100 things to do in Chennai


This is one old post that has been lying in my drafts for a very very very long time. Atlast, I decided to dust it out.

I have been in Chennai for a long time now. But I was not much of a roamer or explorer.. its not that I dint want to but situations like being stuck in atypical “strict Chennai engineering college” plus financial dependence restricted me.

The past year and half three years I have been working in our Singara Chennai, now that I am financially independent, I visit place here and there. Then I thought why not have a list.. so as I was googling through a lot of sites (reallly a loooot) .. I finally choose a list (link) I came across a Random blog. I found it easy and doable and short. Compared to 1000 things lists for a person who hasn’t roamed much.

So here is my 100. I have edit them to my preferences too. For example.. I don’t find Tibbs Frankie that great that to be on the list. I had added in a few hearing a lot of hype too like the Sandy’s Chocolate Laboratory, That Madras Place… but they utterly disappointed me.

My 100 things to do in Chennai.

  1. The Island grounds trade fair!
  2. Shopping in PONDY BAZAR is a must experience.
  3. A rickshaw ride in the streets of chennai
  4. A visit to Theosophical society
  5. Eat thalapakatti biryani in Dindugul Thalapakati
  6. Visit Birla Planetarium
  7. St.Thomas mount church
  8. Eat Sandwich Outside Alsa Mall (BALAJI SANDWICH)
  9. An early morning Jog on Beach road.
  10. Kili Josiyam
  11. Haunted House, Valmiki Nagar
  13. Watch a movie at sathyam cinemas.
  14. Chettinad Palace
  15. Idly sambar and vadai from Rathna cafe.
  17. Express Avenue
  18. Phoenix Market City
  19. Watching first day first show of a mass movie.
  20. The breadth taking view from thalankuppam pier
  21. Elliot’s Beach
  23. 41 Royal Sandwich stall
  24. Visit the Anna Centennary Library
  25. Peaceful walk on the roads of IIT MADRAS
  26. Spend a day watching Movie / Movie marathon
  27. Mudaliyar Kuppam
  28. Kovalam Beach
  29. Playing volleyball early morning beach
  30. Puri Jagannath Temple
  31. MGM Dizee World
  32. Drinking Panner soda
  33. Having ATHO (Burmese food)
  34. Vadapalani Murugan Koyil
  35. Anna Nagar Tower Park
  36. Ranganathan Street
  37. Water sport facility on the East Coast Road
  38. Amethyst cafe, Royapettah
  39. Travel in MTC bus
  40. Pulicat lake
  41. Ubbalamadugu Falls (Tada Falls)
  42. Have Samosas @ The Samosa Factory
  43. Eating a crispy molaga in beach
  44. Attending TECHOFES @ Anna University
  45. Burma Bazzaar
  46. Shopping At Spencer Plaza
  47. Visit Vandalur zoo
  48. Visit Crocodile Bank
  49. Italian cuisine @ CUP O’ CAFE
  50. Shopping at Chennai City Center
  51. Visiting Anna Square
  53. Visit Mayajaal
  54. Bird Watch @ Vedanthankal Lake Bird Sanctuary
  55. Watch a CSK match in Chepauk stadium
  56. Trek,Swim and relax at Kone falls
  57. Besant nagar church(Annai Velankanni Church)
  58. Visit Royapuram Fishing Harbour
  59. Koyembedu flower market
  61. Moore market
  62. Visit Connemara library
  63. Eating in titanic fastfood @marina
  64. Relaxing at semmozhi poonga garden
  66. Have Biriyani @Amirunnisa Biryani
  67. Visit chembarambakkam lake
  68. Go to the annual Chennai Book Fair
  69. Electronics shopping Ritchie street
  70. Photoshoot @ ALAMPARAI FORT
  71. Visit Chokhi Dhani
  72. Travelling chennai through train
  73. Have a unique flavored icecream at AMADORA
  75. Visit Valluvar Kottam
  76. New year celebration in marina beach
  77. Visit Egmore museum. Especially take pics with T-Rex
  78. Cafe Chokolade @ Egmore
  79. Have Biryani @Charminar Biryani Centre
  80. Sip a drink @ Fruit Shop on Greams Road.
  81. Participate in Turtle Walk at Chennai Beach
  82. Old Curiosity Shop
  83. Listening to RJBalaji
  84. Flying kites In Marina Beach. It’s banned as of now.
  85. 96 Go-Kart !
  86. Bowling @ DownUnder
  87. Visiting the Haunted De Monte Colony
  88. Alwar Book Stall
  89. Attend Madras music season
  90. Dinner @ KAILASH PARBAT
  91. Visit Cotton street at Pantheon road
  92. The Chocolate Room, Velachery. One over hyped place
  93. Visit Santhome Church
  95. Visit HigginBothams – Mount Road
  96. Ultimate Fun in ECR !!
  97. Going to the top of light house
  98. Visit Chennai’s ISKON TEMPLE
  99. Travelling in “Anna Durai’s auto” !
  100. Sandwich from a stall in Nungambakkam High Road and Jaganathan street.

Is there anything you think I should add? Tell me 🙂 



7 thoughts on “100 things to do in Chennai

  1. We lived in Chennai on an assignment for 6 months last year. We experienced many places you have mentioned. I would add 3 more. Kabaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore. Murugan Idli Kadai. MGR Memorial.

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    • Kabaleeswarar Temple and MGR Memorial..yes…they are amazing places. I do like Murugan Idli Kadai, but I do not like the way they treat their staff… very cruel, so I simply stopped recommending the place.


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