Home to a multicultural population, Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is a historical city of contrasts.
Scorching hot during summer and unbelievably crowded, it is steeped in tradition yet charmingly modern and cheerful. Chennai never disappoints its visitors. If you only have 24 hours in Chennai use your time to savour piping hot filter coffee, explore the streets of gully cricket, experience hot street food, and learn new dimensions of culture of the city. You have no time to waste, so get yourself a car and a driver who knows how to best guide you around Chennai!
Chennai and Pondicherry have always been in my list of favourite destinations.
Getting to Chennai:
By Air :
The city is connected to major hubs across Asia, Europe, and North America through more than 30 national and international carriers.
Chennai hosts the headquarters of the Southern Railway. The city has four main railway terminals. Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, Chennai Beach and Tambaram. Chennai Central station, the city's largest, provides access to other major cities as well as many other smaller towns across India, whereas Chennai Egmore provides access to destinations primarily within Tamil Nadu; however, it also handles a few inter–state trains.The Chennai suburban railway network, one of the oldest in the country, facilitates transportation within the city. It consists of four broad gauge sectors terminating at two locations in the city, namely Chennai Central and Chennai Beach. While three sectors are operated on-grade, the fourth sector is majorly an elevated corridor, which links Chennai Beach to Velachery and is interlinked with the remaining rail network.
By Road :
Chennai is one of the cities in India that is connected by the Golden Quadrilateral system of National Highways. It is connected to other Indian cities by four major National Highways (NH) that originate in the city. They are NH 4 to Mumbai (via Bangalore, Pune), NH 5 to Kolkata (linked via NH 6) (via Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar), NH 45 to Theni (via Villupuram, Tiruchirapalli, Dindigul) and NH 205 to Madanapalle (via Tirupati). Chennai is connected to other parts of the state and the Union Territory of Puducherry by state highways.
It's only a little more than an 5 hour's journey by train to Chennai from Bangalore.Me and my best friend took Lalbagh Express (12608) from Bangalore station at 06:30 AM.It reached Chennai Central railway station at 12:30 PM . The moment we landed, we navigated to our hotel which was a few meters away from Chennai central railway station.
We checked in, had a quick breakfast, took shower and straightly head to MGR memorial .