Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Chennai formerly known as Madras is the Capital of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the 4th largest metro in the country. The hot and humid city’s culture is a perfect blend of ancient rituals in modern conveniences.
Chennai has been a major port of the 18th century. The place has been a battleground to Europeans and Regional Kings. The city is rich in its cultural aspects. Thanks to the IT boom and the dazzling magnanimous Tamil movie industry for its quick fame and development.
Chennai is the hub of festivities in the winter season. The harvest festival of Pongal is celebrated in style and grandeur for four long days. Chennai stages world famous Carnatic music festival showcasing prominent classical musicians of the country.
Places to visit
Marina Beach is the longest beach in India and the second longest beach in the world extending to 13 km. the beach is ideal picnic spot and for long leisurely walks or horse rides. However swimming is not advisable since the undercurrent is pretty strong.
St. Thomas Mount is in honour of St. Thomas, as history claims to be the one who introduced Christianity to India.
St Thomas Mount is a Holy place of international prominence, historical eminence, religious glory and tourist attraction. The 500 year old national shrine is renovated and restored. It is a major pilgrim and tourist centre.
The 7th century Kapaleeshwarar temple in Chennai is a fine exemplar of Dravidian Architecture. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity of the temple.
The war cemetery memorial in Chennai called the Chennai War Cemetery. The cemetery contains 856 common wealth burials of the Second World War.
Madras Crocodile Bank, is the largest reptile zoo in the world. It is also the first crocodile breeding centre in Asia.
Best time to visit
October to March is the best time to visit Chennai.