Kasu Ille Na, No Problem! Things To Do In Chennai That Cost Nothing

Shruti posted on 03 April

The best things in life are free (well, most of them are anyway). Whether it’s on the awesome beaches we can’t live without or the many cultural centres in the city, there’s something for everyone in namma Chennai. So gear up! We bring you a list of fun things to do in Chennai, which won’t require you to spend a single penny.

Get Lost In Books At The Anna Centenary Library, Kotturpuram

Bookworms get a whiff of old books found across eight floors here! This massive library houses books across genres and even has e-books, audiobooks and Braille books. If you’ve got your own book, bring it over to the Own Books Reading Section and switch off from the rest of the world.


Gandhi Mandapam Road, Kottur Gardens, Surya Nagar, Kotturpuram, Chennai

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Capture Chennai's Old World Charm At Mylapore

Calling all shutterbugs!  Get a dose of Chennai’s rich culture in and around areas near Kapaleeswarar temple. It’s a great place to take photographs of quaint stores, local cuisine, and people going about their day. There are a number of sacred sites and the architecture of these buildings are fascinating and a huge part of Chennai’s cultural significance. Markets, flower-sellers, food-stalls – it’s a colourfully chaotic scene here in Mylapore.

Religious Establishments

Kapaleesvarar Sannadhi Street, Vinayaka Nagar Colony, Mylapore, Chennai

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Beach Lovers Get Fit at Bessy

Fitness enthusiasts wake up really early or get here by late evening (because no thank you, Chennai sun) and get involved in all kinds of fitness activities here. It’s a great place for a jog (if you want to go solo), practice yoga or  go hardcore and train for a marathon with a group of your fitness buddies. If you want something more fun, Ultimate Frisbee is a popular sport, so crash a game maybe?

Cycle Down East Coast Road

ECR is not just popular for its restaurants, but cyclists call it a godsend. Weekends would be a good time to ride down, just make sure to head out during traffic-free hours. Don’t forget to wear comfy clothes and hydrate regularly for the way ahead is not only picturesque but also long.

Catch A French Movie At Alliance Francaise Madras

Bonjour! Not only does Alliance Francaise Madras offer French language training, it also organises all kinds of cultural events including performances and also does French film screenings. So anyone can drop by and watch (for free, of course). Brush up on your French and if you’re new to the language, don’t worry, there’s always subtitles.

Community Groups

24, College Road, Opp. Good Shepherd School, Subba Road Avenue, Nungambakkam, Chennai

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Explore The Kalakshetra Foundation

If you’re a right-brainer (you know, the creative, artistic sorts) you will love visiting the Kalakshetra Foundation which is a centre for the study and performance of fine arts. Walk around the 100 acre campus, sit through morning prayers at the Banyan Tree and pass by the Instruments Cottage, the Vishnu Statue, Tagore Hall, Padma Pushkarini, the Visual Arts Department and the Ayyanar Shrine (Village Shrine). You might even get a chance to watch the classes!

Cultural Centres

Kalakshetra Road, Radhakrishnan Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai

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Learn About Olive Ridley Turtle Conservation At SSTCN Turtle Walks

You're reading this just in time as these beautiful Olive Ridley mommies come to nest on Chennai shores between January and April only. You’d get to look for turtle eggs, and relocate them to safe places and 45 days later you even get to see them off safely back in to the sea! The walks start late at night around 11pm at Neelankarai and end at Besant Nagar around 4-5am.