Area Attractions

Park Hyatt Chennai gives you a sense of tranquillity and serves as a serene sanctuary in the heart of a bustling city. Sightseeing in Chennai is loaded with a wide diversity of culture, encompassing within its precincts, a range of engaging activities, giving you a chance to reclaim yourself.

Nestled within a city that embraces the ocean on one side and pays homage to the history of Indian civilization on the other, Park Hyatt Chennai offers proximity to a wide range of activities within the area. Instilled with a fusion of ancient art and south Indian culture, the list of places to visit in Chennai are enormous and will never cease to amaze you. Be it the myriad of stunning temples that dot every other street or the icons of foreign influence in the area, the intricate by-lanes of the city echo the folklore of the grand old Tamilian history. This evolving cosmopolitan city is a medley of time-honoured monuments contrasted with a contemporary cityscape.

Park Hyatt Chennai

39 Velachery Road, Near Raj Bhavan
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, 600032

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Cultural and Religious Hot Spots

The Kapaleeshwarar Temple

The Kapaleeshwarar Temple, which is over 300 years old, is one of the most iconic places of worship for South Indian Hindus and a very important symbol of the majestic Pallava style of architecture in the city.

Ashtalakshmi Temple

The architecture of this temple is unique, with the deities installed on four levels. It looks different than other South Indian temples as it a modern construction, less than 25 years old. The temple enshrines Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth, and Lord Vishnu as the principal deities.

The Santhome Basilica

The Santhome Basilica is a historic ancient pilgrimage center built during the 14th and 15th centuries by the Portuguese. It is one of only three basilicas in the world and is built over the tomb of St. Thomas. It is home to a beautiful stained-glass window that portrays the story of St. Thomas.

Day Trips

Pondicherry

Pondicherry, now known as Puducherry and popularly referred to as just Pondy, is one of the seven Union Territories of India and is known as the French Riviera of the East. This charming town has retained its old-world charm and comes very close to giving you a feel of the French culture without actually being in France.

Tirupati Temple

Tirupati Temple, also known as Venkateswara Temple, is a landmark Vaishnavite temple situated in Tirumala at Tirupati. The Temple is constructed in Dravidian architecture and is believed to be constructed over a period of time starting from 300 AD. It is the richest temple in the world in terms of donations received and wealth. The world-famous "Tirupati Laddu" is served here.

Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram, is an ancient city in Tamil Nadu. Today a typically hectic modern Indian town, it's famous for vibrant temples and their colourful festivals). It's also known for its high-quality silk saris, woven on hand looms by thousands of families in the town and nearby villages. It has been chosen as one of the heritage cities by the Government of India.

Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram is renowned for its rock carvings and monolithic sculptures, as well as the famous Shore Temple. Of the original seven pagodas, only one has survived the ravages of nature. The monuments in this town are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Shopping

Phoenix Market City

This is the place where shopping turns into an extravagant experience. The best international and local brands vie for your attention. From gourmet delicacies to off-the-runway fashion, from luxury accessories to the latest electronics, every interest is covered for your pleasure.

Pondy Bazaar

Head to the bustling streets of Pondy Bazaar in T Nagar to get a slice of the southern-style retail experience. You can shop for traditional Kanjeevaram saris and fresh floral blooms, or find that rare book in one of the many tucked-away old bookstores.

Express Avenue

The mall is built on a ten-acre site inside the historic Indian Express Estate and has four floors of retail space. Equipped with shops that cater to your every need, this mall also has a cinema, a gaming arcade, and large food court on their topmost floor.

Panagal Park

Panagal Park is a veritable haven for shoppers on the lookout for Indian gold and diamond jewelry. The area also offers the widest variety of domestic necessities.

Sightseeing

Guindy National Park

A national park right in the heart of the city. The park covers 2.82 square kilometers and is home to an impressive number of mammals and insects that are a huge attraction for the children. It’s a pleasant surprise to see this vast array of biodiversity in the heart of the city.

Valluvar Kottam

Valluvar Kottam is a popular monument in Chennai, dedicated to the classical Tamil poet, philosopher, and saint, Thiruvalluvar, who wrote famous Thirukkural (couplets)2,000 years ago. The 1330 verses of the epic Thirukkural are engraved on the granite columns in the facade hall corridors. A very unique feature of the Valluvar Kottam is that it stands baseless, without the support of any pillar.

Fort St. George

A testament to the earliest English rule in the country, this was the first fortress in India built in 1644. The fort houses St. Mary’s Church, the oldest Anglican Church in the country, a museum and Wellesley House, named after Richard Wellesley, governor general of India. Until recently the fort complex served as housing for the government; now certain areas are open to public.

Marina Beach

This expansive beach is Chennai's most famous tourist attraction, ranked as the longest natural urban beach. Look out for the "Kannagi" statue here, which tells the story of the legendary character from a South Indian epic. It is one of the most crowded beaches in the country and attracts about 30,000 to 50,000 visitors a day.