The site of former Indian, Portuguese and Dutch settlements, today’s Chennai was established by the British in the 17th century as a trading port. This colonial town, formerly known as Madras, has since grown into India’s fourth-largest city and the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Home to a colonial fort and an array of beautiful temples, monuments and churches, water sports and amusement parks, street markets and shopping centers, fine dining and luxury hotels, as well as one of the longest sandy beaches in the world. This bustling and colorful Indian city is bound to have something on offer for everyone.
Population 4.3 million in Chennai city, 7.45 million in Metropolitan area.
Currency Rupee 1 INR/Rs. = 100 paise
Opening hours Normally 10.30 am – 8.30 pm
Website www.chennaibest.com, www.chennaionline.com
Newspapers The Hindu – India’s national newspaper,New Indian Express – a major newspaper,News Today – a daily evening newspaper,Chennai City Guide – weekly information about culture and tourism
Emergency numbers Police: 100; Traffic Police: 103; Fire Control: 101; Ambulance: 102; Apollo Ambulance: 1066
Tourist information India Tourism Development Corporation
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