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Chennai, or Madras as it was known earlier, is known as the Gateway of Southern India. The East India Company developed Madras as it was called earlier, as one of the major trading centres in India. Chennai has a blend of Dravidian and Gothic architecture in its buildings. The city might have grown but it has never lost its traditional grace and charm. The Tamil society might have incorporated English culture but the Dravidian roots are as strong as ever.

Chennai is the epitome of tradition, culture and life-style of Southern India. But like the rest of India, Chennai has over the years, developed its share of urban style and modernity. It is very likely that the temples that you will visit in Chennai are unlike any other that you have seen before. Visit the 4.5-km long Golden Marina beach - one of the longest beaches in the world.

Unlike Mumbai, the Chennai port is not a natural harbour. Nevertheless, this manmade port is very modern and efficient in handling cargo and other traffic. Today Chennai is the fourth largest city in India and commands a major share in the trade from the South.

Lets Explore Chennai – Sightseeing in Chennai
Marina Beach - The Marina Beach, extends over 13 kms in length, is the longest beach in Asia and the second longest beach in the world. It is a golden sandy beach, and also one of the busiest beaches in the world, with over 50000 visitors visiting it daily.

Kapaleeswarar Temple - One of the most frequently visited temples in Madras, the Kapaleeswarar Temple, the oldest temple of Madras dedicated to Lord Shiva, was built in the 13th century. This temple is dedicated to Kapaleeswarar and Karpagambal (Shiva and Parvati). This 300 years old temple attracts huge crowds of tourists during the festival season in the temple.

Fort St. George - The British built the Fort St George, another principal landmark in Madras, in 1653. The fort also houses a museum with a vast collection of British and French antiques and other artifacts. Presently the fort turned museum is used as the state secretariat. Within the precincts of the fort stands the St. Mary's Church, the first church in India.

Where is Chennai?
By Air – Chennai International airport, is the third busiest airport in India, and in addition to domestic flights to almost every where else in India, Chennai is also served as major International airlines like British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia, Sri Lankan, Air India, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways etc

By Rail - Chennai is also well connected by train services to all the major cities in India. The main railheads are Chennai Central and Egmore.

By Road - Chennai is well connected by road to all major cities of tourist or commercial importance in Southern India. Chennai also serves as the gateway to the temple towns of Tirupati (160 kms) and Mahabalipuram (60 kms).

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