Getting Around in Chennai
Chennai offers a variety of transport to get around. By far the simples would be to book a cab using Uber or Ola services. Ola also offers an autorickshaw service for those on a tighter budget. Autorickshaws are numerous in Chennai, and can of course be just waved down when you see an empty one, for the more adventurous.
The MRTS train service connects various parts of the city. The Kasturba Nagar station is about 10 minutes walking distance from IITM Main gate.
Chennai has a suburban train system which connects several locations in the city to its suburbs and beyond. The trains from Central Station run through the hearts of the city. The closest stations to IITM are Saidapet and Guindy, from where you may need to take autorickshaws to IITM gate.
The recent introduction of the Chennai Metro Rail has given an additional boost to connectivity. The nearest stations to IITM are Saidapet and Guindy.
Chennai is very well connected by bus services. If taken at the right time, crowds can be avoided. Local language knowledge will be very useful here. Some buses may display destinations only in Tamil, while several display Tamil and English.
Tamil is the language of the city. While English can get you around quite well in most places, Hindi speakers may manage. While using autorickshaws on their own and in other city buses, knowledge of Tamil would come in particularly useful.
Things to do in Chennai
Chennai has a lot to offer for all types of People. Here we list below a few of them.
Shopping and Leisure
You might want to enjoy an evening at the beach @ Besant Nagar.
Or Maybe catch the sunrise along the longest natural beach in India @ Marina
For those interested in handicrafts
An exquisite collection of Indian arts @ Poompuhar
Explore the world of handicrafts @ Victoria Technical Institute
Want to get lost in the Malls of Chennai heaving with people? Take a cab to:
Express Avenue, Chennai City Center , Spencers
Or just stretch your legs from IITM to Phoenix Market City
Maybe you enjoy greenery (apart from the IITM environs, of course): Semmozhipoonga
Like to see a glimpse of the housing culture in the southern states? Try DakshinaChitra
Visit the world famous heritage town on the beach: Mahabalipuram
Music and Dance: Chennai becomes a hotbed of performances during December and January months, attracting visitors from all over the world to feel the rhythm and tune to the beats of Indian classical heritage. For those who are interested, enjoy
Marghazi festival at its best @ Madras Music Academy, Brahma Gana Sabha, Narada Gana Sabha, Mylapore Fine Arts Club.
Exhilarating, refreshing and scenic with a spiritual aura is St Thomas’ Church. It houses the remains of St Thomas a direct disciple of Jesus.
Kapaleeswarar Temple is famous for its association with Gnanasambandar, a Hindu saint.
Parthasarathy temple is famous for being one of holy temples of Vaishavism and also an architectural beauty
The Iskcon Temple is a recent addition in the city.
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