Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu, a southern state of India. Located on the Coromandel Coast on the Bay of Bengal, Chennai is known to be the ‘gateway of South India’. Earlier known as Madras, the city was the trading outpost of the British East India Company. Chennai is a modern cosmopolitan city with significant historical background and rich in culture and tradition of the Dravidian civilisation. Marina Beach in Chennai is the second longest beach in the world which extends up to 12 kms. It is a must visit place in Chennai. Apart from pleasant sea view, many historical monuments and statues of many prominent personalities are found on the Marina Beach. The aquarium and Ice House are the main attraction on the Marina Beach. The Government Museum is another place of attraction in Chennai. It showcases finest work of art, anthropology, archaeology and much more.
Fort St. George built in 1640 by the British East India Company still stands with all its might. St. Mary’s Church and Wellesley House are also historical buildings of the British era. Valluvar Kottam is a memorial dedicated to the renowned poet, philosopher and saint, Thiruvalluvar. It is built in a style of temple chariot with verses from Tirukkural, a classic work of Thiruvalluvar engraved on the walls. It is mostly visited for its unique style architecture and massive auditorium. Chennai is well connected by all three modes of transport.