Prepaid taxi to Anna Salai

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Prepaid taxi to Anna Salai

Ola may be cheaper than the black and yellow cabs: they may be cheaper than Fastrack (do they still exist there?) and the other one, Airport Express, or something, is the most expensive and had only larger cars. Might come close to the hotel-car cost.

I suggest not worrying too much about it!

Worry about this... There are two Raintree Hotels. Stress that you want the one in Anna Salai!
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Hi,

I took a pre paid taxi from the airport to a Royapetta hotel in October 2017, which is a further distance than the Raintree from the airport.

I was charged Rs.450, and gave a Rs.50 tip. The "funny" thing was that the "pre pay" receipt was dated the day before, and had someone else's name on it...

Nice to see paper being so efficiently recycled...

There is a foreign exchange desk near the exit doors of the airport, just change the minimum you need as the rate is nasty, as one would expect.

I think Anna Salai means "Market Street" ?

Have a good trip!

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P.S. Just a thought... If you are on an e-visa, you need to be in a separate queue/line at immigration, which is on the far left side of the immigration hall...
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Ola may be cheaper than the black and yellow cabs: they may be cheaper than Fastrack (do they still exist there?)
Yes. FastTrack pre-paid taxi counter still exists in both Domestic and International Terminals.
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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post I think Anna Salai means "Market Street" ?
Oh dear no! C. N. Annadurai.

And "anna" means elder brother.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Oh dear no! C. N. Annadurai.

And "anna" means elder brother.
Oops! I saw an "Anna Salai" roadsign which said "Formerly Market Street" and assumed that the translation from the English language was Anna Salai...

Apologies to Mr Annadurai.


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The old name of Anna Salai was Mount Road
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Yes. Funny: every once in a while I think of this thread, and wonder why I didn't include that in my post!

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Originally Posted by anniyan View Post The old name of Anna Salai was Mount Road
The "Anna Salai" I saw with the "former Market Street" tag that confused me was seen either in Chidambaram, or Tanjore, can't quite remember!

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Haha... you caught us out! Actually, even Chennai has more than one. There is one nearby to where I live that was certainly never called "Mounts Road." Or, at least, I don't think it was... for starters, it doesn't go to [St Thomas] Mount!

I don't know how many "new" names are translations, but I suspect not many. Most of them are names by politicians to bask in reflected glory. I can see the point of doing away with the past era of colonialists basking in their glory. Who needs that today! But renaming Market Street, High Road, etc... not so much.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Haha... you caught us out! Actually, even Chennai has more than one. There is one nearby to where I live that was certainly never called "Mounts Road." Or, at least, I don't think it was... for starters, it doesn't go to [St Thomas] Mount!
What is there at St. Thomas Mount?
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What is there at St. Thomas Mount?
1. A mount. Locals like to call it a mountain, but it is a hill. In a city as flat as Chennai, that is quite something. It does have great views.

2. St. Thomas. Hmmm... don't know if there is anything left of the man himself, but it is said to be where he was martyred. That's the original disciple, Thomas, who brought christianity to India long before European missionaries even thought of themselves. There is a big shrine and all that stuff.
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2. St. Thomas. Hmmm... don't know if there is anything left of the man himself, but it is said to be where he was martyred. That's the original disciple, Thomas, who brought christianity to India long before European missionaries even thought of themselves. There is a big shrine and all that stuff.
Ok. And his tomb is in Mylapore St Thomas church.
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Prepaid taxi to Anna Salai

Ok... So maybe he's buried there.

For some reason they call it San Thome Cathedral
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For some reason I am doubting Thomas was there...

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