Chennai - Post Report Question and Answers

What have been the highlights of your time in this country? Best trips or experiences?

With young children, traveling was limited, especially in India. Being close to Sri Lanka, Maldives, Southeast Asia was fun. Chennai has a pretty decent air network, so travel opportunities are endless. - Jan 2024

Definitely leaving and realizing that I was done with the work and would never have to work in those conditions again. - May 2023

India is fun to travel in not live in. Skip the Taj Mahal and touristy stuff. Go off the beaten track. - Apr 2023

Leaving and the trips you can take from India to other foreign countries. Though you still have to travel from Chennai airport which takes all the fun out of travel. - Apr 2023

Leaving. - Aug 2021

The school, the food, and trips outside of Chennai. Puducherry is less than three hours away and there are lots of great beaches south of the city. Flights to other parts of India are inexpensive. - Apr 2021

Traveling to all the fascinating temples, the American School, cheap in country flights, basically everything! - May 2019

Wonderful and interesting ancient culture. Tons of opportunities for travel within South India or in the neighborhood of South and SE Asia. Lots of low-cost airlines. Many folks frequently go to Sri Lanka, Bangkok and Singapore. - Aug 2018

The regional travel opportunities are incredible! In just a few hours and for a few hundred dollars, you can get to: Goa, the Maldives, Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and more. - May 2018

The people. There are amazing Hindu temples. There is really good food. Marina Beach is a hoppin' place to go at night. But at the end of the day, it's really about the people. Get to know local people and Chennai will not be boring at all. - May 2016

Saving money. Proximity to beaches (1.5-hour drive) with easy surf for beginner surfers. We also get massages regularly because they are cheap and reimbursable through certain U.S. health insurance providers. India is great for photographers. It is not great for cyclists. - May 2016

India is a beautiful country, most Indians seem to take it for granted though. - May 2015

Travels within India and internationally (Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia). - Mar 2015

Regional travel opportunities - within India and internationally (Thailand, Singapore, Sri Lanka), friendships made within the expat community. - Oct 2014

I have loved the travel. I have also loved the wonderful friends. Chennai is a small city so it is very easy to get around. There is not a very active night life so we often had to make our own fun. We spent a lot of time at each others' houses and really got to know each other very well. Our kids got to spend alot of time together. - Oct 2014

We have loved the regional travel opportunities and saving money. We have also enjoyed the school, AISC, which has improved quite a bit in the past few years. - Jun 2014

Regional travel. Tailor-made clothing and housewares. South Indian food. Visiting Hindu temples. Visiting a tea plantation in the Nilgiri hills of Tamil Nadu - stunning and a great break from the heat and hustle bustle of Chennai. - May 2014

For me, the food has been one of the biggest highlights. I love South Indian food. And now I can cook some of it! - Aug 2013

The south Indian food, the preschool that my children attend and the laid back attitude of the South Indian people. - Jul 2012

Beach, beach, beach, but not all go. It's a 45-minute drive. Bangalore is great. Great place to tour India from. Chennai is not scenic in itself, but it's very liveable, and great for families. - Aug 2011

Highlights-traveling to Kerela by plane and taking the houseboat down the backwaters being cooked fresh tiger prawns we bought right off the side of the boat. Traveling to Kolkata for Christmas, walking down the street and seeing all the christmas lights and decorations, almost like NYC. - Jun 2010

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