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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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Niranjan Kulkarni

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  • Niranjan Kulkarni
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  23 readers

"Chennai-Peace in a Metro City" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Today
Being from northern India, we always have a curiosity about its southern counterpart. Chennai is capital of Tamilnadu and it is the centre of all the actions. People are friendly, but one thing I noticed here is if you cannot speak Tamil, then the things might turn little sour for you. Although localites tend to help you, due to the language barrier, one often ends getting frustrated. English can be considered as the second language for communication, but with its own limitations. If you have some localite with you, then things are good.
About Chennai city, its mainland is as same as any other metro city, but go suburban, township planning is fairly impresive. One can easily learn roamng in Chennai with basic understanding of its geography.
Overall, its good and Iam surely looking forward to visit it again.
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Bipin vaidya Vaidya

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  • Bipin vaidya Vaidya
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 18 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  517 readers

"Hotel Greenpark Chennai" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Hotel is in centre of Chennai city. Roons are neat and clean. Free Wi-Fi is available. Rooms and passage are cleaned regularly. Lobby is covered with carpet. Reception area is good. Staff is courteous. Room rates are reasonable. Breakfast wide variety is available. Juice four variety. Dhosa four variety. North Indian breakfast is also available. It was tasty. Dinner la karte or buffet is available. Buffet is economical wide variety is available. In dhosa, Pallav, paratha four variety was available. Chattani eight types of chattani was available. In sweet dish more than eight variety available. Good was delicious. It is advisable to use buffet. It cost Rs. 800 all inclusive. Worth trying. Good comfortable stay. I will recommend to others.
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Kausik Mandal

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  •  5 helpful votes
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"The meto with simplest people . ." new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
My first visit to Chennai was in the year 1998. After that I came across this city another couple of times. Between these years, the city changed a lot. In earlier times, language & food were the main concern for the tourists. The local people used to prefer only English besides Tamil to communicate with tourists, but now a days they are feeling comfortable in Hindi also. The typical taste of their foods made some tourists awkward in earlier times, but variety of foods are now available everywhere. The simplicity & helpfulness of the local people is mostly notable. I love this place.
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Naman Kapoor

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  • Naman Kapoor
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  446 readers

"Nice city" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
A nice traditional airport with traditional style baggage racks. Very neat and clean. Air carrier personnel are very helpful. Ola Chennai made our ride smoother in city. But city is full of traffic and the traffic is very haphazard. We could see the metro infrastructure But couldn't see metro running.
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Vidyasagar Mehta

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  • Vidyasagar Mehta
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 53 photos
  • 47 Reviews
  •  91 helpful votes
  •  10305 readers

"Good place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  •  534 readers

"Malasiya"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  •  3098 readers

"Charming Chennai"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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"Hot city"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
  • 30 Reviews
  •  29 helpful votes
  •  55228 readers

"Most wonderful place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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Divakar

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  • Divakar
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1235 readers

"Amazing smart city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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