Best Places for Backpackers in Chennai, India.

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The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Chennai, India.

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Top 12 hostels in Chennai, India.

These are the 12 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Chennai, India.

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Hostel11 Elliot

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Hostel11 Elliot's Beach

Hostel11 is set amidst city limits making it easily accessible from the airport, the main train as well as the bus stations. Located in the neighborhood called Besant Nagar, next to the city´s most vibrant beach, Elliots beach, Hostel11 strives to be the best budget hostel in Chennai. Just five min...
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Elements Hostel

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Elements Hostel

More than just a clean budget hostel in Chennai, at Elements Hostel we hope to offer a community during your stay. Our staff will do their best to make your visit as comfortable as possible and will help you enjoy a visit to Chennai to remember. We also offer additional services, such as our roofto...
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iHouse Chennai Airport

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iHouse Chennai Airport

Thank you for considering iHouse Chennai for your stay. Located just 2.8km from Chennai airport, our house is clean, safe and a great value for money. The house is located in an amazing neighborhood with a supermarket and joggers park in 2mins walk, and Chennai's finest restaurants and hypermark...
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Red Lollipop Hostel

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Red Lollipop Hostel

Undoubtedly the best location in Chennai for backpackers and students to interact. Located near the famous Marina Beach, US consulate, T Nagar, Kapaleeswarar Temple, Express Mall, Theosophical Society, Besant Nagar, Ramakrishna Math, Yoga Mandir and all the famous monuments and tourist spots. A Bus...
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Backpackers Inn

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Backpackers Inn

Located in Chennai ,Backpackers Inn is 0.6 miles from Spencer plaza mall and offer facilities like shared lounge .popular points of interest near by include Us embassy ,Apollo hospitals and Ma chidambaram station.The property is 1.1 miles from city heart. The rooms in the hostel are fully equippe...
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Royal Green Accommodation

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Royal Green Accommodation

Royal Green Accommodation is located within 4 km from Pallavaram Bus Station, Pallavaram Railway Station and Chennai International Airport. Free WiFi access is available in this lodge. It offers free airport shuttle. The accommodation will provide you with a cable TV. Featuring a shower, private...
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Zostel Chennai

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Zostel Chennai

Explore Chennai with Zostel - a cosy backpacker hostel right in the middle of the action. Close to the most major landmarks of the city, we offer an apt base for a social traveler alongwith the promise of brand Zostel. Right in the heart of Chennai, Zostel is located in T Nagar, the shopping hub...
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Le Stay Inn

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Le Stay Inn

Le Stay Inn Hotel has richly appointed A/C and Non A/C rooms, which features free Wifi, and privacy right in the middle of bustling Central Chennai. Hotel Le Stay Inn offers a perfect blend Clean and Courtesy service with sophistication at surprisingly affordable prices. We invite you to experie...
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Royal Meriton Hostel

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Royal Meriton Hostel

Right in the heart of the city, Royal Meriton is located in Annnagar, which is also the shopping hub of Chennai. Not far from the coastal regions, Royal Meriton Chennai offers the best place to make new friends in the city. The cozy hostel offers 2 mixed dorms, 1 female dorm, and a private rooms....
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Peace Inn

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Peace Inn

Peace Inn Corporate Residence was established on 27th of August, 2012. It is conveniently located close to the railway stations (Chennai Central & Chennai Egmore) at just 3.5 kilometers of distance & Airport Just 10 Kilometers (Domestic & International). It is equipped with comprehensive business fa...
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Lee Crysstal

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Lee Crysstal

Lee Crysstal is a luxury boutique not just in its accommodation, but also in its approach of making your stay last a lifetime. Not just another boutique hotel, Lee Crysstal offers a journey into the world of luxury and comfort. The moment you set your foot or cross the entrance of our hotel, you fee...
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The Chill Out Zone

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The Chill Out Zone

Welcome to Chillout zone, where you can truly unwind and relax. A haven for backpackers and travelers alike, you have found your one true calling in the city of Chennai to find a comfortable place to stay, We offer free Wi-Fi, coffee/tea, a unique cooking area, 2 attached bathrooms along with 1...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Chennai, India.

