Cheap flights to Chennai International Airport (MAA), India
Chennai International Airport (MAA) serves both domestic and international flights for the metropolitan area of Chennai in India. Located 21 km from the central district of Chennai, it is the fourth busiest airport in India after Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.
The airport has four terminals with several amenities such as duty-free shops, banking facilities, medical centres, lounges, food concessions, free WiFi and a prayer room.
Terminal 1 (Kamaraj) is the domestic terminal while Terminal 3 (Anna) and Terminal 4 are used for international arrivals and departures, respectively. Terminal 2, on the other hand, is used for cargo. To improve its services and facilities, the airport is undergoing a redevelopment project which is expected to be completed in 2021.
From the airport to the city, it takes an hour and 20 minutes by pre-paid taxi for INR 500 (RM30), an hour and 40 minutes by bus for INR 35 (RM2), and an hour and 30 minutes by tuk-tuk or Indian rickshaw for INR29 (RM1.7). Not sure how to ride a public transport? Skyscanner airport transfer is a good alternative for you.
Airlines that fly to Chennai International Airport (MAA)
Major airlines with cheap flights to Chennai are AirAsia, Malindo Air, Batik Air, Jet Airways, and Malaysia Airlines. Other airlines with connecting Chennai flights are IndiGo, Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Thai Airways, Emirates, and Etihad Airways.
Travelling to Chennai
Best time to visit Chennai
Chennai has a tropical climate with three distinct seasons: monsoon, summer, and winter. The best time to visit Chennai is during the winter months of November to February, when the weather is cool with temperatures ranging between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. It is also the best period to join in the local festivities such as Pongal, a harvest festival every January, and December Season, a unique music and dance festival taking place from mid-December to mid-January. While it is fun to travel during this period, it is also considered a peak season so expect higher costs of Chennai flights and hotels.
As for the shoulder season, March to June are the ideal months when the rates of Chennai flights and accommodations are on average. When travelling during these months, be prepared for the hot weather with temperatures reaching up to 40 degrees Celsius. At night, the air is still humid but the sea breeze somewhat neutralises it.
Things to do in Chennai
As the capital of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is an Indian cultural reserve gifted with a stunning coastline of Marina Beach as well as many historical and architectural wonders.
Start your cultural journey by exploring the historic neighbourhood of Mylapore. Here, you’ll see the Kapaleeshwarar Temple which is considered the most impressive temple of Chennai due to its majestic and intricate architecture. In the same district, you’ll find the neo-Gothic style San Thome Cathedral and the sacred Ramakrishna Mutt Temple. Then proceed with sightseeing at Marina Beach, and shopping at George Town.
Immerse more into Chennai’s local culture by savouring some South Indian food. Hit up Dakshin, a local restaurant serving authentic local cuisine. Try their signature Iyer’s Trolly (a collection of high tea specialties), royyala vepudu (spicy andhra style prawn), yerra (masala fried prawns), and vazhal shunti (raw banana dumplings).
Chennai travel budget
Indian Rupee (INR) is the currency of Chennai, India. As of 30 April 2019, RM1 = INR17.
The average budget for a hotel in Chennai is around INR941 (RM56) per night. Meanwhile, food costs about INR428 (RM25) per day. The local transportation fare should be around INR174 (RM10) for a one-way trip.
Chennai, India visa information for Malaysians
Malaysian citizens require an e-Visa to enter Chennai, India. To apply online, simply visit the official Indian e-Visa website, fill out the personal details, submit the form, and make the payment of RM320. Approval takes up to two days, and the visa validity is four months.
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