Chennai, 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
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
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 settlement.
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.
Area : 174
Altitude: Sea level
Temperature: Max- 37 C and Min-21
C in Summer, Max-32C and Min-20C in Winter.
Rainfall: 1,272 Mm (
June to Sept )
Best Season: Throughout the Year.
Best time to visit: November to
Language: Tamil and
STD Code: 044
Kamraj National and Anna International Airports are situated at Tirusulam about
20 Kms from city. Chennai is connected by rail with all major towns and cities
in India. Main Railway Stations: Central and Egmore. Chennai is connected by
good network of roads with all important places in Tamil Nadu and other parts
Kancheepuram - 75kms. Bangalore - 334 kms.
Pondicherry - 162 kms. Tirupati - 154 kms.
Mamallapuram - 58 kms. Vellore - 145 kms.
Thirukkazhukundram - 74kms Vedanthangal - 85 kms.