While there is plenty of entertainment on offer in Chennai, many travellers tend head to down the coast to nearby Mamallapuram or to the Tamil temple towns as soon as possible. Triplicane, one of the main tourist accommodation areas, is almost dry and most of the top night spots are located in the top-end hotels. The annual Carnatic music festival runs from mid-December to mid-January, with the main concerts taking place at the music academy on TTK Rd. You can find details of other classical music and dance performances in the local What’s On guide.

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