How to find cheap flights to Chennai
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* This information is correct as of March 2019
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Chennai International Airport (MAA) is located in Tirisulam, 20 km southwest of the city center. The journey is approximately 45 minutes by car or taxi. Alternatively trains operate from Southern Railway suburban railway station just outside the every 20 to 40 minutes from early morning until late evening, taking around 30 minutes. There is also a bus stop outside the airport which is a relatively long walk from the terminals where bus 18A departs frequently for central Chennai, taking 45 minutes. Renting a car in Chennai is also an option.
When to go to Chennai
Chennai is a winter sun destination but with hot weather all year round, any time is a good time to visit. For cultural events November and December are lively times of year with the Diwali, the festival of light, in November and the Dance and Music Festival and Arts Festival both in December. Republic day is another spectacular celebration held in January.
The best time to get a cheap flight deal to Chennai is during the off-peak season which is between January and May and again from September to October. The weather will still be warm with temperatures in the high 20°C, and not as oppressive as the summer heat. Flights and accommodation will be cheaper at this time. Peak season is from June to July and from December to January when many come to escape the winter cold.
What’s the weather like in Chennai?
Chennai has a tropical climate with hot and humid weather for most of the year. Temperatures are at their highest between May and June when they can reach anywhere from 35°C to 40°C (95°F to 104°F). The monsoons start between mid-October and mid-December and there can even be cyclones. Temperatures are more pleasant between November and January hovering around 28°C (83°F).
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What to see and do in Chennai
Vibrant Chennai is a riot of color, sounds and aromas with bustling streets, lively entertainment, exotic food, smiling locals and plenty of Southern Indian culture to absorb. Once Madras, the first British trading post in South India, the legacy of the Raj is still visible in the city’s elegant colonial buildings and historic churches of old city. The best example is Fort St George. The white sandy beaches are beautiful and tranquil and are where locals come to fly their kites in the cool sea breeze. Tamil culture and heritage can be seen in the beautiful writing on shop fronts, in the music and dance performed in the streets and local venues and in the high profile film industry (Kollywood) that is second only to Bollywood in India. Fiery local food is both mouth-watering and eye-watering at once often served on traditional banana leaves. This beautiful city with its sun-warmed temples and swaying palm fringed beaches is a must for anyone who wants more than just a beach holiday.
Fort St George, George Town, National Art Gallery, Kapaleeswarar Temple, Marina and Elliot Beaches, Valluvar Kottam, Guindy National Park and Little Mount Church. Read our guide to the best things to see and places to visit in Chennai.
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