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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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Praveen Gupta
  • Praveen Gupta
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Rocking Beach place" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Chennai is a place mixed of traditional and modern culture. Here you will find lots of beaches which will attract you in first sight then you have horse ride at beach which is really mind blowing ride. In food have some south Indian famous dishes like Dosa, idli and many more things. So overall it was wonderful 3 days trip.
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Deepak kumar Vishnoi
  • Deepak kumar Vishnoi
  • Lives in Adra
  • 8 Reviews

"Overall, a pleasant experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Stayed here in the month of september for a night on my way to Andaman. Initially I had thought of visiting other places in the city after checking in, however the facilities in the hotel were good. Could spend time exploring the gym and swimming pool. Food and accommodation was good. Overall a pleasant experience.
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Siddhant Aggarwal
  • Siddhant Aggarwal
  • Lives in Muzaffarnagar
  • 3 Reviews

"A city with nice beach"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The overall experience according to me is ok. We r 5-7 people that went their. Although I enjoyed alot but the main problem which we felt was the lack of communication with them. They only knew tamil, not any other language. So we faced some difficulties but ya we enjoyed alot. Went to the beach played their.
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Mohammed Shiraz
  • Mohammed Shiraz
  • 1 Review

"Chennai is a city of joy"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I have visited Chennai surprisingly for an official purpose at the first time, and it was an great memorable experience that I haven't get it from any other destinations in the world. Chennai is a cute city, city of love. The hospitality of the Chennai people is great. And I just loved that city. And now I will visit there when I got the time.
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Norman Smith
  • Norman Smith
  • Loneranger
  • 6 Reviews

"Nice south Indian port city"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Foreign visitors don't usually travel south and so miss the possibility to see little visited parts of India. Food, dress, rituals, language, lifestyle are very different from the North. I once took a North India South and he felt it was a different country. The only thing the same is the religion and even it is visually different.
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  • Abdulshamu Shamuazu
  • 1 Review

"Most beautiful city, recently developed"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I love my country and most beautiful city that I have found in my life is my city Chennai which is the best city that has been developed in recent years and advance. Most fascinating place that has more theme parks tall building Luke New York I live this place my country and my city which I like and love the most.
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Leo Taunk
  • Leo Taunk
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews

"A good place traditional place"

  • 1.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Chennai is a place where you should visit if you are a kinda lover of traditional and traditional food etc. Not much of a fun place but still there are exciting pubs and hotels where you have a great stay and feel better. There are not many historical places but the one which I had visited and found to be a great one is Mahabalipuram.
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Rajkumar Raj
  • Rajkumar Raj
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 4 Reviews

"Its a super and a cool place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I have visited Chennai in the month of June 2014. I Have visited Dakshina Chitra, mahabalipuram, muttukadu boating, Kovalam beach and Phoenix mall etc. I like Dakshinachitra the most. Chennai is the city of multiple number of multiplex theaters and beach like marina, besant nagar beach, eliot beach and it biggest population density because the people from whole state come here. This city is easy to reach from any part of the world. It has a nice Airport, railway station, Bus Station. Chennai is the fountain head of Dravidian Culture and the centre for Music,Dance and Arts.
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Sundaresh Babu
  • Sundaresh Babu
  • Lives in Rajapalayam
  • 2 Reviews

"Great place to visit and have fun"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I have visited Chennai in the month of June 2014. I Have visited Dhaksna Chitra, Mahapalipuram, Muttukaadu boating, Kovalam Beach, Phoenix Mall etc. I like most is Dhaksna Chitra. It depicts the life of South Indian people. Next I like the most was Muttukaadu Boating. Overall, it's a great experience.
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Rajkumar Subramanian
  • Rajkumar Subramanian
  • 1 Review

"Huge populated city"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Chennai is the city of multiple number of multiplex theaters and Beach. There are lots of beaches like the marina, besant nagar beach and the eliot beach. It has the biggest population density, because the people from all over the state go there for there setting up a life as it has a lot of industries.
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