Chennai combines its guardianship of South Indian artistic and religious traditions with bustling commerce and industry.
Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is situated on the north-eastern corner of Tamil Nadu on the Bay of Bengal. A thriving modern Indian city, Chennai combines its guardianship of South Indian artistic and religious traditions with bustling commerce and industry. Fort St. George, built by the British in 1644, and St. Mary’s, the oldest Anglican church in India, sit at the historic centre of the city.
Georgetown, once the British trade and commercial centre, is packed with old buildings including Hindu and Jain temples, mosques, an Armenian church and St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Cathedral. The ancient district of Mylapoore, which pre-dates the city by several centuries, is dominated by the magnificent Kapaleeshwar Temple. Its gopuram, a monumental tower, is a riot of colourful stone figures topped by a finial in gold and aquamarine.
The Marina is one of the longest city beaches in the world
The Marina is one of the longest city beaches in the world, lively with meandering strollers, fortune tellers, cricket players, food vendors and families at all times of day. Chennai is great for people-watching and its attractions rise languidly out of the southern heat.