Visit Chennai?

 

Places to visit:

 

1: Chennai Central

2: Marina Beach: Watch the samadhis + Light house + stroll around the long beach {beware: Beach water not good)

3: Anna Salai [MG Road of Chennai] Has some good stores like landmark

4: Besant nagar Beach: Best beach in Chennai. Not crowded. Pleasant crowd.

5: Egmore: Chennai Museum : Good

6: N Usman Road: Has all the famous gold shops + sarees shops. {TNagar + West mamballam {Kind of Majestic Bangalore}

7: Guindy national Park: Aditi might enjoy here.

Apart from these, there are lots of water games and theme parks like VGP.. Arignar Anna zoo is also quite far from the city. It comes after tambaram.

http://www.tamilnadutourism.org/places/citiestowns/Chennai.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chennai

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chennai_tourism

List of hotels in Chennai: http://www.tamilnadutourism.org/places/citiestowns/chennai40.aspx?catid=c1&subcat1id=c1s1&subcat2id=c1s1s1&pg=13

Though not very famous for the monuments, there are quite a few there:

http://www.chennaihub.com/monuments-in-chennai.html

 

Kanchipuram:

Has one or two good temples.

http://www.tamilnadutourism.org/places/citiestowns/Kanchipuram.aspx

 

Mahabalipuram:

http://www.tamilnadutourism.org/places/citiestowns/Mamallapuram30.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahabalipuram

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Pagodas_of_Mahabalipuram

TN state tourism hotel is good itseems. You can plan to spend the night here too.

Pondicherry is another good place with good beaches. 5-6 hours drive from Chennai. Roads are good. There should be a way from Mahabalipuram.