-monsoon season and winter. Summers in Chennai tend to be extremely hot, while the monsoon season brings swarms of rain.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Chennai (Madras). Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
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These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Chennai (Madras), along with a brief description:
♦ Fort St. George
History buffs simply cannot miss the chance to check out Fort St. George. You can discover all you wanted to know about the history of Chennai/Madras here. Not only was it the first English fort built in India, it also signified the founding of Madras, was a cornerstone of British power in India, and continues to play a role in today’s Tamil Nadu Government. You can visit Fort St. George while spending time in Chennai, where you can discover St. Mary’s Church (India’s oldest Angelicin church) and a museum where you can view military memorabilia, Indian artifacts, and oil paintings of the fort’s royal family members. Don’t miss this incredible piece of history while spending time in Chennai!
♦ Marina Beach
If you’re looking to hit the beach while in Chennai, then Marina Beach is one of Chennai’s hottest tourist attractions.! This expansive coastline stretches over 1,400 feet (and one end is conveniently located within close proximity to Fort St. George). Although swimming and bathing are prohibited (due to dangerous undercurrents), there are two swimming pools to accommodate swimmers. While spending time at Marina Beach, you have your chance of catching a glimpse of sea turtles (who nest in the area). You will also discover a fabulous variety of food vendors, local shops, memorials, statues, an aquarium, opportunities for kite-flying and beach cricket, and even pony rides. Marina Beach is a wonderful setting for a morning walk, jog, or a leisurely stroll in the company of beautiful weather.
Since Chennai is well-known for its religious and cultural influences, it only makes sense that you will find many beautiful temples to visit. Among the many temples you can check out include Arulmigu Sri Parthasaranthyswamy Temple (an 8th century Hindu temple), Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar Temple (a Dravidian-style temple), Shri Ashtalakshmi and Kalikamabal Temples (two colorful and beautifully-designed temples), and Arulmigu Marundeeswarar Temple (a Shiva temple renowned for healing). When visiting temples, it is important to be mindful of their dress code, as many require proper attire for entrance.
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