While Chennai may have got a bad rap compared to its more pleasant Southern sisters, Lonely Planet has listed it as a top 10 city to travel to in 2015. Maybe it's the vibrant colors the unending beaches the tongue-tickling spices the stunning architecture of its myriad temples or churches or the infectious enthusiasm of the locals who swear there's no place like home that makes Chennai a great place to visit.Home to bigwigs like A.R.Rahman, Vijay Amritraj, Ramesh Krishnan, Indira Nooyi, Chennai though modernized, still holds fast to its culture and heritage. Be it in their clothes, cuisine, music or dance, people from this city are proud of their culture and do not miss a chance to showcase it. Tourists flock to the beaches, temples and ancient churches here. The most prominent ones being the Marina Beach, the oldest temple in Chennai the Parthasarathi temple, and the Basilica of the National Shrine of St Thomas, which is one of the three churches in the entire world, built over the tomb of an apostle of Jesus Christ. Apart from these there are many museums, art galleries, zoo, national parks nearby. Chennai is the saree shopper's delight. The silks from here are world famous and makes for beautiful sarees. Ditch the malls in Chennai and buy silks and precious jewellery from the local shops. Though cuisines from all over the world are found here, try the local cuisine at upscale restaurants or road side kiosks - both will be gratifying! Treebo hotels in Chennai is perfect for a comfortable and affordable stay when visiting the city.