Chennai earlier known as 'Madras' is fourth largest city in India. Chennai is a coastal city with the second largest beach in the world. It's also called 'Gateway to South India'.This city is blessed with rich heritage, art and culture. The Tamil Film industry 'Kolywood' is very famous all over the world. This city is a leading player in education and sports field. There are a number of reputed educational institutions and stadiums here which hold a significant position in Chennai.
Chennai is well connected by air, rail and sea route. Tamil is official language of Chennai. The climate is very hot and humid but the cold sea breeze compensates this climate. This city has been vastly influenced by the Portuguese and Dutch Culture because of their presence in Chennai from 16th century until Indian independence.
The city has a lot to offer to its visitors. Marina Beach, Fort St George, St Thomas Mount, Kalakshetra, Parthasarthi Temple, Snake Park, Theosophical Society, George Town, Corporation Complex, Kapaleshwar Temple, National Art Gallery, Elliot Beach, etc are some of the major crowd pullers in Chennai. Marina beach is the second largest beach in the world where a lot of flock to enjoy the sea breeze and sunbath. Here are many temples, mosques and churches. Non- Hindus are not allowed to see the inner sanctum however they can see outer part.
Chennai is popular for its concerts. During the Tamil month of Maargazhi from December to January a series of classical Carnaticmusic concerts and classical dance performances are held in various parts of the city. Many famous celebrities participate in these events. Special Southern itineraries and kanjivaram sarees are very popular too. It is a major centre of Bharat Natyam which is a dance form applauded all over the world