Location Of Chennai
Chennai, formerly Madras has the Bay of Bengal bordering its east, while the
state of Andhra Pradesh is on its northwest. It has the famous district of
Tamilnadu, Kanchipuram, on its south and the states of Kerala and Karnataka
on its western side. Rich in the treasures of history, from temples and
shrines to forts and palaces, the landscape of the past lives easily with
the present. Chennai is the fourth largest city in India, and the capital of
the state of Tamil Nadu.
Being situated at the tropical zone, Chennai normally has a very hot and
humid climate. The best time to visit Chennai city is the winter season from
the months of November to February. Winter and summer temperature does not
vary much as it rains frequently through the year.
Chennai Arts n Crafts
Chennai is the epicenter of Bharata Natyam, the Indian Classical dance that
is the embodiment of grace and beauty. Also famous are the weavers of
Kancheepuram, who create magic with their silken threads and produce
lustrous silk saris and textiles with intricate motifs.
Places Of Interest
These are the places where most of the history of Chennai was written. The
St Mary's Church, which is one of the oldest Anglican churches in the east,
and the San Thome Cathedral, said to be the last resting place of St Thomas
the Apostle, are also worth a visit.
Of architectural interest is the Kapaleeshwar Temple, with it's massive and
intricately carved gopuram towering into the sky. This 8th century Pallava
temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated in Mylapore. The
Parthasarthy Temple, with it's 8th century Krishna shrine, is also a Pallava
The Marina beach is the city's seafront, and is the pride of Chennai. On
the sea front are memorials dedicated to freedom fighters and political
Guindy National Park & Snake Park
For a day of wildlife, the deer sanctuary at Guindy provides rare species
of the black buck and Indian antelope, along with spotted deer, mongoose,
jackals and a variety of monkeys.
The Valluvar Kottam, on the corner of Kodambakkam High Rd and Village Rd,
honours the acclaimed Tamil Poet, Thiruvalluvar, whose classic work, the
Kural, is reputed to be about 2000 years old. Established in 1976, Valluvar
Kottam replicates ancient Tamil architecture with the 1330 verse Kural
inscribed on panels.