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Marina BeachesPopularly 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. Aroma of festivity dwells in the air of Chennai. As the heavenly abode celebrates a number of festivals and plays host to several events. These festivals are mainly based on the agricultural activities and according to the position of the stars and planets. Pongal, celebrated in the month of January, is the most important festival of Chennai. Being a cosmopolitan city, almost all the religious festivals are celebrated here.


Modern Chennai grew out of a small village when in 1639 a fishing hamlet called "Madraspatnam" was selected by early English merchants of the East India Company as a site for the settlement. Chennai was the first British major settlement in India and it was here that many who went on to build the Empire first learnt their trade. As a consequence, the city is replete with much that is of significance in British Indian history. But the much older settlements have stories to tell too, and so the city is an amalgam of ancient and more modern history. Everywhere one goes in Chennai, one can find history written in every name.


Tourist Attractions
  • Parthsarthy Temple
    The Parthasarthy Temple was built by the Pallava Kings in the 8th century. The temple saw a renovation by the Vijaynagar Kings in the 16th century. The arched gateway and the brilliant architecture of the temple attracts myriad of visitors from all around.
  • Marina Beach
    The Marina Beach is not a new name to the visitors and travellers. The beach wonderfully extends from St. George to Mahabalipuram. Pedlars and hawkers can be observed all over the beach, selling everything from ice creams to roasted peanuts to balloons. Swimmers need to take precautions as the sea might get rough at times.
  • Kapaleeshwar Temple
    Erected in the 13th century, the Kapaleeshwar Temple is a fantastic example of the Dravidian architecture. The temple lies in the Malaypore area of Chennai. The main entrance of the temple, painted in red, blue and yellow, looks exquisite and the sanctum bears some Puranic legends sculpted on it. Ask For Tour !

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Centre Of South India's Film Industry
Chennai is the centre of South India's film industry; its skyline is ablaze with bright movie billboards advertising the latest celluloid fantasies. There are many big film studios.


Shopping
The most popular shopping centers in Chennai are at Rannganatha Street in T. Nagar and Anna Salai (Mount Road). Mount Road offers a range of glittering showrooms, hotels and restaurants. George Town near Parry's corner has one of the biggest markets of the city and deals in wholesale as well as retail trade like electronic goods, sweets and chocolates. Here you can find everything from paper and textiles to cosmetics and decorations. Nearby is the famous Burma Bazar where one can find all sorts of important goods ranging from electronic gadgets to ready-mades and perfumes.


A large number of festivals and fairs are celebrated in Chennai throughout the year. Besides the national festivals like the Independence Day and Republic day and religious festivals like Diwali, Holi, Navaratri, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha, Muharrum, Birthday of Prophet Mohamed, Christmas, Easter, Good Friday etc, Dance festival of Mamallapuram, Kanthuri festival, Pongal and Chennai Music and Dance Festival are celebrated with great fervor in Chennai city. The floating festival in January -February in Mylapore is also very popular.


How to Reach
  • Air
    Chennai is an international airport with flight connections to all major parts of the world, Domestic airlines connect Chennai with all the major cities of India.
  • Rail
    Regular train services connect Chennai directly with all major cities of the country. Suburban Electric trains run from Beach station to Tambaram and from Central to Gummidipoondi and Arakonam.
  • Road
    Chennai being gateway to the south is connected by excellent roads to all parts of the south. Taxis, Auto-rickshaws and cycle rickshaws are available. all types of tourist vehicle are easily available on hire. The aqua link: There is a sea line to Andaman and Nicobar islands.

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