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Beyond the beaches of Mahabalipuram

The historic town of Mahabalipuram is located in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu, a state in the south of India. It is about 60Km (about 37 miles) drive from the metro city Chennai. This ancient town is a feast for travelers, photographers, art & history enthusiasts, architects & everyone alike. In addition to the ancient archeological wonders and coastal beauty, Mahabalipuram has great places to satiate one’s appetite with delectable seafood. Being a beach facing town on the Coromandel Coast, Mahabalipuram is famous for its sandy shores and long beaches. Yet there’s so much more to this beach town than just the vast expanses of sand and water. Each traveler sees a place differently than the other and there’s always a lot more to a place that needs to be discovered. Here’s a little something to explore about the Mahabalipuram that existed beyond the beaches.

Yogini Patil

Chennai - City of Emotions!

Chennai, India – The City of Emotions. This being my first writing adventure , its only fair that I write about a city that’s close to my heart – Chennai formerly known as Madras. The city which made me who I am or rather what I am today . Its been approximately 7500 days since I first laid eyes on this exquisite city and even today it continues to amaze me with its changing architecture , the unbelievably caring people , and above all the dynamic between the emotions of the people and the city. Speaking from a tourist point of view the city offers a multitude of options for entertainment , relaxing , and even quaint places for getaways.The highlights of the city include the Marina beach which is considered to be the World’s longest urban beach, the Madras Port which is the 2nd largest port in the country, Multiple hotels one can indulge from 7 star hotels to equally astonishing street food,  We also have a wide array of art galleries , museums , monuments for the art appreciators .One can also indulge in the variety of events , concerts , lectures and performances happening in the city. The city offers shopping destinations which include the whole sale market and the high end retailers. There are temples , churches and mosques to renew your spirituality. The main pride of Chennai apart from the hearts of the people that reside here are the breath-taking beaches . Chennai is home to the mighty Marina, the elegant Elliot’s beach, and the Rock beach.

Emjay

How to reach Andaman:

By Air: Most tourists prefer to take flights operated by Go Air or Spicejet either via Kolkata or Chennai.

Tejasvi Gupta

Take a walk on the wild side

Next morning, we decided to be explorers. Went on a walk through the forests of tall coconut trees and got lost. All sides looked the same, beautiful. Sounds we had never heard before were whistling in our ears. A little scared, hungry and enchanted we kept following our instincts. Not a word from any of us. After a lot of wrong turns, we found a right restaurant. It served authentic Maharashtrian food with coastal taste. Something you won’t easily find in regular restaurants. We charged our battery, asked for directions to our camp and continued the journey. With food in our belly, we started humming songs of homecoming as we reached our station. Exhausted, we were kindly greeted at the hotel with coconut water and news. We had new neighbours! A lovely couple from Chennai had joined us in the celebration. The evening was filled with booze, games and interesting discussions about life.

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HOW TO SPEND A DAY IN PONDICHERRY

Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Puducherry

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Down by the marina - chennai

It was a chilly, cozy morning; the kind that is rare in a tropical city like Chennai, the kind that makes you want to snuggle in for a couple more hours. But I head out to the beach anyway for my ‘supposed to be regular but in reality happens once in a blue moon’ jog….Stepping barefoot on the grainy sand I take in the sight around me and as always my heart does a little flip flop.

becca

MASINAGUDI-BANDHIPUR.....THE LAND OF RAVING WILDLIFE

After slogging for months like a maniac at workplace, me and my husband decided to take a break from the mundane  jungles of city life and visit the evergreen jungles somewhere. After quite a lot of search and discussion, we decided to go to masinagudi since it was a distance  which can be easily covered by car from our place-chennai. There are two routes to reach masinagudi from chennai. One is via mettupalayam-ooty  and the other is via mysore-bangalore both of which comes to about 600km. We decided to go via mysore-banglore just so we can enjoy the lush greenery enroute to masinagudi-bandipur.

jessie

Andaman: Relax, Refresh and Rejuvenate yourself!

