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  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: City
  • Altitude: 6 m
  • Pincode: 600001
  • District: Chennai
  • Language: Tamil
  • STD code: 044
  • Weather: Summer 23 to 37°C, Winter 20 to 28°C
Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu and the fourth largest city in India. Located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai is popularly known as ‘the gateway to the South’ as it is the seat of culture and learning in South India. Hailed as the automobile capital of India, Chennai is the third largest commercial and industrial hub of India.

As per folk lore, the name ‘Chennaipattinam’ arrived from the Chenna Kesava Perumal temple. It is also believed that the region was named after Damarla Chennappa Nayakudu, who was the Nayaka of Kalahasthi and Vandavasi. Several tools related to the Stone Age recovered from Pallavaram of Chennai, by the Archaeological Survey of India, points to the fact that Chennai region held a megalithic cultural establishment.  

The recorded history of Chennai can be dated back to 1st century AD, when it was regarded as an important military and economic hub. Later Chennai was ruled by many South Indian dynasties like the Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas and Vijayanagara. The Portuguese arrived at Chennai during 1522 and they were followed by the Dutch in 1612.  

The British East India Company came to Chennai in 1639. It was the adjacent village of Madraspattinam that was chosen as the place to settle in by the British. The town of George Town, with the fort of St. George became their stronghold in the South. George Town was granted its first municipal charter in 1688, which makes it the oldest municipal corporation in India.

In the 17th century, Madraspattinam and Chennaipattinam were merged by the British and it was renamed as Madraspattinam. By the end of 18th century, most of Tamil Nadu came under their control. Under British rule Chennai was transformed to become a major urban centre and naval base in South India. It was in 1996 that ‘Madras’ or ‘Madraspattinam’ was renamed as ‘Chennai’ by the Tamil Nadu State Government.

Chennai, today, is one of the major tourist destinations in South India. Chennai is famous for its temples and churches which are considered as fine examples of architecture and craftsmanship. Parthasarathy Temple, Kaapaleshwar temple, Ashtalakshmi temple, Santhome Cathedral Basilica, Velankanni Church, etc. are some of the famous religious attractions in Chennai.

The highlight of Chennai tourism is its beaches. Chennai is home to one of the longest urban beaches in the world, Marina Beach, which is 12 km long. The months from November to March are the best time to visit Chennai, when the weather is pleasant.

The city also enjoys a vibrant culture, which is an amalgamation of the old and new. Of the many festivals celebrated, Tamil New Year is one of the biggest. It is celebrated by locals with great pomp and fervour. Festivities, feasting and giving gifts mark the occasion. The festival is also known as Puthandu in many parts of Tamil Nadu. Tamil New Year is considered an auspicious time by Tamilians to start something new. 

The vicinity of Chennai to Mamallapuram, Pondicherry, Kanyakumari, Chidambaram, Tiruvallur, Tirupati, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Swamithoppe, Kanchipuram, Thanjavur,   Tiruvannamalai and Tiruchirapalli makes it a hotspot among tourists.

Anna International Airport lies 7 km south of Chennai. The airport is connected by several international airlines including Air India, British Airways, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Air Lanka and Malaysia Airlines. Pre-paid taxis and airport coaches are available at the airport.

Chennai has three major railway stations - the Chennai Central is the biggest, Egmore station and Tambaram station. For quick access across the city, the recently introduced north-south MRTS (Mass Rapid Transport System) can be boarded. Chennai Central and Egmore are the main railway stations that link north and west India, respectively with south India.

At Chennai, most government bus services for Tamil Nadu which is TSTC and other private buses ply to all the cities in the state. The interstate bus service now operates from the newly opened Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Salai, Koyembedu and is believed to be the largest bus station in Asia. Private bus services along with deluxe Volvo bus services are available from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Cochin and Coimbatore.

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Vinu Ek

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  • Vinu Ek
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
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"A Chennai day" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Chennai is always a place to visit if you wanna know what is a planned Indian City.

A lots of place to visit. Beaches like Marina, Besant Nagar and all will make your morning fresh. Museums, parks and lots pleasure places to walk around. Well stuffed with transportation amenities, but please try to avoid Auto.

Chennai is where you get the cuisine you want. You name it, you get it.! But for sure you must taste the tasty south indian breakfast ( Idli sambar and multi colored chutneys) and the chettinad style spicy non-veg lunch and many more.

