Chennai’s strategic location on the coast of South West India means that is a popular tourist destination for most travellers in India. Tourists love the city because, like any of India’s major metros, it has a variety of experiences to offer. It does not matter whether you are on your honeymoon, a short business trip or on vacation with the family, Chennai will have something to keep you excited.
If you are planning a trip to Chennai, follow this listicle that talks about all the fun things to do in Chennai.
Fun Things to do in Chennai (Outdoors)
1. Explore the Beaches
From Marina to the Covelong and the Besant Nagar Beach, Chennai has a great list of beaches where tourists can experience a good holiday.
On Chennai’s beaches, you can relax in the sun, go swimming and even enjoy a few water sports. Besides, there is also good local food to enjoy. Try out Sundal, a local delicacy commonly served at food stalls on beaches in Chennai.
2. Visit an Amusement Park
There are quite a few amusement parks in Chennai that are hotspots of activity and fun, especially during the summer vacations. These parks have really cool slides and rides, that are sure to thrill anyone who visits.
These parks have swimming pools and water slides too. At these parks, you can have a lot of fun with friends or family. The VGP Universal Kingdom and the MGM Dizzee World are two famous amusement parks in Chennai.
3. Catch a Movie at an Open Air Theatre
The Open Air Theater (OAT) at the IIT Chennai is a great place to catch a film under the stars. The theatre screens many films across different languages and genres. From the latest Bollywood films to popular Tamil movies and even English flicks, you can see them all at the OAT in Chennai.
At this theatre, Hindi movies are screened on the first Saturday of the month, while regional films are shown more regularly.
4. Visit the Vandalur Zoo
There is a lot of fun to be had at the Vandalur Zoo. At this zoological park, one can visit the aquarium, go on a deer safari, visit the snake house, and enjoy a picnic on the lush green lawns.
The place is an ideal spot to take the kids during the summer vacation. Entry is Rs. 30 for adults and Rs. 10 for kids.
5. Watch the Chennai Super Kings
If you want to experience electrifying moments, visit the M A Chidambaram Stadium during the IPL to watch the local team, the Chennai Super Kings, play. The atmosphere in the stadium is magical with fans coming in their home team yellow jersey and creating a festive mood for the match. If the home team is winning, the whole stadium bursts into a frenzy.
6. Enjoy a Game of Paintball
Paintball is a great activity for fun. You can have a lot of fun playing the sport with your friends. In Chennai – there are many places to enjoy Paintball. The best ones are Wild Tribe Ranch and Take Diversion. For the best experience, go with a big group.
7. Try Surfing
Chennai’s great coast makes it a prime location for surfing. The calm waters of the Covelong Beach are ideal for the water sport.
During the tourist season, both these beaches have many companies setting up surfing facilities. To enjoy surfing, you need a bit of formal training. There are many surfing schools in Chennai where you can learn.
8. Enjoy Scuba Diving
Chennai’s beaches present visitors with the opportunity to explore the bottom of the ocean. In Chennai, one can enjoy scuba diving below the sea and explore a magical world of underwater flora and fauna. The Chennai Dive Club organizes many scuba diving camps in the city.
- Caption: Enjoy parasailing in Chennai
Enjoy the thrills of sailing in the sky with the wind in your hair as you parasail through the Chennai sky. Sail high in the sky, as you soak in stunning views of the ocean. In the city, you can enjoy parasailing at the Adventure Zone, a haven for adventure sports activities.
10. Trekking & Camping
Chennai is a great place for those who love the outdoors. The hills in and around the city are the perfect setting for hiking and camping. Besides trekking, you can enjoy camping in the city. There are many options for hiking and camping in Chennai, depending on your budget and how far you are willing to travel.
11. Enjoy Street Food in Chennai
Street food in Chennai is second to none. In the city, you will find numerous streets ridden with vendors selling delicious portions of local favorites. Popular street food items in Chennai are sundal, idli, dosa, kothu paratha and bonda. There are some fascinating places in the city for street food.
Fun Things to do in Chennai (Indoors)
12. Enjoy South Indian Food
No journey to Chennai is complete without South Indian food. The city is packed to capacity with restaurants serving delicious local food. From Idlis to Rasam and dosas to Chettinad food, you should try it all when in Chennai. Hotel Saravana Bhavan is a must-visit.
13. Watch a Tamil film at Sathyam
The people of Chennai love their films and there is no better place to enjoy a film in Chennai than at Sathyam. Go when a Tamil film is screened and you will have a movie-going experience like no other. Be sure to book your tickets in advance, as movies get sold out very quickly.
14. Watch the Stars at the Birla Planetarium
Science geeks will enjoy spending time at the Birla Planetarium. The planetarium organises various stargazing camps through the year. These are conducted by experts who know about the different planets and the stars. At the planetarium, you will get acquainted with the movement of the earth, planets, and other celestial bodies.
15. Bird Watching at Pulicat Lake
For those that love photography, sitting by the Pulicat Lake is a great activity to enjoy. At the Pulicat Lake, you can spot exotic birds and a great scenery. The best time to go is before 9 am. The weather is not too hot and you can get to spot a variety of birds at this time.
16. Sing Some Karaoke
If you love to sing, you’ll the love the many options available in Chennai. The city is home to some of the best karaoke bars that allow you to sing in different languages, including Japanese and Korean. The best place for karaoke in the city is the 10 Downing Street Bar. It has a great ambience and a superb line-up of songs.
17. Enjoy Live Music
Chennai is a city that loves music. It is no wonder then that the people love catching a good live music concert regularly. In the city, you have various music halls and pubs that organize the best music concerts and performances.
Favorite local bands like Hip-Hop Tamizha and Skrat have to take the city by storm with their great music. The city has also seen top international acts perform and concerts like the International Jazz Day being held.
18. Shopping in Chennai
Shopping in Chennai is a great experience. You have a variety of places to choose from. The city is home to malls, small shops, retail giants and even street markets. Top products to buy from Chennai are sweets, sarees, gold, silk products and cotton clothing. Jewelry is also popular in Chennai.