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Awesome Eco Park

Awesome Eco Park  Video Review

Chetpet Lake

Maha Raj
20th Oct 17

Superb Eco Park

Superb Eco Park  Video Review

Chetpet Lake

Maha Raj
20th Oct 17

Marina sea beach, don't fulfill expectations

Marina sea beach, don't fulfill expectations  Video Review

Marina Beach

Imran mollah
8th Jan 18

Thiruneermalai temple

Thiruneermalai temple  Video Review

Ranganatha Perumal Temple (Thiruneermalai)

Mohan Thulasingam
31st Dec 17

Children park

Children park  Video Review

Guindy National Park

Bipin
2nd Dec 17

Lovely Marina beach

Lovely Marina beach  Video Review

Marina Beach

Prashenjeet Nag
10th Nov 17

Awesome

Awesome  Video Review

Marina Beach

Prashenjeet Nag
10th Nov 17

Beautiful Ambience

Beautiful Ambience  Video Review

Marina Beach

Laraib Alam
10th Nov 17

Marina Beach-Beautiful

Marina Beach-Beautiful  Video Review

Marina Beach

Laraib Alam
10th Nov 17

Beautiful Beach

Beautiful Beach  Video Review

Marina Beach

Manish Sahu
10th Nov 17

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Debashis roy

Debashis roy5.0/5

4 reviews

Chennai surprises still

Chennai as a destination for first or second time travelers have a lot to offer in terms of sight seeing, testing local cuisine, shopping and collecting arts and crafts. Being a veteran of travelling Chennai over past forty years I personally look for finer things having done all that. A quiet sunset watching from the St. Thomas mount with the airport runway in the foreground, or feeling the warmth of rising sun at Gandhi beach over the bay of Bengal in a clear sky with autumn clouds hovering over the horizon are the things I enjoy. Trying ethnic food is still a favourite at the Balaji Bhawan or at Rajdhani in Phoenix mall velachery

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R francis

R francis5.0/5

1 review

Chennai

Chennai is interesting in any weather. I revisited all the places from my past life; Mahabalipuram, annanagar, Tnagar, and Santa Thom church. Everything has drastically changed. City has become cleaner. Sadly something which I appreciated previously - Sharavana Bevan- was disappointing.

Chennai Overview

History of Chennai

Chennai is the capital 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. Chennai, today, is one of the major tourist destinations in South India.

People and Culture of Chennai

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.

Things To Do in Chennai

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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Marina Beach, Chennai

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Marina Beach, Chennai
Marina Beach, Chennai

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Marina Beach, Chennai
Marina Beach, Chennai

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Marina Beach, Chennai
Marina Beach, Chennai

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Marina Beach, Chennai

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