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Elliots Beach, Besant Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600090, India
Going to the beach in Chennai, whether it's Elliot's or Marina beach, means more than just wetting your feet, or sitting on the beach. The crowds will vary whether you go during the day or in the evening. But the one thing that's constant is the...
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120, St Marys Rd, Austin Nagar, Alwarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600018, India
Though this hotel resides at the heart of a city of eight million, the sounds of bleating, auto-rickshaw and sounds of the city fade away 14 floors above at the Above Sea Level rooftop-restaurant and bar. Snag a table near the pool - turned...
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Taj Coromandel, 37, Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Tirumurthy Nagar, Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600034, India
Tucked within a member of the Taj Hotel's family, The Taj Coromandel, lies the finest South Indian cuisine in Chennai, outside of your grandmother's kitchen, that is. Southern Spice is everything intricate and aromatic about South Indian cuisine,...
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Wholesale Market Complex, Koyambedu, Wholesale Market Complex, Koyambedu, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600092, India
The vibrant markets on the streets of Chennai may be bustling from 10-10, but the real pulse of the flora, fruit and fauna of Chennai lies in the midst of the night and in the early morning at Koyembudu. The hub for deliveries from local farms and...
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106, Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar Rd, RA Puram, Austin Nagar, Alwarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600028, India
This English-style boutique cafe, sits just above the renowned Indian clothing company, Anokhi and Chennai's own Amethyst Room. On cozy banquette sofas, and painted rattan chairs, amidst a huge collection of vintage Indian photography and enameled...
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38, Santhome High Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600004, India
In the Tsunami of 2004 it is said that during Sunday morning mass the water slowly began to rise while the patrons raised their hands to the sky, water crept as hight as their chests and then suddenly, fell away again. Not all of the southern...
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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Sold in restaurants and by street vendors everywhere, the fastest way to cool down and freshen up in Chennai is with a fresh lime soda. Made to order, I like mine "sweet and salty" for the perfect combination of refreshment.
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Don't you dare leave town without a indulging in the delights of Indian Ghee Sweets and savory snacks. The Grand Sweets and Snacks has some of my favorite sweets and cocktail snacks famous to Chennai and to South India. Try the Mysorepauk, in...
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Kochi, Kerala, India
Cochin also called kochi is a bustling town with lots of places to sit back and enjoy. Take a boat ride at sunset and see the scenic fishing nets that line the shore.
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No.2/6A, Calvathy Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India
For the most magical dining experience and authentic cuisine, visit Fort House Restaurant in Kochi, India! Hundreds of tea lights dangle from the tree limbs and light up the pathway ascending upon a beautiful waterfront. Depending on your...
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Kazhuthumuttu, Thoppumpady, Kochi, Kerala, India
We were promised a "sunset boat ride" with our romantic package at a resort in Cochin. The resort itself left much to be desired, but this boat ride was absolutely gorgeous. A 75+ year old man wearing a turban around his head and a twinkle in his...
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Povely Building, Kalady Malayattoor Road, Thalayattumpilli, Vadakkumbhagom, Kerala 683574, India
The ‘Backwaters of Kerala’ is an institution in itself – the islands, spread across the city of Kochi aka Cochin, have rich treasures to unearth. When your guide takes you through the tour of islands on a houseboat, it’s not just an excursion but...
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Backbay Reclamation, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005, India
Organized chaos of ritual laundry in Mumbai. The open air Dhobi Ghat at Saat Rasta {seven roads} is a timeless tradition.
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Zeba Centre, Mathuradas Mill Compound,, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013, India
Opened in 2007, Blue Frog is a theater, restaurant, club, and record label housed within an old textile mill. From a futuristic pod, you can watch live musical performances by artists such as composer and percussionist Talvin Singh. 91/(0)...
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Ground Floor, Sadguru Sadan, Babulnath Rd, Babulnath, Chowpatty, Girgaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400007, India
If you're planning a trip to India, some of the first topics you'll most likely receive travel advice on are vaccinations, to drink only bottled water and what to eat and not eat. Most people may advise you to stay away from street food. After 2...
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7, Raja Shetty Niwas, Gundavali Gaonthan, Azad Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai, Maharashtra 400069, India
This is a two-level bar with the best martinis in town. Bonobo is always buzzing but has a chilled-out neighborhood feel. When the weather is nice, everyone wants to hang out on the big outdoor patio. It’s my go-to party spot any night of the...
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Elephanta Island, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
When visiting Mumbai, a must-see is Elephanta Island. For just a few dollars, take a ferry from the Gateway of India to the island. The ferry ride takes about an hour and is an experience as well. Mumbai from the water is impressive. Once you land...
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Shakti Niwas, Station Road, Jawahar Nagar, Goregaon West, Jawahar Nagar, Goregaon West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400062, India
Mumbai’s suburban train network is the city’s lifeline. It is also a Mumbai icon, instantly recognized and often used as a visual representative of the city. So how about taking a ride on it? Take the train from Goregaon station (built in 1867) to...
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Shiv Sadan Apna Ghar, 27/C, 1st Cross Lane, Andheri West, Main Market, Lokhandwala Complex, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053, India
Mumbai has a number of historic markets that offer eclectic and economic shopping, and some colorful photography options. Spread across the city, some of these are speciality markets (clothes, antiques, spices, flowers), some have a bit of...
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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India
Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) recently opened its doors to the public as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour begins at the Railway Museum, which chronicles the story of the Central Railway, going as far back...
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Shop No.173/A/4, Shantaben Estate, Station Road, Goregaon East, Jay Prakash Nagar, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400063, India
During the Mughal rule in India, aromatic spices were combined with nutty flavors to create what is now known as Mughlai cuisine. Around the same time, fried and roasted ingredients were mixed and layered over basmati rice to create a popular meal...
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Unique Business Service Centre, Akber House 1st Floor, Nowroji Fardonji Road, Opp Bademiya Restaurant, Colaba, 1st floor above Sheetal Medical Store, Nowroji Fardonji Road,, Maharashtra 400039, India
Dharavi is one of Asia's largest slums and with an annual turnover of $665 million, it is the centre of small-scale industry in Mumbai. A visit to Dharavi will challenge any preconceptions you may have about slums and will open your eyes to how...
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Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India
Drive south on East Coast Road for temples, carvings, and the Bay of Bengal.
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Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India
Ancient temples, surfers, sea breezes and giant grassy lawns. The shore temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, attracts locals, tourists and music and dance festivals throughout the year. A great place for kids to play, watch the surfers just...
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Devaneri, ECR Road, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India
While the beaches in Chennai are dirty, a 45 minute drive down the East Coast Road will lead you to the Ideal Beach Resort. You will pass several other private hotels and beach 'resorts' along the way, but this beach is a clean and popular one for...