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Chennai Travel GuideFormerly known as Madras, the present Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu state. It is the fourth largest city in the country and is far less congested and polluted when compared to the other metros in India. The East India Company landed here making it as the first site for their progress. Founded in the year 1639, on a portion of land provided by the Raja of Chandragiri, the last of the Vijayanagar rulers.
The city of Chennai has efficient public transport facilities including numerous buses and local electric trains covering all the major parts of the city. Call-taxis and autos run through out the night making it easier for the people to travel. Right from industries to institutions there are countless of them giving the best service. Though there are no major attractions as such, it does have the second biggest beach in the world, the Marina Beach. Chennai is a place for anything and everything. It is a place for ample of opportunities regarding anything. Recently the growth of IT industries in Chennai has given tons of placements for people all over India.
Places to visit in Chennai
St.George Fort which was built in the year 1640 was once the first bastion for the East India Company. Now it is the place for the Secretariat and the Legislative Assembly. The fort owns a museum which has a remarkable collection of rare things. There is also an old Anglican church, St Mary's Church that was built during 1678 to 1680 within the fort complex which is one of the surviving constructions of the British.
Temples and Churches
To the south of Chennai at Mylapore is the famous Kapaleeswarar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the best artistic constructions of the past which has a typical Dravidian styled shrine.
San Thome Cathedral
Just near to the temple is the San Thome Cathedral that contains the remains of Saint Thomas, the Apostle.
The next wonderful place is the Parathasarathy temple that was built around 8th century during the reign of Pallava. It is located on the Triplicane High Road. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna.
The Madras Harbour
More than a century this artificial harbour is one of the most excellent ancient landmarks in the country and at the same time it is one of the busiest places for national and international sea trading. This is a must see sight for the tourists.
The Government Museum and Art Gallery
Located on the Pantheon Road, near the splendid Egmore station is one of the most notable museum and art gallery that has an exiting archaeological section that covers various items of the South Indian period. It also has a beautiful gallery for the bronze collection entirely of the Chola bronze art.
The Theosophical Society and Kalakshetra
Located at Thiruvanmiyoor, is the popular Kalakshetra, a renowned institution for Indian classical dance and music. The Theosophical Society is another interesting place to visit. The National Deer Park. Both places are exceptionally wonderful examples of the state's cultural heritage.
The National Deer Park
Located in the Raj Bhavan premises at Guindy, it is a well-maintained park and a pleasant place to have a look around. Being one of the primary tourist attractions in Chennai the park also houses a Snake Park near by, which has different variety of species some of which also includes the endangered ones.
Festivals of Chennai
Some of the major celebrated festivals of the region are:
* Navaratri or Dussehra during the months of September and October.
* Diwali celebrated during November or October is one of the colourful festivals in the country.
* In November or December the grandly celebrated Karthika festival.
* Pongal in January.
* The annual Carnatic classical music and dance festival during December and January is very lively and entertaining one.
Map of Chennai
Travel to Chennai
About 20 kms from the city at Tirusulam is the Kamaraj National and Anna International Airport that's connects national and international places.
The major railway stations are Central Railway Station and Egmore Station located in the heart of the city. It serves as a splendid connection connecting all major places of the country.
The Roadways from Chennai are excellent means of travelling to all over India. Transport is not at all a problem and any destination can be easily accessed from Chennai with advanced transport facilities.