Chennai, the city situated at the Coromondel coast of Bay of Bengal is often recognized as the 'Detroit of India' and the 'Gateway of South'. The fourth largest and one of the most prosperous cities of the country, Chennai is an attraction in itself. It is the capital of the state Tamil Nadu, and fifth most populous city of India. It would not be hyperbolic to designate it as the liveliest city in the entire South India. The city has its own unique charm, which sets it aside from the rest of the big cities of the country. A confluence of rich tradition, varied heritage, modern amenities and technology, Chennai is a vibrant modern city in the vicinity of nature. This unmatchable blend of culture and modernity has designated Chennai with one such city in Tamil Nadu, blessed with an extreme treasure of tourist attractions. Besides, there is such wide diversity that one gets amazed at its existence. The picturesque beauty of the city includes beautifully carved temples, serene beaches, colonial monuments and much more. Still wondering about the city imbibed with many colours? Scroll down to know more about the alluring city Chennai.
The Detroit of India:
Chennai is now known as the Detroit of India. Most major manufacturers such as Ford, Hyundai, Ashok Leyland, BMW, Renault Nissan, Mitsubishi, Yamaha and Daimler have transformed the city into an automobile hub. The perfect combination of a number of factors such as the location, proximity of sea port, infrastructure, flexible industrial and government policies have attracted the giants of the automobile industry to set up their plants in Chennai, which also makes it ideally suited for management students to start their career.
Chennai with an international airport and availability of local talent has made it a popular IT destination. The city is now the second largest exporter of IT and IT enabled Services in the country behind Bangalore. The IT Corridor, on Old Mahabalipuram Road in the southeast part of the city houses several technology parks. All leading National and International software and software services companies have development centers in Chennai. The presence of many reputed educational institutes has attracted many multinational IT companies to Chennai.Places to Visit:
Connemara Public Library at Egmore is one of the oldest libraries that has overcome the test of times. It is also one of the four National Depository Libraries that receives a copy of all the books, periodicals and newspapers being published in India. It is also a depository library for the United Nations.
The Big Banyan tree
One of the oldest banyan trees in the world, around 450 years, is located inside the Adyar Theosophical Society. The area it occupied was around 40,000 square feet but after a cyclone hit in 1989, the main trunk was uprooted leaving only a part of it now. It boasts with the pride of being acquainted with great personalities such as Annie Besant and Maria Montessori who addressed a number of people under the tree. It is one the calmest and serene places located in the middle of the city.
Fort St. George
St. George Fort, located on the banks of Bay of Bengal, was built by the British East India Company in 1640 AD. The fort is believed to be the first establishment of the British in India. The military architecture marvel, was erected as a trading post.
The Kapaleeswarar Temple situated at Mylapore in Chennai is a prime shrine of Lord Shiva. The temple receives utmost reverence from the residents of Chennai. The temple depicts Goddess Parvati worshipping Lord Shiva in the form of a peacock.
The temple situated at Triplicane pays homage to Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu for playing the role of a charioteer of the brave warrior Arjuna in the battle field of Mahabharata.
Thousand Lights Mosque
Thousand Lights , a multi-domed mosque in Anna Salai in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, is one of the largest mosques in the country and is a revered place of worship and azadari for the Shia community.
Anna Centenary Library
The Anna Centenary Library is an established state library of the Government of Tamil Nadu. It is located at Kotturpuram, Chennai. It is the largest library in South Asia with 5.5 lakhs books and journals.
Marina Beach is a natural urban beach in the city of Chennai, India, along the Bay of Bengal. The beach runs from near Fort St. George in the north to Foreshore Estate in the south, a distance of 6.5 km, making it the longest natural urban beach in the country and the world's first longest natural urban beach.
Culture of Chennai
Chennai carries the legacy of rich cultural heritage imbibed in its fine arts, music and dance forms, people and cuisines. The attribute of being a cosmopolitan city, Chennai mirrors confluence of all the diverse cultures nourishing within its boundaries. The spirit of Chennai, vibrant culture and reminiscent traditions all make the city wonderful and tremendously important as a part of Indian heritage.
When it comes to hospitality and traditional food, Chennai beats many of the cities easily. As serving food is seen as an utmost pious deed in the entire South India, get ready to experience unforgettable moments while dining in the land of Chennai. They serve number of traditional foodstuffs including sambhar, dosa, idli, rasam, coconut chutney, dry curry and kootuetc with steamed rice on banana leaf, which is the traditional way of dining in Chennai. The city has multiple variants of cuisines for vegan as well as for non-vegetarians. Do not forget to taste the rich Tamilian filtered coffee.