Chennai, the gateway to the east coast, is a new city as compared to some others in the south of India; but the colors of its history and contours of its geography make it a fascinating study. The first city of Tamil Nadu was re-christened Chennai from Madras less than two years ago, and that was only the opening of a new chapter in a book that covers 350 years already. Lapped by the waters of the Bay of Bengal in the east and blown by the Deccan winds from the west, Chennai is a vibrant combination of the old and the new, of tradition and change. This is the fourth largest metropolis in India, growing from a fort that Francis Day and his superior Andrew Logan (of the East India Company) built on a narrow tract of no-man. s land.
Chennai - Tourist Attractions
There are several places to visit in and around Chennai.
The Marina beach, stretched over an area of 13 km, is the second longest beach in Asia. It looks like a festive ground on weekend evenings.
Presently used as the state secretariat, the St. George Forte is another landmark of Chennai. It has a museum that houses a variety of British and French antiques and other commemorations. Inside the fort is the St. Mary. s Church, the first English church Chennai. One of the many old temples of Chennai is the Parthasarthi temple. Guindy National Park and Snake Park, situated close to each other near the Guindy station, are other places to visit. Kapaleeswarar Temple, the oldest temple of Chennai, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Santhome Cathedral, built during the 14th -15th century, is another place worth visiting. The Birla Planetarium, Elliot Beach, Valluvar Kottam, National Art and Government Museum, Anna Zoological Park, Kalakshetra and the Theosophical Society are some of the other sites of tourist interest.
Chennai - Hotels
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Chennai - Hotels Reservations
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