Car Hire in Chennai
This information is correct as of August 2015.
Where to hire a car in Chennai
Numerous car hire companies can be found within the central business district of Chennai, India. Some of the car hire agencies serving the city include Carzonrent, Avis, RTS Cars, IMGS Exports, Sri Shakti, Bala, Tsm – TS Mahalingan and Sons, Jahhan Travels, Sri Shakthi Cabs, Chennai Car Rental, Express Travel Corporation, Popular Travels, and others. Various types of cars and even motorcycles can be rented around Chennai; prices are determined by the type of vehicle that is rented. Most of the car hire offices can be found within the airport, while others can be found all throughout the city of Chennai.
What to expect when hiring a car from Chennai
Getting around the central business district of Chennai often takes time due to the traffic and heavy congestion of major roadways. Moreover, main government projects, including the progression of the Chennai Metro, created more congestion for drivers. Moderate to heavy traffic is present almost all the time, although during the rush hours nasty traffic jams can be a pain. Main roads in Chennai that experience this include the three arterial roads: Anna Salai/Mountain Road, EVR Periyar Salai/Poonmalee High Road, and Jawarharlal Nehru Salai/100 Feet Road.
Chennai is served by four major National Highways (NH) that connect the city to other parts of India. These are NH 4 to Mumbai via Bengaluru and Pune, NH 5 to Kolkata via Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar, NH 45 to Theni via Villupuram, Tiruchirapalli, and Dindigul, and NH 205 to Madanapalle via Tirupati. State highways also serve the city. There are also a number of flyovers located at major intersections in Chennai, as well as the Inner Ring Road and Outer Ring Road.
Getting to your destination
Founded in 1936, the Kalakshetra is a leading school of Tamil classical dance and music set in beautiful, shady grounds in the far south of Chennai. Visitors can walk around the grounds in the morning, and visit the Rukmini Devi Museum afterwards. The Kalakshetra Craft Centre is just right across – so right after visiting the school, just cross the street to watch the Kanchipuram-style hand-loom weaving, textile block-printing, and the rare art of Kalamkari, the art of hand painting on textiles with vegetable dyes.
From central Chennai, drive through the coast and on the Thiruvanmiyur District to reach Kalakshetra.
Kapaleeswarar Temple is Chennai's most active and impressive temple, displaying the main architectural elements of many Tamil Nadu temples – a rainbow-coloured gopuram or gateway tower, pillared mandapas or pavilions, and a huge tank, dedicated to the state's most popular deity, Shiva the Destroyer. The gateway tower is filled with inanimate figures of Indian peoples in various poses from the bottom up, creating a rather iconic and beautiful scene.
Kapaleeswarar can be reached by driving through the Kamarajar Promenade and turning right to Kutchery Road tiwards the Temple.
The Vivekananda House is famous for its displays on the famous 'wandering monk', Swami Vivekananda, but its circular form originally created to store ice imported from the United States is another matter. The 'wandering monk' briefly stayed here in 1987, and preached his ascetic Hindu philosophy to adoring crowds. The current exhibit includes a pictorial exhibition on the swami's life, and the room where the monk stayed which is now being used for meditation.
Located near the Kapaleeswarar Temple, the Vivekananda House can also be reached by driving through the Kamarajar Promenade and turning left to the Doctor Besant Road.