As the capital of India’s southern province Tamil Nadu, Chennai is celebrated as one of the country’s great cultural hubs owing to its affluence of religious and cultural sites, as well as its arts and gastronomy. Savor the culture of this captivating city by following our guide to the best things to do in Chennai and where to stay while you’re there.
Tucked into one of the city’s oldest areas, the Mylapore neighborhood is particularly rich in cultural sites. Among these is Kapaleeshwarar Temple, which is said to be one of Chennai’s most active temples as well as one of the most impressive. Dating back to the 16th century, this hindu temple encompasses the architectural elements that are typical to the region, with a festival taking place each spring.
One of Chennai’s oldest temples is Parthasarathy Temple in Triplicane, exhibiting elaborate carvings and stone-carved colonnade, while Fort St. George is India’s oldest English fortress having been founded in 1644. The white Neo-Gothic-style St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica is another impressive sight and considered of particular importance, said to have been built over the tomb of an apostle of Jesus.