Chennai offers a great shopping experience if you're interested in textiles, home decor, jewellery, traditional or contemporary Indian handicrafts, furniture, art and curios. Chennai is also excellent for wedding shopping, with both North Indian and South Indian style showrooms offering formal clothing for brides and grooms. There are also specialist shops selling wedding accessories such as themed jewellery, jewelled bags and shoes.
Shops are spread across the city, and there are several shopping districts such as T-Nagar (which is legendary for its huge saree and jewellery stores)., Kader Nawaz Khan Road (some of the swankiest shops in town), Cathedral Road, Anna Nagar and Besant Nagar. There are large air-conditioned stores, independent boutiques as well as hole-in-the-wall outlets. In recent years, large malls have come up, containing not just Western-style brands, but also contemporary Indian stores with products reflecting local design preferences.
How to book this tour: Write to us and tell us what your shopping interests are. Based on that, we’ll organise a personalized tour for you with a knowledgeable lady shopper. Because of the wide scope and range of shopping on offer, and because of the distances between markets, this tour is best done by car.
Total time: Minimum 4 hours, but usually extends for longer.
INR 2250 per person for 7-10 persons
INR 2450 per person for 5-6 persons
INR 2650 per person for 3-4 persons
INR 3450 per person for 2 persons
INR 5850 for a solo traveller
When: At your convenience, but typically not before 10:30 a.m. when most shops open. Not ideal on Sundays, when many shops are closed.
Includes: AC transport, driver with cell phone, fuel, parking charges, tolls, knowledgeable English-speaking guide, illustrated handouts, bottled water and all taxes.
Excludes: Tips and gratuities, travel insurance, meals