Chennai (India)

Chennai Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Kiran Ravindranathan

Madras: gateway to the south of India

Odds are that Chennai may ring a bell to you if you work in IT or are familiar with India's car industry. If not, let us help you out there: this is the city formally known as Madras. With a population nearing 6.5 million it is one of India's largest cities. It is located in the deep south of the country, facing the Bay of Bengal.

Chennai is known for its temples and is a center of Tamil culture, which is indigenous to the region. Besides that, the city has long stretches of beach (including Marina Beach, the second longest urban beach in the world) lying in front of it, but swimming is unfortunately not advised due to the strong under currents.

A good place to start exploring is the Fort St George, located on the banks of the Bay of Bengal and the first of its kind built by the British East India Company in the country. The Clive House, named after Robert Clive who landed in India in the 18th century and is credited with establishing British rule there, stands next to it, as well as St. Mary's Church, the oldest Anglican church in India.

Add in a visit to some of the parks, fantastic temples (for instance Kapaleeswarar Temple, the most famous one and easily reached from the city center) and you may just have a full programme here. [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • Chennai is a city in India's region of Tamil Nadu. It has a population of 6,500,000, is situated at an altitude of 46ft and the best airport to fly into is MAA (Madras International (meenambakkam), Chennai)
  • The currency used in India is the Indian rupee (INR)

Chennai Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

84 88 91 95 99 99 95 95 93 90 84 82

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

0.9 0.1 0.2 0.3 1.7 2.2 3.9 5.5 5.4 11 16 7.5

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