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Chepauk Palace in Chennai

·  Summer: March-May (22°C - 42°C)
·  Winter: December-February (12°C - 32°C)
·  Monsoon: June-August

Best time to visit:  November-February

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Once a part of the grand Chepauk estate, where the nobles and royal families would reside, Chepauk Palace today is in a ruined state. Built by the then Nawab of Arcot in the 18th century as his residence, the palace represents one of the first constructions depicting Indo-Saracenic architecture style in India. Earlier, the palace enjoyed spectacular views of the beach and its grounds extended to the beachfront. Today, extensive urbanization has taken the toll of the palace’s beauty.

Red brick walls and lime mortar are the materials used in the construction of the palace which boasts of wide arches and beautiful carvings. Divided into two sections, there are three highlights of the palace, including Diwan-e-khana Durbar Hall, Humayun Mahal and Khalsa Mahal. Most part of the palace is restricted for public viewing, but one can definitely savour the old world charm of this falling structure.  

Road: Chepauk Palace is located near the Wallajah Road, easily accessible from any part of Chennai. The road condition is good, but you can expect a lot of traffic on the way. Taxis, auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws are the best modes to travel.

Railway: Chepauk MRTS Railway Station is less than 1 km. from the palace and offers convenient access to the rail travellers. You can take a cycle-rickshaw, an auto-rickshaw or choose to walk to reach the palace.

Airway: At about 20 km. from the palace is Chennai International Airport from where one can hire a taxi or auto-rickshaw to visit Chepauk Palace.