Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. The city is home to the Tamil film industry and also known as a major film production centre.
Chennai is one of the smart city under the Smart Cities Mission in India.
The city is famous for beautiful temples and has more than 600 hindu temples.
The city draws thousands of visitors every year as there are lots of places to visit. Some of the best places to visit in Chennai are:
- Marina Beach (India's longest and world's second longest beach)
- Prakasam Salai (Named after T. Prakasam, the freedom fighter, the building is made with redbricks
- Madras War Memorial (Dedicated to the Martyrs who lost their lives)
- Guindy National Park (Home to over 300 kinds of trees and plants, 150 bird species and 15 species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians)
- Parthasarathy Temple (Dedicated to Lord Krishna, built in the 8th century)
- National Art Gallery (Also known as Day Dreamer Artworks, the gallery was built in 1906 with red stonesone)
- Wallajah Mosque (Built by the family of Muhammad Ali Khan Wallajah in 1795)
- Ripon Building (Famous for The Westminster Quarter chiming clock)
and many more..
When it comes to Chennai's cuisine, one might believe that the food is limited to just idli-sambar but there is more to that. Below are some food and dishes which is very popular in Chennai:
- Filter Coffee (Prepared with milk and coffee powder)
- Mulligatawny Soup (Made from creamy red lentils, carrots, apples, and coconut milk)
- Sundal (A mixture of boiled chickpeas, grated coconut, raw mangoes and curry leaves)
- Nethili Fry (Prepared by deep-frying small fish and tempering them with chillies and curry leaves)
- Murukku Sandwich
- Atho (Noodles served with vegetables)
Chennai is not just a land of beautiful beaches and Temples but it also offers some of the best adventures which include Rock Climbing, Mountain Camping, Surfing, Paragliding, Paramotoring, Scuba Diving, Parasailing etc.
Some of the best hotels in Chennai are - Crowne Plaza, The Park, The Accord Metropolitan, The Leela Palace, Novotel, GreenPark, Holiday Inn, Hilton, ITC Grand Chola, Trident etc.
Chennai is a heaven for travellers. When it comes to weekend getaways from Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu, there are many places to explore. Some of them are Coorg, Yercaud, Wayanad, Munnar, Pondicherry, Chidambaram etc.
Any city is incomplete without witnessing its shopping culture. The city does not only offer a good variety of products but also has a couple of bazaars and malls. Some of them are:
- T. Nagar (Famous for collection of sari stores and gold jewellery)
- Pondy Bazaar (Known for trendy clothes, footwear, mobile phones and accessories)
- Sowcarpet (Famous for lehengas and suits at low prices)
- Ritchie Street (Famous for electronic goods)
- Bergamo Luxury Mall
- Spectrum Mall
- Phoenix Market City
- Forum Vijaya Mall
- Chennai City Center
One of the ways to known the culture of the city is by visiting the major restaurants. To make the experience more amazing, visiting the beach restaurants in Chennai will be worth your time. Some of them are:
- Mash Resto Cafe (Known for Chicken pasta, Zuppa chicken, chilly paneer styx)
- Surf Turf (Famous for Toast butter jam, Bacon, chicken fingers)
- Boats Beach Restobar (Famous for Arrabiata chicken pasta, minced pork, Lychee martini)
- Sea Crest (Famous for Bon Bon, fish tikka, and garlic noodles)
- Brick House Bistro (Famous for Beef patty, chicken steak, hot dog, chicken burger and many more)
Various colorful festivals are celebrated in chennai throughout the year. Chennai is one such city in India which has been able to preserve its tradition till date. Some of the festivals are:
- Pongal (Pongal is the harvest festival which is celebrated for 4 days))
- Natyanjali Dance Festival (A four-day-long dance festival))
- Tamil New Year’s Day (Celebrated in April as the middle of April is the beginning of the first month of the Tamil calendar, Puthandu))
Being the capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai attracts a lot of visitors coming in from different parts of the country. Chennai has quite a lot of places where you can party and enjoy drinks. Some of them are:
- 10 Downing Street (Known for Bollywood night, retro night, karaoke night ))
- Pasha-The Park (One of the oldest and the best lounges in Chennai, best known for drinks))
- Gatsby 2000 (Known for good ambience, amazing decor and great music))
- The Flying Elephant (Famous for Classic Pop and Retro Rock))
Apart from the beautiful beaches, magnificent temples and other architectural wonders, there are a number of museums in Chennai that you can explore. Some of them are:
- Government Museum (The museum houses armours, ornaments, coins, pottery)
- Fort St George Museum (Houses weapons, collection of armours, collection of shells fired during World Wars I & II)
- Regional Railway Museum (Famous for keeping live models of meter gauge electric trains, Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, Nilgiris Mountain Railways)
The Metro in Chennai is a rapid transit system which is the third longest metro system in India after Delhi Metro and Hyderabad metro. The Metro in Chennai started its service in 2015 after partially opening the first phase.
The city's metro has a mix of underground and elevated stations and the services operate daily between 4:30 and 23:00.
- Police : 100
- Ambulance : 102, 108
- Fire Brigade : 101
- Child Helpline : 1098
- Women Helpline : 1091
- Gas Leakage : 1716 , 011-1906
Tamil is the most spoken language in Chennai. But, languages like Telugu, Malayalam and Urdu are spoken as well.
- What's your name? - Unga péranna?
- My name is - En péru
- Where are you from? - Nienga engirundhu varrienga?
- Congratulations! - Paaraattukkal
- Good night and sweet dreams! - Nalla thoungunga!
- What Is This? - Idhu enna?
- Welcome - Swagatam
- Hello - Namaskaram
- How are you? - Engnganuntu karyangngal?
- What's your name? - Ninte perentha?
- My name is - Ente per ... n
- Where are you from? - Angu evidennanu?
- Welcome - Susvaagatam
- How are you? - Meeru aelaa unnaaru?
- What's your name? - Mee paeraemandi?
- Where are you from? - Meeday vooru?
- Good morning - Shubhodayam
- Good afternoon - Shubha dhinan
- Hello - Asalam u alaikum
- How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
- Goodbye - khuda hafiz
- How old are you? - Aap ki umr kya hai?
- Congratulations - Mubarak ho
- What is this? - Yeh kya hai?