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Chennai in Tamil Nadu

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You are at the southern tip of India in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is the third largest metropolis in India. Planning an itinery with Chennai as the gateway will put you in touch with a different face of India - classical, ancient and gentle. Definately touched by colonialism but not ravaged by wars and intensely aware of its roots and traditions.

Founded in 1639 on a piece of land donated by the Raja of Chandragiri, Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, is the fourth largest city of India. Lesser pollution and congestion marks the city from other major metros of India. Public services, transport and passenger trains in the state are highly dependable and efficient. Marina Beach, a popular tourist spot of Chennai, is the second largest beach in the world. Due to the presence of numerous sharks here, the place is not very popular with swimmers.




 
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Tamil Nadu
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Capital city - Chennai
Ideal time to Visit - October to March.
A large part of the state being on the coastal edge of the country, the weather is tropical and sultry for most part of the year. The summer months of April, May, June are hottest where temperature ranges to 40 degrees.

December and January are the peak months for Chennai. The temp ranges from 20-22 degrees. To avoid peak rush October is better. The weather in these months is pleasant and easy to bear the humidity.
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How to reach

By Air - The Kamaraj Domestic Airport and the Anna International Airports are located at Tirusulam which is about 20 kms from the city.
By Train - Chennai is well connected to all the major cities in India through a wide network of Railways. The main railheads are Central and Egmore.
By Road - Chennai has a good network of roads which connects the city to all the major towns, both in Tamil Nadu and outside.
By Sea - Chennai - Port Blair (Andaman & Nicobar islands) is connect by sea. The voyage takes about 50 to 60 hours and the ship normally berths at Port Blair for about two to four days.
Bengaluru Chennai Road drive

Route - NH 75
Distance - 330 kms
Time - 6 hrs
 
 
 
What to See

Kapaleeswarar temple
Dedicated to the Lord Shiva, the Kapaleeswarar temple has a typical Dravidian Gopuram. Situated in Mylapore, it is near the San Thome Cathedral which is believed to contain the remains of St. Thomas, the Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Museum and Art Gallery
The Museum and Art Gallery is situated on the Pantheon Road, near Egmore
station. The archaeological section has a fabulous collection of ancient artifacts. The Bronze gallery has  interesting items of of the Chola period.

The Theosophical Society
The Theosophical Society is located on the banks of the Adayar river and is frequented by most of the tourists.

Kalakshetra
Famous for Indian classical dance and music , Kalakshetra is an internationally renowned institution located at Thiruvanmiyoor. It is a classical example of the cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu.

The National Deer Park
The Black Buck, an endangered species of the Indian Antelope can be spotted here. It is located in the Raj Bhawan at Guindy. Also located at the Raj Bhawan is the Madras Snake Park which has a giant Turtle, Armadillos and many other animals which can rarely be seen elsewhere.



Entertainment

Government museum at Pantheon Road has Archeological, zoological, anthropological and geological galleries which display the pre historic to contemporary exhibits. Sculptures and bronzes are of special interest.

The Fort museum at the Fort of St. George has a large collection of coins, silverware, porcelain, manuscripts, engravings, and other materials related to the city.

Cholamandal Artists Village at Irinjambakkam is a contemporary arts villages by the villagers.

Dakshin Art Gallery at T.T.K Road has some exclusive Tanjore and Mysore glass paintings, old furniture and objects d'art.

Zoological parks - There is the Guindy National Park in Adiyar. Closed on Tuesday. The snake Park in Adiyar displays a large variety of reptiles. It is also closed on Tuesday.

Resorts and Amusement Parks - VGP Golden Beach Resort in Injambakkam is a resort and amusement park with a variety of entertainment. MGM Dizze World is in Muttukadu it has numerous rides, games and entertainment. Dolphin City at New Mamallapuram shows dolphins and sea lions. Prarthana Beach Drive in theatre in Injambakkam is the first of its kind in the country with film shows. Vandalore Zoo in Vandalur houses animals and wildlife in large enclosures with simulated enviroment. Kishkintha at Varadharajapuram offers rides and water rides. Muttukadu on the East Coast Road offers boating facilities in backwaters.