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Hyderabad to Chennai, India

Day 176: Country #20

I woke up super early to wait for the airport bus around the A.C Guards bus stop. As I waited, some tuktuk came up and said I was at the wrong location. I was extremely skeptical, but as there were no other people waiting for the bus, I agreed… and totally got ripped off (not really, but calculating the cost per distance, it was expensive) because he drove me only a short distance down the road where a gentlemen confirmed the pickup location.

The cheaper flight which I chose allowed me to fly over Bangalore (Bengaluru) en route to Chennai. I had hopped to see a little of the city from above, but the airport was located too far from the city center. After a short hostage situation, we reached Chennai.

Chennai’s airport felt even further away from the city than Bangalore’s from its city. Luckily, there’s a train that takes you into the city for 5 rupees, which is incredibly cheaper than the metro and bus options. You just need to cross the street and walk a few minutes to Tirisulam station, then you can hop on the incredibly packed train with everyone else.

I was so hot, but managed to lug my bag to the hotel where I cooled off a little bit, but immediately set out to explore the nearby area.

On my way to the Egmore National Museum, I passed by a really fancy white structure and a lot of government buildings. The museum was also quite large but some exhibits were closed. I was surprised to see a Chinese tour group and even more surprised to hear their Indian guide speaking in Chinese.

I also passed by Alsa Mall and the Central Bank of India buildings before heading back toward Egmore station to catch another local train further east.

I got off around Chennai Beach station, but there was actually no beach there. So, I walked south to Chennai park. Along the way, I found a travel agency, but I didn’t like their city tour packages.

Finally, I reached the fort as it started getting dark, which made the path a bit intimidating, but there were still people around so I followed them. Inside were mainly government facilities, which included a cafeteria where I was able to get some really good dosas.

Then I headed further south through Fort Park until I reached Victory War Memorial which featured a colorful fountain display with clock tower and Indian flag.

With no buses in sight, I walked all the way back to Central Station. In trying to take the shortest path possible, I found myself walking through a vibrant neighborhood on a small strip called “The Island.” I got an intimate look at night life in this neighborhood and even found an interesting combination Christian and Hindu shrine.


It’s worthwhile to find a domestic travel agency in each city. Even if they don’t offer any good options, you will still get a sense for what is important to the local people instead of what travel magazines and online sources might recommend to regular luxury travelers.


  1. Actually Chennai airport is very much inside the city while Bangalore airport is about 40 kms from the city of Bangalore. Is Bangalore your next destination?

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