India's fourth largest city and gateways to South India

Chennai (formerly known as Madras), the capital of Tamil Nadu and the fourth largest city in India, encapsulates the spirit and unique culture of India's southernmost state. The first British settlement in India, Chennai still has a fine legacy of colonial architecture which displays a wide range of influences from the elegant classical style of the 18th century to the much more eclectic Anglo-Indian school of the late 19th century.

 It is the latest of a line of Indian cities that is hurtling into the 21st century. Major place of Interest in Chennai includes Fort St. George that houses the State Legislature and the Secretariat, The St. Mary’s Church - the oldest Anglican Church in India built in 1680, The Santhome Cathedral Basilica -the apostle of Jesus who is believed to have come to India sometime during 52 A.D.  It is believed he was killed on St. Thomas Mount just outside the city in 78 AD and his remains interred in Santhome beach where a church was later built, And the Chennai boast Marina Beach - the second longest beach in the world.

Attractions in Chennai, around and from Chennai

  • Birla Planetarium The Birla Planetarium at Kotturpuram, between Adyar and Guindy, is the most modern planetarium in the country. Adjoining the planetarium is a Periyar Science and Technology Museum which will be of int

  • Fort St. George Fort St. George occupies pride of place and prominence in Chennai. This bastion derived its name form St. George, the patron saint of England. The State Legislature and the Secretariat are located ins

  • Kalakshetra In Thiruvanmiyur, beyond Elliot's beach, is Kalakshetra or 'Temple of Art'. It was founded in 1936 by Rukmini Devi Arundale to train, encourage and revive interest in Bharatanatyam, which is the class

  • Kanchipuram Ancient Kanchipuram, the city of thousand temples, is one of the seven most sacred pilgrim centres for the Hindus. There now remain about 126 temples in Kanchi and a few more in its outskirts. The cit

  • Kapaleswarar Temple Not far from Triplicane, in Mylapore, there is yet another 8th century Pallava temple. The temple 'Gopuram' (tower) is characteristic of Dravidian style architecture. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this tem

  • Marina Beach Second longest beach in the world situated on the beach, are the Samadhis or memorials dedicated to C.N.Annadurai and M.G.Ramachandran, both former Chief Ministers of the state. They attract thousands

  • St. Thomas Mount St. Thomas Mount is a small hillock located, a little off Guindy and close to the flying range in Chennai. It is associated with St. Thomas, the apostle of Christ, who is believed to have been martyre

  • Theosophical Society The world headquarters of the Theosophical Society, formed to facilitate and encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science is situated in beautiful sylvan settings in Adyar. The

  • Valluvar Kottam The memorial to the poet-saint Tiruvalluvar is shaped like a temple chariot and is, in fact, the replica of the temple chariot in Thiruvarur. A life-size statue of the saint has been installed in the