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A Lovely Journey to Chennai to Spend Time with Friends

October 14, 2016

We are a gang of friends who work together in the same office. We also share similar interests and one of them is sightseeing unique locations and exploring the place’s culture, heritage, cuisine and other interesting features.

This time we had five days of leave and we decided to make a trip to Chennai to explore the city, its sights and sounds. We wanted a low cost travelling option, yet one that was comfortable for all of us; hence we booked tickets on the train.

Journey to Chennai Was On the Guwahati Express

I looked into the Bangalore to Chennai trains list in the IRCTC website to I find which trains were most suitable for our journey and found the Guwahati Express (12509) to be the best one.  I proceeded to book tickets online using the IRCTC website. The site was easy to use and enabled me to purchased ticket in just minutes.

Bangalore to Chennai trains | Image Resource : youtube.com

On the departure date we all boarded the train and reached Chennai in six hours and twenty five minutes. The journey was comfortable and as it was an overnight travel, we did not feel the weight of the journey.  We got down at the Chennai Central Railway Station and took a cab to the hotel where accommodation had been booked.

Chennai Central Railway Station | Image Resource : pixelsindia.blogspot.com

Wonderful Time Staying At the MGM Eastwood Resort, Chennai

Our stay was in none other than the MGM Eastwood Resort, Chennai which has excellent 3-acres of land surrounded with plush green natural beauty. Our room was a regular one, with attached bathroom, LCD television, phone, fridge and wi-fi.

 

MGM Eastwood Resort Chennai | Image Resource : mgm-hotels.com

We decided on ordering food through room service and wanted to rest a bit before venturing out into the city for our sightseeing expeditions. The restaurant food was fabulous and we enjoyed every bit of the gourmet delicacies served to us.
 
In the evening we spent time walking to the beach that was close by the hotel to enjoy the sound of waves lapping on the shorefront.  As we all loved sports and games, we made use of the hotel’s game facilities to indulge in fitness activities, sports and recreation. We also used the mega-sized swimming pool to refresh ourselves in the evening.

The next day we planned out the places that we wanted to see and ordered a local cab to take us to the locations. We visited the Patharasathy Temple in the early morning, after which we ventured to Vivekanander Illam and then proceed to visit Valluvar Kottam, before stopping over at the Guindy National Park.

Guindy National Park | Image Resource : urbannewsdigest.in

As it was already 3 pm and we only had a light breakfast, we entered into a restaurant to enjoy Tiffin. We had all heard about Spencer Plaza and were eager to visit it, so our next stop was this place.

Visiting Spencer Plaza and Chennai Citi Center

I was amazed at the voluminous size of Spencer plaza. It is the oldest shipping mall in the city as its original structure was constructed during the time of the British Raj. In 1985, the plaza was renovated and today it has been transformed into a refreshing building, offering what the young crowd would love to enjoy ad buy.   

Spencer Plaza | Image Resource : fashionbyd.in

It is a huge shopping mall with diverse shops offering quite a variety of items ranging from music CD’s to the latest designer wear. We stopped into some of the top brand shops to buy what we wanted, after which we proceeded to a restaurant in the plaza, to enjoy dinner and then proceed back to the hotel for rest.

The next day we visited the Chennai Citi Center.  As I went into the mall, I was surprised at the range of products and services offered. However, I felt this was a mall chiefly catering to the needs of the elite or NRI crowd as items were very expensive. After a spending some time here, we came back to the hotel for lunch and packing so that we could take the evening train back to Bangalore.

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