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 ::
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
General Information ::
Local Language :
Rain Fall :
254 Cms (annual)
Max: 37OC Min: 21OC in Summer
Max: 32OC Min: 20OC in Winter
STD Code :
Tourist Season :
Throughout the year
Reaching 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
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.
Chennai is well connected by rail with the important towns and cities within
and beyond the state.
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.