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  • Chennai - Description of the City
  • Getting to Chennai

Chennai -- Chennai or Madras, as it was called earlier, is known as the Gateway of Southern India and is the capital of the Southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu. The fourth largest metropolis and the third important port in India, Chennai is flanked by the breathtakingly beautiful Marina beach on the eastern side and the city skyscape with its eclectic mix of temple towers, steeples, minarets and star hotels on the other. From classical concerts to trendy nightclubs, Chettinad to multi-cuisine restaurants, museums to Internet cafes, Chennai offers choices that range from the quaint to the ultra modern.

Places to visit in Chennai include the Marina Beach, a marvellous 13 km stretch of sea and sand, the San Thome Cathederal, built on the site of a 16th century Portuguese basilica which is said to be the tomb of the apostle Thomas, who is reputed to have brought Christianity to India in the 1st century AD. The Fort St George and the Fort Museum which has a collection of objects from the tenure of the East India Company in Chennai, including letters from Robert Clive.

  • By Air -- Chennai is Southern India's busiest International airport and is served by a large number of International airlines including British Airways, Lufthansa, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Air Lanka, Malaysian Airlines, Air India, Delta Airlines and Kuwait Airways. All major domestic airlines serve Chennai, connecting it with the rest of India.
  • By Rail -- Chennai is also well connected 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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