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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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Saranya Devanathan

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  • Saranya Devanathan
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 787 photos
  • 261 Reviews
  •  2572 helpful votes
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"Heritage and modern buildings" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Many heritage buildings are still there. Starting from the central railway station which is well maintained and painted in the same fashion. The crowns of each building is painted white - looks nice as you come out of the station. Immediately you can the white Rippon building. Not all old buildings are maintained well. There are many houses and commercial complexes in bad shape. Modern malls and movie theatres were there in between. Hoarding and graffitis praying for CM Jayalalitha spoiled the beauty of Mount road. Amma canteens, medical shops were spread all over the city. Nice photographic Hamilton bridge is still use for traffic.
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Naukhez Sadaf

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  • Naukhez Sadaf
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  206 readers

"Nice place" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Chennai is one the best place to visit in INDIA. I like eating foods in Banana leaf, its quite interesting to do this. Marina Beach is so much dirty, I never want to visit that again, so smelly too. Overall experience about Chennai is good and I recommend Travellers to go to Chennai.
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Devabrata sanyal

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  • Devabrata sanyal
  • 5 Reviews
  •  305 readers

"Nice place but uncomfortable weather for us" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
City has many visiting spaces depending upon the interest of individuals. Food and travelling also is not a constraint, still comparatively cheaper than north /west india. City has its own share of colonial architecture worth seeing. Places which eventually become historically important. Also being capital city of tamilnadu state, it is developing pretty fast with lots of new and ultra modern buildings coming up.
Surroundings have many places of interest like Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry (including auroville). There's also Kanchivaram famous for its silk sarees (women love this town).
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Balaji Kalavakollu

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  • Balaji Kalavakollu
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews
  •  320 readers

"Have lot of options for fun loving guys" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The overall visit was awesome. There are many places to visit in Chennai and many restaurants to have delicious food. Especially for who are non-vegetarians few of them are Kumar mess, Chettinadu chains, for snacks we have varieties at Kanchis Kanapas. And the most delicious thing you remember when you say about Chennai ... That is Idly and Sambar. I love that and I each that in breakfast, lunch and dinner all three times.
The beach side food is awesome. Best time to spend time with friends or family is at beach.
City traffic is moderate on main roads. Whether is humid and hot through out day I was getting sweat
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Jitendra Mistry

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  • Jitendra Mistry
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  327 readers

"Good experience"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Local Transfer and Sightseeing was very good and easy with Fast track taxi service.

Shopping to Kanchipuram was very nice and reasonable in buying genuine Kanchipuram Silk Sarees with wife's choice. Shopping at Pothys was not tempting as Kanchipuram. Chennai Silk saree store is having good stuff but is a bit expensive.

Visit to Kanchipuram Temples was remarkable. Chennai Airport was good to experience.
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Uday

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  • Uday
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  330 readers

"Good place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
After arriving in Chennai early in the morning I decided to join the Marina and Fort St George tour to get a first impression of the city. My tour guide was very helpful. RECOMMENDED visit for all. The city is nice for a 3 days stay. I travelled with my teenage daughter to Chennai for a 3 days and we were looking for unique things to do, that would include a guide, and provide at least a somewhat cultural...
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Sandeep mondkar

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  • Sandeep mondkar
  • 2 Reviews
  •  392 readers

"City - Beaches, Temple, Silk Saris"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Beaches & Temple city.

Best kanjeevaram saris.

Asia's longest beach - Marina beach is awesome. Fort St. George, Egmore museum

All beaches have stalls of fish fry.

Travelers should be careful with their belongings at railway stations.

During summer, climate is too hot.
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Aroof Sr

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  • Aroof Sr
  • Lives in Nellore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  470 readers

"Good"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice LOCATION AND PLACES.
Most of the places are good and well infrastructure, hotel are good maintains.
Road line coupes with metro project. Historical places are surrounded near to city, OMR **** ECR road are most farable place in Chennai. This two road are parallel and well maintain.
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Manish soni

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  • Manish soni
  • 2 Reviews
  •  493 readers

"Nice city, only weather is not good"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I liked Chennai a lot. Transportation is ultimate, you will get a lot of buses for every place in Chennai. People are good. Food is the best. I really liked sarvana bhavan, The only problem I faced is with weather. You will keep sweating, AC is must in Chennai.
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Pratik Jena

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  • Pratik Jena
  • Lives in Cuttack
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  • 65 Reviews
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"Thalaiva's Land Madras"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Chennai is another metro city which has some excellent markets (especially steel), malls and many more things. If one wants to enjoy a city life vacation then this is it. There are also many beaches here to visit, the most famous being the "Marina Beach". Do try the sweet corn in marina beach as I hadn't eaten such tasty sweet corns ever before. There are a number of temples to visit in Chennai also. Do try the typical Tamil meal, which is awesome. The filter coffee here is also unique.

The best thing to do out is here is adventure in near VGP beach like The VGP Snow kingdom, which was magical. It was the best thing that I visited in Chennai. One can also go to Kanchipuram and Mamallapuram which are located on the outskirts of Chennai.

The roads here are also excellent. There are also a numerous IT firms and core companies which have huge buildings and sprawling campuses here in Chennai. Overall a good experience. But the only problem I faced many times is language. People here don't understand Hindi at all and some even don't know English, which was a huge problem for me.
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