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Fly Mihin Lanka and experience the rich culture and heritage of Chennai

A street bazaar in Chennai
A street bazaar in Chennai

Mihin Lanka offers flights to Chennai three-times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

Chennai is a
cultural hub and thriving metropolitan city, which is situated on the Coromandel
Coast of the Bay of Bengal. Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is the capital
city of Tamil Nadu and is widely acknowledged as the epicentre of Tamil culture
and heritage in India. The city’s booming economy has given rise to a variety
of industries ranging from textiles to hardware manufacturing and today its
stands as one of the largest commercial centres in South India. From 25 October
2015, Mihin Lanka will offer three weekly direct flights from Colombo to
Chennai every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, which connect more passengers to
this vibrant city in South India. 

Chennai Central Station
Chennai Central Station
Home to a rich culture and heritage: Chennai is
famous for its rich cultural and historical heritage, the city has been a place
where artists have been able to thrive and offers travellers a glimpse into
age-old arts including classical dance, music, sculpture and crafts. Travellers
can visit a Bharatanatyam dance school during their stay and learn this unique
and traditional dance form which is often featured in Bollywood and Tamil
films. The city’s architecture showcases a blend of traditional ethnic
structures from the Dravidian civilization, and also features remnants of the
city’s colonial past.  Chennai is
believed to be up to 400 years old, it was first colonized by the Portuguese
and then the Dutch. Finally the British established it as a leading urban
location and naval base.
An economic hotspot: Chennai’s economy is built on the automobile sector,
software services, hardware manufacturing, textiles, healthcare and financial
services. Chennai has been dubbed ‘the Detroit of South Asia’ due to its strong
automobile manufacturing industry. Due to its continued growth and development,
the city remains a commercial hub and economic hotspot in the region.

Historical and
religious places of interest
: Chennai has so many
different historical attractions and places of religious interest, which you
can tour with a guide, in small groups or on your own. Fort. St. George was
constructed by the British East India Company in 1653 and remains a popular
historical attraction to date.  The fort
is also home to St. Mary’s Church which the oldest surviving British church in
India. In the neighbourhood of Mylapore, the Kapaleeshwarar Temple stands as
one of the most active places of worship in the area and features brightly
coloured pillars, decorative work and statues.  The Government Museum in Chennai showcases many
collections of artwork and artefacts from a variety of historical eras. Other
interesting sites in the city include Vivekananda House, San Thome Cathedral and
Ramakrishna Math.

The best of food and shopping in
Vegetarians and food enthusiasts will enjoy the
flavourful and spicy dishes that are featured in the restaurants and canteens
of Chennai.  Scrumptious treats that can
be enjoyed include idlis with chutney, masala dosas, crispy hot vadais, chicken
or vegetable pakodas and a plethora of spicy curries and rice. For those
seeking a more up-market dining experience, Chennai also has a variety of
multi-cuisine fine dining restaurants. Chennai is also a bustling shopping
destination that offers travellers a blend of bazaars and shopping centres. Pondy Bazaar is known for offering a mix of toys,
footwear, garments, jewellery, bags and jewellery. The areas of T-Nagar,
Egmore and Mylapore also offer a mix of centres and markets that sell a range
of locally crafted items and branded products. 

its launch in 2007, Mihin Lanka has come a long way, becoming one of the
region’s most admired travel brands. In 2015, Mihin Lanka was
ranked by Skytrax as the third best low-cost airline in Central Asia and India.
The Skytrax Awards programme established in 1999, surveys 18.9 million airline
passengers in 110 countries and bases its rankings on product quality and staff
service standards. Mihin
Lanka plays a crucial role in supporting regional connectivity, and recently
enhanced its offering by introducing its new Business Class service. Mihin
Lanka services corporate, business, pilgrim, and leisure travellers, by
providing convenient direct flights to key destinations across the Indian
Subcontinent, Asia and the Middle East.

Mihin Lanka operates daily
flights to Dhaka in Bangladesh, Jakarta in Indonesia and Madurai in India .The
airline also operates five flights weekly to Bahrain in the Middle East and
Lahore in Pakistan and thrice a week to Seychelles and Kolkata. Bodhgaya and
Varanasi are seasonal flights and operate twice weekly. Enhancing the route
network Mihin Lanka will commence operations in to Chennai thrice a week and
plans to increase the frequency to four times a week. Mihin Lanka will also fly
to Muscat in Oman four times a week. Further improving the network Mihin Lanka
will fly to the Maldives three times a week in November 2015. Mihin Lanka also
offers connectivity to a further 20 destinations with its code share partner
Sri Lankan Airlines.

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