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Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is a major commercial, cultural, and educational centre in South India, while the port of Chennai is the second largest port in India.Chennai is India's second largest exporter of software, information technology (IT) and information-technology-enabled services (ITES). A major chunk of India's car manufacturing industry is based in and around the city. 

Chennai is divided into four broad regions: North, Central, South and West. North Chennai is primarily an industrial area. Central Chennai is the commercial heart of the city and includes an important business district, Parry's Corner. South Chennai and West Chennai, previously mostly residential, are fast becoming commercial, home to a growing number of IT firms, financial companies and call centres. 

Latitude 13° N 
Longitude 80° E

Must See

Vadapalani Temple
Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane
Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Mylapore
St. Thomas Mount
St. George's Cathedral, Chennai
Thousand Lights Mosque
Marina Beach
Elliot's Beach
Covelong Beach
Government Museum Complex
Fort St. George
Guindy National Park
Arignar Anna Zoological Park
Madras Crocodile Bank Trust

Popular Food

Filter Coffee
Sambar
Chutneys
Rasam
Curd
Appalam
Idly
Dosa
Vada
Uppuma
Appam
Kootu
Milagai Podi
Uthappam 
Parota

Things to Buy

Leaf and palmyra-fiber handicrafts, Tirunelveli
Bronze and Brass castings
Traditional Jewelry, Kumbakonam
Metal Works, Thanjavur
Stone carvings, Mahabalipuram
Silks, Kanchipuram

How To reach

By Road: Chennai is well connected to other parts of India by road. Four major National Highways branches out from Chennai. They are National Highway 4 (NH 4) to Mumbai (via Bangalore), NH 5 to Kolkata (via Bhubaneswar), NH 45 to Theni (via Tiruchirapalli) and NH 205 to Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh (via Tirupati).

By Train: Chennai is the headquarters of the Southern Railway. The city has two main railway terminals. Chennai Central station, the city's largest, provides access to other major cities as well as many other smaller towns across India. Chennai Egmore is a terminus for trains to destinations primarily within Tamil Nadu; it also handles a few inter-state trains.

By Air: Chennai serves as a major gateway to southern India, and the Chennai International Airport, comprising the Anna international terminal and the Kamaraj domestic terminal with a total passenger movements of 10.5 million and aircraft movements of 110,000 in 2009-2010, is the third busiest airport in India, and has the second busiest cargo terminus in the country. Chennai handles 316 flights a day, again making it at third spot among Indian Airports. The city is connected to major hubs across Asia, Europe, and North America through more than 30 national and international carriers.

By Sea: The city is served by two major ports, Chennai Port, one of the largest artificial ports, and Ennore Port. The Chennai port is the largest in Bay of Bengal with an annual cargo tonnage of 61.46 million (2010-2011) and is India's second busiest container hub.
Royapuram fishing harbour is used by fishing boats and trawlers.

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