Getting to IMSc from the airport
Chennai has one airport with the Anna international terminal and the Kamaraj domestic terminal. They are separated by a few hundred metres.
- The easiest way is to take a pre-paid taxi from the airport. The taxi fare is to be paid inside the terminal. You will have to give the postal address of IMSc. In principle, this should be enough, but if this is not sufficient, please point out at the prepaid counter that IMSc is about half a kilometer before TIDEL PARK which is a big electronics and software park which everyone knows. If the driver needs some more directions, this is what you need to tell him:
From the airport, go to Raj Bhavan, drive past IIT towards Adyar, and at the Madhya Kailash Temple traffic light, turn right on to the Taramani Road. This road is now a 6-lane divided highway (also variously called IT Corrider, Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) etc.) Drive down this road, towards Film City/TIDEL PARK, for about 1.2 km upto Women's Polytechnic (WPT) bus stand. This is one of the few places where there used to be a cut in the divider for you to turn right. Since you can no longer turn right here, you will need to go all the way upto TIDEL park crossing and make a U turn and double back and turn left into the C I T Campus. Within the campus, IMSc is three buildings down this road on the left while the Hostel/Guest House Complex is facing it on the right. The total distance from IMSc to the airport is about 15 km or less.
If you feel adventurous, you could take a local suburban train part of the way. There is a suburban railway station just outside the airport, called Tirusulam. From here, take a train headed towards Beach, and get off at Guindy. From Guindy station, you could take an autorickshaw to IMSc; the distance is about 5km. The autorickshaw will have to take the following route from Guindy station:
Go to Raj Bhavan; drive past IIT towards Adyar, and then turn right on the Taramani Road at the Madhya Kailash Temple traffic light. This is also the road to the Film City/TIDEL PARK, branching off from the Adyar-IIT main road. Drive down this road, towards Film City/TIDEL PARK, go all the way upto the TIDEL Park crossing, make a U turn, and double back about 1/2 a kilometer and turn left into the C I T Campus. IMSc is the third building on the left (the Guest House/Hostel Building is facing it on the right).