Chennai (Madras), India

Chennai (Madras), India

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Where traditional meets modern

Chennai (or Madras as it was formerly known) is a true feast for the senses—but especially your sense of taste. Ranked the #2 best food city in the world by National Geographic, be sure to bring a hearty appetite and a taste for adventure when you visit this South Indian port. And if hot sand is more your cup of tea than hot curry, indulge in a little time on the fantastic beaches that line the Bay of Bengal.

Or, if it’s culture you’re hungry for instead, there’s plenty in Chennai to satisfy that craving, too. Travel less than an hour south of the city and you’ll find yourself in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Mahabailpuram, This incredible collection of monuments includes rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), and giant open-air reliefs.

But whether you’re seeking a taste of the exotic, a few morsels of culture, or a sampling of life on the beach, there’s one common ingredient you’re sure to notice everywhere you go: The warm and friendly nature of Chennaites. So roll up your sleeves, dig in, and explore this flavorful city!

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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

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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

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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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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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