As the capital of India's Tamil Nadu province, Chennai has a proud reputation for preserving and celebrating its region's unique culture. Visitors from Kuwait City to Chennai International Airport will find museums, temples, monuments and landmarks that pay tribute to the colourful past of South India, while recent development has added 5-star hotels, swanky bars and upscale boutiques to the city’s varied attractions. Whether you’re wandering through the Madras War Cemetery, admiring local creations at the National Art Gallery, or walking hand in hand with a loved one along Marina Beach at sunset, you’ll be surrounded by the centuries of tradition that have shaped this one-of-a-kind destination.
A little advance research is key to finding cheap flights to Chennai from Kuwait City, with top bargains normally found 2 months before your date of departure. Fares tend to be at their lowest in March and December – a stroke of luck, because the weather during these months is warm and dry, perfect for exploring. The Natyanjali Dance Festival is held in February or March of each year to honour Lord Shiva, 'the Cosmic Dancer'. Prominent musicians and dancers travel from across India to take part in this celebration against the incredible backdrop of the Chidambaram temple, providing an unmissable chance to experience the region’s heritage.
A number of one-stop services connect Kuwait International Airport to Chennai, with flight times of as little as 6 hours and 45 minutes. Emirates’ route via Dubai, Gulf Air's service via Bahrain and Etihad flights via Abu Dhabi all offer speedy transfers to Kuwait passengers. Oman Air allows you to explore Muscat en route, or you could support India’s own Jet Airways, which operates services that stop over in Mumbai before completing their 9-hour journey.
Chennai International Airport is located within walking distance of Tirisulam train station, where it’s easy to catch a train to Chennai Egmore in the city centre. From there, you can head to your hotel, or hop on a connection to further afield. The 18A bus departs from just outside the airport gates, running to central Chennai in around 45 minutes. Taxis are also available from just outside the terminal; prebooking from the counter in the arrivals hall often ensures the cheapest fares.
India’s 1st English fortress, Fort St George, today stands as a testament to Chennai’s fascinating colonial past. Inside, guests will find St Mary’s Church, the oldest Anglican house of worship in the country, while Wellesley House displays paintings from the period of British rule. The fort’s museum has artefacts, relics and antiques from the period, a major draw for history buffs, while the nearby Marina Beach is a spectacular spot to unwind afterwards. There’s no better way to end a day in Chennai than a stroll along the golden sands beneath a blanket of twinkling stars.
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