Chennai is one of the India’s largest cities and the capital of Tamil Nadu state. It is the cultural capital of India and one of most the most visited cities by tourists. Recently, I was in Chennai and really had an awesome time. My experience in Chennai mostly involves around traditional wedding, Chennai special food, long street drives and walks, some hopping in Pondy bazaar and visiting Marina Beach, the most crowded and longest beach of India.
Chennai trip is a really special for me because it gave me one of the exciting experiences of my life.The First Flight Journey.
My first flight journey was so comfortable and enjoyable. I am so thankful to Jet Airways for such pleasant first flight experience.Though, I was very nervous and feared about the all of the incidents that could happen in the way. But once I was in the air, I was quite brave and all the fear was gone. I was enjoying the view of earth and I was surrounded by the most beautiful thing, the clouds.
It took us around 2 hours to reach Chennai from Mumbai Airport. My friend had already arranged a cab for us. Our cab driver knew English, so we managed to communicate with him. During our drive from airport to guest house at Moors road, our cab driver informed us about the nearby places to visit.
Chennai is also known for hot weather. I was a bit worried about the temperature, but luckily the climate was moderate and pleasant.
Talking with local people was a good experience. I had a conversation with a few locals at the guest house. People are helpful and cooperative.
Chennai is a big city. We had spent most of our time on the streets. As mentioned in my earlier post of Marina Beach, regarding the auto rickshaw drivers, we did not have a good experience with rickshaw drivers. We had to bargain with them most of the time.
Well, just like a normal marketplace, the street side areas were mostly occupied by street shops and local sellers. We tried to do some shopping in Pondy bazaar. Though, I did not find anything interesting or different in the local market, but I took Mysore pak (Sweet item).
Chennai is full of colors, yellow seems the favorite color of Chennai. I have seen beautiful and colorful temples along the road side almost on the every mile and every area.
I enjoyed all the south Indian dishes which I tried in Chennai specially typical south food served in traditional wedding . Idli is my favorite south Indian dish. The taste of Sambar in Mumbai and in Chennai is totally different.
At the end of our trip, we went to see off my friend at the Chennai railway station. Chennai station is a heritage building and one of the oldest stations in India.
This time I wandered on the streets of the Chennai, enjoyed a lot of Chennai special food and traditional wedding, fought with auto rickshaw drivers and I saw the Bay of Bengal for the first time. All counts in good memories of the trip.
I just want to mention that I am working on my India travel bucket list. Chennai is a part of Tamil Nadu and there is still so much to see in Tamil Nadu like Chola temples, Mahabalipuram, Kanyakumari, Ooty etc. I will soon come here to see all other attractions.
So now it’s your turn, Have you been to Chennai? What were your first impressions?
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