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Chennai - The Destination

Holidays In Chennai

An extensive sea of traffic, amusement parks, places of worship, cultural centers, clubs, and flyovers - this is the city of Madras, rechristened as Chennai. One of the four major metropolises of India, Chennai is where the south Indian film industry is settled. The land where films are the manna of existence and film stars, the demi-gods of society.

Chennai with the Bay of Bengal on its side had been the British trading post  for years. This small fishing village , turned into a beautiful  city,

Chennai perhaps is the most peaceful and green metropolis in India. The city has its fair share of forts and palaces reminding the tourists the glory of bygone eras along with the modern advancements.

Amongst the must visits in Chennai is the second longest beach in the world - Marina Beach. The gorgeous golden sands invite innumerable tourists especially during the evenings. The British East India Company's St. George Fort is a famous landmark of Chennai. Another colonial structure in the city of Chennai worth visiting is the Santhome Cathedral. If you are religious minded, a visit to the Kapaleeshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parthsarthy Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna is a must. For animal lovers Guindy National Park and Snake Park of Chennai offer unforgettable experiences.

Chennai is also home to the National Art Gallery that has a good collection of old paintings and sculptures. Within the Serene Garden of Remembrance in Chennai is the Theosophical Society. The gorgeous green gardens with different shrines of various faiths attract tourists and pilgrims alike to Chennai. All in all, Chennai is the destination to be in to visit numerous ancient temples and temple towns in this part of the country.

Chennai - Facts at a Glance

State : Tamil Nadu
Area : 174 sq km
Temperature : 27°C - 40°C (Summers)
19°C - 30°C (Winters)
Rainfall : 1290 mm
Language : Tamil, Telegu, Malayalam, English
Best Season : Throughout the year

History of Chennai

Chennaipattinam was a popular trading center for spices and clothes for more than 2000 years. The Portuguese and Dutch arrived in the 16th century followed by the British and French. In 1639 the British East India Company established a settlement in the fishing village of Madraspattnam that they leased from the local Nayaks. In Madraspattnam they started the construction of Fort St. George. George Town grew in the area of fort and neighboring villages ultimately becoming the oldest Municipality of India in 1668. During the 17th and 18th centuries Europeans competed for supremacy in India and Britain became the ultimate gainer. Under the command of Robert Clive, the British launched a campaign against French, a series of war known as the Carnatic Wars. Finally the French were forced to withdraw to Pondicherry.

The city grew into the modern day Madras City merging all neighboring areas. In the 19th century the city became the seat of Madras Presidency, the southern division of British Imperial India. After independence in 1947 it became the capital of Madras State that was renamed Tamil Nadu. Very recently Madras was renamed Chennai.
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