Ancient temples, vibrant arts, natural wonders and a bustling culinary scene make  Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the southern fringes of the country. Located on the Coromandel Coast, this busy metropolis was formerly called Madras. From the resplendent classical dance form of bharatnatyam to the rich flavours of its iconic cuisine and from the lustrous silk sarees traded here to the gorgeous temples and churches, Chennai is the gatekeeper of South Indian art, culture and traditions. The city is also the perfect base from which trips to other locales in Tamil Nadu can take off. 

Alongside heritage, flourish natural and contemporary highlights: sprawling beaches with natural and man-made wonders, a bustling seaport, quirky cafes, a multi-transport system, theme parks, industrial hubs, hi-tech parks and universities. Its population is a heterogenous mix of locals, expats and people from the rest of India. Chennai is widely known as the “Detroit of India”, a moniker it earned because of the high concentration of automobile factories located in and around here.

There are several stories about the origin of the city’s name. Initially, during the Nayakars rule, its name was Madras, which was inspired by Madraspattinam. At that time, it was a fishing village that was situated to the north of the area that is now Fort St George. The king of Vijaynagar sold the piece of land to the British on which now stands Fort St George, which houses the Secretariat Complex of the Government of Tamil Nadu. It was the British officers who retained the name Madraspattinam. For local populace, it was more common to call the city Chennapattinam. According to another legend, the city was named Chennai in honour of Damal Chennappa Nayakkar, a Nayak ruler. In the year 1996, the government renamed it to Chennai officially and the name stands even today.

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St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church

Established in 1679 AD, the St Mary’s Church is located inside the...

Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram

Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram

The Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram is one of the most popular spots to...

Tanjore Paintings

Tanjore Paintings

Tanjore paintings are a great way to beautify the interiors of your...

Semmozhi Poonga

Semmozhi Poonga

Home to about 500 species of plants and over 80 trees, the Semmozhi...

San Thomas Basilica

San Thomas Basilica

A beautiful Roman catholic cathedral in pristine white, this church...

Gujarati Shwetambar Murtipujak Jain Mandir

Gujarati Shwetambar Murtipujak Jain Mandir

The Gujarati Shwetambar Murtipujak Jain Mandir is credited with being...

Kapaleeswarar Temple

Kapaleeswarar Temple

Believed to be one of the oldest and most revered temples of Chennai,...

Government Museum

Government Museum

Started in 1851, it is the second-oldest museum in India and has an...

Cholamandal Artists Village

Cholamandal Artists Village

Started by KCS Paniker, who was not only a legendary artist but also...

Kalakshetra

Kalakshetra

In 1936, the Kalakshetra Foundation was established by Rukmini Devi...

Pulicat Lake

Pulicat Lake

The second-largest brackish water lake in the country, the beautiful...

Stone Carvings

Stone Carvings

Stone carving is an ancient craft of Tamil Nadu and the temples of...

Valluvar Kottam Kodambakkam

Valluvar Kottam Kodambakkam

It is a historical monument dedicated to the well-known poet,...

Guindy National Park

Guindy National Park

Located adjacent to Raj Bhavan, the Guindy National Park boasts a...

Dakshinachitra Museum

Dakshinachitra Museum

This heritage museum houses over 4,000 artefacts and 1,000,000...

Fort St George

Fort St George

Among the first British fortresses, built in 1644, the great white...

Marina Beach

Marina Beach

Often considered to be the pride of Chennai, Marina Beach, 13 km in...

tiruvannamalai

tiruvannamalai

Among the holiest towns of Tamil Nadu, Tiruvannamalai is a popular...

Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram

Synonymous with spirituality, serenity and silk, the temple town of...

Puducherry

Puducherry

Puducherry (the official name was changed from Pondicherry in 2006)...

mamallapuram

mamallapuram

Sitting along the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, the seaport...