One good way to get around the sights of Chennai is on a TTDC bus tour. They’re good value, albeit rushed, and the guides can be very helpful. The TTDC half-day tour takes in Fort St George, the Government Museum (Birla Planetarium on Fri), the Snake Park, Kapalishvara Temple, and Marina Beach. TTDC also offer good-value day-trips, including visits to Mamallapuram, Kanchipuram, and Puducherry, with meals included in the tariff; check at their officeat 2 Wallajah Rd, Triplicane, or on their website (tamilnadutourism.org), for other itineraries and further details.

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