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.
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.
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Chennai offers excellent hotels and transport, a terrific range of food and some serious shopping for silks, cottons and course, magnificent old Hindus temples that offer more than just a fabulous photo opportunity to the discerning! Savour Chennai, for a true feel of India, enticingly different from the tourist tracks of the Delhi-Agra-Jaipur triangle.
Festival of Carnatic music and dance is celebrated immensely and is one of the largest festivals of this type in the world.
Chennai has a very hot tropical type of climate.The summers here are very sultry and hot while the winters are warm. The temperature variation is very less between winters and summers. There is rainfall throughout the year. The proximity to sea makes atmosphere very heavy and humid.
As such Chennai offers a year round tourist season and one can visit the place any time.
A masterpiece of Dravidian style, Kapaleeswarar displays the architectural elements - gopurams, mandapams and a tank. There are some fragmentary inscriptions dating back to 1250 AD. It is an ancient Shiva temple and is the biggest temple in Chennai.
Sri Parthasarathy Temple
Sri Parthasarathy Temple is one of the oldest surviving temple in Chennai. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple was originally raised by the Pallavas in the 8th century and renovated in the 16th century bt the Vijayanagars. It houses the five 'avatars' of Lord Vishnu, and has a small temple shrine dedicated to Vishnu's consort, Vedavalli Ammai.
The Santhomre Cathedral Church
The Santhome Cathedral Church built in 1504, then rebuilt in neo-Gothic style in 1893, this Roman Catholic Church near Kapaleeshwarar temple is said to house the remains of St.
Fort St. George
Built in 1640 AD, Fort St. George was the first bastion of British power of India. The fort has undergone much alteration. The fort is now used by the Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly and the Secretariat office. The 46m high flagstaff at the front is actually a mast salvaged from a 17th century shipwreck.
The Snake Park
The Snake Park with its lizards, crocodiles and turtles is the most interesting place to visit in Chennai. Well maintained with generous enclosures, the Snake Park houses a wide variety of reptiles.
The Theosophical Society
The Theosophical Society is set in a tranquil spot on the banks of the Adyar river. There is a huge banyan tree, with its branches spreading over an area of 40,000 square ft, where discourses are conducted.
The Marina Beach extends to 13 km along the Bay of Bengal. South of the pitiful aquarium is the Ice House, once used to store massive ice blocks transported by ship from North America. It later became the venue from which Vivekanand preached his ascetic philosophy.
By Air : The Anna International Terminal and the Kamarajar Domestic Terminal are situated at Thrisulam 17 km from the city centre.
By Rail : Madras Central (Chennai Central) caters for all broad gauge services and the Egmore station for all meter gauge services. Both the stations are located in the heart of the city and are easily accessible.
When you will land in Chennai, we will be there to offer you the
best of accommodation facilities, you would expect to get.
Accommodations are plenty
here and the comfort is no way less. You can pick from the luxury,
deluxe, semi deluxe, star and budget category hotels, all of which are
ideally designed to give the ultimate satisfaction. The hotels are well
appointed with best of facilities and services.