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Flights from San Francisco to Chennai
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Airports in San Francisco
The US city of San Francisco in California is primarily served by San Francisco International Airport. Located 13 miles away from downtown San Francisco, it is the largest airport in Northern California and the second-busiest in California. This airport serves San Francisco Bay Area. Passengers can take scheduled and seasonal flights to several domestic and international destinations. The San Francisco International Airport is a major gateway to Europe and Asia.
The airport is well-connected to all parts of the city through a superb transportation network comprising of a rail network (BART and Caltrain), buses operated by nearby San Mateo County (called SamTrans), shared ride, vans, hotel courtesy shuttles, and taxis.
Chennai (formerly known as Madras) is capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This coastal city on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal is one of South India’s cultural, economic and educational epicenters. It is also termed as ‘India's health capital’ because it is a major center of Medical Tourism and attracts nearly 45 percent of health tourists visiting India. Chennai is identified with several monuments of religious, historical and architectural worth owing to its ancient identity. Visitors are well served with a host of architectural styles like Dravidian, Agraharam and Pallava here besides a blend of Hindu, Islamic, Gothic Revival and Neo-Classical styles.
Things to do in Chennai
Dating back to 8th century or earlier, the Kapaleeswarar Temple is one of oldest and best-known temples in the city of Chennai. It was built in Dravidian architectural style and was later rebuilt in early 17th century after it was destroyed by the Portuguese. The temple is hallmarked by its elaborate 37 meter high gopuram or entrance gate. The temple is the center of attraction during the Thaipusam festival (in January or February) and Arubathu Moovar festival (in March).
St. Mary's Church
Consecrated on 28 October 1680, the St. Mary's Church is one of the oldest surviving churches built by the British in India, the first English church in India and the oldest Anglican Church in the East. The church was built with thick walls, castellated parapets and a well within the grounds so as to successfully resist any invasion by the French or the Portuguese. Its interiors flaunt centuries old plaques, glass windows and wall frescos dating back to the colonial times.
Guindy National Park
Spread across a paltry 2.7 square kilometers, the Guindy National Park in Chennai is the 8th smallest National Park of India and the only park situated within the city suburbs of India. The park is home to more than 20 species of trees, more than 14 species of animal species, several rare bird species and various reptile species. This park and its surrounding green spaces led to its nickname of the ‘green lungs of Chennai.’
Best Time to fly to Chennai
The best time to fly to Chennai is the winter season from November to February. During this time, the temperature ranges between 20 and 25 Degree Celsius and the city experiences cool sea breezes throughout the day. Chennai also celebrates this time of the year with a cultural festival evincing local music and dance culture, and is followed by the famous Pongal festival in January. Budget travelers can visit Chennai in the summer season to save on hotel and flight rates. Note that the summers are very hot and humid and the temperatures can easily surpass 40 degree Celsius during this period, however early mornings and late evenings provide some respite.