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4.6 million
Average Climate:
Summer: 28°C – 40°C 
Winter: 22°C – 30°C 
Best time to visit:
October to March

About Chennai

Chennai formerly known as Madras, is the state capital of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is the biggest industrial and commercial centre in South India and also a major cultural, educational and economic centre. It is sprawling, bustling industrial metro established on the site of a fishing village in 1639 as the first British settlement in India. Chennai is a convenient entry point for southern India and has good links with other parts of India. Chennai is known as the 'Detroit of India' for its automobile industry. Chennai is the third largest city and fourth most populous metropolitan area in the country. The city is a strange mix of British era monuments, Portuguese churches, Hindu temples and one of the longest urban beaches on earth. While Chennai retains the old legacy, and in some ways it is a conservative bastion in social and religious matters, it is also the Bollywood of South India and a stronghold of traditional Tamil culture.

Tourist Attractions

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Fort St. Georges

s It is first bastion of British power in India constructed in 1640, was established in a banana grove owned by a farmer called Madrasan. The official grant for the land however was given by Venkatadri Nayak, the deputy of the Raja of Chandragiri. The first factory was named as Fort St. George. The fort was often attacked by Indian and French forces, yet it continued to expand. Today the buildings in Fort St. George house the Government secretarial and the Legislative assembly. The sloping ramparts with battlements for gun emplacement were designed and constructed by Bartholomew Robins in 1750.

Marina Beachs

Kapaleeswarar Temples

Arignar Anna Zoological Parks



ITC Grand Chola


The world's largest LEED® Platinum green hotel, in the new constructions category embodies the essence of Southern India's most glorious empire, the Cholas – the greatest maritime power in Indian history, and possibly the only one to extend its territory across the seas.The unequalled artistry expressed durin...

The Leela Palace


The Leela Palace Chennai is a sea-facing modern palace hotel. Built on 4.8 acres of land, the hotel offers panoramic views of the Bay of Bengal. The hotel offers a luxurious experience evoking the rich heritage of the palaces of Tamil Nadu in terms of grandness and space. The opulent interiors of the hotel blends effortlessly wi...

Taj Coramandel


Taj Coromandel is a rich fusion of tradition and contemporary design which reflects the ethos and culture of the vibrant city of Chennai. It is Chennai’s only hotel that finds a place in the “Leading Hotels of the World". Named after the Coromandel coast, the Hotel presents an urban oasis of bespoke experiences for b...