European influences meld with local heritage in vibrant Chennai. The ‘capital of the south’ is keeper of South India’s cultural and artistic traditions, with dramatic temples and churches, interesting museums, and enthusiastic locals. Venture out and surprise yourself with its assorted charms.
VIVANTA. PAST PERFECT. FUTURE PERFECT. There's a new buzz in Chennai. Just 17 kilometres from the domestic airport. In the heart of the commercial district. Colonial brilliance at its best. Vivanta by Taj – Connemara, is the only heritage hotel in Chennai and was built in 1854 as the Imperial Hotel, renamed Albany in 1886, and finally re-established as The Connemara in 1890, then re-opened with an art deco look in 1937. The legendary architect Geoffrey Bawa added his touch to the tower block and linking pool in 1974.
Vivanta Fisherman's Cove, Chennai, built on the ramparts of an old Dutch fort, is now riding on a fresh new wave. Yet, it remains one of the most charming beach resorts in Chennai that's almost one with the Bay of Bengal. Where fun lovers return for good times.
Annadurai International Airport is at Tirusalam, about 7km from the city, and enjoys good connectivity in both the domestic and international sectors.
Chennai Central station is well-linked to the rest of the country. It is also one of the hubs for rail transport in South India.
Government-run buses as well as private services are widely available, and ply between Chennai and south and western Indian cities and towns. Most buses depart from Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus, also known as Koyambedu Bus Stand.
Chennai is connected by an extensive network of state and national highways to the rest of the country. Chennai is linked via National Highway 7 to New Delhi, NH 5 to Kolkata and NH 4 to Mumbai.