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Chennai Tourism Guide to Chennai Travel Tourism

Chennai Tourism Guide to Chennai Travel Tourism

Chennai Tourism

Many tourists travel to Chennai for the many festivals, the Madras Music Season, stunning temples, beautiful beaches, amusement parks and shopping the area has to offer.

One of the most wonderful aspects of India is its festivals. They provide tourists with an insight into their colourful culture and usually a chance to experience the local cuisine, the talent of their performers and in most cases view the showcase of their magnificent dress. Chennai has many festivals populating its calendar but the three to really make the effort to see is the Natyanjali Dance Festival, the Dance and Music Festival and the Travel and Tourism Fair.

The Natyanjali Dance Festival is a yearly event like most festivals, taking place usually in February or March. With festivities mainly taking place in Chidambaram, close to Chennai city, many travel to witness this five day festival.

The Dance and Music Festival is in celebration of the Carnatic music and dance, a southern Indian tradition. This type of music has an emphasis on vocal performance with compositions created primarily for vocalists, but accompanied by a small group of musicians. This festival spanning a good six weeks is held in Chennai during December and spilling into January. With many performing artists congregating here for its audiences to enjoy, many dub it one of the world’s largest cultural events.

For the visitors to the area, the travel and tourism fairs provide a great place to start for an opportunity to get an insight into the culture and experience the many handicrafts the Chennai people exhibit. One such fair is the Tourism Fair held at Island Ground annually, a great place for tourists.

While in Chennai, you will no doubt at some stage take a rickshaw. And however great the prospect of riding Indian style is, there can be some problems that are known to prosper in the presence of tourists. So a couple of things to keep in mind are as follows:

1. avoid paying before you reach your destination

2. don’t use the meter if you can help it as their charges often border on the ridiculous

3. when you arrive at your destination, many drivers are known to dispute the pre arranged price, so stick to your guns and pay the fair agreed in the beginning and walk away, if the dispute escalates, mention calling the traffic police which often does a good job in diffusing these situations

4. if a rickshaw offers you a cheap tour that sounds too good to be true, it probably is, and you will find yourself being dragged from shop to shop for the driver’s benefit (commission)