India’s fourth-largest city is a haven for financial institutions, corporate headquarters and manufacturing plants. Business travelers arrive from all over India and abroad on a regular basis, and hotels in the city center specialize in business services. A few of Chennai’s more modern hotels are remarkably posh and well-located in the middle of Chennai’s night district.
From stylish hotel bars to night clubs, the Chennai scene is hip and modern. Chennai’s young and successful head to hip hotel bars to be seen, and they’re joined by a smattering of tourists. The scene doesn’t stay open that late, with most bars closing at midnight.
Those tourists have a few attractions to see by day. Marina Beach is the second-longest urban beach in the world, and it’s a hive of activity every morning and evening. Parthasarathy Temple is an ancient Hindu temple at the end of the beach, but Chennai’s Christian basilica gets more tourist attention. It was founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century over a site that holds the 1st century tomb of St Thomas the apostle. Other sites include colonial forts and the National Museum.
Despite emphasis on upscale accommodation in the city center, visitors still find something in every price range. Since business and industry dominates the local economy, most of the hotels are inland. Affordable guesthouses huddle around Park Town railway station, while the tourist resorts are south out of town in Fisherman’s Cove.