Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu, the southern state of India. Chennai is a major center of arts, culture, as well as finance in South India. It is also the sixth largest city in India. It is a very popular tourist destination in India. In 2015, Chennai was adjudged to be the 43rd most visited city in the world. It is also considered to be the safest city in India. Chennai is also popular among the health tourists who come here to seek the medical facilities available in the city. The city was adjudged to be the ninth best cosmopolitan city in the world by web site Lonely Planet.
The city’s major industry is its automobile industry, which is almost one third of the countries of the total production. It is also a major entertainment center with Tamil movie industry being a major contributor to the Indian movie industry.
- City with deep historic connections
The city of Chennai has been an important economic and military center for many centuries. It was ruled by Cholas, Cheras, and Pandyas over the centuries. The Portuguese arrived in the 16th century left its impression on the city. Chennai’s municipal corporation is the world’s second oldest municipal corporation being set up in the sixteenth century.
- Beaches in Chennai
The beaches in Chennai are visited by Olive Ridley sea turtles every winter’s to lay eggs. The major tourist destination in Chennai is Marina Beach. It is one of the longest urban beaches in India.
- Places to visit
Kapaleeshwarar Temple is a popular temple of Lord Shiva. Guindy National Park is a small national park, which is situated in the city itself. It has an area of 2.70 sq km.
- Other tourist destinations
Some of the other major tourist destinations DakshinaChitra, Valluvar Kottam, Arinagar Anna Zoological Park, Queens Land, St. Thomas Mount, and Chembarambakkam Lake.
Thus, Chennai has become one of the most influential cities in India over the past few decades.