Popularly 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 travel point or base
to start a tour of Tamil Nadu and South India.
Chennai Travel Attractions/Places to see :
Marina Beach -
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 -
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 re-recording
Located 40 km
from Chennai, Covelong is a beautiful beach with a number of historical
monuments around it. The Dutch Fort and the Catholic church are amongst
» 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
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.