Chennai formerly known as Madras is the capital city of Tamil Nadu State and is the fourth largest metro city in India. The city grew up around the English settlement of Fort Saint George and gradually absorbed the surrounding towns and villages. However, despite the strong British influence, Chennai has retained its traditional Tamil Hindu culture and effectively blended it with the foreign influence. The city is widely spread in about 180sq.kms. It is a major trade center, being connected well by road, rail and air to important cities besides being a sea port. Compared to the other major metros of India, it is far less congested and polluted.
Chennai, is a journey into timeless India, a Kaleidoscope of moods, rich in treasures of history, from temples and shrines to forts and palaces, the landscape of the past lives easily with the present. Retaining much of its traditional charm, this 350 year old city is the gateway to the south, providing many a fascinating vignette of southern heritage. Chennai’s culture reflects its diverse population and is known for its wealth of arts and literature. Chennai has a vibrant theatre scene and is an important centre for Bharatanatyam, a classical dance form of Tamil Nadu. It is also popular for the glitz and glamour of kollywood, the Tamil film Industry. Popular festivals include Pongal and Tamil New Year’s Day.
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