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Chennai (previously known as Madras) is the capital city of Tamil Nadu and the 4th largest metro city of India. The city is situated on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal and is considered the major cultural, educational as well as economical center in South India.

It is divided into North, Central, West and South, the four major parts. North part of Chennai is known as industrial area; central is commercial heart whereas South and West Chennai are turning to be the core commercial hubs with so many firms as well as BPO sectors.

The city is famous for its Hindu temples and classical dance forms. It is recognized as a major trade center well connected to other Indian cities by the help of rail, road and air transports.

Fast Facts:
  • Area : 178.20 Sq.Km
  • Climate : Tropical
  • Population : 6.4 million
  • Temperature : Summer: 37 °C (Max) 21.10 °C (Min) & winter: 32 °C (Max) 19.81 °C (Min)
  • Best Time to visit : November to February
  • Altitude : 60 m above sea level
  • Religions : Hindu, Sikhs, Islam, Parsis, Christians, Buddhists, Jains
  • Literacy : Male: 84.71% &
  • Female : 75.32%
  • Rivers : Cooum & Adayar – these two brooks are nearly stagnant and do not hold water except in rainy season

Places to Visit:

Kapaleeswar Temple

It is situated at Mylapore in Chennai. The leading deity is Lord Lord Siva (Kapaleeswar). Gopuram and Mandapam tank are interesting sites to see.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
NO 8.30 AM-10.00 AM & 2-5 PM Sundays & National Holidays NO

St.Mary’s Church

It is the first Anglican Church in India, which was constructed in 1680.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
Nil 10 am – 5 pm Sunday Afternoon Free


St. George Fort Museum

It is an ancient place to visit that gives relevant information regarding Chennai. It features great historical importance and is a worth visiting place. Now this houses the Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly as well as workplace of the Secretariat of Tamilnadu.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
Rs 100 (foreigners) & Rs 10 (for Indians) 10 AM – 5 PM Friday (without stand) – Rs 25


Theosophical Society

It was established by Madam H.P Blavatsky & Col H.S Olcott of USA. The society deals with religion and Philosophy. A biggest banyan tree, which is considered more than hundred years old, is still alive at its campus. The society is situated in Adayar.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
Nil 8.30 AM -10.00 AM & 2 PM-5 PM Sundays & National holidays NO




Govt. Museum

It’s a multipurpose state Government museum that covers an area of 16.5 acres. Its campus houses six independent buildings and has 46 galleries.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
Rs 250/- (for foreigners) & Rs 15 (for Indians) 9.30 AM – 5 PM Fridays & National Holidays Rs 200 & Video Camera fee– Rs 500


Marina Beach

It is the 2nd largest beach in the world and runs for 12 Km along the seashore of the city Arignar Anna Zoological Park. It is plainly called as Vandaloor Zoo and is 25 Km from Chennai. Animals can be spotted in a huge open island type area with natural setting. The attractions are Safari Park, Noctnimal house, a walk through aviary, Zoo education and interpretation, the pre-historic Animal Park, and Aquarium.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
Rs 20 8.30 AM-5.30 PM Tuesday Rs 150 & Still Camera – Rs 25


Kalashetra

It’s a significant cultural centre for Bharathanattiyam is Kalakshetra. It is in the south of the city. It was set up in 1936 by Ms.Rukmani Devi Arundale. It is a prominent training centre for the classical dances as well as music of India. For its cultural activities the center is also regarded as 'Temple of Arts'. It is 10 Km from Chennai.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
Rs 200 (for foreigners) & Free for Indians 8.30 AM-2.00 PM Saturdays, Sundays & also during counseling sessions (During Summer Holidays till 14th June) Not allowed (sometimes with special permission)


Snake Park

This snake park is located in Guindy. It houses a striking collection of snakes. Here the exhibition of Venom extraction is an enthralling activity. The King Cobra, Turtle, Python, Monitor Lizard and Tortoise are some of the most popular reptiles.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
Rs 10 8.30 AM-5.30 PM Tuesday Rs 100 & Still Camera – Rs 10


Valluvar Kottam

It is positioned in Kodambakkam and it is built in the memory of the classical Tamil poet as well as saint Thiruvalluvar, who created Thirukkural. It serves as a replica of the Thiruvarur Temple Chariot.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
Rs 5 8.30 AM-6.00 PM No Holidays Not Allowed & Still Camera – No fee


Guide Services:

Our company provides affordable guide services. The guards allied with our company are familiar with the places and are fluent in French, English, Italy, German and Spanish. As per their availability, we provide their services.

Day Excursions from Chennai:
  • Chennai –Kanchipuram –Chennai
  • Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Chennai
  • Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Chennai
  • Chennai – Pondicherry – Chennai

Fairs and Festivals:

The Brahmotsavam along with the Arubathimoovar- 63 saints festival, of Kapaleeswar temple sited in Mylapore is celebrated in the state of Tamil in the month of Panguni (March-April). The festival lasts for 10 days. Near the temple a big fair is held by locals. The float celebration held in January-February (in Mylapore) is also extremely popular.

Out of these celebrations rejoined in the Parthasarathy temple in Triplicane, the Vaikunta Ekadasi (December-January) is the most important one.

A great musical celebration is held during the month of December. (Karnatic music and dance)

Railways:

Chennai is the main head quarter of Southern Railways. There are two major rail terminals at Chennai.

Chennai Egmore : 135 (Manual Reservation enquiry) - 044-28251564

Chennai Central : 132 (Manual reservation enquiry) - 044-25353535

Airways:

Chennai is well interlinked by both domestic as well as international airports. Anna International and Kamraj National Airports are located at Tirusulam, which are about 20 Kms away from city.