Formerly known as Madras, this is the fourth largest city in India and the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. Chennai boasts one of the longest city beaches in the world, and the Marina provides a refreshing contrast to the busy city centre. The Fort St. George area contains many reminders from the time the British established East India Trading Company in the 17th century, including the oldest surviving Anglican church in Asia, the St. Mary's Church.
Day 1 - Chennai
Arrive at Chennai where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Despite being an important city for manufacturing, health care, and IT, Chennai has managed to retain a spaciousness that's lacking in other major Indian cities.
Day 2 - Chennai
Morning guided tour of Chennai. The Fort St. George area contains many reminders of the city's illustrious past. Amongst the sights in Fort St. George is the oldest surviving Anglican church in Asia, the St. Mary's Church. The Government Museum has an unsurpassed collection of sculptures and Chola bronzes. The pride of Chennai city is the Marina Beach, the second largest in the world, running for 12 km. The Kapaleeswar, the biggest temple in Chennai, is an ancient Shiva temple. A masterpiece of Dravidian architecture, there are some fragmentary inscriptions dating back to 1250 A.D.
Day 3 - Chennai
Your stay ends after breakfast. Chennai forms a perfect base to follow the Temple Trail of Tamil Nadu and Jungles & Backwaters of Kerala. If you would like to spend time on The Emerald Isles, then you should take a flight from Chennai to Port Blair, the entry point for a stay on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Virtually unexplored and unknown to the outside world, this idyllic tropical paradise has recently opened up to foreign visitors, offering a most exotic and relaxing holiday on its beautiful palm fringed beaches and turquoise blue waters.