Chennai, the capital city of Tamilnadu, India, is located on the Eastern cost of Coromandal off Bay of Bengal and has the longest urban beach in the Country. Chennai is amongst the most visited Indian cities by foreign tourists and has the third largest expatriate population in India.
While summers are hot, January is pleasant and temperature ranges from a low of 21⁰ C to a high of 29⁰ C.
Almost all merchant establishments accept credit cards.
Culture & Food
Chennai hosts the annual Music Season every December–January. Around 1500 performances by various renowned and amateur artists are held across the span of one and a half months.
Chennai is also home to multiple Bharatanatyam and other Indian classical dance schools and performances.
The city also houses India's Tamil (Kollywood) film industry.
Some of the oldest buildings in the city date back to the 6th and 7th century including the Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Mylapore and the Parthasarathy Temple in Triplicane, built in the Dravidian architecture. The city also has myriad Indo-Saracenic buildings designed during the British rule.
While one can find varied Global food in Chennai, do not forget to try out the utterly delicious local food. The famed Filter Coffee, taken in a tumbler like the natives, has absolutely no comparisons. The other must tries (in addition to the idli- dosa- vada- Pongal combinations) include Full Thali meals, Biryani, Paniyaram, Meen kuzhambu and Poliodarai.
Chennai has wide range of Shopping options ranging from Traditional Shopping areas in Sowcarpet and T Nagar (including the renowned Silk house of Nalli) to modern format Malls including the Pheonix Mall, Velachery and Express Avenue, Royapettah.
Chennai has Historical buildings, Temples of yore and recent, Beaches and Culinary delights awaiting to be discovered and relished. It is also located close to the UNESCO heritage site at Mahabalipuram, the popular French Quartier in Pondicherry and Auroville.
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