Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The capital city of the beautiful state of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is an incredible “Doorway to South India”. The city is renowned for its rich legacy of cultural heritage infused in its music, cuisines, art, dance forms and people, making it a melting point of distinguished cultures. While the magnificent monuments narrate the tale of its glorious past, the traditional art forms keep the spirit of Chennai alive.
The city remained under the influence of some of the major dynasties of the country, such as the Pandyas, the Cholas, the Vijaynagar and the Pallavas Empire. From merely an insignificant fishing village, Madarpatnam, Chennai has become one of the most important metropolitan cities of India.
Chennai is home to diverse religions and Chennaites are famous for their heart-warming hospitality. Chennai has always welcomed people from all religions with open arms, showcasing the perfect confluence of modernity and tradition. With Tamil as the mother tongue of Chennai, the other languages spoken here are English, Hindi, Portuguese, French, Dutch, Kannada, Bengali, Malyalam, Urdu and Punjabi.
As for the food, Chennai can surprise you with some lip-smacking traditional delicacies such as dosa, rasam, idli, sambhar, kootu, coconut chutney, upma and uttampam. Not only this Chennai homes numerous amazing multi-cuisine restaurants as well. While in this city, don’t forget to try the rich Tamilian filtered coffee.