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  • What to pack

    For cool season (Nov to Feb):

    1. Modest clothing that covers your shoulders
    2. A pair of long jeans under the knees or lower
    3. A sweater or jacket
    4. Comfortable shoes
    5. Stomach pills

    For hot season (Mar to Jun):

    1. Light, airy and modest clothing that covers your shoulders
    2. A long dress or skirt under the knees or lower
    3. Comfortable shoes or sandals
    4. Sun protection — a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
    5. Stomach pills

    For monsoon season (Oct to Nov):

    1. A sweater or jacket
    2. Comfortable shoes or sandals
    3. A sturdy umbrella
    4. A sweater or light jacket for layering at night
    5. Stomach pills
  • Our Hotels

  • San Thome Basilica

    Introduce your little travellers to India's colonial history as you tell them of the Portuguese and British colonizers who built the ornate white church. Talk to them about how Christianity came to India. The story goes that Saint Thomas the Apostle, credited for bringing Christianity to India, died here on Saint Thomas mount. Explore the beautiful interiors with your little ones and keep inquisitive minds engaged by showing them how the stained glass windows make coloured patterns on the floor.

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  • Sea Shell Museum

    If your little travellers love to collect seashells on the beach, introduce them to conchology, the study of shells, at this museum. Watch their eyes widen as they explore the astounding collection of 40,000 shells. They can see and learn about rare varieties of large conches, oysters, fossils and even a model train made of shells. The shells are the private collection of Raja Mohammed, who spent 33 years travelling the world to gather shells from as far as Mexico, Vietnam, Thailand and Australia.

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  • Kapaleeshwarar Temple

    Let your little ones earn an appreciation for India's rich art and architecture at the ornately decorated temple. Point out the brightly painted figures of Hindu deities carved into the towering temple gate, a great opportunity to talk to kids about India's rich mythology. The Kapaleeshwarar Temple is among Chennai's busiest temples — a perfect spot for little travellers to observe local rituals. For a complete experience, let them pick up some flower garlands and make an offering.

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  • Koyambedu Flower Market

    Flowers are serious business in Chennai, worn liberally by women in their hair. Introduce your kids to local flowers and their gorgeous fragrances: white jasmine, yellow marigold, fuchsia roses and bright orange blooms. Watch as vendors deftly weave the blooms into flower garlands — little ones will love to wear them in their hair, just as locals do. It's best to go in the early morning to watch the freshest flowers being brought in.

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  • Valluvar Kottam

    Take your little adventurers to see the massive, intricate stone carving of a chariot pulled by elephants. Little ones will be awed by the sheer size of the chariot's wheels and the larger-than-life pachyderms. The memorial is dedicated to Tamil poet and saint Thiruvalluvar, whose most celebrated work, Thirukkural, is inscribed on stone tablets in an indoor hall. Kids can run and play in the peaceful lawns surrounding the memorial as parents relax.

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  • Learn to surf at Covelong Point

    Chennai's city beaches aren't the best for swimming, so if your little ones are dying for a dip in the ocean, Kovalam Beach is great for people of all ages. Little adventurers can take a surf lesson at Surfing Covelong Point, a surf school where a local fisherman-turned-surfer has pioneered a surfing culture. Families can row out together in tandem kayaks. Older kids would love the Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) experience, where they learn to navigate the water independently.

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  • Shop along Ranganathan Street

    Colourful, chaotic and crowded, the busy commercial stretch offers a true-blue Indian bazaar experience. Teach your little travellers the art of bargaining — give them a budget to pick out their favourite Indian souvenir from the heaps of bangles, costume jewellery, toys and trinket stores along the street. Encourage adventurous eaters to experiment with different snacks like samosas and bhajjis (fritters). Note: This is one of Chennai's most crowded spots, so you may wish to time your visit right after the 8 a.m. opening.

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  • Marina Beach

    India's longest urban beach is among Chennai's most popular public spaces. Show your little adventurers the lively side of Chennai's beaches as they watch fishermen haul in fresh catch in their nets. They can even lend a hand pulling the nets in! The carnival-like atmosphere is great for the whole family: Snack on onion fritters, treat your kids to a horse ride, or join the locals in a game of cricket. Take the elevator to the top of the cheery red and white lighthouse for a sweeping city and sea view.

