Chennai: A Gem in South India

Mumbai, the financial capital of India is also known as the ‘City of Dreams’. Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai houses India’s biggest film industry. From world’s most expensive housing complexes to the continent’s largest slums, Mumbai shelters it all. The city withstood historical wars, religious outcries, terrorist outbursts and communal riots. Yet, it is the most favourable city for migrants. Premiere institutes for science and research and financial corporate headquarters are all located in this city. One of the busiest airports of the world, the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport serves over 48 thousand people daily to commute from one place to another. Over 1,000 flights fly in 24 hours out of which 76 are Mumbai to Chennai flights only.

Chennai is the gateway to Southern India and is also known as the health capital of India. Formerly known as Madras, the capital of Tamil Nadu is located on the Bay of Bengal coast in Eastern India. The weather in Chennai is extremely hot and sultry which makes the city humid and uncomfortable for migrants. The natives take pride in their religious and cultural traditions and are very enthusiastic about it. This metropolitan is famous for its severe traffic conditions; however, recently it’s emerging to be one of the busiest cities.

Corporate offices, luxurious hotels and resorts, designer showrooms are changing the outlook of Chennai. Chennai is also renowned for South Indian Delicacies which are savoured by one and all. The other tourist sites are as follows:

The famous ‘Marina Beach’ is a mandatory tourist spot as it is one of the world’s longest beach. Swimming or other touristy activities are prohibited on this beach due to undercurrent turbulence. Tourists can enjoy the 6km shoreline by watching the sunrise or sunset. Multiple food vendors are available to satiate the appetite of the tourists.

‘Kapaleeshwarar Temple’ is a famous religious site located in Mylapore, Chennai. Tourists visit this temple to witness the beauty of Dravidian architecture. This Hindu temple is a masterpiece and the main deity worshipped here is ‘Shiva’. The Arubathimooval festival is the most prominent among the four yearly festivals celebrated in this temple. The temple is maintained by the Government of India.

The first English fortress in India ‘Fort St. George’ is another major attraction in this coastal city. The fort’s museum exhibits remnants of the English rule in India. Presently the fort houses meetings of the legislative assembly and is used for occasional entertainment purposes.

Exhibiting the Neo-Gothic Style, ‘St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica’ was built by Portuguese explorers over St. Thomas’ tomb. Modified to a cathedral by British, it is one of the three churches that were built over the tomb of Jesus’ apostle.

The 20 acre ‘Semmozhi Poonga’ is a botanical garden which serves as a home to various exotic plants. Important plants from Thailand and China are also found here. Over 500 species of plants are available and more than 80 trees can be seen. Some trees are centuries old among them. It is built by the horticulture department of the Tamil Nadu government.

Located on Beach Road the ‘Madras Light House’ faces the Bay of Bengal. It has solar panels fitted for power and also comprises the meteorological department. Visitors, however, are not allowed in that area. It is the only lighthouse within city limits and also has an elevator facility.

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