Indian sweets wrapped in silver leaf, Chennai. Image by Melanie M/ CC BY 2.0.

Chennai for foodies - a Lonely Planet guide to South India's finest dining scene

Indian sweets wrapped in silver leaf, Chennai. Image by Melanie M/ CC BY 2.0.

Gopurams after dark at the Kalapeeshwar Temple, Chennai. Image by Vinoth Chandar / CC BY 2.0.

Spiritual Chennai - see a deeper side to India's southern gateway

Gopurams after dark at the Kalapeeshwar Temple, Chennai. Image by Vinoth Chandar / CC BY 2.0.

Domes of the Universal Temple at Sri Ramakrishna Math. Image by John Noble / Lonely Planet.

Spiritual Chennai - see a deeper side to India's southern gateway

Domes of the Universal Temple at Sri Ramakrishna Math. Image by John Noble / Lonely Planet.

Paddling on Marina Beach, Chennai. Image by Alessandro Malatesta / CC BY-ND 2.0.

Spiritual Chennai - see a deeper side to India's southern gateway

Paddling on Marina Beach, Chennai. Image by Alessandro Malatesta / CC BY-ND 2.0.

Women mark out rangoli patterns in Mylapore. Image by     Srinivasa Krishnan / Getty Images.

Spiritual Chennai - see a deeper side to India's southern gateway

Women mark out rangoli patterns in Mylapore. Image by Srinivasa Krishnan / Getty Images.

Banana leaf thali at Junior Kuppanna, Chennai. Image by John Noble / Lonely Planet.

Chennai for foodies - a Lonely Planet guide to South India's finest dining scene

Banana leaf thali at Junior Kuppanna, Chennai. Image by John Noble / Lonely Planet.

Vada and idli breakfast. Image by Harsha K R / CC BY-SA 2.0.

Chennai for foodies - a Lonely Planet guide to South India's finest dining scene

Supersized paper dosa and chai. Image by  Charles Haynes / CC BY-SA 2.0.

Chennai for foodies - a Lonely Planet guide to South India's finest dining scene

Supersized paper dosa and chai. Image by Charles Haynes / CC BY-SA 2.0.

Sculpted deities in rainbow colours on the Meenakshi Amman Temple. Image by cotaro70s / CC BY-ND 2.0.

Towering temples of South India

Sculpted deities in rainbow colours on the Meenakshi Amman Temple. Image by cotaro70s / CC BY-ND 2.0.

The Shore Temple, Mamallapuram. Image by Geetesh Bajaj / Getty Images.

Towering temples of South India

The Shore Temple, Mamallapuram. Image by Geetesh Bajaj / Getty Images.

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