Places to visit in and around Chennai are many. Pick from a colonial fort, its beaches, churches and temples, water sports and amusement parks, shopping centres and street markets, fine-dining and luxury hotels.
Among the tourist places in Chennai, Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO Heritage Site, is a must-visit. Head to the 6th century Hindu temple for Lord Shiva at Mylapore, the early 19th century Thousand Lights Mosque or the 16th century Roman Catholic Church at Santhome. Fort St. George, the first British fortress in India, promises an assortment of stories—real and fictional—for the history buff.