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CHENNAI

Location : State – Tamil Nadu ( South India )

Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu lies south of India is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. It was established at Fort St. George in 1640 A.D. The city has a ravishing blend of traditional Tamil Hindu culture and the remarkable British architecture, that can be perceived in the form of old cathedrals, structures constructed in the Indo-Saracenic style. Chennai the fourth largest metropolitan city of India spread over an area of 180 Sq. Kms.

Prime Attractions

Fort St. George

The Fort was Contrived by the British Empire in 1639-1640. It is now used as an official building of the Tamil Nadu government and is known for its architectural splendors, a worth visiting spot.

Kapaleeswarar Temple

The temple treasures the ancient scripts dating back to the 13th century AD and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The Marina Beach

Marina Beach is considered one of the second longest beaches in the world, extending over a length of 12 km. It is an idle place for all sorts of water activities like diving, swimming, water rafting and yachting.

Santhome Cathedral

The Santhome cathedral was constructed by the Portuguese in 14th century AD. It is one of the most significant pilgrimages for the people belonging to the Christian community.

Excursion

Mahabalipuram:

50-kilometer from Chennai is Mahabalipuram, situated on the Bay of Bengal coastline. Famous for 9 temples carved out of the hard rock and 5 temples paved with concrete, known as Pancha Pandava Rathas. Four ratahas are carved out of a single rock depicts some of the unique 8th century Dravidian style archicture.

Kanchipuram:

Also called 'the Golden City of a thousand temples', is 71 km from Chennai. It was the capital of the Pallavas, the Cholas and the Rayas. Pallava regime constructed some of the peerless structures of temples in 6th and 7th centuries. Another attraction of the city is its hand woven silk fabrics, which is famous all over the world.

Shopping

Chennai is one of the important trade centers of south India. It is famous for its traditional handicrafts, handlooms and silk. Victoria Technical Institute at Mount Road has many retail shops to go for shopping. Srinivasa Silk and B.M. Silks at Mylapore are important silk centers. Gold Ornaments can be best shops at Mount Road.

How To Get There

By Air: All major airlines have direct flight TO Chennai.

By Rail: Chennai is well connected with railways to Bangalore, Cochin, Delhi, Hyderabad, Madurai, Tirupati Trivandrum and Varanasi and also to all ather major cities of India.

By Road: Chennai is connected to important cities by means of road transport. Road-distances from Chennai are Mumbai- 1329 kms, Bangalore 334 kms, Kanyakumari 693 kms, Mahabalipuram 60 kms, . Regular buses available from Chennai to all other major cities in India.

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