So my mom and dad wanted to have this religious trip and I chose to tag along because I love to travel! But then since we had a day in Chennai, I told myself to make the most of it!
I have always dreaded Chennai, because I never heard anything great about it. The climate was bad, the people uncooperative, and the food too not palatable for any North Indian.
So let me tell you how I made my one day in Chennai beautiful! What I ate, where I went, and why. I am not sure whether I have missed visiting some place but what I can definitely say is that I enjoyed myself. Now going to all these places may not really be your choice considering where you are coming from, but if you have a little bit of travel streak, come from north India, and want to buffet of a day served to you, this blog will help you!
- At about 10AM, we left the Naval Officers Mess ???? and went to Parthasarathy Temple. This is a Vishnu temple and has a lot of stone carvings. This is the most famous temple of Chennai, so we decided to pay it a visit. It took about an hour there, and then we headed the a church.
- Saint Thomas Basilica is one of the only three churches in the world that has been built on the tomb of one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ, the other two in Rome and Spain. You have to see the church and the tomb Area. The father was really sweet even though I was taking a lot of pictures. Because of the rarity of this type of church, and the fact that it is over a hundred years old, we went there. The church was quiet and nice. Being a convent student, I liked the church atmosphere and enjoyed reading a few poems in old English.
- At this point, we were a little hungry, so we headed to Besant Nagar, and made a quick errand to Elliot’s Beach. This is a quieter beach, but really not worth visiting in the afternoon. Since we were hard pressed for time, we made a quick errand.
- Now came the best part of the day. Trying the fooooood! There apparently is a special Biryani of Tamil Nadu, Thalappakatti Biryani, and we bought a plate of Paneer Biryani try from Dindigul Thalappakatti Biryani. I must say, it was rich in aroma and very well prepared. It did not look as delectable when we first saw it, but when we tried it, I thought to myself that we should have bought more of it!
- Then the much awaited and the very acclaimed- Murugan Idli Shop, for the South Indian food. We first ordered the idlis, vadas, then Paneer butter dosa, and finally the best- a good cup of filter coffee. It wasn’t very strong on the spices. Subtle, fresh and nice- just as I hoped!
- After this bit of experimenting with the flavours of the city of Chennai, we checked in to our hotel- Crown Plaza which was right opposite Starbucks. I must say, this is one of the finest five star hotels I have ever seen. Ethnic plus modern at the same time, this place was beautiful.
- In the evening, we decided to take a stroll at the Marina Beach and try the street food. I had the roasted sweet corn ????, which was good, bhel puri- soggy and bad, apparently because it is being sold at sea side, and the rice puff absorb moisture, and finally some Cauliflower, Potato, Green chilli and raw banana pakodas, which tasted well with a yellow mint chutney (sounded very strange, but the lady insisted that it was indeed mint!)
- And dinner time. So after having so much food already from the street, we were absolutely confused as to what should we eat for dinner. ????♀️ But we couldn’t really waste the chance to try one last meal at Chennai, and ended up going to Bombay Brasserie. I read the reviews and they said that it’s North Indian food with a twist. We ordered less because of having only a little appetite, but nevertheless our choices turned out to be good. A regular Dal Tadka, Parda Paneer, ulte tawe ki roti, and khameeri roti. The only thing that I did not like was Khameeri Roti, which was sour as it was made with leavened wheat dough. Unless, you have a taste of that, I am very certain you will not like it. They also serve a nice tomato chutney on the side, which was worth giving a shot.
After visiting this place, I have realised that no place is bad, it’s just what we want to see. What most people try to do when they travel is that they want to get the same experience as they receive at home even at strange far away lands. Be open. Try. Travel. Live!