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Chennai Info

  • 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

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.

Chennai is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Bangalore.

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Girish

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  • Girish
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 7 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  128 readers

"Hot and senseless people" new review

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
People are in stone age. Police are awful. They feel they are law. And the climate is just pathetic. I don't know how people live here with the climate and the uncontrolled corruption. No wonder they make Bangalore their new hometown. It is better these people make Chennai a better place to live rather than spoiling Bangalore.
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Rajesh khanna

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  • Rajesh khanna
  • 2 Reviews
  •  328 readers

"Fortune select grand"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Location is very good, food taste is good, stay at hotel comfortable, service good I have no reason for no stay in hotel again but drink not serve in hotel because of g. T road taxi is provide for airport pool location is very good open food court very fantastic
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Syed imran

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  • Syed imran
  • 1 photo
  • 3 Reviews
  •  367 readers

"Good"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a good trip in Chennai I had check-in silver gate hotel they provided good service in hotel but there was no hot water for taking Bath in hotel. Chennai people were friendly to tell the address all most 70% of people are helpful. There the narrow streets with lots of traffic on the road and there is no properly draonage system to exit water. By
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Paresh nissar

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  • Paresh nissar
  • 12 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  907 readers

"Nice city to visit for its authentic south indian culture."

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Good experience with nice temples and churches, clean long beaches and the Vivekananda memorial.
Surely visit the Murugans restaurant, they serve some authentic pure veg south indian delicacies. If you have a sweet tooth then Sri Krisna sweets is your must destination.
For shopping visit T. Nagar for its huge shops like the Nallis, Kumaran silks, Pothys and many more great shops.
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Balanarendran Mohandoss

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  • Balanarendran Mohandoss
  • 3 Reviews
  •  621 readers

"Chennai airport"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
One half of airport is pathetically managed, other half is good. Arrival section is good, connectivity to local train should be improved, at least directions dhould be made available. However metro train is connected to airport. Airport is well connected to city unlike other airports in India.
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John francis Cherayath

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  • John francis Cherayath
  • 4 Reviews
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"John Francis"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 26, 2017
Chennai is a great City, inspire of facing natural calamities in the last couple of years this great City and it's hardworking people have successfully lived up to the crisis and any situation. The city is so well cleaned and the roads are well planned with very few traffic jams unlike other cities in our country.
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Karuppan Gnanasambandan

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  • Karuppan Gnanasambandan
  • Lives in Madurai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  640 readers

"Visit to Chennai in a hot summer!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 24, 2017
It was a business trip. We were 5. Travelled in a Mahindra. The AC in it's high couldn't reduce the heat. The AC at the Hotel Rivera also had the same problem. I don't know whether it's the problem with the AC or the weather.
One of our friend Dr. Vijay used to have abnormal perciperation. He suffered a lot due to heat.
One good thing in Chennai, whatever may be the day time temperature, the night gets cool down. It may be due to the Sea breeze.
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Biman chandra  Das

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  • Biman chandra Das
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  752 readers

"Place to see"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 7, 2017
Chennai is very historical place earlier its name was Madras. You can see here many heritage place such as government art and museum galaxy side by side you see the marvelous long merina beach. From Chennai other historical palace is easily accesseble such as Mahabalipuram and Chancipuram where famous sharee is made by hand woven by tani and goes all India.
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Nikhilhirani

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  • Nikhilhirani
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  812 readers

"Trip to Chennai and most lovable memory of my trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 26, 2017
The trip of 7 days was awesome of all my trip. I had been experience Chennai exhaustively. Thebday one we spent in Chennai beach then the next day the beautbof Chennai has been looked in sowcarpet which is famous for north Indian dish like chat and spicy food.
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  • Indu Eby
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  • 13 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
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"Culture in chaos"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Mar 18, 2017
It is the city of a hardworking crowd. You really sweat it out here. Be it a temple, church or beach - you don't expect serenity here as much as you find warmth. The city exudes passion. More than seeing, Chennai is to be experienced. You should visit the temples, churches esp Santhome, eat at the famous joints for mouth watering South Indian breakfast items - madras idly, tambaram hotel and the likes, watch a movie at Sathyam theatres (should buy popcorn and ice cream! ); Should visit the beaches and try out a bajji - walk around cotton street, see the public library - I can go on. Point is, live there and feel the city. The beauty is not skin deep - you must be a part of the city to enjoy it.
While there are multiple must try's - imho - you should atleast see the public library, have Kaara kulambu, see a movie where you expect the locals to cheer, jigarthanda, coffee from Ratna cafe, oh I'm exhausted - the list is endless! Take the help of a chennaite.
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