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Chennai Tourist Guide

Chennai Tourist Guide

Chennai Tourist Guide
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About Chennai
Chennai 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, economic and educational center in South India. It is also known as the "Cultural Capital of South India" and was declared as the most liveable city in India by the Institute of Competitiveness on account of economic, social, security and medical conditions as parameters.
 

Why Name Chennai
The name Chennai is a shortened form of Chennapattanam, the name of the town that grew around Fort St. George,
which was built by the English in 1639.

Chennai Climate
 
Chennai has a tropical wet and dry climate. The city lies on the thermal equator and is also on the coast, which
prevents extreme variation in seasonal temperature. The weather is hot and humid for most of the year. The hottest part of the year is late May to early June,
 
 
Museums and art galleries in Chennai
 
Chennai is home to many museums, galleries, and other institutions, many of which are free of admission charges and
are major tourist attractions as well as playing a research role.The city is also an host to the oldest Museum and Art Gallery in the country- Government Museum, Chennai and The National Art Gallery (Chennai),established in the early 18th century.
 
 
Tourism in Chennai
 
With temples, beaches and centres of historical and cultural significance, including the UNESCO Heritage Site of
Mahabalipuram, Chennai remains the most visited city in India. Chennai has been the most visited Indian city since 2008, in terms of foreign tourists arrival.[188] In 2011, Chennai was ranked 41st in global top 100 city destination ranking, with 3,174,500 tourists, a 14 percent increase from 2010, up from 650,000 in 2007. In 2009, Chennai attracted the highest number of foreign tourists in the country. The city serves as the gateway to the southern part of India with tourists landing in the city and starting their trip to the rest of the region. Top foreign nationals visiting the city includes those from Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Singapore, followed by the United Kingdom, France and the United States. In 2010, the figure of foreign tourist arrival increased by 40 percent in the first half of the year.[189] About 830,620 domestic tourists arrived in Chennai in March 2011. Currently, the city has 24 luxury hotels in the five-star and five-star deluxe categories.
 
Recreation in Chennai
 
Zoo, beaches, and wildlife parks form the primary recreation areas of the city. The Arignar Anna Zoological Park,
one of the largest zoological parks in the world, attracts nearly 2 million visitors per year.[191] The city boasts
two popular beaches, the Marina and Elliot's. Guindy National Park, a protected area of Tamil Nadu, has a
children's park and a snake park, which gained statutory recognition as a medium zoo from the Central Zoo Authority
of India in 1995.
 
Chennai houses several theme parks, namely MGM Dizzee World and Queens Land.The safety of several
amusement parks has been questioned after several fatal accidents occurred.
 
Other important recreation centres include Madras Boat Club, which is over 140 years old, and Gymkhana Club, which
is famous for its 18-hole golf courses. Built in 1867, Madras Boat Club is the second oldest rowing club in India.

 
Shopping in Chennai
 
Chennai is home to several malls, due to its status as an IT hub.Chennai houses quite a few big
malls namely EA, Citi Centre, Spencer Plaza, Ampa Skywalk. Phoenix Market City which was opened in January 2013 at
Velachery is one of India's Biggest shopping Malls.Chennai houses a lot of cinema screens in the form of
multiplexes. Few of the famous multiplexes are Sathyam Cinemas, Escape, Devi and Abirami complex. Tamil, English,
Hindi, and Telugu movies are released and have a large number of fan following. With the increase in malls, the
multiplexes have also doubled recently. Chennai encourages its Theatre artist's equally. The city is under a thick
of activity across the year with a number of plays staged in Tamil and English, as well as with Koothu Patrai, a
form of street play in unison with songs and dance.
 
Gold Market in Chennai
 
Chennai is the most important gold market in the southern region of India which contributes to 45 percent of the
800-tonne annual national gold offtake.Chennai's retail industry is concentrated chiefly in T. Nagar, which
accounts for about 70 to 80 percent of the gold sold in Chennai.[200] According to the 2012 report by property
consultant Cushman & Wakefield, Main Streets Across the World, Khader Nawaz Khan Road at Nungambakkam ranked 10th
position in the list of 'Top 10 Global Highest Retail Rental Growth Markets 2012', with 36.7 percent jump in
rents.
 
Chidambaram Stadium, one of the premier cricket venues in India. ( Hosting IPL 2012,2013, 2014 Matches)

Cricket is the popular sport in Chennai.It was introduced in 1864 with the foundation of the Madras Cricket Club.The M.A. Chidambaram Stadium established in 1916 is among the oldest cricket stadia in India.The Chemplast Cricket Ground located at the IIT Madras campus is another important venue for cricket matches. Prominent cricketers from the city include former cricket captains S. Venkataraghavan and Kris Srikkanth.A cricket fast bowling academy called the MRF Pace Foundation, whose coaches include T. A. Sekhar and Glenn Mcgrath, is based in Chennai.Being home to the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket team Chennai Super Kings, the city hosted the finals of the IPL's 2011 and 2012 series.
IPL 2013 series is ongoing currently
 
Upcoming Matches in Chennai IPL

Mon, Apr 2220:00-23:30
Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 

 
Sun, Apr 2816:00-19:30
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
 
Thu, May 0216:00-19:30
Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
 
Wed, May 2220:00-23:30
3rd vs 4th
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
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