Chennai (before now called Madras), the ‘Cultural Capital of India’, is the fourth largest big city inthe country with a population of over 8 millions. At a distance of 337 km from Bangalore, 629 kmfrom Hyderabad, 453 km from Vijayawada, 170 km from Pondicherry & 772 km from Trivandrum, Chennai is one the largest cities in India and capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. It is also one ofthe famous Tourist places in Tamilnadu.
The present town was founded in 1639, by Sir Francis Day, who arrived with East India Company. The British East India Company established a fort and a trading post at the small fishing village ofChennai. Today, it has come out as a major industrial and educational center. Chennai with theBay of Bengal on its side had been major British trading post for years.
The area around Chennai has served as an important (related to managing and running a company or organization), military, and money-based centre since the 1st century AD. It hasbeen ruled by different South Indian dynasties, especially/famously the Pallava, the Chola, thePandya, and Vijaynagara. The area where the present city exists was awarded to British byDamerla Chennapa Nayaka who a general under Vijayanagaras ruled from Chandragiri, nearTirupathi. The name Chennai believed to be came/coming from Chennakesava Perumal Templepresent in the city.
The city is famous for its beaches, Museums, Parks and (more than two, but not a lot of) historicalplaces around the city. The major tourist places in Chennai include Boat dock Beach, GovtMuseum, Parthasarathy Temple, Kapaleeswaraar Temple, San Thome Church, etc. There are(more than two, but not a lot of) other attractions near Chennai like Elliot Beach, VGP GoldenBeach, Mahabalipuram, Pulicat Lake, Muttukadu, etc. Kanchipuram, the famous historical & holy trip town is located close to Chennai.
Chennai has great connectivity from major cities in India and the world. Chennai has two majorrailway stations – Chennai Central & Chennai Egmore. Chennai Central is a major (connecting point/joining point) which is connected with major cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Vijayawada, Kochi, etc. Chennai Egmore is mostly provides connectivity withmajor towns within Tamilnadu. Chennai Mofussil Bus Last point/end (CMBT) is one of the largestbus last point/endes in India with inter-state and inter-city connectivity.
The city is base to around 30% of India’s car industry and 35% of its auto parts/pieces industry. Chennai is highly humid area and winter is the best season to visit.
It usually takes two full days to visit major attractions in Chennai.