Chennai - The Pride of South India
Chennai is the capital city of the cultural state of Tamil Nadu famous for its beautiful contrast of historic
landmarks, sandy beaches, holy temples and various cultural and art
centers. Located at a mere distance of 688 kms from Hyderabad and 331 kms
from Bangalore, Chennai earlier known as Madras is a bustling town.
Historically too Chennai is a diverse land. The flourishing city of
Chennai today was earlier just a small fishing town. Due to military and
administrative expansion this small town soon developed into a bustling
Tamil Nadu tours promote Chennai tours for all those who want to see the
cultural side of India with a hint of peaceful bliss in the temples and
Tourist Attractions in Chennai
Tamil Nadu itinerary suggests various travel places for all those who want
to enjoy holidays in Chennai. The most famous attraction in Chennai is
undoubtedly the 13 kms long Marina beach, one of the longest in Asia. A
visit to Chennai is incomplete without seeing St. George fort that too has
Religious places in Chennai include the 8th century Parthsarthy temple
showcasing splendorous Pallava architecture. The Kapaleeshwar temple built
in the 13th century is an exemplary specimen of the architectural style of
Among other holy spot is the Santhome Cathedral that contains the mortal
remains of St. Thomas. National galley housing exquisite Indo-Saracenic
edifice is another not to be missed attractions of Chennai.
Excursions from Chennai
Chennai is not only a great city in itself but also paves way for many
such cultural marvels. Just 55 kms from here is the world famous
Mahabalipuram town recognised for its temples and caves. Replete with
historical monuments incorporating churches, forts, mosques and a
spectacular lake is Cavelong (48 kms). Here tourist can also enjoy the
option of wind surfing and swimming.
Kanchipuram, famous on the world map for its hand woven silk fabric and
temples is just 75 kms away from Chennai. Do not miss seeing the
7th-century Kailasanatha Temple and Ekambareshwara Temple. Another world
famous temple town near Chennai is Tirupati (152 kms). Housing one of the
most famous shrines of Lord, the popular attraction here is the Pratima
Mandapam, with the statue of Sri Krishnadevaraya; Tulabharam, the scales
upon which materials for offerings are weighed; the Tirumalanayaka
Mandapam, replete with beautiful carvings; and Dhwajastambham, and others.
Other excursions from Chennai are Crocodiel bank (44 kms), bird sanctuary
at Vedanthagal (85 kms) and Cholamandal Artist Village (18 kms).
How to Reach Chennai
Chennai is an important gateway in South India, thus conveniently
>connected to all the parts of the world. Having the Anna International
>airport and a domestic airport located 20 kms from the main city. Various
>flights of Air India, Kingfisher and Jet operate for Chennai from
>different parts of the country.
>To reach Chennai via rails one has the option of two railway station.
>Chennai Central, which links north and west India and Egmore, which links
>south India. Various daily and overnight express connect Chennai to the
>major cities across the state as well as the country.
>Well network of highways link Chennai to all the parts of the country.
>Chennai boasts of having the largest bus station in Asia. Many private
>operators are also available for domestic and interstate transportation.
>Pre-paid taxis and airport coaches are available at airports and railway