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Awesome Eco Park  Video Review

Awesome Eco Park

by Maha Raj
20th Oct 17
Superb Eco Park  Video Review

Superb Eco Park

by Maha Raj
20th Oct 17
Marina sea beach, don't fulfill expectations  Video Review

Marina sea beach, don't fulfill expectations

by Imran mollah
8th Jan 18
Thiruneermalai temple  Video Review

Thiruneermalai temple

by Mohan Thulasingam
31st Dec 17
Children park  Video Review

Children park

by Bipin
2nd Dec 17
Lovely Marina beach  Video Review

Lovely Marina beach

by Prashenjeet Nag
10th Nov 17
Awesome  Video Review

Awesome

by Prashenjeet Nag
10th Nov 17
Beautiful Ambience  Video Review

Beautiful Ambience

by Laraib Alam
10th Nov 17
Marina Beach-Beautiful  Video Review

Marina Beach-Beautiful

by Laraib Alam
10th Nov 17
Beautiful Beach  Video Review

Beautiful Beach

by Manish Sahu
10th Nov 17

I am heading to Chennai

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Reviews (492)

Jai sharma

Jai sharma5.0/5

4 reviews

Great Experience other than uber, ola taxi service

Accord Metropolitan is a good 5 star hotel with curtious staff & hospitability. Breakfast was huge with so many variety. Roof Top is a must visit. Uber & Ola taxis are very useless. Every driver asks where you have to go & cancels the trip. Or takes too much time. Very very bad taxi service. There can be better facilities & cleanliness on Marina Beach.
  • Great Experience other than uber, ola taxi service
  • Great Experience other than uber, ola taxi service
  • Great Experience other than uber, ola taxi service
  • Great Experience other than uber, ola taxi service
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Jagdish ramaswamy

Jagdish ramaswamy4.3/5

4 reviews

Chennai a family destination - something for all

Best place to do family shopping in T Nagar, Pangaea Park. Pothis, Kumarana, Nallis. Full choices. Decent places to have veg food and many choices for non-veg . Balaji, Adayar ananda Bhavan, satavanbhawan, and many more. Non-veg Mappillai and many more. Clean and big roads, excellent local transport. Enjoy the Beach marina and Santhome beaches, great temples kapaleeahwarar temple Mylapore, Thiruvallikeni Parthasarathy temple, Gandhi Mangalam, Guindy snake park, Go to OMR and enjoy a day full at golden beach, Asiatic village for artisans, and further to Mahabalipuram. Overall a great place for a 5 day trip except the sweltering heat which you can't help

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Chennai Overview

History of Chennai

Chennai is the capital 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. Chennai, today, is one of the major tourist destinations in South India.

People and Culture of Chennai

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.

Things To Do in Chennai

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.

Photos of Chennai

Marina Beach, Chennai

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Deepankar Sarma

Marina Beach, Chennai
Marina Beach, Chennai

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Deepankar Sarma

Marina Beach, Chennai
Marina Beach, Chennai

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Deepankar Sarma

Marina Beach, Chennai
Marina Beach, Chennai

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Pratik Jena

Marina Beach, Chennai

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