Chennai Tourism

Chennai Tourism

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Chennai is a historical place and played important role from ancient times in history. This place is an important centre for the British.The Marina beach is a beautiful place to spend evenings.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Chennai has an array of restaurants and hotels which serve tasty food,notably, the Seasons, the restaurant attached to the Accord Metropolitan.The good spread for the brunch on Sunday was quite enormous and catered to every taste both Indian and western.
Apart from this, Chennai has a good number of nice restaurants catering to different taste buds and in international cuisine.The restaurant in Park Sheraton,Taj Coramanal,Connemara to mention a few, do not disppoint you for the tasty food. Of course for the middle level travellers the Saravana Bhavan and Sangeetha do a good job providing good food at a reasonable price.
For shopping,are nice place.The shopping arcades like Spencer Plaza, and Express Mall are nice places to ang out for shopping.

Activities & things to do: In the city of Chennai,apart from spending time in shopping,the Museum is a place not to be missed as it contains a very good collection of artifacts and items of historical importance.
At a distance of 55 KM from the lies Mahabalipuram, an ancient port place.This was an important Port during reign of the Pallavas. There are many monolithic caves here carved during time of the Pallavas.The basfrelief called \'Arjuna\'s Penance\' you will find here is the biggest in the world.Also Pondycherry the erstwhile French settlement, is 150 KMs from here. This place is famous for the Arabindu ashram Auroville,the international village.A visit to Chennai is not complete without visit to these places.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Chennai is well connected with all countries in the world by air.The city can be accessed from any part of India by air,rail and road.
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Amol mohile
  • Amol mohile
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Communication is an issue!" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Chennai is a very nice place and the people out there are very friendly and down to earth. Only problem is that not many people speak Hindi or English, you have to know someone who shall help you as a translator. Food is very good there don't....... More
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Nishitha K n
  • Nishitha K n
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 196 Reviews

"Not well maintained city" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Chennai is a decent place to visit. You can visit beaches and few famous churches here. Climate is too hot here. Had to take A/C rooms and hire A/C cabs to visit the sightseeing place. Street foods are amazing here and you can try various fish....... More
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  • Tushar
  • 4 Reviews

"Nothing special to see!" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The purpose of my visit was official. I stayed in hotel Savera which offered me great services and I was really pleased. Moderate distance from airport and I could reach there very easily. The places in Chennai that one should see includes....... More
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Kshemasundar Debchoudhury
  • Kshemasundar Debchoudhury
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 3 Reviews

"Good place to have fish fries" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Marina Beach is the longest urban beach in India and second longest in the world running along the Bay of Bengal. The beach stretches over 13 km and is a major attraction of Chennai. Though bathing and swimming are strictly prohibited at the....... More
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Gokula saravanan
  • Gokula saravanan
  • 4 Reviews

"A very fast growing city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Chennai is a very fast growing city. The advantage is there are lots of tourist places right from Chennai to Pondicherry. Right in Chennai there are lot of temples. The most entertaining place is the T Nagar & Pondi Bazaar. You will require at....... More
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Chennai Info

  • 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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