Chennai Tourism, Tamil Nadu

Chennai Tourism

About Chennai - Tamil Nadu Tourism

Chennai, earlier known as Madras, is a metropolis and the capital of state of Tamil Nadu, located on the western coast of Bay of Bengal. Chennai is the fourth largest city of India with a population of around 8 million. The city is a major cultural, economic and commercial center of South India. Chennai is an important center of commerce with industries varying from Automobile, IT, technology, hardware and health.


Chennai is also known among tourists as a cultural capital for its deep-rooted traditions and long heritage. Travellers will find the city as an important center of music, art and culture. Every year thousands of tourists visit Chennai to experience the Madras musical season, with hundreds of artists performing traditional Carnatic music. Chennai is also known for Bharatanatyam, a dance art that originated in Tamil Nadu. 

The city has a long coast length with some beautiful long stretches of Marina beach and Elliot's beach where tourists can enjoy a nice walk alongside the sunrise. Another important tourist attraction in Chennai is Guindy national park which is very popular among local tourists for picnic and weekend excursions. Travellers can also visit multiple museums and art galleries in the city. The city of Chennai is also visited by travellers to start their journey to surrounding tourist attractions like UNESCO world heritage site Mahabalipuram.

History of Chennai - Tamil Nadu Tourism

Chennai has been an important center of trade and commerce for many centuries. Chennai and the surrounding regions of Tamil Nadu were ruled by the Cholas from 1st century AD to 12th century AD. Evidences of that rule can still be find in the excavations found near Chennai including Mahabalipuram.

In the year 1639, East India Company acquired a strip of land from Vijayanagar king to build Fort St. George, which still remains an important landmark and serves the Government secretariat today. Fort George acted as a nucleus for British settlements that started to expand in the region. Slowly, the surrounding villages like Triplicane, Purasawalkam, Egmore and Chetput slowly merged with the new developments, to form Chennapatnam, as it was known. The city was named Madras till 1996 and then renamed Chennai.

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