About CHENNAI


The weather in Chennai in December month is generally very pleasant. During this period, Chennai is a hub of music and dance. Some of the tourist attractions in and around Chennai are:

Dakshinachitra:

Located south of Cholamandalam, a reasonably new place presented by the Chennai Crafts Foundation as a showpiece of different living styles in the South. You can admire traditional arts from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Contains recreations of Brahmin, Chettinad, potters, a basket aver's, a silk weaver's houses along with live representations of their craft.

Covelong:

Replete with historical monuments such as forts, churches, mosques, and a lovely beach, Covelong is a place where you can experience the history of Tamil Nadu as a whole.

Cholamandalam Artist's Village:

Located south of Chennai. Contemporary art, sculpture, batik and craft flourish in this little palm-studded sea-rimmed artists' commune started in 1966. Artists and sculptors live and work here and also exhibit and sell their work.

Muttukadu:

The backwaters of Muttukadu have been developed by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation to serve as a scenic picnic spot and a water sports centre.

Crocodile Bank:

Not far from Mamallapuram, Romulus Whitaker runs this crocodile breeding and research centre. Here, several species of Indian and African crocodiles and alligators are bred in captivity.

V.G.P Golden Beach Resort:

This beach resort is popular not just with the people of the city, but also with tourists. There is an entertainment arcade for children and for adults.

Mahabalipuram:

Just out of Chennai, roughly 55 km away, is the world-famous town of Mahabalipuram. The Pallava dynasty of Southern India, one of the major lines of kings to rule in India after the Gupta period, made this lovely seaside village their second capital.

Vandalur:

Spread over an area of 1,265 acres, the Anna Zoological Park at Vandalur is the largest in South Asia with a rich variety of different species of mammals, reptiles and birds.

Kanchipuram:

Along with Chennai and Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram forms the famous Golden Triangle of the Coromandel Coast. Almost all tourists visit Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram finds place on the global map because of the wonderful craftsmanship of the Kanchi weavers, the makers of what is perhaps the finest silk fabric in the world, and its myriad temples.

Vedanthangal:

Vedanthangal is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in India. It is a marshy, 30 hectare park with lake visited by over 1, 00,000 migratory birds every year. The majority of these birds can be seen between November and February.

Pondicherry:

Lying 162 km south of Chennai, this town has an imminent French influence. It is here the famous philosopher Sri Aurobindo once lived. For sightseeing, interesting places include churches, museum, beach, the Aurobindo ashram, and Auroville.

Interesting Facts & Trivia About Chennai

  1. The earlier name of the city, Madras is believed to be originated from Madrasapattinam, a fishing village located north of the St. George Fort.
  2. Chennai is also known as the ‘Gateway to South India’.
  3. The Tidel Park of the capital city is the largest IT Park in Asia; it also houses the head offices of leading software companies.
  4. Cricket is the famous sport in Chennai and was started as a result of the foundation of the Madras Cricket Club in 1846.
  5. The M.A. Chidambaram Stadium sited in Chepauk was set up in 1916 and is among the oldest stadiums of the country.
  6. It is also known as the Detroit of India because of its automobile industry which produces more than 40% of the auto parts and motor vehicles in India.
  7. The Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CBMT) at Koyambedu is the leading bus terminal in Asia.
  8. The Cancer Institute established in 1920 is one of the oldest cancer hospitals in India.
  9. The Anna Centenary Library in the capital city of Tamil Nadu is the largest library in Asia.
  10. Viswanathan Anand, the world chess champion, grew up in Chennai.
  11. This city is renowned for Bharatnatyam, the famous and one of the oldest classical dance forms in India, which originated in Tamil Nadu.
  12. It houses some of the leading foreign banks including Bank of America, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Citibank, Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Ltd., Ryan Services and Standard Chartered Bank.
  13. The Vandalur Zoo sited in Chennai was set up in 1855 and it is the first public zoo in India and also the largest one in the country. Chennai is the second leading exporter of information technology (IT) and business process outsourcing (BPO) services in India.
How to reach Chennai?

By Rail

Chennai hosts the headquarters of the Southern Railway. The city has two main railway terminals. Chennai Central station, the city's largest, provides access to other major cities as well as many other smaller towns across India,  whereas Chennai Egmore provides access to destinations primarily within Tamilnadu; however, it also handles a few inter–state trains. The Chennai suburban railway network, one of the oldest in the country, facilitates transportation within the city. It consists of four broad gauge sectors terminating at two locations in the city, namely Chennai Central and Chennai Beach. While three sectors are operated on-grade, the fourth sector is majorly an elevated corridor, which links Chennai Beach to Velachery and is interlinked with the remaining rail network. Construction is underway for an underground and elevated Rapid Transit System locally known as Chennai Metro Rail. The metro line first phase from Alandur to Koyambedu was inaugurated on 29 June 2015.

