Often called the "Gateway to the South", the city of Chennai is situated at the Coromondal coast of the Bay of Bengal. Chennai is an enormous convergence of modern amenities and technology, rich tradition and heritage making it a unique city. Chennai is a vibrant place with an unmatched collection of beautifully carved temples, peaceful beaches, majestic monuments and much more.
Places to Visit:
Fort St. George
Established by the British East India Company in 1640 AD, St. George Fort is located on the banks of Bay of Bengal. It is supposed that the structure is the first establishment of the British in India and is a rich military architecture.
Government Museum of Chennai was established during colonial rule and is among the oldest museums of India taking you on a journey of Hindu Sculpture Gallery, Bronze Gallery, Amravathi Gallery and the National Art Gallery.
Kamaraj Memorial House
Shri Kamaraj, the former chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is the inspiration for the establishment of Kamaraj Memorial house. The structure consists of a huge library of his favourite books and an extensive collection of photographs since his childhood days to later.
Senate house is an awesome example of great architects of the 19th century reflecting an architectural wonder. It is positioned at the campus of university of madras very near to the Marina beach.
Thousand Lights Mosque
A well known holy place for Muslims in Chennai has a different popularity because of various reasons; one of them is its name itself. It widely attracts a large no of non-Muslims due to its historical and religious importance.
As the name suggest, war memorial is a dedication to those soldiers who laid their lives for the welfare of the nation as well as those who died in service.
San Thome Basilica
A sanctified place of pilgrimage of utmost faith among Catholic Christians, San Thome Basilica was built by the Portuguese in 1600s. Providing a reflection of Neo-Gothic style of architecture the church is a peaceful and pious place.
Situated at Elliot's Beach, Velakannai Church is the chief shrine of Mother Mary where she is respected as 'Lady of Health'. It is very popular and is referred to as 'Mecca of Christians'.
Adeeswar Temple is the place of pilgrimage of the first omniscient teacher of Jainism, Rishabhadev or Adi Jain. It is situated 9 km from the city and is also known as Polal Temple.
The Kandaswamy Temple is a sacred shrine of Lord Kandaswamy or Lord Shiva and Lord Muruga, son of Lord Shiva. The structure was completed in 11th century by the Chola Kings. The temple is very famous for the celebration of Skandasasthi and Parhuni festivals.
One of the finest beaches on the coast of Coromondal, situated at a distance of 40 km from Chennai, Covelong beach is blessed with beauty that can leave you speechless.
It is the second largest beach of the world extending to a length of 13kms. Located at a distance of 3kms, it covers the region from St. George Fort to Mahabalipuram.
As the name suggests, Crocodile Bank is a wildlife sanctuary rich in crocodiles, alligators and several other creepy crawlies.
Formerly known as Mamallapuram, the place is famous for its shore temple and carving. It forms 'Golden Tourism Triangle' with Chennai and Kanchipuram attracting most of the tourist.
Access by Air : Situated at a distance of 7 km from the main city, Chennai International Airport is the third busiest airport of India. Check-in to domestic and international flights at terminals located only 150 meters from each other. The city is well connected to all the major cities of the world.
Access by Rail : The two main stations of Chennai offering long distance trains are Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore. There are daily trains from Chennai to Bengaluru, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Cochin, Hyderabad Kolkata and most of the big cities of India and hence is well connected to other cities.
Access by Road : Chennai has very good bus facilities with seven different state owned corporations which drive buses to and from various destinations within South India. It is home to one of the largest bus stations of Asia, CMB.
The close proximity to the sea and the thermal equator makes the climate and weather in Chennai relatively consistent throughout the year with less variation in the seasonal temperature. The weather in Chennai is mostly hot and humid with three major season's summers, monsoons and winters. The summers are hot with temperature ranging from 38-42°C. Chennai experiences monsoon between June and November. The most suitable time to visit is between December and February with a comfortable temperature about 18°C.