Introduction
Chennai, the gracious capital city of Tamil Nadu is one of India's major port and the commercial hub of South India and thus it became a metropolitan city and emerged as fourth largest city in the country. Located on a 17km stretch of the Coramandel coast, the city is trisected by the waterways of Cooum and Adyar and the Buckingham Canal. It is a city of courtesy, charm and culture. Temples and Forts, Churches and Beaches, Mosques, Parks and Monuments are all a part of this wonderful city. Many of the indian languages are spoken in Chennai, though the main language of Chennai is Tamil. For travelers with an interest in the colonial history of India, Chennai has much worth exploring and abundant transport operations make other parts of the country readily accessible.

Area 181 sq km
Altitude 6 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-24.0 C-42.0 C Winter-18.0 C-36.0C
Language English, Hindi, Tamil
STD Code 044
Rainfall 1,300 mm average yearly
Best Time to Visit September to March

Chennai Map



How to get there
1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.


Places to Visit
Kapalishvara Temple San Thome Cathedral St. Thomas Mount Little Mount Shrine Fort St. George St Andrew's Kirik Goverment Museum St Mary's Church Marina
Kapalishvara Temple San Thome Cathedral
St. Thomas Mount Little Mount Shrine
Fort St. George St Andrew's Kirik
Goverment Museum St Mary's Church
Marina  


Excursion
Kanchipuram Mamallapuram Crocodile Bank
Vedanthangal Birds Sanctuary Dakshina Chitra  

Shopping
Chennai is famous for its handlooms, both the exquisite Kancheepuram silk and cottons used for designer sarees, shirts and domestic use.The beautiful Kancheepuram hand woven silk sarees are famous for their pretty temple borders and rich zari ( gold thread) pallavas. Detailed traditional motifs and bright colours with contrasting borders make these sarees absolutely delightful. Take home exquisite souvenirs for your loved ones in silver, copper, bronzed and wood, available in various government emporia and private stores or irresistible jewellery made from uncut precious stones.


Accommodation
Chola Sheraton ITC Park Sheraton Le Royal Meridien
Hotel The Park Hotel Taj Coromandel Hotel Trident Hilton
Hotel Taj Connemara Hotel Savera Hotel Ambassador Pallava
Hotel Benz Park Tulip Hotel Crystal Inn Hotel Ambica Empire
Hotel Pleasant Days Hotel Quality in Sabri Hotel Radha Park Inn
Dee Cee Manor