Chennai (Madras), India

Chennai (Madras), India

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A beguiling combination of the traditional & modern

Chennai is a city both traditional and cosmopolitan, sprinkled with Hindu temples, the colonial remnants of the British Raj, and modern high-rises. Overlying it all is the rich Tamil culture, with an emphasis on the celebration of beauty in its many forms, the pinnacle of which is no doubt Mahabalipuram.

On this stunning site between beach and lagoon are rock-cut temples and monoliths adorned with exquisite and intricate carvings depicting mythological themes; and bas reliefs like Arjuna’s Penance, where sculpted into two enormous rocks are beautifully rendered figures of animals, humans, and gods observing the descent of the holy river Ganges from the Himalayas.

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Chennai Museum

Chennai Museum

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Chennai Museum

Chennai Museum

This beautiful complex of galleries and halls in home to a wonderful collection of art and archaeology, botany, geology and anthropologly exhibits. The bronze and metal galleries are the most famous in South India.

Mamallapuram

Mamallapuram

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Mamallapuram

Mamallapuram

This ancient town is renowned for its amazing Hindu temples, cave sancuatries and thousands of sculptures dedicated to Shiva. Intricately carved from solid rock in the 7th century, some believe this spectacular site served as a school for young sculptors.

Majestic Chennai

Majestic Chennai

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Majestic Chennai

Majestic Chennai

Tour the city of Chennai that boasts of the Splendours of the Raj. Explore the commanding Fort St. George, the High Court, the Bronze Gallery at the Chennai Museum, and the celebrated Kapaleeswara Temple before the San Thome Cathedral, said to house the remains of St. Thomas, the Apostle.

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Chennai (Madras), India At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 13°3'37.52"N 80°14'58.5"E
Size: 1,189.00 KM2 (459.08 MI2)
Population: 4,700,000
Density: 3,953 Pop/KM2 (1,526 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +91

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