Boy meets Girl – but where?

Chennai like any other metropolitan city, is crowded. It is hard enough to find space for meeting people. In such situation, where is the place for a boy to meet a girl?

From my observation Seetammal Colony 1st, second and third streets opposite to SIET college have always been occupied. The standard procedure is for the guy to park his bike under a shady tree for the girl to sit while he stands and they talk sweet little nothings till it is time for the girl to go home. I have watched this scene repeat itself for the past 15 years. The bikes have changed from TVS 50 to Bajaj Pulsar, but the scene is still the same.

I am sure that all colleges have such spots which are sort of lover’s spot. Other places in the city frequented by this category of people during my college going days were – Alsa Mall, Elliotts Beach, Nageswara Rao Park in Luz, Anna Nagar Tower Park (atleast before the police went crazy). Coffee shops are new additions to this list, but they need money. This category of people would prefer quite places without spending much. East Coast Road is a good option, but needs mobility, atleast a two wheeler.

For youngsters short on money and without mobility, each localtiy has its own spaces. The most preferred is the Beach, but chances of running into some one you know makes it a little risky. There are many little cafes, situated either in the main roads of just off it, where you can sip coffee or fruit juice for Rs. 10.00 and spend an hour sitting with your sweet heart. Sita Rama Cafe in Nungambakkam High Road is one good example of this.

Spencers Shopping Mall is also now popular, with the proximity to colleges and air conditioning being major advantages. But it does tend to get crowded in the evenings. The ideal time would be 3.00 – 5.00 PM, when there are relatively lesser number of shoppers to disturb your dreaminess.

Another tactic is to choose a Pallavan bus which is going to unrelated localities and is not crowded. The couple can get on to the bus, go till the terminus, and take a return ticket back to where they first got on. If you are living in say, Anna Nagar, you can catch the 12B cut service from vadapalani to panagal park at 7.20 PM or so. It returns to vadapalani by 8.30 PM. You get to spend about 1 hour together at minimal cost, if the fumes and traffic doesn’t bother you.

Guindy Children’s Park is another favored destination. For an entry ticket of Rs. 5.00 per person, you can spend hours together under shady trees and a pleasant atmosphere. But be early, since this location is well known and if you go late, most of the trees and benches are occupied.

What are your favorite spots in Chennai for a boy to meet a girl?

10 Comments so far

  1. Nag (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 7:53 pm

    It looks like you got experience in all these spots :-)

  2. hehe (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 9:37 pm

    U bloody idiot..u dont have anyother useful stuff to write?? dig a hole and bury urself..stupid moron

  3. hoho (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 1:16 am

    Dear Sir,

    Please be advised that couples find it hard enough to find a hideaway as it is, what with all the nosy police and other people walking around. You have done a great disservice to couples in Madras by posting the locations of several such hideaways. I suspect you are an undercover member of the police or someone else allied against couples, for why else would you want to know the other locations where couples meet for a tryst?

    Very painedly yours,

  4. Navneeth (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 1:42 am

    Dear Mr(Ms?).Hoho, There’s nothing to worry about. People, apart from the the lovers and the nosy policemen, have jobs. ;)

  5. DesiGirl (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 3:20 am

    Driving up and down a Pallavan route became popular esp after the release of Ayutha Ezhuthi, methinks.
    One of my fave hangouts, where I have observed loads of couples is Fruit Shop (not always) on Greams Road.

  6. fe (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 11:58 am

    desigirl fyi
    Its pretty old, did that in 1993 or 4.
    I bet if ppl from an earlier generation read this post u might hv numbers earlier than that.

    How else would I know of a place called oragadam!!!

  7. RV (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2006 @ 12:21 pm


    The MRTS was a perfect place for me during the initial days. I used to take it near the chepauk stadium on sundays. Most of the time the whole compartment was totally empty. Even now it is not much used, sad though, but good place for the lovers. You can travel from beach station to taramani & back.

  8. guruprasad (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2006 @ 3:59 pm

    the actual fav spots for such lover couples in chennai, rather than the presumed elitisit ones like Fruit shop, Alsa Mall, Spencers PLaza are:
    marina beach
    valluvar kottam
    guindy childrens park,
    kapaleeswarar temple
    anna university
    mrts rail stations

  9. phantom363 (unregistered) on September 24th, 2006 @ 3:43 am

    i guess no one goes to the drive in anymor? or the u.s. embassy? in the 60s those were the spots to spot your errant daughter or nephew with their amours. :)

  10. Balaji (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 1:13 pm

    Good collections. Here comes a few more add-ons in
    that list.

    Valluvar Kottam and a trip down to Tiruvallur and back on EMU trains on less crowded time.

    My 1 paise towards the disservice of opening up the list of boy-meets-girl spots :)


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