Location : In Tamil Nadu, India.
Significance : Capital of Tamil Nadu.
Climate : Tropical
¤ Chennai, The Capital City of
Chennai, one of the metropolitan cities in India, is often called the
cultural capital of India for its deep-rooted traditions and long
heritage. The city is a true reflection of this country's diversity.
Chennai has flourished into a charming and welcoming city, in a time
span of just over 350 years. This city encourages all forms of
development, both modern technology and the traditional arts and
crafts, and embraces a series of paradoxes.
over an area of 200 square kilometers with the Bay of Bengal on the
east, the city is the gateway to the rest of South India. There are
abundant green patches found amidst the high-tech, high-rise
Chennai, the fourth largest city in India has a population of around
six million. From pre - Independence days to present, the people of
Chennai have played an important role in constructing India's
¤ Attractions At Chennai
Chennai is situated by the side of the Bay of Bengal and had been the
British trading post for years. Amongst the must visits, well
highlighted by Chennai tourism is the second longest beach in the
world - Marina Beach. This beautiful golden beach has shimmering sands
that invite innumerable tourists especially during the evenings. The
British East India Company's St. George Fort is a famous landmark of
Chennai. Another colonial structure in the city of Chennai worth
visiting is the Santhome Cathedral. For the religious minded people,
visit to the Kapaleeshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and
Parthsarthy Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna is a must. For animal
lovers Guindy National Park and Snake Park of Chennai offer memorable
Chennai also has the National Art Gallery that offers a good
collection of old paintings and sculptures. The Theosophical Society
is another must visit here. The lush green gardens with different
shrines of various faiths attract tourists and pilgrims alike to
Chennai. Being a metropolitan city, Chennai celebrates most of the
festivals though during the festival of Pongal the place becomes a
perfect destination to visit. The ideal time to visit Chennai is
between the months of November to February.
An added attraction in the list of Chennai attractions is the Tidel
Park, the home for the Information Technology Industry. It is spread
over 1.28 million sq.ft. of built up area. The Tidel Park is an
architectural marvel and houses several large national and
international software companies in its premises.
¤ Shopping Delight At Chennai
Shopping in Chennai can be an exciting and satisfying experience.
There is a wide variety of traditional and trendy merchandise such as
carvings on brass, stone, wood and ivory, leather bikinis, bags,
shoes, etc, available for you to buy. Traditional items from all over
Tamil Nadu can be bought from Chennai like Pattamara Mats and the leaf
and palmyra-fiber handicrafts from Tirunellveli, Metal works from
Tanjavur, bronze and brass castings and traditional jewellery from
Kumbakonam, stone carvings from Mamallapuram and Silks from
Kanchipuram. The most popular shopping centers in Chennai are at
Rannganatha Street in T. Nagar and Anna Salai.
¤ Nearby Excursions
Chennai tourism offers some good excursion options. There are ancient
temple towns like Mahabalipuram and Tirupati (in Andhra Pradesh),
traditional townships and villages that specialize in crafts like
Kanchipuram, and golden beaches like Covelong.
¤ Reach Chennai
By Air : The Kamaraj Domestic Airport and
the Anna International Airport are located at Meenambakkam about 20
kms from the city. Many major international airlines have regular
direct flights to Chennai. Domestic airlines operate daily flights to
all major cities of the country from the domestic terminal.
By Rail : Chennai is connected by rail with all major towns
and cities in India. Main Railway Stationsof Chennai are, Chennai
Central and Chennai Egmore. Trains operate from Egmore Junction to
different parts of the state while interstate trains originate from
Chennai Central Station.
By Road : Chennai is connected by good network of roads with
all important places in Tamil Nadu and other parts of India. Many
private vehicles are also available for domestic and interstate
transportation. Some major road distances from Chennai to other
cities; Bangalore (334kms), Kolkata (1678kms), Hyderabad (704 kms),
Trivandrum(790kms), Delhi (2095 km), Mumbai (1329 kms).