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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.

How to reach Chennai

By Air
Rated as the third busiest Indian airport, Chennai International is located at a comfortable driving distance of 7 Kilometers from the city. The airport is connected to all major airports in the world. From the airport you can hire a taxi at pre-paid taxi booths to reach the city. Alternatively, you can also take auto-rickshaw from outside the airport.
By Road
Chennai has an excellent network of roads, connecting the city to most of the neighboring towns. Not only this, Chennai is also connected cities like Pondicherry (162 kms), Madurai (326 kms), Bengaluru (330 kms), Vellore (136 kms), Nellore (181 kms) and Tiruvallur (47 kms) through 5 national highways. If you are planning to travel to Chennai via Pondicherry, it would be best to take a scenic road trip!
By Bus
Chennai is home to one of Asia’s largest bus terminals, the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminal (CMBT). The buses belonging to over 7 state owned companies commute to and fro several South Indian cities like, Tirunelveli, Pondicherry, Coimbatore, Tirupati and various others. You can take a bus from any of the neighboring cities for traveling to Chennai. Not only this, Chennai is also connected with Calicut and Bangalore via bus service.
By Train
Chennai is home to the Southern Railway’s Headquarters with three major railway stations i.e Chennai Egmore, Tambaram and Chennai Central, connecting Chennai to all major Indian cities like Delhi, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Mumbai, Bangalore and many more. Andaman Express, Chennai Mail, GT Express, Chennai Central and Guwahati Express are among the most popular trains connecting Chennai to rest of the country. From there, you can easily hire taxis and auto rickshaws.