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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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7rishabh

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  • 7rishabh
  • 7 photos
  • 16 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  361 readers

"Chennai tour" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 days 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
  •  42 readers

"A place with famous beach and national park" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week 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
  •  47 readers

"Awesome place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week 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
  •  50 readers

"Chennai is best place to see" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week 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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Mudragada  Sudheer

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  • Mudragada Sudheer
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 photo
  • 3 Reviews
  •  190 readers

"Chennai is the best place to visit for tourist"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The 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 provide a taxi stand or auto stand to help the public.
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Saranya Devanathan

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  • Saranya Devanathan
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 787 photos
  • 261 Reviews
  •  2614 helpful votes
  •  281846 readers

"Heritage and modern buildings"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
  • 4 Reviews
  •  455 readers

"Nice place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
  •  653 readers

"Nice place but uncomfortable weather for us"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
  •  598 readers

"Have lot of options for fun loving guys"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
  • 2 Reviews
  •  569 readers

"Good experience"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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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