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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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Ravi Jaiswal
  • Ravi Jaiswal
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
  • 4 Reviews

"Chennai - The tradition of India" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Chennai is the best place to be in if you love sea beaches. The city has a bit of more sun intensity but you wont mind that if you lose to see the Indian tradition and second largest beach in the world. The city has most of its part covered with water body. The second most attractive thing is the shopping malls. The evening time is the most preferred time for sight seeing as it is very pleasant at that time with sea wind blowing. The local food like traditional meals, sea food is the one to taste. I spent most of the time in beaches and water park like 'queens land' and 'EVP'. I would advise the travellers to come and have a look at this city its just awesome.
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Shaheen Shaik
  • Shaheen Shaik
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"Cultural time with family and Unlimited Fun time with Friends" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Places like Mahabalipuram, kapaleeshwar temple would give you a good historical time, there are caves, temples, Beach, Light house, resorts which could mostly attract the foreign visitors about India.

And the Fun time would be in MGM Dizzee world where there is a beach, amusement park, food provision, water rides, roller coaster, Giant Wheel, Rocking Boat, Parachute Tower and many other with a reasonable ticket cost. The same applies to Golden Beach and Queensland, the next best place to have fun and spend valuable time with your family.

Arignar anna zoological park( Vandalur Zoo) can assure you best time to spend around. You have a provision of cycling, Tiny Zoo Bus or just walk around. The best would be cycling. Birds, elephants, snake park, Ziraffe, Tigers, Hippo, Bears are fun to watch at. A few miles from the Zoo you can find Kovalam Beach and the best part in this beach would be PhotoShoot on Rocks with family, friends with a good scenic background.

Other than this there are many malls like Phoenix, Skywalk, Express Avenue where you can have loads of shopping, games, fun and most importantly loads full of tasty food (Dominos, Pizza Hut, KFC, Biryani, Vegetarian hotel)
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Arihant Jain
  • Arihant Jain
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"Exotic place with world's 2nd longest beach" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Chennai is very beautiful place with many sightseeing destination. It have very good beaches and temples are very superb part of trip. If one want to relax can come to the temples and the mind will be very peaceful. The Marina Beach is very much important part of the trip. If you didn't see the beach you didn't see Chennai. It is world's 2nd longest beach and most beautiful beach I have seen.

The hotels here are very beautiful and pleasant. One can stay here in a hotel of their choice because there are many 5 stars hotels in the city. Even there are many budget hotels in the city. People here are very helpful and very good. I will like you to spend your Christmas here in the city cause the climate here will be very pleasant this time of year. So go and enjoy Chennai as your next holiday trip.
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Devendra Jain
  • Devendra Jain
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 12 Reviews

"Chennai is a good place to visit" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Climate is a good place. Good tourist places like beach. It is well-connected. Food is good. I was on business trip so busy with meetings. Enjoyed the time in Chennai. Also visited some tourist places and some shopping also.
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Sharad Tripathi
  • Sharad Tripathi
  • Lives in Kanpur
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  • 8 Reviews

"Perfect to watch South India" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Somebody who wants to know south India, must visit Chennai. A place where you can look whatever you wanted to know about south India. It is the last place of India with sea side. There are number of temples, markets and other places to visit. You can spend your quality time around the beaches like marina and golden. You can have the real taste of dosa and idli here only. You can plan for 3-4 days for Chennai only. From Chennai you can also move to Madurai or Kanyakumari easily. A modern city having cultural activities.
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Thanga B
  • Thanga B
  • 3 Reviews

"Nice destination" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Except "hot & traffic" everything is fine, and this is one of the best place. We can never see this kind of city having nice beach, Anna, MGR memorial and good place for buying the goods. Kanchipuram is near the city and we can buy good quality of silk sarees over there.
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Karthik Parasuraman
  • Karthik Parasuraman
  • 3 Reviews

"An unforgettable trip" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Chennai has its own enigma and a special place in my heart. Although it was an official trip as I had to recruit candidates for the Indian Navy. I had to visit a lot of colleges and campuses and conduct interviews. However, being my home town I had a lingual advantage. Overall, I had an unforgettable trip.
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Darpan Gupta
  • Darpan Gupta
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"It was an average experience" new review

  • 3/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I expected that there will be movie shootings everywhere as told to me by my friends but did not see anything like this. Marina beach was also ok ok. Then I went to some museum but it was horrible experience and the food you get, even north Indian food, you can smell Sambhar in it. It was hard to spend time.
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Job Thangasamy
  • Job Thangasamy
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  • 4 Reviews

"Perfect destination for spending time with my family" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We always prefer to travel by Air India flights only for going to Chennai every year twice. Chennai is a beautiful city in India known for peace of mind, tranquillity in atmosphere, quite different from Delhi where we live. There are very good hotels which are easily affordable, catering to the tastes of people of our nation with its multicultural and multilingual background. Many people from North India visit Chennai not only for sightseeing but also for taking medical treatments in the hospitals here.

In Tamil, Chennai is called Singara Chennai meaning "beautiful" Chennai. Really, it is beautiful and its culture is intact. People of diverse religions live harmoniously and we hardly witness any communal trouble here.
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Sundeep Matharoo
  • Sundeep Matharoo
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Historic place with lot of importance of tradition" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Madras as known earlier is more common attached name than Chennai. A historic place with lot of importance of tradition, imperial taste and some authentic food to remember. A place to spend some good time with family too. I normally visit on business trip.
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