Chennai Tourism

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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
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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Vidyasagar Mehta

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  • Vidyasagar Mehta
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 48 photos
  • 42 Reviews
  •  91 helpful votes
  •  8442 readers

"Good place to visit" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
It was a short holiday for us, we had spent only few days at Chennai, but we enjoyed our visit. We stayed at Taj club house Chennai. we visited the Marina beach, Snake Park and lot of time spend in pool of the hotel with cold beer and delicious food prepared by the hotel staff. I recommend carry umbrella, sun cream and drink lot of fluid like water or coconut water or flavored milk to keep you hydrated.
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Gausic James

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  • Gausic James
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  67 readers

"Malasiya" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Good place view the malysias for good trip romatic place. It's a very romantic place there are some steachues of lovers like heer ranjha sassi punnu sohni mahi Wall I like this place very much. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by PETRONAS Twin Towers Visit Operations and while we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.
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Elamma Varughese

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  • Elamma Varughese
  • Lives in Himatnagar
  • 6 Reviews
  •  2004 readers

"Charming Chennai" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Chennai is a city where commoners and foreigners feel at home and enjoy western and Indian life. It is safe, clean, green and city with learned people. Above all the cultural heritage, simple and straight forward people, warm beaches are a refreshing welcome. Only drawback is the humid and hot weather in summers. There are also some great religious places for Hindus and Christians. One city where I see people living in harmony and celebrating all festivals with each other. Chennai is also great for good education. Absolutely delicious food would meet everyone's taste and pockets.
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Rajendran t r

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  • Rajendran t r
  • 4 photos
  • 6 Reviews
  •  244 readers

"Hot city" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Chennai is very hot, all over city had heavy traffic. All roads were narrow other than some main roads. Transportation is excellent, you can get any kind of hire vehicle at anywhere. So many cabs available. Every end of a street there is s auto rickshaw stand but heavily charged. Avail cab service, it is cheap. In the most of the area Govt. Busses available but city is very DIRTY.
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Chinnaraja Subramaniyam

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  • Chinnaraja Subramaniyam
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 6 photos
  • 25 Reviews
  •  28 helpful votes
  •  46627 readers

"Most wonderful place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
World's 2nd largest most Beach (Marina). And couples and friends enjoyed mostly in Besant Nagar beach. National park and national zoo and so many visited place are there. Most of the theaters and Malls are there to enjoy. I most enjoyed a lot and spend my time with my family and friends in Chennai.
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  • Tourist
  • Divakar
  • 4 Reviews
  •  580 readers

"Amazing smart city" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I came to Chennai for studying engineering, in Chennai there will be many place to enjoy like MGM, Kishkinta, Mayajaal theatre, recently I am staying in Padi, Albeck are the best hotel, barbecue chicken is very nice, everyone will love it, you won't be disappointed and without AC we can't live here. Vandalur zoo, Mahabalipuram are near to visit, Chennai possess various opportunities for youngsters for their future, if you miss you will regret for that.
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Raja A

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  • Raja A
  • Lives in Kanyakumari
  • 1 Review
  •  513 readers

"Charm of Chennai is KNK"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
When you are in Chennai one place that should not be missed is KNK - Kader Nawaz Khan Road in Nungambakkam. It is considered the hub of food & fashion. When one enters they may not feel the grandeur of the place. In fact, there is nothing so great about the roads or the buildings.

But what makes KNK special is people. The rich and famous meet here for the wonderful fine dining places and high end shopping sprees.

I read a review about a food online that made me take the journey to this road.

New Yorker is not the only place but very nice place for good veg food. After enjoying good treat wanted to have good ice cream. Saw this again online. Went to Amadora which indeed is a delight. They say eat local, eat fresh. Indeed eating local has it's charm.

Visiting Chennai, visit KNK.
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  • Vikram
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  873 readers

"Good Place to Stay"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Wonderful place to stay. Shopping Complex near by, easy to reach i.e not in the remote place. Good accommodation place with respect to the cost. Food and beverages were nice. Only one draw back is no entertainment facility like swimming pool etc are not present.
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  • Vipul
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 7 Reviews
  •  1214 readers

"Okay but hot"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Busy city. Language can be a bit of problem but you can manage with english. Average beaches. Decent markets. Good malls. Make sure you take an Ola.
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Srinivasa Gupta

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  • Srinivasa Gupta
  • Highlander
  • 16 Reviews
  •  18 helpful votes
  •  11224 readers

"Good place to visit during winters"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Experience was good, with the help of google maps I was able to drive in the city without much discomfort and people were quite helpful in many places. Traffic was very smooth and you don't have to spend much time on the road. Places I visited were very well maintained. There are so many activities to do either spiritually or visiting museums there. Shopping was good in Pondy bazar and we were not able to visit Ranganathan street which is also good for shopping as said by my friends. Best time to visit is during winters as it is very hot and humid.
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