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Rippon Building (1913), Office of Chennai Corporation, Chennai

Chennai is the third largest metropolis of India, and is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. Marina beach on the east coast of the city is 12-kilometer long and welcomes every morning the rising sun. In a period spanning four long centuries, though its history goes beyond that too, the place has grown from a fishing village called Madraspatnam to a city of around 7.6 million people (2006), and is the capital of the Indian state of Tamilnadu. The city is considered the cultural center of the modern Tamil society. The city is famed for many ancient temples and modern industrial facilities including well developed Information Technology related activities. One commentator has described the metropolis of Chennai in these words: "With its seventh century temples and 21st century malls, Chennai is a happy mix of the old and new."

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Hotels and lodgingEdit

In Chennai, a number of hotels are available catering to all classes of visitors and tourists.

Luxury Edit

37, Mahatma Gandhi Road
India - 600 034.
PH: 044 - 28272827

15 km from Airport, 7 km from Railway Station.

132, T.T.K. Road,
India - 600 018.
PH:044 - 24994101

11 km. from Airport, 7 km. from Railway Station

1, G.S.T. Road,
St. Thomas Mount,
India - 600 016.
PH:044 - 22314343

5 km from Airport

13, Cathedral Road,
India - 600 086
PH: 044 - 28110101

No.2 Binny Road,
India - 600 002.
PH:044 - 28520123

Ambassador Pallava
30, Montieth Road,
Chennai- 600 008.

Semi-luxury Edit

GRT Grand
No. 120, Sir. Thyagaraya Road,
T. Nagar,
Chennai-600 017.
PH: 044-28150500

The Savera
146, Dr. Radakrishnan Road,
Chennai - 600 004.
PH : 044-28114700

The Residency Towers
Sir Thyagaraya Road,
T. Nagar,
Chennai - 600 017.
PH : 044 - 28156363

Hotel President
No. 25, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai,
Chennai - 600 004.
PH : 044 - 28472211


Hotel Breeze
850, Poonamalle High Road,
Chennai - 600 010.

Hotel Shelter
19,20 & 21, Venkatesa Agraharam,
Chennai-600 004.
Grand Orient
693, Mount Road,
Thousand Light,
Chennai - 600 006.

Hotel Peninsula
51,G.N. Chetty Road,
Chennai - 600 017.
PH:044 - 28150001

See also


The metropolis of "seventh century temples and 21st century malls", Chennai has several spots where you may re-live the history of a bygone era, as also feel the pulse of the future taking shape in one of the best industrial destinations of this part of the globe. Some of the Landmarks and major Attractions of Chennai are:

Historical Heritage
  • Fort St. George
  • Government Museum & Art Gallery
  • Connemara Public Library
Cultural Heritage
  • Kapaleeswarar Temple
  • St.Thomas Church
  • Santhome Church
  • Thousand Lights Mosque
  • Theosophical Society
  • Kalakshetra
Educational Landmarks
  • University of Madras
  • Indian Institute of Technology
  • Anna University
Tourist Spots
  • Marina Beach
  • Valluvar Kottam
The IT Destination
  • TIDEL Park [1]


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Getting to ChennaiEdit

Exploring ChennaiEdit


Bharatnatyam Dance

Chennai is a city with many invaluable secrets and waiting to be undiscovered and explored. You may start exploring Chennai from a visit to one of India's Living Treasures, Kalakshetra, described as a Temple of Art. It was born in 1938 with a rather humble beginning in a small cottage of the Theosophical Society of India. Presently, Kalakshetra has a sprawling campus of over 100 acres on Chennai's seashore, overlooking the Bay of Bengal. Rukmini Devi Arundale (born 1904) had initiated this movement, which is now among India's premier schools of classical dance and music. When she was in her early teens, Arundale started practicing Bharatnatyam style of dancing which had by then de-generated into a vulgar form of dancing and had lost the classical touch. She re-introduced the classical nuisances to Bharatnatyam and it emerged as one of the finer form of Indian Classical dancing. In a way, Kalakshetra represents Modern Indian cultural renaissance in the fields of classical dance and music. It has pioneered a number of initiatives and introduced over 25 dance dramas and has produced a galaxy of classical dancers. Exploring Kalakshetra and watching few dances shall surely be a fulfilling exercise.

There is more in Chennai than the Living Cultural Treasure of Kalakshetra. You may spend few hours of a morning or an evening at Marina Beach, the sunlit strip of 13-km long sandy streatch of sea beach of Chennai. It is the second longest beach in the world. It owes its origin to Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff (a governor of the-then Madras Presidency) who developed the Beach during 1970s.

Practical information and resourcesEdit

  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Electric supply: 220 Volts
  • Language: Tamil. One can also manage with Simple English.


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Once upon a time, not so long ago, Chennai's nightlife was oriented to only cultural activities: Indian classical dances and musical performances. They continue to be the mainframe of Chennai's nightlife. Recently, Chennai's has acquired more colours during the night. In case, you are so inclined and desire to have some real action, you may head to any one of the Discothèques and Nightclubs in Chennai. Some of them are:

  • Dublin
  • EC41
  • Flame Le Club
  • HFO
  • Pasha
Pubs & Bars of Chennai
  • Arcot Bar (The Trident)
  • Bamboo Bar (Hotel Savera)
  • Clarete (Kings Park)
  • Deep Purple
  • The Dome (Le Royal Meridien)
  • Durrants (Hotel Chola Sheraton)
  • Fort St George (Taj Coromandel)
  • Geoffrey's
  • High Time
  • The Leather Bar
  • Lexus
  • Munro (The Sindoori Central Hotel)
  • Oakshott (Hotel Connemara)
  • Sangaree (Ashok Residency)
  • Striker (Windsor Park)
  • Westminster Bar (ITC Hotel Park Sheraton & Towers)
  • Zara - Tapas Pub

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