Chennai is a big city, but it isn’t a boring one. Sure it’s hot and humid and mostly a dry state (if you’re reading this, it really isn’t all that bad) but there’s still a ton of thins to see and do here. And what’s more is it’s not really that expensive either, given that you go to the right places. Here we go with a list of suggestions to enjoy a day in Detroit of Asia if all you have is Rs. 500 in your pocket (a bachelor’s life).
One of the most famous things about Chennai is that no cinema theatre can charge you above Rs. 120 to watch a show. I don’t know if it’s all that well known but even the Imaxs’ have to follow this rule. Now that’s a pretty sweet deal.
Hungry much but don’t know where to go? Hit Barbeque for lunch on any weekday (as a vegetarian) and experience the wonderful flavors that’ll dive into your mouth for nothing more than Rs. 470. It sounds steep but it’s worth every rupee and more.
Check out the IIT campus, if you’re new to the city and just want to sight see. It’s a magnificent place to just be in, not to mention the peace and quiet. If you’re a nerd, you can visit the campus too. And there are a few places to eat right outside the main entrance, All in all, should only cost you about 400 including travel.
Chennai’s (or rather Madras’) museum happens to be one of the oldest museums in India. It has a historic compilation of data which goes unmatched and displays everything from the ordinary to the bizarre. All you need is the entry fee. A trip there shouldn’t be more that Rs. 100.
A small stop at the T-Nagar bus stand, a hop onto the 599 Volvo and you’re on your way to Mahabalipuram, one of the hottest tourist spots in Chennai. It has a beautiful beach, a watch tower you can climb, the caves where the Pandavas meditated and some other cool stuff. Shouldn’t cross the 500 limit if you throw in food.
A little evening buzz is always welcome. Head on over to Park Pod for happy hours between 6 and 11 p.m. to experience heavenly offers on alcohol. Beware though, the food isn’t cheap. But that’s a marketing tactic. You just have to be strong. An average boozer shouldn’t exceed Rs. 400.
If you’re a gamer, look no further than Blur. It’s a state of the art gaming destination created to fulfill your geeky fantasies. They have PCs, X-boxes, PS4s, Wii’s and an entire arcade. Select wisely and you could have a blast under 500.
The Vandalur Zoo is one of the most famous attractions of Chennai. You’ll get to see a ton of animals you haven’t come across. Plus, they even allow you to rent a cycle and roam around, and it’s dirt cheap (both the cycle and entry). It won’t cost you more than Rs. 150, including travel (metro).
Looking for a quiet snack place with excellent desserts? Then Hajji Ali’s is your place. It’s relatively cheap but delivers on quality and quantity. Most dishes are priced at Rs. 100 each. Even if you order 4 dishes, it may not jump your budget, and you’ll be a fat, happy little kid again.
Always the biggest tourist spots, the beaches are the place to be, especially since it won’t cost you a thing. Marina used to be the most popular one but because of littering and harsh regulations, people have turned to Besant Nagar Beach for solace. Grab a train to Guindy, a share auto to Adyar and an auto to the beach. In all, it’ll cost less than 200 for a round trip to visit one of the most happening places in this voluptuous city.