Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, is the capital of the Tamil Nadu state. It’s home to Fort St. George, built in 1644 and now a museum showcasing the city’s roots as a British military garrison and East India Company trading outpost.
Religious sites include Kapaleeshwarar Temple, adorned with carved and painted gods, and St. Mary’s, a 17th-century Anglican church.
The credit of the booming economy of the city goes to the leading industries including automobile, software services, petrochemicals, financial services, textiles and hardware manufacturing.
Also, Chennai, being an important metropolitan city is very well-connected to all the major cities of India as well as with the countries overseas. And, it is also considered as the cultural hub of South India which is famous for its affluent heritage in classical dance, music, architecture, sculpture, crafts, etc. Given below are some of the very interesting facts and figures about Chennai.
State: Tamil Nadu OfficialLanguage: Tamil OtherLanguagesSpoken: English, Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam Demonym: Chennaite Population: 6.4 Million Area: 178.20 sq. km Latitudinalparallels: 13 Deg. North Longitudinalmeridians: 80 Deg. East Temperature in Summers: 37 °C (Max) 21.10 °C (Min) Temperature in Winter: 32 °C (Max) 19.81 °C (Min) Rainfall: 1,272 mm Monsoon: June to September (South-West Monsoon), October to December (North-East Monsoon) Season: Tropical throughout the year. Altitude: 60 m above sea level Religions: Hindu, Islam, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Buddhists, Jains EducationalInstitutes: Dr. Ambedkar Law University, SRMC Chennai, IIT Madras, LIBA Chennai etc. MainAttractions: Marina Beach, Snake Park, St. George Fort, Kapaleeshwar Temple, Santhome Cathedral, National Art Gallery, etc. BestTimetovisit: November to February
Amazing Facts about Chennai that will leave you surprised for sure
1. Chennai is the cultural capital of India
2. In 2003, Chennai was ranked as the best city to live
3.Chennai is India’s first city to have Wi-Fi facilty in a widespread manner.
4.The great city was ranked 1st by Health Facilities in 2003.
5.Chennai has one of the oldest medical and engineering colleges in the world.
6.Chennai ranks third in South Asia in number of Two Wheelers.
7.Chennai’s Anna Centenary Library is the largest library in Asia.
8.Chennai is the only Indian and South Asian city to be listed in “52 places to go in the world” by The New York Times.
9. Chennai is one of the safest city to live in India.
10. Chennai comes second in India after Mumbai in number of theatres.
11. Chennai’s Marine Beach is second largest beach in the world.
12. Chennai’s Vandalur Zoo is India’s First and is the largest one in South Asia.
13. Chennai is the home of South Indian Movies.
14.The earlier name of the city, Madras is believed to be originated from Madrasapattinam, a fishing village located north of the St. George Fort.
15.Chennai is also known as the ‘Gateway to South India’.
16.The Tidel Park of the capital city is the largest IT Park in Asia; it also houses the head offices of leading software companies.
17.Cricket is the famous sport in Chennai and was started as a result of the foundation of the Madras Cricket Club in 1846.
18.The M.A. Chidambaram Stadium sited in Chepauk was set up in 1916 and is among the oldest stadiums of the country.
19.It is also known as the Detroit of India because of its automobile industry which produces more than 40% of the auto parts and motor vehicles in India.
20.The Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CBMT) at Koyambedu is the leading bus terminal in Asia.
21.The Cancer Institute established in 1920 is one of the oldest cancer hospitals in India.
22.Viswanathan Anand, the world chess champion, grew up in Chennai.
23.This city is renowned for Bharatnatyam, the famous and one of the oldest classical dance forms in India, which originated in Tamil Nadu.
24.It houses some of the leading foreign banks including Bank of America, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Citibank, Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Ltd., Ryan Services and Standard Chartered Bank.
25.The Vandalur Zoo sited in Chennai was set up in 1855 and it is the first public zoo in India and also the largest one in the country.
26.Chennai is the second leading exporter of information technology (IT) and business process outsourcing (BPO) services in India.