Sunrise, Breakfast, Mythology and National Park
06:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Today you need to make maximum utilization of your day. Be an early riser and head out by 6 o’clock to witness the mesmerizing sunrise at the Elliot Beach.
Chennai beaches are thronged with runners and joggers and along with the view of sunrise these beaches give much needed enthusiasm to the wandering souls of visitors and tourists.
Time duration: 60 – 90 mins
Mode of transport: OLA/ Uber can be booked easily in the early hours.
Now to fill your tummy, take a walk to Murugan Idly Shop to relish some authentic south Indian tiffin dishes. The brand has been around for almost two decades and can be seen at multiple locations in Chennai. Their services begin at 07:00 AM.
Price range: Rs 200 – 300 for two.
Mode of transport: A 5-minute walk.
Next, get a chance to seek divine blessings at Shri Ashtalakshmi Temple, 500 meters from Murugan Idly Shop.
The temple complex has a fascinating structure and taking a tour leaves you spellbound. It is opened from 06:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
Time duration: 45 – 60 mins
Mode of transport: A 500 – meter walk from Murugan Idly Shop.
Your next destination will take you closer to the nature at Guindy National Park.
The National Park is home to many species of flora and fauna. Many endangered species are kept under protection here. It has a Snake Park and Children’s Park. Definitely an ideal place for family outings.
Time duration: 60 – 90 mins
Mode of transport: OLA/Uber will be convenient to get here.
After a long and tiresome morning, you need some rest. So head back towards your hotel. Public vehicles can be boarded from the main road outside premises of the National Park.
Also read: Historical Chennai Itinerary
Arrangement of vehicle: Hire a cab to visit all attractions for evening excursion. The attractions are on the outskirts and getting a vehicle on your way back can be a problem.
For lunch, you have an option of quenching your hunger at your hotel or can look to grab a bite on the way to next attraction. We recommend to try out Paradise Biryani.
Paradise Biryani is name which has been getting immense popularity across the country. They have brought the famous Hyderabadi biryanis to major metropolises. They have multiple outlets in Chennai. Relish some of their delicacies at OMR, Perungudi, 20 minutes from T Nagar.
Price range: Rs. 700 – 800 for two.
A walk-through Aquarium (First in India)
02:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Your next attraction is one of a kind, VGP Marine Kingdom, on ECR.
VGP Marine Kingdomis India’s first and largest walk-through aquarium with underwater tunnel. It has several exotic and indigenous species of marine flora and fauna which are rarely seen. They also have Scuba diving services inside the aquarium. It is a must visit!
Time duration: 2 – 3 hours
Post this, return to your hotel.
Shopping and Dinner
08:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Later satisfy your shopaholic spirits with some street shopping at Pondy Bazaar and relish some south Indian non-vegetarian dishes at AmmaChettinadu Restaurant both in T Nagar.
Amma Chettinadu Restaurant is known for warm hospitality and soothing ambiance. Heavy crowd is quite the norm.
Price range: Rs. 400 – 500 for two.