Chennai

History

Chennai is located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal. History of the city dates back to colonial times, particularly the British East India Company. Chennai became a major naval port city in L8th century. After Independence, Chennai became the capital of Madras State, which was renamed Tamil Nadu.

Popular Tourist Attractions

  • The UNESCO Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram
  • The Gundiya National Park
  • The Semmozhi Poonga botanical garden
  • Chepauk Palace, the first Indo-Saracenic building in India

Nearby Places

  • Kanchipuram, famous for its silk saris, is just 73 km away
  • Karaikudi, famous for its Pillayiar temple, is 415 km away
  • Kodaikanal, the serene hill station of Tamil Nadu, is 516km away

Transport

By Air – Anna International Airport at Chennai is connected to many important cities abroad including Singapore and Colombo while Kamraj Domestic Airport at Chennai is well connected to all major cities of India.

By Train – Chennai has Central, Egmore and Tambaram Central is well connected to all the major cities of India.

By Road – Chennai metro city is connected to all parts of the India by road. Deluxe Volvo bus services are available from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Cochin and Coimbatore.

Best Things to Do

  • Go birding in the lush green cover of Chennai
  • Visit the National Art Gallery
  • Visit the old Government Museum
  • Visit the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, one of the largest zoological parks in the world
  • Enjoy the two popular beaches, the Marina and Elliot’s
  • Enjoy rowing at the Madras Boat club, which is over 140 years old
  • Enjoy playing golf at the Gymkhana Club, which is famous for its 18-hole golf courses