Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital city of Tamil Nadu, a state in South India. The city is 369 years old and is the sixth largest city in India in terms of population along with being one of the metropolitan cities of the country. Chennai is one of the fastest growing cities in the world in terms of economy. It is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. Chennai is the gateway and soul of South India. Some of the best things to do in Chennai are visiting the magnificent beach, taking a stroll of the city while exploring it and eat the popular local South Indian cuisine. Chennai lies in the southeastern coast of India on a flat coastal plain known as Eastern Coastal Plain. Chennai has a tropical wet and dry climate and doesn’t experience much variation in temperature due to being on the coast. This makes Chennai an excellent place for the tourists, which is proven time and time again as it is one of the most visited Indian cities by foreign tourists. It has been ranked the best city in India for tourism by multiple publications in recent years including immense praise for its food. It is also ranked as the safest Indian city.
Chennai has the MA Chidambaram International Airport which is one of the busiest in the country with flights coming in from around the world. Chennai is also very easily accessible by train, with the Chennai Central station being the main hub of inter-state trains. Chennai is also one of the four cities connected by the Golden Quadrilateral Project, and several National Highways pass through it as well. Chennai was under the Portuguese, French and British rules over the course of a hundred years and they reflect on the several buildings and architectures in and around the city. Chennai is vibrant and colourful, with people from all cultures and background living in harmony in the city. Two of the best things to do in Chennai include visiting the Marina Beach, the second largest beach in the world and visiting the shore temples of Mahabalipuram, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.