2010-10-13 20:54
Marina Beach Chennai. (Wikipedia)


Chennai, formerly known as Madras, the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Chennai is the fourth most populous metropolitan area and the fifth most populous city in India.

Chennai's economy has a broad industrial base in the car, computer, technology, hardware manufacturing, and healthcare industries. The city is India's second largest exporter of software, information technology (IT) and information-technology-enabled services (ITES). A major chunk of India's car manufacturing industry is based in and around the city.

Chennai is also an important centre for Carnatic Music and hosts a large cultural event, the annual Madras Music Season, which includes performances by hundreds of artists. The city has a vibrant theatre scene and is an important centre for the Bharatanatyam, a classical dance form. The Tamil film industry, one of the largest film industries in India, is based in the city; the soundtracks of the films dominate its music scene.

MA Chidambaram Stadium

Chennai serves as a major gateway to southern India and the Chennai International Airport, comprising the Anna international terminal and the Kamaraj domestic terminal, is the third busiest airport in India.

There are excellent rail and road links as well, which have central hubs in the city centre.

Chennai is one of the few cities in the world that accommodates a national park, the Guindy National Park, within its limits, and with its beautiful forests, scrub lands, lakes and streams, this is well worth a visit. There is also one of the world's longest beaches, Marina Beach, to the south of the city. (pictured)


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