When it comes to romantic places where you can have a good time with your partner, Chennai is a hidden gem. The cultural capital is more than a city with temples, churches, and theatre performance centers. It has pristine beaches, funky cafes, museums, and many other spots wherein you can steal away some quiet moments with your lady and make it a special day. Whether this is your first date or just another outing to spend time together, we have the list of places to visit in Chennai with girlfriend to make it a special day for the two. Take a look.
1. Marina Beach
Roaring sea, cool breeze, and some quiet time with your GF is everything that is needed to make a date more memorable. At Marina Beach, love is always in the air. Despite it being one of the most visited places in Chennai, you can spend quality time with your partner. If you have ample time, do visit the lighthouse and an aquarium near the beach.
2. Besant Nagar Beach
Besant Nagar Beach is far less crowded than Marina, which means you will get absolute privacy here. This is an urbanized version of Marina and has lots of coffee shops and restaurants. You can spend an entire day at the beach without getting bored. You can also visit temples and churches near the beach so that the date doesn’t feel incomplete.
Pristine beach surrounded by palm trees, Covelong is an ultimate destination for watersport lovers. Besides windsurfing, swimming, and other watersports, the beach is also famous for fishing. Many churches, forts, and mosques are close to the beach. If you have time, we recommend visiting the crocodile farm that is in proximity.
4. East Coast Road
If the idea of a perfect date is going on a long drive, head to the East Coast Road. The best part about taking this road is the number of attractions that lie on the route. You can visit beautiful temples, adventure parks, and beaches to make the ride even more interesting.
5. Kipling Café
The garden setting and sea view roof terrace attract couples to this Asian-continental fusion restaurant. There are many trees around the café, which make the place serene and even more romantic. If you want more privacy, they have a private dining room as well.
- Location: East Coast Road (ECR), Akkarai
- Timings: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
- Meal for Two: ₹ 2400
If you two are culture enthusiasts, you will love Dakshinachitra. It is an open-air living history museum that is dedicated to the heritage and culture of South India. The museum has replicas of different types of homes in South India. You can also buy handicraft items that are being sold by the local artists at Dakshinachitra.
- Location: Muttukadu
- Timings: 10:00 am – 06:00 pm (Closed on Tuesday)
7. Muttukadu Boat House
If you want to spend time with your partner in the backwaters, go to Muttukadu Boat House. It is the right choice to enjoy boat rides. You can go for power boating, speed boating, and shared boating. For those who are looking for an adrenaline rush, we recommend hiring aqua scooters.
- Location: East Coast Road, Muttukadu
- Timings: 09:30 am – 06:00 pm
8. Wild Garden Café – Amethyst
A trendy café situated in the heart of Chennai, Wild Garden is surrounded by greenery. The place serves good food and showcases clothes designed by some of the renowned designers in the country. So, why not take your date out on lunch at the cafe, buy her something beautiful, and end the day with flowers, as there’s a small flower shop within the premises.
- Location: Whites Road, Royapettah
- Timings: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
- Meal for Two: ₹ 1400
9. St. Thomas Mount
St. Thomas Mount is a church on a hilltop. Though the church is a little far from the city, near the airport, you won’t regret coming here. The view from the top is mesmerizing. So, plan your date to enjoy the sunset together, and we bet this will be one of the most beautiful and memorable evenings.
- Location: Ramapuram
10. Guindy National Park
Despite Guindy National Park situated in the center of the city, it is quiet and serene. The park has a variety of flora and fauna, and many paths wherein you can walk hand in hand. If you don’t want to waste time in traveling to remote areas in the city so that you can have long conversations with your partner, we recommend heading to Guindy National Park.
- Location: Rangeguindy
- Timings: 09:00 am – 06:00 pm (Closed on Tuesday)
- Entry Fee: ₹ 20
11. Government Museum
Also known as the Egmore Museum, it is one of the most popular attractions in Chennai. If the two of you have an interest in human history and culture, the Government Museum is the right place to start the first conversation. Admire the architecture of the building, see the numismatic collections in the museum, there’s so much to learn here. And when you are hungry, head to restaurants that are at a walking distance from the museum.
- Location: Pantheon Rd, Egmore
- Timings: 09:30 – 05:00 pm (Closed on Friday)
- Entry Fee: ₹ 15
12. Anna Zoological Park
Anna Zoological Park, also known as Vandalur, is the first public zoo in India. Also, it is one of the best modern and scientifically managed zoos. Spread over 602 hectares of land, it has approximately 2300 animals with some of them being rare and endangered species. You need an entire day to explore the zoo, which means the date is going to be adventurous, romantic, and a little tiring as well.
- Location: Vandalur
- Timings: 09:00 am – 06:00 pm
- Entry Fee: ₹ 50
13. Theosophical Society
Spread over 100 hectares of land, the Theosophical Society is away from the city, which makes it an ideal place to visit with your girlfriend. The place is peaceful and surrounded by greenery. There’s a banyan tree in the premises that is claimed to be 400 years old. Sit under the shade of this historical tree and get lost in each other’s company.
- Location: Adyar
- Timings: 08:30 am – 10:00 am; 02:00 pm – 04:00 pm (Closed on Sunday)
- Entry Fee: Free
14. Pulicat Lake
Pulicat Lake is the second largest brackish water (fresh and salt water) lake in India. The scenic beauty of the place is difficult to explain in words. If you want to spend quiet time with your partner in the arms of nature, plan a day at Pulicat Lake. Also, don’t forget to take a pair of binoculars for bird watching.
15. Azzuri Bay
Azzuri Bay is perfect for a date night. The place has a rooftop seating area, wherein you can sit for hours and have deep conversations. It’s a multi-cuisine restaurant that serves everything from Italian to the Mediterranean and South Indian. The food is delicious and bill light on your pocket.
- Location: Gandhinagar, Adyar
- Timings: 12:00 pm – 03:00 pm; 07:00 pm – 11:00 pm
- Meal for Two: ₹ 1000
16. Bella Ciao
Want the date to be exotic? Why not try Bella Ciao? It’s an Italian restaurant that is famous for pizza and lasagna. The ambiance is inviting, and live music adds more romance to it. As a few Italians run the place, expect the food to be authentic. If you are planning for dinner at Bella Ciao, book a table in their open dining area.
- Location: Kottivakkam
- Timings: 06:00 pm – 11:30 pm (Monday – Thursday); 11:00 am – 3:30 pm; 06:30 pm – 11:30 pm (Friday – Sunday); (Closed on Tuesday)
- Meal for Two: ₹ 1100
17. Bay View, Taj Fisherman’s Cove
Despite cafes and restaurants brimming at different areas in Chennai, Bay View has not lost its charm. It is one of the most romantic places to spend good time with your partner and enjoy amazing seafood on the beach.
- Location: Covelong Beach
- Timings: Lunch – 12:30 pm – 02:45 pm; Dinner – 07:15 pm – 10:45 pm
- Meal for Two: ₹ 4000
18. Semmozhi Poonga
The idea of taking your date to a botanical garden might look a little weird at first, but it could turn out to be an unexpected yet the most beautiful moment. Semmozhi Poonga is built on 20 acres of land and houses rare plant species, aromatic herbs, and medicinal plants. Walk along these exotic plants, spend time watching the artificial lake, and enjoy the day.
- Location: Teynampet
- Timings: 10:00 am – 07:30 pm
- Entry Fee: ₹ 15
If you are visiting Chennai on vacation with your partner, we recommend that you book a hotel in Chennai in advance and plan your itinerary so that everything goes perfect. Hope you will have a good time with your lady love.