Chennai
Chennai formerly known as Madras, this 369-year-old city is the capital of the southern state of Tamilnadu and isIndia's sixth-largest city in terms of population with an estimated population of 7.5 million. It serves as one of the main gateways to South India and has a thriving local culture and art scene and is one of the major destinations for medical tourism. It is considered as one of the world's fastest growing cities .It is on the Coromandel coast of the Bay of Bengal and has the second longest beachfront of any municipality in the world.

Location

Chennai is located on the south eastern flank of India by the Bay of Bengal. The city is very well connected to all major and minor towns around it via rail, road and air. Chennai has a major international airport connecting travellers to all part of the world. Getting around Chennai is convenient and public transport is plentiful, so are autorikshaws and taxis. A spanking new metro rail project, connecting all parts of the city, is underway and should be operational by late 2015.

Culture

Chennai is gateway to the South, and its culture is distinctly different from that of any other city in India. Tamil tradition and culture are indigenous to this region and is essentially the celebration of the beauty, which is exemplified through dance, clothing, and sculptures. Chennai is both an orthodox and a modern cosmopolitan city; the culture of the city reflects its diverse population. The traditional arts, music, dance and all other art forms of Tamilnadu grow and flourish here. The food is a unique blend of traditional, to fast foods and filter kaapi. Read more
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