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Chennai: My First Impressions

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.

Beautiful wall art at  Chennai airport

Beautiful wall art at Chennai airport

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.

Colorful sculptures

Street shop – Colorful sculptures

Colorful House

Colorful House

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.

Panditji giving blessing to newly weds

Panditji giving blessing to newly weds

Traditional music

Traditional music

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.

My friends posing with auto rickshaw driver

My friends posing with auto rickshaw driver

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).

Pondy Bazaar

Pondy Bazaar

Street walls painting

Street walls painting

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.

Small temple

Small temple

Express avenue mall

Express avenue mall

Valentine's day celebration

Valentine’s day celebration

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.

Idli & Vada

Idli & Vada

Masala Dosa

Masala Dosa

Sambar rice

Sambar rice

Traditional food served on banana leaf

Traditional food served on banana leaf

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.

Chennai railway station

Chennai railway station

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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  4. I love the idli…Vida…dosa etc. Haven’t been to Chennai in particular but been enough to the south to get the feeling. Heard ppl don’t speak English there… Vannakam, d only word I know 😊

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  5. You had me with the food photos because I love Indian food to a disturbing degree. Also the final two photos didn’t make it on the page. Would you be good enough to give it a quick look?

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    • Indeed, Indian food is delicious. I am a big food junkie as well. There are so many variation in Indian food depending upon the regional areas and each region has it own specialty food item. Good to know that you like Indian food. If possible try some Indian street food, you will love it. Thank you!

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  6. lovely post! although i do would like to add that you seemed to have received the quintessential south-india, tamil-brahmin experience, which is nice and all, but there are other sides – such as the terrific sandwich stalls on Pantheon road, the Russian cultural center which organizes great jazz music, and tons of non-tam-bram related activities 🙂 I’m glad you had a great time though!

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    • Thank you!
      I am so glad that I had a good time, but that’s true as well there’s always the other side. Luckily, I did not experience any such activities 🙂

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  7. priyankamoraes says

    I was in Chennia only for a day but enjoyed the scenic spots in Tamilnadu. Except ooty, all of which you have mentioned were treats to the eye !!!

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