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Chennai
Chennai MapThe fourth largest city in India & capital of Tamil Nadu State, Chennai has a history spanning 2000 years. In the work of this time, Chennai has played host to missionaries, seafarers, spice traders & cloth merchants. The 16th century saw the arrival of the Portuguese, then the Dutch. In 1639, the British East India Company established a settlement in Madraspatnam.

Chennai Facts


• Area 174.00 sq. km
• Population 3,841,396 (1991)
• Altitude Sea level
• Languages Tamil and English
• Best time to visit November to February
• STD code 044

Tourist Attractions in Chennai

Chennai, developed as a British trading post, and most of the architecture here stands as a proof to this very fact. Marina beach, stretched over an area of 13 kms, is the second longest beach in the world. The St. George Fort, built in 1653, by the British colonial ruler is currently the state government’s secretariat. Santhome Cathedral, built around 14th/15th century, is another colonial construction worth visiting. The Kapaleeshwar Temple, oldest temple in Chennai, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Parthsarthy temple is yet another important temple in the city dedicated to Lord Krishna.

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