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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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G.srikanta
  • G.srikanta
  • 24 Reviews

"A Business visit not much" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Yesterday
It was a business visit and not as tourist. Hence not much to experience. However don't miss Anna street of Chennai for the mall shopping experience in a different way. Where you can get cheapest items to costliest items in single mall and the rush in the streets.
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Sk Sha
  • Sk Sha
  • 4 Reviews

"An awesome destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Chennai is a excellent place in south tamilnadu. Gandhi maithanam, valluvar kottam, merina beach, mankad kovil, annai kaligambal kovil and many places in tourist visit. I must visit annai kaligambal temple. That temple was very powerful in world. Merina beach is the second longest beach in world.
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Bala Raja
  • Bala Raja
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Good trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The last weekend of the Mylapore Festival for this year. The square in front of the Kapaleeshwarar Temple was quite packed with people waiting to listen to the nadaswaram performance. This was only a small part of the over 50 thousand people who passed through the Mylapore Festival.
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Aarti Lakandri
  • Aarti Lakandri
  • 2 Reviews

"Oh what a trip!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The trip was overall good, I love the fish, Biryani, Beaches. The only hindrance was the people who could barely speak English apart some of them were friendly and some weren't. Overall nice experience .But I would recommend the travelers like me to carry a language guide book for self reference which in some situation I found out to be very helpful.
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Neha Jean
  • Neha Jean
  • 2 Reviews

"Good Destination- Very Good Experience"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Chennai is a very beautiful city, with its beautiful and colorful temples, scenic beaches and churches, the busy roads, the sarees everything about this city is very awesome, people are very friendly and i would say that is a safe place for a woman travelling alone, the people here are very helpful, now the city has huge malls which is also very cool, my overall experience here was great, and to add on i got to visit the annai velankanni church- also known as little velankanni felt very pious and prayed and felt good there.
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Praveen Gupta
  • Praveen Gupta
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Rocking Beach place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Chennai is a place mixed of traditional and modern culture. Here you will find lots of beaches which will attract you in first sight then you have horse ride at beach which is really mind blowing ride. In food have some south Indian famous dishes like Dosa, idli and many more things. So overall it was wonderful 3 days trip.
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Deepak kumar Vishnoi
  • Deepak kumar Vishnoi
  • Lives in Adra
  • 8 Reviews

"Overall, a pleasant experience"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Stayed here in the month of september for a night on my way to Andaman. Initially I had thought of visiting other places in the city after checking in, however the facilities in the hotel were good. Could spend time exploring the gym and swimming pool. Food and accommodation was good. Overall a pleasant experience.
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Siddhant Aggarwal
  • Siddhant Aggarwal
  • Lives in Muzaffarnagar
  • 3 Reviews

"A city with nice beach"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The overall experience according to me is ok. We r 5-7 people that went their. Although I enjoyed alot but the main problem which we felt was the lack of communication with them. They only knew tamil, not any other language. So we faced some difficulties but ya we enjoyed alot. Went to the beach played their.
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Mohammed Shiraz
  • Mohammed Shiraz
  • 1 Review

"Chennai is a city of joy"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I have visited Chennai surprisingly for an official purpose at the first time, and it was an great memorable experience that I haven't get it from any other destinations in the world. Chennai is a cute city, city of love. The hospitality of the Chennai people is great. And I just loved that city. And now I will visit there when I got the time.
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Norman Smith
  • Norman Smith
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  • 6 Reviews

"Nice south Indian port city"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Foreign visitors don't usually travel south and so miss the possibility to see little visited parts of India. Food, dress, rituals, language, lifestyle are very different from the North. I once took a North India South and he felt it was a different country. The only thing the same is the religion and even it is visually different.
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