Known as the ‘Gateway to the South’, Chennai is the capital city in the state of Tamil Nadu and is one of the popular cities of South India. The port of Chennai is the second largest port in India. The city is a major commercial, cultural, economic and educational center in the southern part India. Apart from being the political and economic centre of the state, Chennai has been serving as a charming travel destination from years and is frequented by travellers from all across. It was known as Madras earlier, the city has many renowned temples, lovely beaches, monuments and parks which make it a popular destination.

Chennai is located in the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal and the Chennai port is the second largest port of India. The Koovam River in the centre and the Adyar River to the south are the two rivers flowing through Chennai. The city has wide range of tourist places for tourists to visit. Marina Beach is the landmark of Chennai tourism industry. Some of the other popular tourist attractions of Chennai are MGR Samadhi in Marina Beach, St. George Fort, Kaapaleshwarar Temple, Guindy National Park, Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Sabthome Basilica, Chettinad Palace, War Memorial, The Victoria Public Hall and many more. In fact, Chennai is one of the few cities in the world that accommodates a national park, the Guindy National Park, within its limits. All these charming tourist attractions of the land make a trip to Chennai, a delightful journey across visual glories.

An important art, music and culture hub, Chennai is known as the “Cultural Capital of South India”. The city is known for the classical Indian dance form – Bharatanatyam, and it hosts many classical music shows the most well-known among them being the annual five week-long Music Season in the month of December. The theater and movie industry of Chennai also have a vast following.

The city is an important industrial area as well. There are many software companies here and 30 percent of India’s automobile industry and 40 percent of auto components industry is in Chennai. The city is also the contributor of 50 percent of India’s leather exports.

Chennai has a tropical wet and dry climate. It located on the coastal area which ensures that there is no extreme variation in seasonal temperature. The weather is hot and humid almost throughout the year. The best time to visit Chennai is during the winter season.

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