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Elevated above the dynamic hustle and bustle of the city, the Spa at Park Hyatt Chennai is a retreat, offering guests a respite from urban hyperactivity and a state of “solitude and silence” Spa treatments at Antahpura Spa have been inspired by legendary therapies from the illustrious lineage of Indian healing practices. Each of the six treatment rooms of the spa is adapted to its location and embraces the time-honored healing practices of Chennai’s local culture, infusing them into the spa’s basic philosophy that mental and physical wellness is at the core of the ultimate health-enhancing experience.
Infinity Swimming Pool
Overlooking the picturesque Guindy National Reserve, the rooftop infinity pool The Edge, offers spectacular views of the reserve in a blissfully calm environment. The design of the infinity pool offers swimmers a surreal effect of the shimmering water extending into the horizon.
Located on the topmost floor, Sphere, our fitness centre provides panoramic views of the city and has the latest cardio and strength training machines. The Fitness Centre offers health enthusiasts a complete fitness solution.
Park Hyatt Chennai is home to an exciting dining extravaganza, The Flying Elephant. This unique restaurant offers diners a selection of exotic cuisines in an awe-inspiring ambience and transforms into an electrifying night space during the weekends. Five open interactive kitchens spanning multiple levels, makes The Flying Elephant a stunning work of culinary art, when it’s not serving as the city’s favourite and most vibrant ‘third space’ to socialise.
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.
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.
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, 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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.