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Look between Chennai’s bustling metropolitan streets and you’ll discover golden beaches perfect for building sandcastles, a selection of wildlife-filled nature reserves and parks, and some fun kid-friendly entertainment spots. Plus when you’re feeling peckish, you can hunt out some tempting child-friendly eateries, too.

 

Fun in the sun

 

Chennai’s sandy beaches are the best place to occupy kids in the tropical southern heat. Splash around in the salty shallows, cover little ones in sand and sun cream, and enjoy picnics in the cooling sea breeze.

 

Marina Beach

 

This vast stretch of smooth sand offers the perfect respite from the whirring big city buzz. Join families with their colourful rainbow kites flitting and flying around, munch on roasted chilli and lime-flavoured corn on the cob, and enjoy gentle pony rides along the shore.

 

 

Kid-friendly attractions

 

Chennai might be a grown-up city brimming with swanky bars, cool shops, and gleaming restaurants, but that doesn’t mean there’s nowhere to entertain little ones. The city’s handful of child-friendly fun spots are great places to while away the hours.

 

Express Avenue

 

As well as a multiplex cinema and countless brand stores, this glitzy mall is also home to Fun City – a dynamic kids’ zone with a particularly entertaining soft play area. It's a great place to appease kids after blitzing the shops, before you and the clan hit the mall’s vast food court for tasty treats.

 

Whites Road, Chennai 600014. Tel: +91 44 2846 4646

 

Express Avenue website

 

Outdoor attractions

 

Chennai is a big bustling metropolis, but its scattering of parks and nature reserves make for fun-filled days out for all the family. Look past the urban centre and you’ll find nature and colourful wildlife abounds.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park

 

Also known as Vandalur Zoo, this vast animal-packed park is a no brainer for entertaining kids of all ages. From wallowing Nile hippos to grumbling Asiatic lions, the zoo’s mammals, birds, and reptiles are spread out over huge shrub and forest-filled enclosures, so you might want to hop in a battery-operated car to make the most of your time.

 

Vandalur, Chennai 600048. Tel: +91 44 2275 1089

 

Arignar Anna Zoological Park website

 

 

Guindy National Park

 

Nestled in the heart of the city, leafy Guindy National Park is where you can wander among timid spotted deer, proud strutting peacocks, and comical quacking ducks. The forest-shrouded Children’s Park has a fun play area for little ones, while families of all ages will be thrilled by the hissing residents in the reptile-filled Snake Park.

 

Guindy Road, Chennai 600022. Tel: +91 44 2432 1471

 

Guindy National Park website

 

Family dining

 

From mouth-watering grand buffets in luxury hotels to quick and easy fast food chains, Chennai has an abundance of family favourite restaurants for all budgets. It’s worth checking reviews before dining, just to make sure you’re heading to a child and tummy-friendly spot.

 

Hotel Saravana Bhavan

 

If you fancy scrummy breakfast idli rice cakes and paper-thin dosas to eat with your fingers, head to one of Saravana Bhavan’s reliable veggie restaurants. Always popular, this relaxed chain is a Chennai institution and a go-to choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

 

21 Kenneth Lane, Chennai 600008. Tel: +91 44 2819 2055

 

Hotel Saravana Bhavan website

 

Tuscana Pizzeria

 

If your kids can't handle spicy grub and crave mouth-wateringly gooey pizza dripping with melted cheese instead, you have to head to Tuscana when in Chennai. Other menu delights include creamy pumpkin and ricotta-filled cannelloni and child-pleasing smooth Italian ice creams.

 

Wallace Gardens, Chennai 600006. Tel: +91 44 4503 8008

 

Tuscana Pizzeria website

 

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