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Chennai, affectionately referred to as the 'Gateway of India', is a much favoured destination. It's the capital city of Tamil Nadu and has a gloriously rich culture, which reflects in its Dravidian heritage. Chennai remains a cultural hub, where classical dance, architecture, music, crafts and sculpture interweave into its artistic fabric.

Festivals occur throughout the year, one of the most famous ones being Pongal. This festival marks the beginning of a 6-month period, when the sun makes its journey northwards. Pongal usually begins in the second week of January and lasts for 4 days. December is another exciting time to visit, to attend the music festival.

Guests are treated to a host of performances, from Tamil Nadu's most prominent artists. A variety of dance festivals are staged throughout the year and you should check out Bharat Natyam. This classical dance is beautifully expressive and synonymous to Tamil Nadu culture.

Marina Beach is a top tourist hotspot and honeymooning couples can enjoy romantic long walks alongside the ocean. There is a great selection of restaurants to dine at here and natural scenic surroundings, make this location a favourite for Hindu and Islamic festivals.

When to fly to Chennai

The cheapest time to visit Chennai is during the summer season between April and June. At this time the weather is hot and humid, reaching up to 42 degrees Celsius during the day. In the evening, temperatures cool off, dropping down to 25 degrees Celsius. The Monsoon season brings lots of rain, between the months of June and September, continuing again from October to December. If you don't mind the weather, you can find cheap tickets during the school holidays in July and August.

Getting around Chennai

Trains are a reliable and convenient way to travel around the city and can be a preferred option over taxis as roads are quite congested. There are two main long distance trains that connect Chennai to the nearby cities of Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Make sure you book your train tickets in advance if you are planning to visit any of them. The suburban network train service travels across the city. Buses are another option and ideal when travelling to Marina Beach.

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Interesting information about Chennai

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Avg temperature for this monthChennai32 °CSource: World Weather Online
Avg monthly rainfall inChennai336.5 mmSource: World Weather Online
Average flying time toChennai9 hrs 50 mins
Currency exchange rate inChennai1.00 INR = £0.01Source: Oanda
Airlines that fly toChennaiGulf Air, Jet Airways and Virgin Atlantic
Deals available on flights toChennai550
Partners with deals toChennaiAir Travel Experts, directbusinessflights.com and Citibond Travel
Advertisers with deals toChennai28
Lowest flight offer toChennai£497
Avg flight offer toChennai£526

 How much do things cost in Chennai?

  • Taxi - fixed fee: £1.02
  • Large bottle of water: £0.26
  • Bottle of wine: £4.08
  • Pack of Marlboro cigarettes: £1.02
  • One-way ticket (local transport): £0.13
  • Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre): £0.95
  • Bottle of beer (imported beer): £1.49
  • Petrol (1 litre): £0.76
  • Cheap meal: £0.76
  • 1 mile taxi journey: £0.30
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