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Chennai Layover Tips for Flight Attendants | WOC

Chennai Layover Tips for Flight Attendants | WOC

Chennai carries the legacy of rich cultural heritage imbibed in its fine arts, music and dance forms, people and cuisines. At the same time it has all the characteristics of a cosmopolitan city. Explore this beautiful land of traditional arts, vibrant culture and unique food with this travel guide for flight attendants on their layover.

What to do in Chennai for 24h – 48h?

Getting Around in Chennai

The best way to get around Chennai are autos or private cab services like Fast Track or Uber. If you are taking an auto, make sure you go by the meter or agree on a price before getting in. The city is quite safe to move around at night.

Best places to visit in Chennai for cabin crew

Kapaleeshwar Temple

Kapaleeshwar Temple - WOC layover tips

Located in Mylapore, Chennai, the Arulmigu Kapaleeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built approximately in seventh century. The Gopuram inside the temple marks as a unique example of Dravidian architectural style. The inscriptions in the premises of the temple date back to 12th century.

Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Arignar Anna Zoological Park - WOC layover tips

Also known as the Vandalur Zoo, this is a zoological garden located in Vandalur, a suburb in the southwestern part of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, about 31 kilometres (19 mi) from the city centre and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Chennai Airport. It is India’s largest zoo in terms of area covering 1,300 acres. Its previous location was set up in 1855 and was the first public zoo in India.

Elliot’s Beach

Besant-Nagar-Beach - WOC layover tips

The city has some popular beaches like Besant Nagar beach (also known as Elliot’s Beach) that you could visit in the evening and enjoy the sunset.

Tourist attractions near Chennai

Mahabalipuram - WOC layover tips

In case you want to take a short trip away from the city, Mahabalipuram is a good option. This city, 50km south of Chennai (approximately 4 hours away), was the major seaport of the ancient Pallava kingdom based at Kanchipuram. A walk around the town’s magnificent, World Heritage–listed temples and carvings inflames the imagination, especially at sunset.

Where to eat and relax in Chennai

  • Murugan Idli Shop is a South Indian restaurant in Chennai that is quite popular for traditional Tamil food like idli, dosa, upma, utthapam and Thali meals. Another South Indian restaurant you can visit is Saravana Bhawan which is located in T Nagar.
  • Visit Grand Sweets and Snacks for some traditional sweets like Mysore Pak and Jalebi . There are a lot of varieties of sweets and snacks (like Thattai, Murrukku etc.) to choose fro. You can also find some pickle to take back home.
  • Try some traditional non vegetarian delicacies like Chettinad Chicken and Appam at Maplai in Nungambakkam
  • Get a Ayurvedic massage at Ayurillam ( and relax your jetlagged nerves.

Shopping in Chennai

  • One of the best spots to shop in Chennai is T Nagar where you can buy traditional Kancheepuram saris from stores like Nalli (one of the most famous brands of saris)

WOC travel tip: Drape a traditional silk sari and buy some jasmine flowers from the local market for your hair, and you are ready for any cultural event like a bharatnatyam dance performance!

  • Phoenix Market City is Chennai’s newest, most luxurious shopping mall hosts all the big-name Indian and international brands and chains, from Chanel and Zara. You can also find mid range brands here.
  • Higginbothams, open since 1844, this grand white building is reckoned to be India’s oldest bookshop. It has a brilliant English-language selection, including travel and fiction books, and a good range of maps.

Flight Attendants discounts in India

World Of Crew gets you a few awesome deals only for cabin crews in Chennai. Have a look into these and let us know if you manage to visit them during your layover !

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Any fun experiences to share from your layover in Chennai?

How was your layover in Chennai? Did you discover any new places? If so, please do share these useful tips with your fellow cabin crew, by commenting below!

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