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Come IPL time, several of India's major cities get a concentrated dose of cricket, glamour and entertainment. From Kolkata to Jaipur, while the game remains the same, the backdrop changes like a kaleidoscope. Outside of cricket, palaces, forts, street food, beaches, Bollywood, bad traffic, hill stations and cricket maidans wait to be explored
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  • Koshy's

    Koshy's is a city institution: The air-conditioned half on the right serves food that's a throwback to an earlier era.

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    Koshy's

    The left of Koshy's is the heart of the restaurant, serving very decent snacks and meals, coffee and beer.

    Café Pascucci

    Café Pascucci (Tel 91 80 40912134) is a convenient stop for sandwiches, burgers and coffees.

    Empire

    Empire on Church Street, is a favorite for chicken dosas.

    Midrange

    South Indies

    South Indies, as the name suggests, does south Indian food, all vegetarian. Be prepared to be surprised.

    Coconut Grove

    Coconut Grove (Tel 91 80 25596149) specialises in Kerala dishes: try the wafer-thin appams with a fish or mutton stew.

    Koshy's

    Koshy's is a city institution: The air-conditioned half on the right serves food that's a throwback to an earlier era.

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    Olive Beach

    Frequently voted the best standalone restaurant in the city, Olive Beach serves excellent Mediterranean food.

    Karavalli

    Karavalli, set in a faux Mangalorean house at the Gateway Hotel, draws from the culinary gems of the four southern states to present a menu that makes it hard to make up your mind.

    Samarkand

    If you miss north Indian food, head to Samarkand for a smorgasbord of kebabs and curries.

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    ITC Gardenia

    The newest five-star hotel in town is the ITC Gardenia (from Rs 13,000), an architectural marvel with superb restaurants.

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    Hotel Empire

    Hotel Empire (from Rs 1530) on Infantry Road has all the basic facilities and the bonus of an excellent location.

    Woodlands

    Woodlands Hotel (from Rs 1600) on Richmond Circle is another well-connected option.

    Hotel Nandhini

    A cheaper option is Hotel Nandhini (from Rs 2100) on St Mark's Road.

    Midrange

    I145

    I145 (from Rs 4250) is well located for the stadium, economical and stylish.

    Chancery

    A short walk from the stadium, the Chancery (from Rs 5000 for early birds) is a well-equipped hotel that's complete value for money.

    Museum Inn

    Museum Inn (from Rs 3000), with comfortable rooms and earnest service, is very close to the stadium.

    Luxury

    The Oberoi

    Right down the road from the stadium is The Oberoi Bangalore (from Rs 10,000), a five-star hotel with all the trappings and 2.8acres of gardens.

    ITC Gardenia

    The newest five-star hotel in town is the ITC Gardenia (from Rs 13,000), an architectural marvel with superb restaurants.

    The Park

    Round the corner from the Oberoi is The Park (from Rs 8600), a boutique hotel with cosy rooms and excellent service.

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    Windsor Pub

    Windsor Pub (Tel 91 80 22258847) has a great vibe, super food and serves only beer.

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    Budget

    Pecos

    Pecos (Tel 91 80 25586047), a long-time favourite with beer-drinkers, plays classic rock.

    Plan B

    Plan B (Tel 91 9739902745) has a friendly atmosphere and lots of choice in short eats.

    Midrange

    13th Floor

    The 13th Floor cocktail lounge (Tel 91 80 41783333), as the name suggests, lets its magnificent view set the tone for a night of partying.

    Windsor Pub

    Windsor Pub (Tel 91 80 22258847) has a great vibe, super food and serves only beer.

    Luxury

    City Bar

    City Bar, at the UB City Mall (Tel 91 80 42773636) has great drinks and a cool atmosphere.

    I-bar

    I-bar at the Park Hotel hosts theme nights that are very popular with the city's happening set.

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    Getting around Chennai

    Public transport services are aplenty, with buses, autorickshaws, call taxis, suburban trains and the MRTS (Mass Rapid Transport System) plying till midnight. The suburban railway network is connected to 35 stations across the city, while the MRTS starts at the ...

    Weather in Chennai

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    If one could find fault with Chennai, it has to be its weather. The summer months are probably the most oppressive as temperatures shoot up to the 40s. Humidity too is at an all-time high so drink lots of water. Chennai is a bit more conservative than Delhi and Mumbai, so for women, it is best to avoid wearing very revealing clothing.

    Tips for Travellers
    Jaipur - You're expected to! So bargain hard when buying handicrafts, clothes, shoes or when visiting any flea market in Jaipur.
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    Jaipur - If you're an enthusiastic photographer and like to capture street scenes, you must remember that if you take photographs of people, some of them may expect payment for modelling for ...
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    Jaipur - Ask your tour guide for his certification or ask your hotel to recommend a guide to you.
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