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It is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is a major commercial, cultural, and educational centre in South India. Chennai is the third most visited city in India by foreigners ranked after Delhi and Mumbai. The name Chennai is a shortened form of Chennapattanam, the name of the town that grew around Fort St. George, which was built by the English in 1639. There are two versions about the origin of the name Chennapattanam: according to one version, Chennapattanam was named after Damarla Chennappa Nayakudu, Nayaka of Kalahasthi and Vandavasi, father of Damarla Venkatadri Nayakudu, from whom the English acquired the town in 1639. The first official use of the name Chennai is said to be in a sale deed, dated 8 August 1639, to Francis Day of the English East India Company. According to the second account, Chennapattanam was named after the Chenna Kesava Perumal Temple; the word chenni in Tamil means face, and the temple was regarded as the face of the city.
Places to visit
1.Fort St. George:
Fort st.George occupies pride of place and prominence in Chennai. This bastion derived its name form St. George, the patron saint of England. The State Legislature and the Secretariat are located inside this fort.
2.St. Mary’s Church:
The St. Mary’s Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India built in 1680 is situated here. The tombstones in its courtyard are some of the oldest British tombstones in India. The weddings of Robert Clive and Governor Elihu Yale, who later founded the famous Yale University in the U.S.A were solemnised in this ancient prayerhouse.
The Marina Beach, the pride of Chennai is the second longest beach in the world and has a wide sandy shore. Situated on the beach, are the Samadhis or memorials dedicated to C.N.Annadurai and M.G.Ramachandran, both former Chief Ministers of the state. They attract thousands of visitors everyday. Some of the most beautiful buildings in Chennai such as the University of Madras, the Senate House, Chepauk Palace, Presidency College and the Ice House are located on the beach drive.
Following the road along the coast down southward from the Marina one reach the Elliot’s beach. This long stretch of the coastline has the Velankanni church at one end. Built on similar lines to the church in Nagapattinam this church too attracts a large number of pilgrims. The Ashtalakshmi temple, which houses different forms of Goddess Lakshmi is another favourite place for devotees and tourists.
5. Santhome Cathedral Basilica:
Santhome at the southern end of the Marina gets its name from St.Thomas, the apostle of Jesus who is believed to have come to India sometime during 52 A.D. It is believed he was killed on St. Thomas Mount just outside the city in 78 AD and his remains interred in Santhome beach where a church was later built.
6.Vivekananda House & Museum:
The state government had leased this building Sri Ramakrishna Mission. It is an imposing structure on the Marina along the South Beach Road. It was constructed in 1842 to store ice blocks imported from the USA by the Tudor Ice Company and the business continued until 1874, when the ice began to be produced locally. This is why it is called Ice House. Later Bilagiri Iyengar purchased this building in 1885 and called it "Castle Kernon."In 1897 Swami Vivekananda visited this city and stayed in this historic building from February 6 to 15 in 1897 on his way to Calcutta, after his acclaimed speech at Chicago for the Parliament of Religions. The Government took over the building in 1930 and in 1963 it was named after Vivekananda. On the eve of his Centenary Celebrations, in 1999 the building was renovated and the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu unveiled the sage’s statue on the 20th December 1999. Photographs depicting the historical happenings associated with his life and books about him and his own written works are on display and sold here in the Museum.
7. Kapaleeswarar Temple:
In Mylapore, there is an 8th Century Pallava Temple. The temple ‘Gopuram’ or tower is made in the characteristic Dravidian style of architecture. Dedicated of Lord Shiva, this temple has some beautiful sculptures, among which the bronze idols of 63 Saivaite Saints or the Nayanmars. They adorn the outer courtyard. Also in the courtyard under the old Punnai tree is a small shrine depicting Goddess Parvathi in the form of a peacock, worshipping Lord Shiva. It is from this legend that Mylapore derives its name Mayil
Chennai weather is hot and humid as it lies close to the thermal equator and is in also on the coast. The best time for visiting Chennai is from November to February.
- Take extra care of your belongings
- Remember to dress appropriately
- No hard drinks
- No Non-vegetarian food
- Carrying mobile phones and cameras is not allowed inside the temple
- Wearing flowers is not allowed as it is only for the Lord
• Summers (March to May) are hot and sweating, soars the temperature to more than 40 °C. Tourists may prefer to visit the serene beaches in the evenings.
• Winters (December to February) are the coolest months with temperature about 18 °C. Cyclones in the Bay of Bengal hits Chennai occasionally during November - December.
• Monsoons (June to August) and Post Monsoons (September to November) are temperate with mild to heavy winds and rains. The main roads become congested and the lanes become muddy and water clogged.
December to March is ideal for all kinds of tourist activities. Visiting attractions, carrying out shopping and other kinds of recreational activities are fine during this period. April and may are hot and not suitable for day time activities. June to November is fine for short city trips. Keep a watch on cloud and wind movements.
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