Sight Seeing

Chennai City Sightseeing Overview

Brief Synopsis on Chennai City - Historical Backdrop :

  • Chennai (formerly known as 'Madras' since the British Era, in India, has been aptly coined as the 'Cultural Capital of India', It is the fourth largest metropolis in the country with a floating population of over 8 million inhabitants.
  • Being the capital city of Tamil Nadu and just 337 km from the garden city 'Bangalore'- 629 km from Hyderabad- 453 km from Vijayawada- 170 km from French occupied Pondicherry & 772 km from Trivandrum brings it in close proximity with all the other major cities in the Southern Part of India.
  • The present township was founded in 1639, by Sir Francis Day, who arrived with the East India Company. The British East India Company established their presence by constructing a fort and a trade port in the small fishing village of Chennai during yester years.
  • The entire region in and around Chennai city has served as an important administrative, military, and economic centre since the 1st century AD.
  • It has been ruled by various South Indian dynasties, notably the Pallava, the Chola, the Pandya, and Vijaynagara. The present city that exists today was gifted to the British by Damerla Chennapa Nayaka who was a General under Vijayanagara rule from Chandragiri, near Tirupathi.
  • The name Chennai is believed to be derived from Chennakesava Perumal Temple that is very much in existence, even as of today.


The many beautiful sightseeing places that one must visit during their stop – gap visit is as follows :

  • The city is famous for its beaches, museums, parks and several historical places in and around the city.
  • The major notable tourist spots in Chennai include Marina Beach, Government Museum, Parthasarathy Temple, Kapaleeswaraar Temple, San Thome Cathedral .
  • Other prominent attractions in and around the city are Chennai Elliot's Beach, VGP Golden Beach, Mahabalipuram, Pulicat Lake, Muttukadu, etc.
  • Kanchipuram, most popular for its historical & pilgrimage features are also in close proximity with Chennai City.


Transportation & Connectivity

  • Chennai has smooth easy connectivity from major cities in India by Air, Rail, Road & Sea.


Air Travel

  • Countries in the Gulf region such as Dubai, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia.
  • Asia -Oceania such as Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia & New Zealand.
  • USA & European continent are superbly connected by air travel with all International Carriers dipping in & out of the Chennai International Airport.


Railway Travel

  • Chennai has two major railway stations - Chennai Central & Chennai Egmore.
  • Chennai Central is a major junction which is connected with all major cities in India such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Vijayawada, Kochi, Mangalore, Goa etc.
  • Chennai Egmore primarily provides connectivity with all major townships within the state of Tamil Nadu.


Bus Travel

  • Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT) is one of the largest bus terminuses in India with inter-state and inter-city connectivity.


Sea –Ways

  • The Chennai Sea Port is one among the busiest in Southern Asia and The city is base to around 35% of India's automobile industry and auto component manufacturering units. Chennai is often referred as the 'Detroit of America' because of this huge automobile backdrop.
  • Chennai climate is hot & humid, winters are mild and the best time of the year to visit and the City is between December - January.
  • It is recommended that as a tourist one would require 3 to 4 days to get a full glimpse of the city's many attractions that is on offer.