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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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Priyam Goyal
  • Priyam Goyal
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 183 photos
  • 84 Reviews

"colorful city" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Chennai is very colourful city with a blend of old world charm and modern city. There are some great architectural marvels to be appreciated. St. George's Fort, Theosophical society, Valluvar Kottam are some must visits. A trip to Mahabalipuram is a must. The beautiful architecture of the Pallavas and the scenic beaches are not to be missed. The drive down the East Coast Road itself is a beautiful experience. There are many amusements parks, Karting and other adventure activities en route ECR. The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, located on ECR is a crocodile research center and house to more than more than 2500 crocodile, snakes, crocodiles and other reptiles. The beaches of chennai, Marina beach, Gandhi beach and Elliots Beach are to be visited during sunrise. The cuisine of Chennai is very unique and a must sample for food enthusiasts. The weather is always hot, so summers are to be avoided.
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Rishu Sinha
  • Rishu Sinha
  • Lives in Vellore
  • 5 Reviews

"Beautiful marina beach" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
There is almost every place is awesome to visit once. There is alots of beaches there and temples too. Like marina beach,mahabalipuram. I like to visit mahabalipuram beach once again. Because it is awesome place,the scene near the beach is very good. The temple beside the beach is improve its tourism. there is always a big crowd. So try to visit in mid of the day.
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Chris Theodore
  • Chris Theodore
  • Lives in Tiruchirapalli
  • 2 Reviews

"Awesome place" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I had to go to chennai to attend a workshop and it was my first time there. I went via train and enjoyed the travel. The place was so amazing compared to other places in tamil nadu. Looked like a foreign country to me I was totally stunned by the big malls and shopping complexes that were there. I looked forward to going there often from now.
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Rajkumar Panner
  • Rajkumar Panner
  • Lives in Tiruchirapalli
  • 1 Review

"One city with many wonders" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Having one of the largest bus terminals in asia and also a clover leaf flyover with a physical education college and a sipcot for IT park at sirucheri and zoo too most of all it has a wonderful beach to spend some leisure time with friends. It also has a second largest high court in asia when compared to any other countries in asia. It also has many temples to get devotional and also many tourist spots and also forgot to mention food in chennai one of the delicious.
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John Jebaraj d
  • John Jebaraj d
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Classical Chennai experience; amazing place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Chennai is historic places, were u can find some 350 years old Tamil Nadu Assembly built by British and Marina beach is the second largest ocean in Asia. Places to visit Mahabalipuram, Marina beach and ECR. Regarding food Idly Sambar, Vadai sambar and masala dosai was awesome. I keep on taking photos and looking people. Chennai is really awesome. I like to travel one more time. Your ranking system to find out resort is an innovative thing. Overall, superbbb...
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Jegan M
  • Jegan M
  • Lives in Tiruchirapalli
  • 1 Review

"Good and entertaining place to hangout" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Hi, this is Jegannath, i m going to tell my experience with you all. I used to visit Chennai with my close buddies. We usually ride ECR and some other places. Each and every shopping mall in Chennai is awesome. There are so many places in Chennai to hangout and entertainment. The best is Merina beach and ECR road the traffic in Chennai is little bit difficult to face but even though it is fun when you ride with your close buddy.
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Raga S
  • Raga S
  • Lives in Salem
  • 1 Review

"Beach and many multiplex" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Chennai has very big malls, many places where you can spend quality time. I particularly like two beaches marina and Besant Nagar beach. Overall, I enjoyed a lot. There are many famous cinema halls in Chennai. Sathyam multiplex is my favourite I enjoyed seeing movies there.
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Rohan Khanna
  • Rohan Khanna
  • Lives in Surat
  • 2 Reviews

"A Must visit place" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The journey and my trip was unforgettable one.At Chennai you have places for every one, for both rich and poor people. Worlds second largest beach called the Marina Beach, Spencer plaza, Express Avenue, Vandalur Zoo and Birla Planetorium. There are so many places to visit at Chennai. You will love it. For food, You have many multi cuisine restaurants as well as you will find traditional food. According to my taste, restaurants like Sea shell, Thalapakatti are one of the best.
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Bharath Palla
  • Bharath Palla
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  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 11 Reviews

"A nice destination for beaches and sea side food" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Chennai, capital of tamilnadu which is situated southern India. The whole experience was fantastic. At Chennai you have places for every one, for both rich and poor people. Worlds second largest beach called the Marina Beach is at Chennai, Spencer plaza, Express Avenue, Vandalur Zoo and Birla Planetarium are also good places to travel. There are so many places to visit at Chennai. The beaches were really awesome though you are not allowed to swim at the beaches because the waves are very high and have a great speed. But still you get a chance to roam with your friends at the beach. The local food is, fish fry, hot masala bajji etc. The food was delicious and cost is very reasonable I enjoyed the food a lot and the trip was really awesome.
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Pravin Raj
  • Pravin Raj
  • 2 Reviews

"experience was nice and unforgettable" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Overall experience was nice and unforgettable. I went to marina beach, besant nagar beach, Mahabali Puram and Kannagi statue also. I went to Vandalur zoo. That place also very nice. The place gave me some unforgettable moments of my life.
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