Welcome to Chennai

Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is known as the gateway to south India. Despite being an important city for manufacturing, health care, and IT, Chennai has managed to retain a spaciousness that's lacking in other major Indian cities. It's a sprawling and busy, yet conservative, city with deep traditions and culture that are yet to give way to the growing foreign influence there. This Chennai guide and city profile is full of travel information and tips.

Chennai was originally a cluster of small villages until English merchants of the British East India Company selected it as the site for a factory and trading port in 1639. The British developed it as a major urban center and naval base, and by the 20th Century the city had become an administration hub. In recent years, Chennai has achieved booming industrial growth across a range of sectors, encouraged by the city's favorable infrastructure and availability of space.

Chennai is the fourth largest metropolitan city of India. It is both the commercial and cultural capital city of the south-eastern state of Tamil Nadu. The city is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. The British developed the city into a major urban centre along with a strong naval base in the 17th century. By the 20th century, it became an important administrative centre.

Chennai, rightly known as an exotic state, is famous for its cutworks in the temples, coconut fringes, and silk sarees. This 350 year old city is surrounded by the green environment and gifted by the rich traditional charm of art and culture. In 1639, the British took over the place and made it the capital of the British presidency. It used to be the centre of conflict for the supremacy of the British and the French. In 1612 the Dutch East India Company built a settlement in Pulicat further north.

Chennai is divided into North, South, Central and West parts. The North side is primarily an industrial area whereas the Central part is the commercial heart of the city which also includes Parry's Corner, an important business district. Comparatively, South Chennai and West Chennai used to be residential areas. Though, now they are becoming commercial regions with many information technology firms, financial companies and call centres. The Guindy National Park is one of the few parks which are lodged up within the limit of the city. Chennai is one of the few cities in the world that accommodates a national park, within its limits.

Today, the city is developing rapidly and has become a fast growing city in India. Currently there are many major industries in the field like automobile, Hardware manufacture, technology, health and education. It is ranked as a second major exporter of IT and is also well-known as the automobile capital of India. Beside these major industries, it is also top in sports and includes a number of stadiums in order to promote it. Chennai is blessed with art and literature so it is also famous for its Film Industry known as 'Kollywood'. It is the main centre fir film of Tamil Nadu so there is a major impact of movie stars and their role in society. A visit to this capital city will definitely assist one to understand more about the rich historical legacy of the country.