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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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Karthik Parasuraman
  • Karthik Parasuraman
  • 3 Reviews

"An unforgettable trip" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Chennai has its own enigma and a special place in my heart. Although it was an official trip as I had to recruit candidates for the Indian Navy. I had to visit a lot of colleges and campuses and conduct interviews. However, being my home town I had a lingual advantage. Overall, I had an unforgettable trip.
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Darpan Gupta
  • Darpan Gupta
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"It was an average experience" new review

  • 3/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
I expected that there will be movie shootings everywhere as told to me by my friends but did not see anything like this. Marina beach was also ok ok. Then I went to some museum but it was horrible experience and the food you get, even north Indian food, you can smell Sambhar in it. It was hard to spend time.
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Job Thangasamy
  • Job Thangasamy
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  • 1 Review

"Perfect destination for spending time with my family" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
We always prefer to travel by Air India flights only for going to Chennai every year twice. Chennai is a beautiful city in India known for peace of mind, tranquillity in atmosphere, quite different from Delhi where we live. There are very good hotels which are easily affordable, catering to the tastes of people of our nation with its multicultural and multilingual background. Many people from North India visit Chennai not only for sightseeing but also for taking medical treatments in the hospitals here.

In Tamil, Chennai is called Singara Chennai meaning "beautiful" Chennai. Really, it is beautiful and its culture is intact. People of diverse religions live harmoniously and we hardly witness any communal trouble here.
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Sundeep Matharoo
  • Sundeep Matharoo
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 13 Reviews

"Historic place with lot of importance of tradition" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Madras as known earlier is more common attached name than Chennai. A historic place with lot of importance of tradition, imperial taste and some authentic food to remember. A place to spend some good time with family too. I normally visit on business trip.
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Kumar Kumar
  • Kumar Kumar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 4 Reviews

"A city with nice beaches" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
The Chennai airport is developed well but the roads near to the airport ( connecting near to the airport are always busy with traffic jam. Its good for the well known beaches. The rasagullas made by Loiee sweet shop is awesome. I suggest people to visit by flight
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M.salih Sahabudeen
  • M.salih Sahabudeen
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Busy moving city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
It was so nice to visit Chennai. As it was my familiar place I visited all the place which could give me rest. The food was fantastic and the places for shopping were good but my only disappointment is the traffic! Overall everything was good. And whoever travels to Chennai dont forget to take your sunglasses and cotton clothes!
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Mohammed Kauser
  • Mohammed Kauser
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Overall, a nice place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Chennai is so good for a visit, lots of beaches, shopping malls, film industry, we can enjoy cheap food from Amma hotel and drink Amma water for less price. From December to February it is so good or else too hot. It is a old city and there are so many place to see and experience.
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Jaya Rani
  • Jaya Rani
  • 3 Reviews

"Beautiful places to visit in Chennai" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Chennai is an awesome place to visit which is connected to almost all places by all means of transport. The development of Chennai in the past ten years is awesome. There are many places to watch in Chennai. Most important places to watch in Chennai are Marina Beach, museum, MGR Memorial, Vandalur Zoo, MGM Theme Park, Mahabalipuram Beach, Besant Nagar Beach, Race course, Valluvar Kottam, etc. We can see different kinds of people's in Chennai. Also we can taste different types of food which are very very tasty. Also it is a good place for the job seekers.
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Sambath
  • Sambath
  • Lives in Chitrakoot
  • 4 Reviews

"Without spending there are places of visit" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Traffic and pollution on the high. July to september is best time to visit. Tourists will like places like Marina and other beaches, Devotees will like Sri Parthasarathi and Mylapore temples and the children will like VGP Golden beaach etc. Food is not a problem at all and tasty items are available at moderate cost except in High end Hotels.
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Md Aslam
  • Md Aslam
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 3 Reviews

"A hot city" new review

  • 1/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We stayed in Chennai for 5 days and its very hot. Food was expensive compared to Hyderabad and food is also not good and auto drivers are charging more fare even for 2 km distance and language is main problem in Chennai. If any family visiting the Chennai. Please make sure that your family member should know Tamil or else it will be problem for you in Chennai. Please visit marina beach its very good and calm.
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