You could reach Andaman via flight or via Cruise from Chennai or Vishakapatnam. However, we took a flight from Bangalore to Andaman with a connecting flight in Chennai.

Anika Manini Shankar

A weekend getaway to the unassuming & unpretentious, Pondicherry!

After we tied the knot in early 2015, my wife and I didn’t have the luxury of too many days off from work, which shelved any plans for a long holiday for some time. Given we had a fairly low-key wedding ceremony compared to the customary grand Indian weddings, I had to make up for it with a couple of getaways in the next few months. A week after our wedding, I decided to surprise my wife with a short three-day weekend trip. A few hours’ drive from one of India’s metropolis Chennai, is the union territory of Puducherry. Known as “Pondicherry” until the year 2006, when it was rechristened to “Puducherry”, the coastal colony is also fondly referred to as “Pondy” by most locals and travelers alike.

Nikhil Davda

Getting around

Easily accessible by both trains and buses from Bangalore or Chennai which will drop you of in Hospet the town next to Hampi and is also the hub for various transport options to and from Hampi to other places, it is an ideal weekend getaway. The landscape of Hampi is mesmerising, situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, the scene is a combination of ancient ruins, temples, beautiful paddy fields, palm trees and a host of boulders precariously placed and balanced on top of each other. You somehow get transported to Fred Flintstones land.

Mihika Chaudhuri

Cultural Capital of India and Pride of Tamil Nadu - Chennai

From roadside tea shops to great cafes and luxury hotels, from Kaapi (Famous South Indian filter coffee) to Cappuccino, from street shopping to huge malls, from western to tradition, friendship to harmony, liberty to safety, from Culture to Heritage, Chennai, ladies and gentlemen, has it all. A modern city completely traditional at heart. Out of all the other places in India, Chennai could be your one-stop destination for lifelong incredible experiences. I hope I get you packing your bags right away for Chennai.

Scarlet Letter

Valluvar Kottam- A stunning architectural and engineered marvel in Chennai

A few lines about Chennai: Chennai is located off the Bay of Bengal on the Coramandel coast in India. Being one of the most visited cities in the world with 47th ranking, it attracts mainly tourists for its ancient pharmaceutical and health routines. It is one of the remarkable cities in Tamil Nadu, famous for its historical heritage spots. Being the capital of Tamil Nadu, Chennai has got a lot of phenomenal places with a blend of both traditional and western cultures to visit.

Revathy Dayalan

The Streets of Chennai - An Offbeat Perspective

‘Shopping’ is a word that excites almost all women in every nook and corner of the world.  What comes to your mind first would be shopping malls, and brand names – Dolci & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Van Heusen, Gucci, Zara, Aldo and the list never ends. But no, why would I talk about the brands that have already established themselves in the market. As a metropolitan city, Chennai is less than complete without these “street-shopping-centers” spread out all across the city. For those of you who aren’t based in Chennai, kindly allow me to lapse into local references. ‘Street shopping’ -the word might not sound as exciting as the actual procedure does. There is a reason why I used the term “procedure”. There are certain do’s and don’ts for street shopping without which you would never get to know the true spirit of it. It isn’t a cakewalk as it does seem to be while shopping in the malls.

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Pondicherry: The French Colony of India

I always wanted to visit Pondicherry since a long time. But due to hectic schedules at work, I was not able to plan my trip. However, one day I was talking with my friend who studies in Chennai about going to Pondicherry together and I was so excited that the very next day I sent an application for one week leave to my boss. I got the leave approved and I booked my tickets to Chennai.  So, here begins my trip to Pondicherry. Finally!!

NupurDe

Madras : The Gateway To The South

Madras or  Chennai is called as the first city of Tamil Nadu. Chennai is termed as the  Gateway to the South of India. This city is about 350 years old. Chennai is always growing and populated city with full of cultures.

Jaysidh Dumbali

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