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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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Haridas  Patel

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  • Haridas Patel
  • Lives in Pune
  • 33 photos
  • 12 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
  •  2247 readers

"Place with traffic & communication problem" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
I visits this place for official work regularly. This place is good but people here don't speak Hindi so that people who only knows Hindi and other language they will faces more difficulties. Recreantly this city faced massive flood. I am in the city while this review and found it back on track very fast. This city is very much famous of temple and for few beaches. I visited few hotels and Phoenix mall.
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Soiru desai

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  • Soiru desai
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  235 readers

"Nice shopping centre for silk sarees!" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Chennai airport is located in a beautiful place with scenic beauty of mountain, flyover, metro etc. Just at a distance of 13 km, at T nagar, all the facilities of lodging, Borodin are available at reasonable rates. The advantage of staying at T nagar is. It is a beautiful shopping centre where reputed shops like Pothys, Chennai Silk, Sukumarn etc are situated within close proximity and sarees, dresses are available at a much cheaper rate compared to other metropolitan cities. The courteously extended in these shops for customers are highly commendable. The quality of food available in local restaurants is also good and specially coffee of this place has a unique feature. On can visit Marina branch to spend the evening.
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R Shekhar

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  • R Shekhar
  • Lives in Sangareddy
  • 3 Reviews
  •  369 readers

"Awesome destination" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I loved to enjoy the noise of sea and I loved to play in water like a child. I observed a lot of fishes and crabs are in the branch of sea. Especially crabs played hide and seek to ruin their life. Surrounding marina beach we can observe Chepauk international stadium is about 400m from marina.
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Sanjay Patra

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  • Sanjay Patra
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1752 readers

"Chennai a nice place to enjoy beaches & good south Indian food" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Had a 2 day trip to Chennai for appearing for the US Visa interview in the Chennai US Consulate. You must go to The Besant Nagar beach, T Nagar, Saravana Bhawan for lunch & dinner. Chennai is a nice place to explore south Indian culture, good food, beaches and good for shopping.
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Akash Aggarwal

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  • Akash Aggarwal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  53 readers

"Great experience!" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Chennai is great but the problem is with its beach. Beach is one of the biggest beach in world but the beach is not maintained at all. Except for beach Chennai is great hotels are great people are so cooperating at least one time you should visit Chennai.
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Kangana Jha

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  • Kangana Jha
  • 1 Review
  •  39 readers

"Poor experience!" new review

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
If you know Tamil then only come for tour to Chennai, otherwise this Tamilian police will catch you & misbehave with you and ask money. They understands Hindi but will behave as they don't know & family will be in danger condition. The person (police) who are been kept for saving people are only misbehave, very bad experience.
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Rajesh P

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  • Rajesh P
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
  •  1 reader

"Good Destination in India" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
In and Around Chennai, we can go for many places. Marina Beach is first one, we can walk for longer distance in sea breeze with waves touching our foot. The way is full of Fried Fish and other snacks. Horse Riding for a short distance is done in Marina. Evening time after 3. 30 PM is the best time to go there. Nextly, Lighthouse, Vivekananda Mandapam are nearer place to go from Marina.
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Sanjoy basu

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  • Sanjoy basu
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Average place, but there are many good places connected with this place"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
All the year it is hot, but in the night weather is pleasant. Avoid the month of November because there is a rainy season in that time. Good time to visit are from December to January. Best places in chennai is Marina beach, Government Museum(Pantheon Road, Beside Ashoka Hotel, Beside Government Maternity Hospital, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600008), Besant Nagar beach, Mahabalipuram and Guindy National Park, Range Guindy, Opp IIT Madras. I visited the many places like Salem from Chennai by bus for 6 Hrs. Journey and then from Salem, I went Hogenakkal falls and Yercaud Hill station.
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Kumar Veeranki

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  • Kumar Veeranki
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review
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  •  581 readers

"History, Mistery, Technology that is Chennai"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Chennai, an awesome place indeed. Beautiful beaches, excellent Malls, Natural beauty in Zoo's. Pretty much every thing to entertain all generations of family. Very nice for a cool family trip. Coming to must visit places Visit the Birla Planetarium, Marina Beach, Arigar anna zoological park, Malls near by. Coming to foods, don't miss appam with your favourite curry there. Appam is very special to Chennai. Also don't miss varieties of Dosa there. They are very Yummy. I spend most of my time in Beach and Express Avenue mall. My advice is before going there at-least learn some of basic Tamil words. Many people know only Telugu and Tamil. So you might face some difficulties if you are from Northern part of India. Finally its a very cool place for a family trip.
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Kinjol Mazumder

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  • Kinjol Mazumder
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 2 Reviews
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"Very good experience staying in the city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is a very good city and there are many places to visit with friends and family like the beaches then Guindy national park. The local food is also good in taste and everyone should try it. Specially the dosa which is famous there. The perfect time you should go to the beaches is during the sunset. Its amazing.
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