Awesome Hostels in Chennai For Backpackers

By Priya Saha on Jul 21, 2016
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When it comes to Chennai, the hot and humid climate is often given as an excuse for not visiting this beautiful city. But hang on! Have you ever visited this metropolitan city? If not, then you are definitely missing out something important in India. Chennai is not only rich in culture and tradition, but is also one of the coolest metropolitan city in India. Its beautiful sea beaches, diverse culture, music, friendly locals and of course the lip-smacking local cuisines lives up to the city’s nickname ‘Gateway of South India’. For backpackers, this city has always been one of the first choices to visit in India.

Keeping this fact in mind, Chennai and the nearby surrounding areas have introduced the concept of ‘hostel accommodation’ for travelers. These hostels are safe, clean and have lots of amenities at a rock-bottom price.

So, TripHobo has picked up few best hostels in Chennai and around that will grab your attention.

Elements Hostel

If you are staying in a hotel, then ditch that plan! I am sure after seeing this super cool budget hostel in Chennai you won’t feel like staying in a hotel. With many travelers staying in one place, sharing rooms and stories with each other makes this place special for the wanderlust souls. Come and be part of this serene ambience to make your trip to Chennai memorable.

Price: 1600INR (approx.)

Address: 11, Ramanathan Street, Kilpauk, 600010 Chennai, India


  • Rooftop canteen for refreshment
  • Airport pickup and drop-off option
  • The staffs can arrange cars for hire to travel around the city
  • Free Wi-Fi access

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Red Lollipop Hostel

Travelling to Chennai for the first time? Welcome to Red Lollipop Hostel that offers international standard services at an affordable price. A recent study has shown that this place has turned into one of the most popular backpackers hostels in South India. With a great location and chilled out ambience, this hostel is a perfect option as an alternative to hotels.

Price: 599 INR (approx.)

Address: 129/67 Ramakrishna Mutt Road Mandavelli Chennai, 600028 Chennai, India


  • Its close proximity to the famous Marine beach
  • Great location with easy accessibility to public transport
  • Cash machine inside the property
  • Free Wi-Fi access
Must Read:20 Coolest Backpackers Hostels In India For A Budget Trip

Vedanta Wake Up - Auroville Beach

Settled right in the heart of Pondicherry, this accommodation is perfect to enjoy the tranquil beauty of the city. Spend some time in the trademark common lounge of this hostel and interact with other travelers who come here to stay. Believe me, the interaction will definitely enlighten you about India.

Address: Plot 63 64 Shantiniketon Auroville Main Road Periyamudaliar Chavady, Kottakuppam, Puducherry, 605104


  • Its close proximity to Sri Aurobindo Ashram
  • 24-hour front desk service
  • Free Wi-Fi access in public area
  • Recreational facilities like game room and a common lounge

Vedanta Wake Up Lake , Kodaikanal

Away from the chaotic streets of Kodaikanal, this hostel promises to offer a peaceful environment to let you search for your inner self. With its close proximity to some of the must-visit attractions of the city makes this place more popular as the hostels for travelers in Chennai.

Price: 999 INR (approx.)

Address: Lake Road, Observatory, Near BSNL Office, Kodaikanal Lake, 624101 Kodaikānāl, India


  • 24-hour front desk service
  • Their impeccable hospitality
  • Its close proximity to the must-visit attractions in Kodaikanal

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Sumanthi Illam

If you are on a tight budget and in no mood to spend an extra penny for your accommodation, then Sumanthi Illam is your answer. It is the one of the most budget hostels in Chennai. With minimal decoration and basic facilities, this accommodation is apt for travelers who love homestay's. However, the only drawback of this place is the payment is accepted only in cash.

Price: 9,600INR (approx.)

Address: 4/39 New Tank Bund Road, Otteri, Chennai, 600012 Chennai, India


  • Its close proximity to Government Museum Chennai
  • It is easily accessible via public transport
  • Free parking space available

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Now, pick up the one that will go perfectly with your travel budget. If communication with the staff is restricting you from visiting this city, then let me tell you, they speak your language. Hence, feel free to spend a nice vacation in Chennai!

*Prices are subjected to change

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