is the official capital of Tamil Nadu, India
. The city is located on the southeastern coast of Bengal and is one of the largest cities and also one of the most populated cities in India. A firm economic, cultural, and educational center in South India, Chennai remains one of the most visited cities in the world. Chennai is also considered the safest city in India, as well as the health capital of India.
Chennai is home to the iconic Saint George Fort, which was constructed in 1644. The fort is presently being used as a museum. It is now home to the artifacts that showcase the culture and roots of Chennai as a military garrison of the British, as well as the center of the East India trading center, back when Chennai was still called Madras.
Kapaleeshwarar Temple forms one of the most renowned religious attraction sites. It is beautifully decorated with statues and carvings of painted Indian gods. Close by sits the seventeenth century Saint Mary’s Anglican Church, another great religious spot in Chennai.
In the Government Museum, visitors can find various exhibitions of Indian artwork as well as other ancient archaeological artifacts and objects, and especially the bronze sculptures that date back to the ancient Chola Dynasty. The Guindy National Park is home to indigenous wildlife and plants, which can also be found in the Theosophical Society Gardens as well as in the Arignar Anna Zoological Park.
Another relaxation and a sight-seeing point is Marina Beach, a famous place for strolling and kite-flying. It is also one of the spots to visit as a family for its children-friendly and scenic environment.
The Kalakshetra Foundation is a whole world of artistic practice that is inclusive of art museums and many theatres for performing arts. Talent showcasing many acts and plays is done here all through the year.
When to visit Chennai
The climate of Chennai is hot and humid, but highly tolerable. The peak travel season is usually between May
, and between December
, when the weather is lovely, and the festivities are in abundance. In general, the period between January and May has very minimal rainfall. Heavy rains begin falling from October
, around the time when the northeastern monsoons arrive.
Between December and January, Chennai celebrates the great Marghazi Festival of Music and Dance. The people celebrate by enjoying, appreciating, and being part of the classical South Indian Carnatic Music. The Bharatanatyam dances are also incorporated into the Marghazi Festival of Music and Dance, with a taste of both the traditional moves as well as the contemporary artistic dance moves.
In January, the people of Chennai celebrate the Pongal Festival. This festival is essentially a traditional way of celebrating and being thankful for their harvest. During the celebrations, the streets in downtown Chennai are decorated with colorful powdered chalk designs amid the beautiful street lighting. The ceremony entails the fronting of the outstanding and tasty rice delicacies, as is the tradition with the people of Tamil Nadu. To make the festival even more beautiful, ornamented, cattle are paraded as the public watch and cheer in celebration.