Flights to Chennai transport you into an India that’s temperamentally and historically separate from the north.
Close by is Pondicherry (now Puducherry), the last enclave of French India, one of India’s most fascinating cities – recently brought to life in the movie Life of Pi. Just outside is the ‘experimental city’ of Auroville, whose centrepiece, a golden sphere called the Matrimandir, is one of the wonders of modern India. And while there are great Hindu temples such as Kanchipuram and Tiruchirapalli there are remnants, too, of the Chola dynasty – notably in the town of Thanjavur.
British Airways is the premium service from London to Chennai, operating five flights a week. You’ll enjoy award-winning service, free newspapers and onboard food and drinks. Choose to fly with hand baggage only or pick a price that includes a 23kg checked baggage allowance and free seat selection 24 hours before you fly.
The British Airways flight lands in the early hours, which is actually the ideal way to avoid Chennai’s sometimes chaotic traffic. Taxis and auto-rickshaws to Chennai’s many impressive hotels should take 30 minutes and this being India, every minute is an adventure and a spectacle.
After a huge refurbishment programme, Chennai promises to become one of India’s most modern and sophisticated airports, offering a wide range of shopping and dining choices. Before your Chennai to London flight, browse through an interesting selection of Indian jewellery and textiles.