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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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Suresh Nair

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  • Suresh Nair
  • 2 Reviews
  •  7 readers

"Chennai" new review

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Hot and congested, even the museums are not kept clean, they close main roads for political meetings, no one follows traffic rules, veg food is expensive, too many poor people on the road and few rich having all comforts, the beaches are without public toilets, but a walk in the theosophical society compound with lots of trees was such a relief ...
The express mall was well equipped with Starbucks and converse. I loved the fact the girls could walk around safely in the night which is a part of a great culture. Sangeeta hotel serves good onion rava dosa On the whole a great experience and I wish it rained
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Lalit Jain

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  • Lalit Jain
  • Lives in Pune
  • 6 Reviews
  •  58 readers

"Worst airport forget about metros even worst than bagdogra and Guwahati" new review

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
What an unhygienic and dirty airport it is. At 2AM they expect people to be standing as they don't have sufficient siting forget about comfortable ones. Full of mosquito and arrogant people all over the airport. Please close down your airport Chennai!
I would rate this Airport 1/10
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Saily paithankar

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  • Saily paithankar
  • 3 Reviews
  •  39 readers

"Chennai visit, official tour" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The city is nice. Climate is a bit harsh. I had very friendly colleagues here who offered to accompany me for shopping. We travelled by train which saved us time and was very convenient as well because she was well acquainted the it. We visited a few famous shops and also did some street shopping. The evenings are very pleasant.
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Indu Eby

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  • Indu Eby
  • 1 photo
  • 8 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  5040 readers

"Blend of worlds"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is a blend of accommodating the new hustle of corporate life and holding on to the nostalgic past. Food, saris, old architecture and beaches are the things to explore here! The warmth and humility of people will touch you. Climate is hot through the year.
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Pankaj

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  • Pankaj
  • Lives in Kanpur
  • 4 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  111 readers

"Very nice place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Chennai is very nice place to visit. There also so many place to visit like famous temples, Marina beach, etc. Central Chennai is the best place to stay. So many hotel options are available there.
Weather was also very good in Feb. So would prefer to visit in winter seasons only.
Northern food was also easily available with same taste.
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Velu ben

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  • Velu ben
  • 2 Reviews
  •  202 readers

"Nice place to stay."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice place to stay. Good staff and good room. Water facility is also good, we took garden view and view from the room is also very good. Nice to stay there. Its a good weekend treat for us. Good place for the couples to stay. And good place for family members too.
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7rishabh

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  • 7rishabh
  • 7 photos
  • 16 Reviews
  •  17 helpful votes
  •  4921 readers

"Chennai tour"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visited Chennai 2 days before with my friends you can easily enjoy the place within two days the places you must visit are 1- Marina Beach, 2-kapaleswar temple, 3- San Thomas basicilius, 4-Anna memorial, 5- jaylalita grave 6- express avenue 7- Ripon building, 8- Chepauk and many more places to go any place you can easily find public transportation either by bus or suburban the food is little costly there an average restaurant costs around 500 for 2 people please always use public transport only.
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Arun Singh

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  • Arun Singh
  • Lives in Bareilly
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  277 readers

"A place with famous beach and national park"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a 24 hours long stay in Chennai and I utilised the whole duration in visiting the most important places of Chennai city. With help of Google I found these two places which I could visit. In Marina beach spent 3 hours and in Guindy national park I stayed for 4 hours. Marina beach is wide and long. One take dip in sea water if have clothings. In the national park one can see the ostrich, emu, felican birds etc but there are no Tigers.
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Raviraj V

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  • Raviraj V
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 Reviews
  •  291 readers

"Awesome place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Pros :
1. It is the also one of the most busy city in the whole world, there are many places to visit like beaches, malls, resorts, parks etc ..
2. The marina beach here is the second longest beach in the world.
3. Phoniex mall is also one of the largest mall in india, imax cinemas is also available here
4. Other places like vandaloor zoo, children parks, snake park, Botanical garden, Elliots beach, Valluvar Kottam, Boatings, Ampa skywalk mall, Express avenue mall, Spencer plaza, Aringnar Anna Library etc.
5. Transport facility is 24×7 available in this city like ola and uber cabs ...
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Mantri ramakrishna

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  • Mantri ramakrishna
  • 2 Reviews
  •  283 readers

"Chennai is best place to see"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Beach used to be an awesome place to me. Now it has become dirty. And after the tsunami it seems the beach has gotten skinnier. The manager samadhi seems unfinished. They have to clean this up and ... "And the Beach is ideal for Evening period. Many heritage buildings are still there. Starting from the central railway station which is well maintained and painted in the same fashion.
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