British Airways has regular flights to Chennai. Flights land at Chennai International Airport, ten miles south of the city centre. After your flight lands at Chennai's airport, it's a 30-minute journey by taxi into central Chennai, traffic permitting. Once you've settled into your hotel after your flight, stroll along Chennai's Marina Beach before heading up to colonial George Town to explore Chennai's very British history. Then get your taste-buds prepared for Chennai's spicy Chettinad cuisine.
After your flight lands at Chennai, you have plenty of options to reach Chennai's city centre. For ease, take a pre-paid taxi, buying a ticket at the International Airport Arrivals hall for your half-hour journey into central Chennai. For a cheaper option after your Chennai flight, jump into a three-wheeler auto-rickshaw, comfortably carrying up to two passengers into Chennai. Even cheaper is Chennai's suburban train from nearby Trisulam station, although not suitable if you have lots of luggage.
Once you've recovered from your flight to Chennai, explore George Town. Here, you'll discover Chennai's colonial Fort St George and St Mary's Church, India's oldest church. Join locals on Chennai's vast Marina Beach, coming alive at sunset with cricket games and snack stalls. For Chennai's ancient Hindu highlights, head to Mylapore to see Kapaleeshwarar Temple, which has a classic Dravidian-style pyramid shape and an ornately carved tower. Before your flight home from Chennai, shop for colourful Tamil Nadu paintings, wood carvings and silks at government emporiums around Chennai's Parry's Corner and huge shopping street Anna Selai.