Chennai India - Holiday Guide to Chennai Travel & Tourism
Formally Madras, until the state government changed its name in 1996, Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu, a southern state of India. Historically, Chennai was an important centre of military and economic activity. Even under British rule in the late 18th century the city developed into a major metropolitan centre and naval base. This urban growth led Chennai on its way to become a major hub of industry related manufacturing of cars, technology and hardware, boosting its economy significantly. Today, Chennai is the second largest exporter of information technology and software in India while contributing nearly 40 percent of Tamil Nadu’s GDP.
One would think from the growth into a popular metropolitan area, Chennai would be the hustle and bustle you would find in cities like Mumbai and Kolkata, but on the contrary. The lifestyle of those living in Chennai is significantly different from other cities; in fact some describe it as a quiet and relaxed city in comparison. This often sees Chennai as the getaway capital for those wanting to escape the loud city atmosphere without losing out on all the attractions.
Situated on the Bay of Bengal’s Coromandel Coast, Chennai unfortunately was a victim of the 2004 tsunami that rippled through the Indian Ocean. This natural disaster left Chennai with many casualties including permanently altering its coastline. But in saying this, the city still sports beautiful beaches and waterfront restaurants.
In fact the beaches are a great place to be when visiting. Because Chennai sits on the thermal equator and is a coast located city, seasons don’t really apply here. With little variation in temperatures, the weather stays between the warm and hot stages year round. The hottest months come in late May and last into June when temperatures reach the early to mid 40’s, then settle down in November which leads up to the coolest month of January where minimum temperatures start at around 18°C. So the best time to visit is surely during the ‘cooler’ months as even these times can be very warm, so you can imagine what the stifling heat could be like in the hottest part of the year.
There are so many activities to pack your sunny days with while visiting Chennai. From long beach walks, festivals to admire, shopping to indulge in and beaches to sunbath on, to the more active adventures such as amusement parks, exploring temples and enjoying the night scene.
So whether you are here for an adventure, a romantic getaway or a family holiday, Chennai offers something for everyone.