Dipped in the hues of Gold and Green, Chennai is serving as a capital of Tamil Nadu that is featuring among 4 major metropolitan cities along with Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata. Chennai is also serving as the capital of Tamil Nadu, a south Indian state. Formerly known as Madras, Chennai holds a wealthy South Indian culture and heritage for which many travellers from all across the world visit and enjoy. Chennai also holds a prominent position in South India Tourism. The city was first established by the British and it was inspired by the Dravidian Civilization. Through this mini Chennai travel guide, you will get a chance to know about the culture, traditions, history, and every aspect that makes this place amazing.
- History of Chennai
- Culture – Traditions – Cuisine and Festivals of Chennai
- Things To Do in Chennai
- Accommodation Options in Chennai
- How To Reach Chennai
1. History of Chennai
The history of Chennai is as rich as its present. It is being said that the culture and tradition of any place is a mirror of the amazing history of Chennai. History of Chennai has seen many great dynasties which has played a vital role in making the culture of South India. The Pallavas, The Cholas, The Pandayas and The Vijaynagar are some of the most prominent dynasties that have ruled in this region. According to the modern history, Chennai is dating back to you in the year 1522 and Portuguese built the port there namely Sao Tome. Later in 1644, British capture the place and made Chennai a gateway to India from sea route. The city remained under British, until 1947 when India got independence. After that Chennai became the capital of Tamil Nadu. According to the sources, today Chennai is the second largest exporter of IT and BPO.
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2. Culture – Traditions – Cuisine and Festivals of Chennai
Chennai is some of those places in India which boast the perfect blend of cosmopolitan culture with the rich traditional one. With the development of industry, Chennai has seen a regressive growth in terms of economy, living standard and every term. Dance and music plays a vital role in forming the culture of any place. Talking about Chennai’s Music and dance, then it has its own unique charm which fascinates travellers from all across the world. Bharatnatyam is the major dance form that is performed in Chennai; the dance form is the version of celestial dance of the apsaras. On the same hand the music of Chennai boasted with one of the best music in India. There are several music shows held during the year such as Carnatic music shows, Kacheries and many more. The art, be it modern or traditional, there is no other art than of Chennai’s. Lalit Kala Akademi and the Cholamandal Artists village are the hub of art and craft of Chennai. The city has produced some of the prominent artists in India such as R B Bhaskaran, N Radhakrishnan and many more.
Festival in Chennai
Being the multi-ethnic city, Chennai is the true melting pot of culture and traditions. The events, fairs and festivals of Chennai are so vibrant that they will color you in the hues of rich culture and traditions. Generally all the festivals are celebrated with same zeal and enthusiasm in this city but the Pongal and Diwali are two major festivals that show the true grandeur of this place. People make different delicacies during this time which enhance the beauty of this place.
Cuisine of Chennai
The rich culture of Chennai comes with the rich cuisine which makes this place more pleasing. Chennai is actually a gastronomic delight. Rich being the staple food, Chennai’s most of the dishes are served and eaten with the rice only. Some of the famous Chennai cuisines are dosa, idli, uttappam and many more. All these things are accompanied with Sambhar and coconut chutney. In non-vegetarian dishes, fish and sea food are the major delicacies which are savored with all delight.
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3. Things To Do in Chennai
Sharing its coast with the majestic Bay of Bengal, Chennai is a cup of tea for everyone. From leisure seekers to honeymooners, to adventure seekers to any other thing, Chennai has something for everyone. Here are names of some of the activities to do in Chennai that you can do while you would be on your Chennai Tourism. You can explore the Marina Beach in Chennai which shows a breath-taking view off serene surrounding. Watching the horizon from coastal area will be a pleasing treat for the eyes. You can also stroll through the Thalankuppam Pier. Walking along this pier is one of the best things to do in Chennai. One can witness the golden sunshine sparkling the waves. You can also take a walk to the temples of Mahabalipuram. These temples of pre-historic time of Pallavas attract a number of travellers round the year. Most of the temples are dedicated to Lord Krishna.
Here are some other things that you can do in Chennai –
- Experience the divine aura of St. Thomas Mount Church.
- Enjoying the outer space more closely with a visit to Birla Planetarium.
- Nature Enthusiast can enjoy bird watching in Pulicat Lake.
- Take kids to MGM Dizee World, an amazing amusement park.
- Get drenched in the soothing aura of Folk dance and music at Kalashetra.
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4. Accommodation Options in Chennai
The city of Chennai is one of the major tourist hubs in the country. The place is visited by travellers from all over the country and from around the world. Thus one can get a wide range of accommodation options which are available in huge range. The Park Hotel, Hablis, The Accord Metropolitan are the best 5 star hotels in Chennai. There are many hotels which fall under the category of 4 and 3 star properties such as MGM Beach Resort, The ISIS Hotel, Hotel JP – CMBT and many more. Hotels such as Belstead, Mahalaya Residency, Buhari Royale Boutique Hotel and many more are the best options for budget travellers. Hotels in Chennai are indeed mesmerizing.
5. How To Reach Chennai
Chennai has its own international airport which sends and receive many international and national flights and connect the city nicely with the world.
The central railway station of Chennai connects the city with all other major destination. Cities life Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata are nicely connected with the city.
Well-cluster of roads in Chennai is nicely connected the place with other cities and states of the country. Places such as Bangalore, Madurai, Coimbatore and many more are some of the nicely connected places with Chennai via road.
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