of Tamil nadu : 55,638,318
Capital of Tamil nadu : Chennai
Cradle Of : South Indian Temple Architecture
Official State Language : Tamil
Best Time To Visit Tamil Nadu : December To February
Chennai (formerly, Madras), the largest city in South India
and the fourth largest city in the country, is located on the
Coromandel Coast. The city's British lineage is evident in the
various cathedrals, buildings in Indo-Saracenic style of
architecture, wide tree lined avenues but there is no denying
its traditional Tamil Hindu culture either. This is not
surprising because this region had remained a centre of
Pallavan culture long before the British came here.
The varied aspects of traditional South Indian culture
existing alongside the lifestyle of a modern city complete
with its plush hotels, restaurants offering a range of
continental to typical South Indian cuisine, long and
uncrowded stretches of beaches, modern shopping malls, cinema
Chennai - The Gateway To The Southern IndiaPopularly regarded
as "The Gateway to the South", Chennai is the fourth largest
city in India and the capital of Tamil Nadu state. With a vast
population of about six million people, Chennai is a city that
is growing, expanding and changing vigorously.
Location of Chennai
Chennai has the Bay of Bengal bordering its east, while the
state of Andhra Pradesh is on its northwest. It has the
Kanchipuram on its south and the states of Kerala and
Karnataka on its western side.
Chennai, previously called Madras, is comparatively a new
city, about 350 years old. The erstwhile villages of Mylapore,
Triplicane, Ezhambur (Egmore), etc., all now a part of
Chennai, have a recorded historical past centuries older than
Chennai. 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 a tour of Tamil Nadu and South India.
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.
EXCURSIONS FROM CHENNAI CITY
MGR Film City - Known to the world over for its film industry,
MGR Film City is a special delight, which houses various
locations and settings for film shootings besides dubbing and
Mahabalipuram - Located at a distance of 58 km from Chennai,
Mahabalipuram has everything that makes a site memorable;
tradition, history, piety, western annals, and current
importance as a centre of tourism.
Crocodile Bank - Located 42-m from Chennai is a farm where
several species of Indian and African crocodiles and
alligators are bred in captivity. This crocodile bank is on
the way to Mahabalipuram and is run by Romulve Whittaker.
Tirupati - 84-km from Chennai at the extreme south of Andhra
Pradesh is Tirupati, one of the most important pilgrimage
centres of India.
HOW TO REACH CHENNAI
Chennai, is an international arrivel point and is well
connected by Air from all the major national and international
cities around the world. Regular train services also connect
Chennai (Madras) directly with all the major cities and
National Highway connect the city with excelllant road network
from other capitals and major tourist places in India.