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Introduction ::Mahabalipuram-Shore-Temple, Chennai
Chennai formerly known as Madras is the capital city of Tamil Nadu state.It is the present gateway to South India is about 350 years old. Founded at Fort St: George in 1640 AD by Francis Day; an employ of the East India Company, Chennai today is one of the great metropolitan cities of the World, and the fourth largest city in India.

History of Chennai ::
Chennai was the first British major settlement in India. In the city, one cannot fail to notice the dominant British influences in the form of old Cathedrals, buildings in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture and wide tree lined avenues. But Chennai retains a charm characteristic of the typical South Indian heritage and way of living. As a city it continues to maintain the best of South Indian traditions. This is not surprising because the region was an important center of Pallavan culture long before the British came here, the traces of which can be found in the numerous old temples.

Fairs & Festivals ::

Mammallapuram Dance FestivaDance Festival - Mamallapuram :

Sit before an open-air 'stage' created 13 centuries ago the incredible monolithic rock sculptures of the Pallavas, next to the sea in this ancient city of Mamallapuram. Watch a very unique dance event where traditional dance forms of Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Odissi, presented by the very best exponents of the art besides folk dances.
Pongal: At dawn on this day families everywhere gather around a new earthen pot. As the pot of milk boils over, signifying prosperity, a shout of "Pongalo Pongal" rents the air.

Arubathimoovar Festival :
Literally, 'Arubathimoovar' refers to the 63 saints of Shiva canonized for leading exemplary lives of devotion and penance. Bronze figures of these 63 saints adorn the magnificent Kapaliswar Temple at Mylapore, Chennai. Once, every year, they are carried in a colourful procession through the streets of Mylapore.

General Information ::

Area : 174 Sq.Kms.

Population : 42,16,268

Local Language : Tamil

Rain Fall : 254 Cms (annual)

Temperature :

Max: 37OC Min: 21OC in Summer
Max: 32OC Min: 20OC in Winter

STD Code : 044

Tourist Season : Throughout the year

Reaching Chennai ::Chennai

Chennai - Cultural & Heritage City

Chennai, the present gateway to the South of India, is, however, only about 350 years old. Chennai is ever growing, changing and pulsating with new activities. The city of today, one of the great metropolitan cities of the world, and the fourth largest city in India, grew from the Fort that Francis Day and his superior Andrew Cogan of East India Company built on a narrow spit of no-man's land that Day's dubash Beri Thimanna negotiated with the local governor of the Vijayangar Empire.

Air :
Meenampakkam Airport (7km) in Chennai has both domestic and international terminals. Regular flights connect Chennai with the major cities within the country and also with countries abroad.

Rail :
Chennai is well connected by rail with the important towns and cities within and beyond the state.

Road :
State transport buses and private buses connect Chennai with the major towns and cities within the country. For local transportation local trains, city buses, auto rickshaws and taxis are available.

Near by Cities ::

Kancheepuram - 75kms. Bangalore - 334 kms.
Pondicherry - 162 kms. Tirupati - 154 kms.
Mamallapuram - 58 kms. Vellore - 145 kms.
Thirukkazhukundram - 74kms Vedanthangal - 85 kms.

Chennai Best Season ::
The best time to visit this city is the winter season, i.e., November to September when the weather is pleasant.

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