Chennai, without doubt the chief centre of automobile industry is one of the chief cities in India. It is the capital of Tamil Nadu and fondly called the Detroit of India. It is a large city, counted amongst the 5 largest cities in India and for decades has been a chief site of resettlement for locals from different parts of the country. This coastal city is also one of the key port cities housing some of the largest ports on the southeastern coast of India. At present, its GDP is fourth largest in the country and this is visible in the fact that the city is quickly getting capped by the layer of commercialization. In fact, Forbes Magazine has rated it in the list of “Forbes-Top 10 Fastest Growing Cities in the World”. Chennai has the fourth largest concentration of Fortune 500 Companies in India. It has a strong base in the domain of information technology, automobile, hardware manufacturing, and healthcare.
In the midst of all the industrialization and commercialization the city still preserves the essence of its centuries old traditions and culture. The archaeologically significant monuments of medieval era, decades old temples and shrines, palatial palaces and bungalows, etc. present in and around the city are still in an excellent state and today stand as the mute testimonies of the old days. Every year tourists from far and wide throng the place in large continual waves seeking a solitude filled wonderful holiday. For a tourist, there is a wide range of things to do and places to visit. You could start your tour from the large shopping malls. The Grand Mall, Phoenix Marketcity, The Forum Vijaya Mall, etc. are to name some of the top city malls. They are simply a haven to the shopaholics. Chennai also has a thriving nightlife. Today there is a large number of clubs and pubs in Chennai; Havana, Dublin, and EC 41 are the hip and happening pubs and clubs highly popular among locals as well as tourists.
For the enthusiasts of history, a visit to Fort Saint George is a must-do. A legacy of the British India, it is an iconic structure that was completed in 1653. Within the fort there exists Saint Mary’s Church, which is amongst the oldest surviving churches constructed by the British. At present it is used by the government and home to Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and Secretariat. It is a great reference to the checkered past of the place and tourists on a tour of the city generally visit the place. There also exists an excellent museum with a large array of military memorabilia, paintings, artifacts, and relics.
Also visit Marina Beach when touring the city. It is perhaps the longest urban beach in India and has a stretch of 13 k.m. Take some time out of your tour schedule and visit the beach in evening as every evening at the beach is a carnival. There are numerous amusement rides to rejuvenate along with snack stalls selling lip smacking light meals. Apart from that, tourists also enjoy the sunset and a tranquil walk along the beach with numerous monuments and statues lying in the vicinity.
Apart from these there are several other prominent tourist attractions that you simply will not like to miss. Visit the city during next vacation and spend a wonderful holiday. The good thing is that Chennai is easily accessible. Bangalore to Chennai by air is one of the most preferred modes to get into the city. However, there are direct flights from other major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai.