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About Anna Salai

Known as St. Thomas Mount Road or simply Mount Road in the past, Anna Salai is one of the most prominent shopping hubs in Chennai. Stretching from the Fort St. George to Kathipara Junction, this street is quite easy to access, especially since the building of the Chennai Metro which passes over Anna Salai. One of the most-shopped items here is handicrafts. The Victoria Technical Institute has a myriad variety of beautiful and intricately made handicrafts, from all over the country. This road also has many stores showcasing ethnic clothes like silk sarees and lehengas. Anna Salai is also famous for its many malls which are more of entertainment centers than just shopping hubs. Century Plaza is one such mall which houses stores of many national and international brands in clothing, accessories, and footwear. Anna Salai is also lined with many coffee shops and restaurants, serving delicacies unique to the city of Chennai.

Historical Context: Anna Salai has an interesting history that dates back to 400 years, when the British ruled over Chennai, then known as Madras. It originated as a simple cart track used by the employees of the British East India Company, on their way to the holy town of St. Thomas Mount in Mylapore. Slowly, the road gained prominence with the establishment of a Head Post Office and several trading centers. Today, the road has evolved to be the economic center of Chennai.
Pro Tip: Carry cash as most of the shops might not accept the card payment.

Highlights

  • How costly it is Moderate Budget
  • Best Visited With Group, Couple, Solo, Family
  • Speciality Apparels, Handicrafts

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