If you are traveling with your family, and want to travel in a comfort zone then you usually pay more for a hotel stay, local transport but if you are traveling solo, you focus on keeping your traveling expense minimum. For this, you will have to use local public transport. I also traveled the entire city with Chennai Metro and local buses.
So after landed at Chennai Airport, I boarded Metro Station to reach my first destination “Marina Beach”. The nearest metro station to Marina Beach is Government Estate Metro Station and the distance between the two is around 3kms. While in the metro, I made a local guy my friend, he dropped me to Marina Beach from his bike which was at the parking area of the station.
1. Marina Beach
It is India’s longest and world’s second longest urban beach. It is around 13km long. Around 30,000-50.000 visits this beach every day makes it the most crowded beach in Chennai.
Be ready to stretch your muscles since you will have to walk on white sand for 10 minutes to reach the beach.
2. San Thome Cathedral Basilica
The next destination after the beach was Santhome Church which was 2kms away. You can also walk to church but I preferred to take a bus since I was carrying two bags. Bus charges were INR 9 for 2 kilometers.
The church was first built in the 16th Century by Portuguese but was later rebuilt by the Britishers in the 19th Century. The church opens all day of the week from 6 am to 8 pm.
3. Besant Nagar Church
After Santhome Church, the next place to visit was Besant Nagar Church which is nearly 6.5kms away. Just outside the Santhome Church, there is a bus stand from where you will get the bus to Besant Nagar. The bus ticket price was INR 19.
The Church was built and opened in the year 1972. This is the largest shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
After visiting the church, I had a South Indian lunch at Murugan Idli Shop which is just outside the Church. The shop was quite famous in Chennai and has too much rush but I didn’t like these Idlis personally.
The next morning when I reached Pondicherry, I also had Idli there near my hostel for which I paid just INR 20 for 5 Idlis + Sambar + 2 Types of Chutney. The taste was good compared to Murugan Idli Shop and it was a good breakfast option.
4. Edward Elliot’s Beach
It is also known as Besant Nagar Beach. The distance is around 500-700 meters from the Church and is at a walkable distance. The name of the beach was named after Edward Elliot, who was once the Chief Magistrate and Superintendent of Police during the British times.
5. Kapaleeswarar Temple, Mylapore
Kapaleeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was built in the 7th Century in the Dravidian Architectural style. There are inscriptions within the temple which dates back to the 12th Century. The temple opens at 5 am to 12 noon and 4 pm to 9 pm for the day.
Total Money Spent on City Tour
Airport Metro to Government Estate Metro Station – INR 50
Breakfast near Metro Station – INR 70
Marina Beach to Santhome Beach via Bus – INR 9
Sannthome Beach to Besant Nagar via Bus – INR 19
Lunch at Murugan Idli Shop – INR 170
Besant Nagar to Kapaleeswarar Temple via bus – INR 19