earlier known as Madras, is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. It is
also the gateway to other popular destinations of South India. It is
also considered among the four metropolitan cities of India. Once a
small village of fishermen, Chennai attained a significant place
during the British Rule. Chennai has retained its traditional Tamil
heritage even today and has effectively blended it to create a
unique synthesis of cultures. Chennai has many destinations of
tourist interest, such as ancient temples and museums, churches and
Chennai is also known as the Gateway of Southern
India and also the 'Queen of the Coromandel'. Stretching 19 km along
the Coromandel Coast and extending about 8 km inland, Chennai has
the privilege of housing two major rivers, the Coovam and Adyar
river as well as the historic Buckingham Canal. Airy and spacious
with verdant green patches and beaches, Chennai has played a notable
role in deciding the political destiny of India on many occasions.
is also known as the 'Detroit of the South' thanks to the automobile
industries. The city is rapidly moving towards technological
superiority in software and is likely to one day become the Silicon
City of India. Chennai has a very hot tropical type of climate made
pleasant by the cool breeze wafting in from the sea with little
temperature variation between winters and summers. There is rainfall
throughout the year.
Places to see
Fort St. George
Once served as the very first bastion of the
East India Company. Now, it houses the Secretariat and the
Legislative Assembly. The 46 metre - high flagstaff, that adorns the
front of the structure, is actually a mast salvaged from a 17th
- Madras Harbour
Harbour, one of the finest in India, and entirely artificial, which
has been around for almost a century.
- National Deer
National Deer Park is the only place in the world,
where one can still find a sizeable number of the endangered species
of Indian antelope (the black buck). The Deer Park, alongwith the
Madras Snake Park, which is supported by the World Wildlife Fund,
are located in the Raj Bhavan premises, at Guindy.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kapaleeswarar
temple has inscriptions from the 13th century A.D. The temple
'Gopuram' (tower) is in the characteristic Dravidian style of
architecture. The walls and pillars of temple has very delicate and
intricate carvings which depict the scenes from Hindu mythology.
Under the Punnai tree in the courtyard is an image of Goddess
Parvati, in a peacock form, worshipping Lord Shiva. It is from this
legend that Mylapore derived it's name - 'Myil' meaning peacock and
'Oor' meaning town.
- The Marina
pride of Chennai, is the second longest beach in the world and has a
wide sandy foreshore. Situated on the beach, the Anna and MGR
samadhis are memorials of the most popular former Chief Ministers of
the state. An aquarium is also located on the Marina Beach. Some of
the most beautiful buildings in Chennai such as the University of
Chennai, Senate House, Chepuk Palace, Presidency College and Ice
House are located on this beach drive.
Chennai has an
international and domestic airport. It has regular flights to all
the major Indian cities.
services connect Chennai to all the major cities in India.
Chennais National Highway connects it to the
major cities of India.
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