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  • Theosophical Society

    Take a breather in the lush gardens surrounding the Theosophical Society's buildings. The expansive wooded grounds are an ideal way to introduce little travellers to India's many religions: You will find a Buddhist shrine, a Hindu temple, a church, a Zoroastrian temple, a mosque and a Sikh shrine. Stroll past lotus ponds and peepal trees, enjoying the noise-free atmosphere in an otherwise chaotic city. Little ones will be particularly enthralled by the massive, 450-year-old banyan tree that dominates the garden, its hanging branches covering a staggering 40,000 square-foot area.

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  • Turtle Walks on the Beach

    Between January and April, massive Olive Ridley turtles come ashore to breed on Chennai's beaches at night. The turtles undertake the laborious operation of digging pits, laying up to 100 eggs, covering up their nests and slowly disappearing back into the sea. Witnessing this stunning feat of nature is thrilling for little ones and adults. You can sign up for a late-night walk with student volunteer organization SSTCN, which aims to give the baby turtles a better chance of survival by collecting eggs, transferring them to a hatchery and releasing the hatchlings into the ocean once they emerge from their shells.

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  • Amethyst Café

    Let your little ones run free in the lovely garden as you dine alfresco under the stars, or on the chequered-floor veranda of a restored old mansion. With all day continental breakfast, Thai and Italian offerings, alongside kid-friendly waffles, sandwiches and burgers, the menu will be a hit with the whole family. As you browse through the lovely boutique with clothing, homeware and jewellery, treat your little ones to a decadent crème caramel dessert and watch their faces light up.

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  • Murugan Idli Shop

    Fiery flavours are common in India. At this local favourite, parents can introduce little travellers to local dishes that are mild on the palate. Idlis (rice cakes) and uttapams (rice-batter pancakes with a range of toppings) are perfect for young ones who are not fans of spice. Douse your food liberally with fresh chutneys, made of coconut and peanut, for a burst of flavour. Service is business-like, but efficient, ideal for a quick stopover.

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  • Writer's Cafe

    A social organization, book store, café and co-working space rolled into one, Writer's Café is a lovely spot to spend an afternoon reading, with a coffee and a baked treat. The café employs acid-attack and burn victims, trained to bake by a Swiss chef, and proceeds go to charity. Telling your little travellers the story of this café is a good opportunity to share lessons on empathy and safety. Little ones will love the thin crust, cheese-filled flammkuchen or German-style pizza here whilst for healthy eaters, there's a range of salads, smoothies and juices.

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  • Elliot's Beach shacks for seafood

    As the sun lowers, the stretch of beach comes alive with makeshift shacks selling fresh catch from the sea. If you have a fussy eater, let them pick out what they want from the seafood on display. There's shrimp, crab, seer fish, red snapper, squid and a lot more. Watching as the daily catch is deep fried and smelling the fragrances of the spices makes for a memorable food experience for kids. Sit on stools on the sand and taste the bite-sized snacks — perfect for little ones — for as little as $1 a plate.

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  • Saravana Bhavan

    Generations of locals and tourists swear by this fuss-free diner for an authentic South Indian meal. In South India, the perfect breakfast consists of crispy dosas (rice-batter crepes), vadas (savoury doughnuts) and tangy sambar (lentil soup), washed down with frothy filter coffee. Get your little ones a combo of mini dosa and vada, so they can try a range of mild local flavours. Service is quick, it's easy on the wallet and with branches across the city, it's an ideal stop to sample some local cuisine.

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  • Holiday Inn Chennai OMR IT Expressway

    Conveniently located in the heart of the IT corridor, Holiday Inn Chennai OMR IT Expressway provides easy access to the city centre and is just 13 km away from the Chennai International Airport. With the Kids Stay & Eat Free* programme, enjoy a family dining experience at the all-day restaurant Café G, where kids under 12 can eat for free from the Kids Menu. Or, treat the kids to designer cakes and innovative desserts at the in-hotel café, The Lounge. <br /> <br /> <br /> *T&Cs apply.

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