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Chennai Travel Guide

Popularly known as the "Gateway of South India", Chennai is noted for its beaches, medical tourism, bird watching sites, Fort St. George and religious destinations like St. Mary's Church, Kapaleshwar Temple and the Big Mosque

  • Chennai City in Tamil Nadu
Chennai At a Glance
  • Average Climate:18°C - 35°C
  • Best Time to Visit:November - March
  • STD Code:044


Blessed with picturesque locales and a history that dates back to times immemorial, Chennai is today one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.With a modest beginning as a tiny fishing village, the city of Madras or Chennai as it is officially known is today one of the most important cities of the world and one of the four metropolitan cities of India. Located on the south eastern coast of the Indian peninsula, the beautiful city of Chennai is one of the most attractive destinations to head to, if you are planning a tour to Tamil Nadu.

A major tourist destination in South India, Chennai is a metropolitan city with modern, commercial and historical significance.Situated on the south eastern coast of the country, this port city is spread across 426.7 sq km. It is the administrative capital of the state of Tamil Nadu and is well known for having the 2nd longest coastline in the world.

History of Chennai

The history of Chennai dates back to times immemorial, when the region which is present day Chennai today was just a fishing village. This stage was soon followed by advancements in the military and administrative aspects of Chennai around the 1st century. The city was soon to be regarded as a major center of power after a number of dynasties such as the Cholas, Pallavas, Pandyas as well as the Vijayanagar empires established their sovereignty in and around the city. This was followed by the Portuguese Conquest; one of the most important influences in the history and culture of the city of Chennai, as well the entire state of Tamil Nadu.

The next epoch making event in the history of Tamil Nadu as well as that of the history of India was the conquest of Tamil Nadu by the East India Company on 22nd August 1639. The relics of the rich past of Tamil Nadu are still scattered all around Chennai, which can be seen while on a tour to Chennai.