the gracious capital city of Tamil Nadu is the fourth largest metropolis in
India. Located on a 17km stretch of the Coramandel coast, the city is
trisected by the waterways of Cooum and Adyar and the Buckingham Canal. With
a population of 6 million people, Chennai is a vibrant city ever growing,
expanding and changing every year.
Popularly regarded as the "Gateway
to the South", Chennai presents culture that is distinctly different
from that of northern India. Music, dance and all other art forms of the
South are cherished and nurtured in this city which, though industrialized,
continues to be traditional and conventional in many ways.
Chennai is a city where the traditional and the modern blend in life
everywhere. From traditional vegetarian fair to fast foods, from nine-yard
sarees to the latest in fashion, from ancient temple architecture to modern
high-rise - with Indo-Saracenic and Victorian as stops along the way - from
classical music and dance to discos throbbing to heady beats, Chennai has
them all and many more vivid contrasts that are a pleasant surprise. And
perhaps the most striking of them all is that here is a modern metropolis
with beaches, parks and even sanctuaries in the heart of the City. Chennai
offers a wealth of nature and a rich historic past to visitors in the
ambience of a city with every modern facility.
The region of
Chennai was called Tondaimandalm in those days and had its military
headquarters at Puzhal, which is now a small and rather insignificant
village on the outskirts of the city.
Modern Chennai grew out of a
small village when in 1639 a fishing hamlet called Madraspatnam was selected
by early English merchants of the East India Company as a site for the
Chennai is a gracious city that has a clear skyline,
long sandy beaches, parks, historic landmarks and tourist infrastructural
facilities which make it a convenient entry point or base to start your tour
of Tamil Nadu and South India. Where religion is concerned, history has
certainly left its mark on this city which is believed to have been the
place of St. Thomas, in the outskirt of the city. There are a number of
churches in Chennai that are connected with the life and times of this
apostle. There are also several ancient temples around Chennai, and, within
the city itself are two magnificent temples - a temple in Triplicane and
another in Mylapore.
PRIME ATTRACTIONS/PLACES TO SEE
Marina Beach - Golden sand, good surf and a shimmering clean blue sea;
this in a nutshell is Marina beach. This beach is counted among one of the
longest beaches in Asia.
Theosophical Society - On a vast
expanse of over 250 acres on the banks of the Adyar estuary lies the
more-than-a-century-old Theosophical Society, amidst the woods, marshes,
gardens and waters.
Kapaleeswara Temple - The
Kapaleeswara Temple situated in Mylapore is very famous and attracts
thousands of devotees, especially during festival days.