Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital city of Tamil Nadu and a cultural hub and thriving metropolitan city. The city’s booming economy has given rise to a variety of industries ranging from textiles to hardware manufacturing and today it stands as one of the largest commercial centres in South India. It is widely known that the Chennai shopping experience provides access to a variety of traditional and modern goods that are both affordable and make excellent gifting items for the season.
Chennai offers travellers a blend of bazaars and high-end shopping centres that offers a mix of toys, footwear, garments, bags and jewellery. Pondy Bazaar and the areas of T-Nagar, Egmore and Mylapore offer a mix of centres and markets that sell a range of locally crafted items and branded products. From great deals in sarees, ranging from Kanchipuram silk sarees to designer creations for bridal retinues, Chennai’s diverse mix of high-end malls and street bazaars ensure that you get the best when shopping on a budget.
Phoenix Market City in Chennai that is renowned as the largest mall in the city boasts of over 600 shops ranging from international brands such as Globus, Manchester United, Steve Madden to electronic stores like Access, Reliance Digital, Croma and Poorvika. The mall is also home to 14 movie screens and 20 restaurants. Express Avenue located on Whites Road comes in a close second with the largest gaming arcade in the city, making it the perfect destination when travelling with children.
Vegetarians and food enthusiasts can enjoy the flavourful and spicy dishes that are featured in the restaurants and canteens of Chennai. Scrumptious treats that can be enjoyed include idlis with chutney, masala dosas, crispy hot vadais, chicken or vegetable pakodas and a plethora of spicy curries and rice. For those seeking a more up-market dining experience, Chennai has a thriving food culture a variety of multi-cuisine fine dining restaurants by young experimental chefs and legendary celebrity chefs.
This year Mihin Lanka will offer five weekly direct flights from Colombo to Chennai every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which connect more passengers to this vibrant city in South India at affordable rates.
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