The ideal time for visit would be from the month of October to December. At this time Chennai is cool. Else you will know the heat.!
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Vidhya Kalyan

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  • Lives in Tiruppur
  • 4 Reviews
  •  14 helpful votes
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"Hot chennai but cool people" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I was very honour and very responsible to publish about my city. As a chennaiite I'm more proud to describe. Chennai is the only city where all cultured people will be associated together. Chennai is the very budget city by which both high class people and low class people can roam happily. Food was also very good and hospitality given by city people was more good. So many places are there to visit like marina beach, golden beach, lots of temples in mylapore, vandalur zoo and temple cities like kanjivaram are very near from there. Especially travellers should have idli and sambar available there. Good city and authenticated culture of temples will give us a great feel. People will roam in city as their taste basis. Thank you.
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Arjun Sj

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"Amazing experience" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Its an amazing experience. The biggest industrial and commercial center in South-India, Chennai, gave me a wondrous experience that I will not forgot in my entire life. It was just amazing, you guys should go there, its a rocking city, you will never know how time passes, it's totally amazing. So, you guys should definitely go there.
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Diego Jayapradap thileepan

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"The hot city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I came to chennai for business purpose. And I felt the heat of Chennai. Though it was hot, people were very genuine and loyal and well-behaved. Since its my first visit to Chennai I don't know the local language. But auto drivers and few people could speak good English. I felt that they are speaking better English than me.
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Anuja M

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"Chennai scores bad in public transport"

  • 2/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Did not like Chennai at all. Except for the food. Saravana Bhavan dosas were great. It is very hot and humid throughout the year. January and February provide no respite from the heat. There is no best season to travel to Chennai as the weather is bad throughout the year.

Auto drivers in Chennai are terrible. They purposely talk to you in Tamil and refuse to communicate in any other language. Most of the time they refuse to ply. And if in case one of them agrees they loot you by asking a huge sum for a very short distance. I paid Rs 400 for a 2-3km distance. Very disappointing. Chennai scores bad in public transport. Local buses do not have good frequency and the volvos are far and in between.

Metro is negligible. Visited Marina Beach. It was terribly crowded. The experience was very unpleasant. The beach was very dirty and unkept. People were littering badly. Had to visit Chennai for visa interview. But if you are planning to visit Chennai for a holiday, I suggest to not even think about it!
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Bhanu pratap Sant

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  • Lives in Kolaara
  • 11 Reviews
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"Pleasant experience"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Chennai is the place where I got my first official assignment and my career in my organisation started from there. It is the most memorable town where the Tamil culture exist in its full swing. People from all over the world make this town a multi colours and multi religious. Mix of English-Tamil-Telugu-Hindi- Bengali and Punjabi languages is frequently observed throughout the town. From Traditional south Indian to typical Punjabi food is taken with pleasure. People here love simple food and simple living.
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Suryanarayana Dittakavi

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"A nice heritage spot"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A very old heritage temple located near Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore. It is well maintained and kept clean. The specialty of this Adikesava perumal is that you can make a wish and tie small brass bells on the door of the sanctum sanctorum. When your wish is fullfilled, visit the deity again.
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Er gurjeet Bhullar

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  • Er gurjeet Bhullar
  • Lives in Chennai
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"An unforgettable experience"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was very good trip for me. I really enjoyed there. That was all because of HolidayIQ.com. It was a very beautiful journey for me. I went there with my college friends. And it was one of most special trip because we came to know about the beautiful city of Chennai. It is India's most popular and beautiful city. Really it was an unforgettable experience.
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Ratnesh Ghadiali

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Sarees are good option to purchase"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Chennai city is similar to Mumbai City, I don't see any difference in both the cities except the lingual and liking to taste bud. Sarees are a good option to purchase of course sweets are also best. I recommend Nallis for buying saree, they offer sarees that suits your pockets.
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Bharath Nalla

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  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Good experience in temples"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Chennai is a beautiful city with beaches and a lot of temples. Particularly, I had visited for temples after visiting Tirupati. The temples are very nice and we worship with more sacredness. You can get best food at roadside with more spiciness. Beaches are well-maintained and crowd is huge. Dosa is very famous with around 100 varieties.
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