The 46th India Tourist & Industrial Fair [Island Grounds Exhibition 2020, Chennai] is open to the public from,
Dates: Jan. 1 to Mar. 7, 2020.
Timings: 3 P.M. to 10 P.M. [On Sundays and Public Holidays the expo might open earlier – by 11 A.M. but this has not been confirmed officially]
The Timings for Giant Wheel and other amusement rides at the end of the venue is 5 P.M. to 10 P.M.
Ticket Cost: Rs. 35 for Adults & Rs. 20 for kids aged between 6 and 12 years.
Bike Parking Charges: Rs. 50. Car parking is also available in the venue, but I am not sure about the parking charges for the same.
Location: Google Maps Link (click to open).
What can you expect to see Inside the Trade Fair Expo?
- 110 Stalls
- 30+ Amusement Rides
- 18 Special Shows
- 30+ Govt. Pavilions.
While the Govt. Information Pavilions and 110 stalls are included in the ticket cost (to see), the amusement rides and special shows require you to buy separate tickets, whose charges vary per show/ride.
Here is a short one-minute video with a few pics I took during this year’s exhibition (2020),
This year’s trade fair is similar to last year’s exhibition. A few stalls and shows were changed. Besides, when we went (Jan. 2) a few stalls were yet to be opened. The majority of the stalls were open though.
We went early – by 3 P.M. so the giant wheel and other rides had not yet started operating. They said it starts by 5 or 6 P.M. but we couldn’t wait to confirm.
We had a look around the stalls. We liked the 10 rupee/20 rupee/30 rupee thrift shop concept. There were 2-3 shops like this and whatever products you take from there will cost you only 10/20/30 rupees. There were many products to choose from. These interesting wallets we bought there –
Last year we went to 2.0 Movie store/show. But this year it wasn’t there, so we went to the Fun Mirror House. Here is a pic from there,
There were also some stalls where you can pay and play games to win some little prizes – if you win. We played a ball game for 30 rupees but lost the entire investment 😉
There are eateries too – the usual ice cream, filter coffee, bajjji, juice, chat stalls apart, there are shops selling fresh chocolates, masala appalam, popcorn, etc.
We didn’t see the Govt. Pavilions as we went in from the Mount Road/Defence Cantonment area road entrance. There is another entrance from the Beach Road side where the Government Information Pavilions are located.
Anyway, please visit the trade fair when possible. It’s a good place to have some fun with family and friends 🙂
PS: Do follow TTDC’s Facebook page where they seem to regularly update about their events & activities, including this Trade Fair.