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About Chennai


About Chennai

Established way back in the 17th century by the British in India, Chennai is the fourth largest metro city in the country. Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu. The city was once an important trade center during the British rule and has immensely developed since then. Despite having a strong colonial influence Chennai has managed to maintain its traditional Tamil Hindu culture. Occupying an area of about 180 Sq. Kms Chennai turns out to be the fourth most populated cities in the country. Popular as the gateway to the other important and charming cities of the South, Chennai provides many facets of South Indian heritage. A city dotted with temples, forts, palaces and Churches Chennai is a traveler’s delight. Besides being a sea port Chennai is also a major trade center, being well linked by road, rail and air to the important cities in the country.

Chennai Industries

An important city from the point of view of industrial development, Chennai boats of a strong industrial base in the hardware manufacturing, car, technology, and healthcare industries. It is accredited as India's second largest exporter of software, information technology and information technology related services. The city is also responsible for manufacturing a major chunk of automobiles in the country. One of the healthiest contributors to the economy of the state, Chennai accounts for 60 percent of the country's automobile exports.

Chennai Climate

Situated on the Eastern Coastal Plains on the South east of India, Chennai witnesses very less variation in its temperatures. For most parts of the year, the weather of Chennai is hot and humid. The hottest months in this part of the country range from May to June with temperatures shooting up to 38-42 °C. The ideal time to visit Chennai is during the winters with temperatures ranging from 19-20 °C. However for most parts of the year, the climate of Chennai remains moderate.

Chennai Art

Famous as the Gateway to the South, Chennai offers a blend of traditional music dance and art of Tamil Nadu. Being one of the top cosmopolitan cities in the country, Chennai is a concoction of various religions and cultures that stay together in peace. Chennai is also the base of the Tamil Nadu movie industry which is extremely popular throughout South India. Apart from films Chennai has also been one of the torchbearers of contemporary art in India.

Chennai Cuisine

Popular for its food, Chennai cuisine has a deep Tamil influence. There is a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes available in Chennai. Some of the famous south Indian dishes that are popular throughout the country include Dosa, Idli, Vada, Pongal and Idiyappam.