Vacation In Chennai, India

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Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. The city is home to Fort St. George, built in 1644 and now a museum showcasing the city’s roots as a British military garrison and East India Company trading outpost, when it was called Madras. Religious sites include Kapaleeshwarar Temple, adorned with carved and painted gods and St. Mary’s, a 17th-century Anglican church.

Chennai is a major commercial, cultural and educational center in India and one of the four metropolitan cities of India along with Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata. It serves as the capital of Tamil Nadu. Despite the visible ‘westernization’, Chennai still remains deep-rooted in culture and tradition.

Chennai and its surrounding areas were a part of successive south Indian kingdoms. However, the recorded history of the city began after the establishment of the English settlement at Fort St George in 1644. Fort St George continues to be the seat of several Tamil Nadu government offices even today. The lingering influence of the British is still visible in the Raj-era monuments and widespread usage of English. 

Today, Chennai is a thriving hub of manufacturing, technology and healthcare industries. It also ranks high among the foremost centers of information technology and business process outsourcing. The city is home to the second-biggest film industry in the country after Mumbai. Besides Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu movies are also produced in Chennai. Tamil stars are venerated and have often gone on to rule the state of Tamil Nadu. From Carnatic music and Bharatnatyam to fusion, Chennai offers a lot when it comes to art and culture. World renowned musicians like AR Rahman and Sivamani hail from this city. Rahman is also known as the Mozart of Madras. The city is the Mecca for Carnatic music fans as thousands of concerts are held across the city during the Tamil month of Marghazi. Dance recitals too are a common feature during the season. 

Chennai International Airport is an international airport serving the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India and its metropolitan area. It is located in Tirusulam, 21 km from the city centre.

Address: GST Rd, Meenambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600027, India. Code: MAA. Elevation: 52′.

 

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