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Madras Musings by Kart
Madras as it was called in the past, A 375 years old city now know as Chennai to the world. Once was a fishing village and gateway to enchanting Tamilnadu, Now a bustling metro with a population close to 8 million people. Now rated as a second densely populated metro in India. Home to the second largest beach in the world (Known as marina beach) and an artificial harbor located right next to the beach.
Even though being a metro Chennai is not known as a paradise for shoppers, But a paradise for foodies, Hosts many cuisines from the state as well as cuisines from around the world, you name a cuisine and Chennai probably has it. Another surprising fact about Chennai, Its boasts a large number of Chinese restaurants than any metro in India, from budget to high end. But the Chinese food you find in Chennai is not authentic as you will find in China, also known as Indian Chinese cuisine. A trip to Chennai will never is incomplete if you didn’t try the filter coffee and masala Dosa a typical south Indian breakfast. Ask for south Indian filter coffee in high end hotels.
Chennai has very limited and restricted action for those who looking to shake a leg and have beer, most of the good pubs located in High end hotels, (a 650ml beer costs around $5). Club scenes are restricted till 11.30 pm. But some remain open till 1.00 in the mid night, No stags allowed, female partner must accompany. Entry charges range from $15 to 30$.
Traffic in the city at peak hours could be much irritating to the visitors, but don’t get turned off because of the traffic chaos, Try to avoid going out in the peak hours like in any metros in the world. Moving around in the city is easy by auto (as called in the Chennai, also known as tuk tuk). Always negotiate before taking a auto. Some high end hotels now arrange tourist friendly autos.
Many big malls are coming up in the city check out the latest arrival Express Avenue Mall. The mall has got a big food court which has food franchise from around the world.
Chennai has got two weekend getaways which is closer by.
Kovalam is an hour drive from the city a small fishing village and has little beachfront too, activities include, river boating, Crocodile park, amusement park, and importantly Kattumaram Ride into the sea waters, which is arranged Taj Fisherman’s Cove resort, cost around 15$ for an hour, Book in advance.
Another getaway is Mahabalipuram which is located 55kms from city, this place has got the old world charm, frequented by French nationals for its rock sculptures, you can find rock structures from 7th BC.