By Road

Chennai is one of the cities in India that is connected by the Golden Quadrilateral system of National Highways. It is connected to other Indian cities by four major National Highways (NH) that originate in the city. They are NH 4 to Mumbai (via Bengaluru, Pune), NH 5 to Kolkata (linked via NH 6) (via Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar), NH 45 to Theni (via Villupuram, Tiruchirapalli, Dindigul) and NH 205 to Madanapalle (via Tirupati). Chennai is connected to other parts of the state and the Union Territory of Puducherry by state highways

By Air

Chennai International Airport, comprising the Anna international terminal and the Kamaraj domestic terminal with a total passenger movements of 1.52 crore and aircraft movements of 124,712 in 2013–2014, Chennai is the fourth busiest airport in India after Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru and in terms of international passengers Chennai is the third busiest airport behind Delhi and Mumbai. Chennai handles 400 flights a day, again placing it fourth among Indian airports. The city is connected to major hubs across Asia, Europe, and North America through more than 30 national and international carriers.

The existing airport is undergoing further modernization and expansion with an addition of 1,069.99 acres (433.01 ha), while a new greenfield airport is to be constructed at an estimated cost of ₹ 2,000 crore in Sriperumbudur on 4,200 acres (17 km2) of land. The new airport is said to be likely to handle cargo spillover traffic from the existing one.

For Details about the airlines.

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Arabia Sharjah Anna
AirAsia KualaLumpur–International Anna
AirAustral Saint-Denisde la Réunion Anna
AirCarnival CoimbatoreMadurai Kamaraj
AirCosta AhmedabadBengaluruJaipur Kamaraj
Air India AhmedabadColomboDelhiDubai–InternationalGoaHyderabadKuwaitMumbaiMuscatSharjahSingapore,Thiruvananthapuram Anna
Air India BengaluruCoimbatoreDelhiHyderabadKochiKolkataMaduraiMumbaiPort Blair Kamaraj
Air India Express Kuala Lumpur–InternationalKochiSingaporeThiruvananthapuramTiruchirapalli Anna
Air Mauritius Mauritius Anna
British Airways London–Heathrow Anna
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Anna
Emirates Dubai–International Anna
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Anna
Flydubai Dubai–International Anna
GoAir AhmedabadBagdograHyderabadKolkataMumbaiPort BlairPune Kamaraj
Gulf Air Bahrain Anna
IndiGo Dubai–InternationalMuscat (begins 15 December 2016),[69] Singapore Anna
IndiGo AgartalaAhmedabadBagdograBengaluruBhubaneswarChandigarhCoimbatoreDelhiGoaGuwahati, HyderabadJaipurKochiKolkataLucknowMumbaiPatna, [70]  PunePort BlairRaipurSrinagar, ThiruvananthapuramVisakhapatnam Kamaraj
Jet Airways Abu Dhabi (ends 14 January 2017), Singapore Anna
Jet Airways AmritsarBengaluruChandigarhCoimbatoreDelhiHyderabad,[71] IndoreKolkataMaduraiMumbaiMangalore,Port BlairPuneRajahmundryTiruchirappalli,Thiruvananthapuram (ends 30 November 2016), Vadodara Kamaraj
Kuwait Airways Kuwait Anna
Lufthansa Frankfurt Anna
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International Anna
Maldivian DhakaMalé Anna
Oman Air Muscat Anna
Qatar Airways Doha Anna
Saudia DammamJeddahRiyadh Anna
Scoot Singapore[72] Anna
SilkAir Singapore Anna
Singapore Airlines Singapore Anna
SpiceJet Bangkok–SuvarnabhumiColombo Anna
SpiceJet AgartalaAhmedabadBagdograBengaluruCoimbatoreDelhiGoaGuwahatiHyderabadKochiKolkata,KozhikodeMaduraiMumbaiPort BlairPuneThiruvananthapuram,[73] TuticorinVijayawadaVisakhapatnam Kamaraj
SriLankan Airlines Colombo Anna
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang Anna
Thai Airways International Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi Anna
TruJet AurangabadHyderabadRajahmundryVijayawada Kamaraj