The soul of South India, Chennai has often been seen as the dowdier sibling amongst the four most prominent cities in India. However, once you see the diverse neighborhoods and urban villages that make up the capital of Tamil Nadu, you will see an explosive metropolis of color that takes the helm as the keeper of South Indian artistic, religious, and culinary traditions. The cacophony of roaring traffic and sweltering southern heat only adds to the atmosphere rather than detracts from it. Whether you explore the fascinating museums, partake in a sunset stroll along the world’s second-longest urban beach, or savor deliciously authentic South Indian delicacies in roadside dhabas, Chennai remains true to its South Indian roots. Although the city is hurtling towards international, cosmopolitan glamour in the form of ritzy restaurants, sparkling boutiques, and swanky hotels, the best of Chennai retains its old soul.