CHENNAI TOURISM GUIDE:
Location of Chennai: Along The Coast Of Bay Of Bengal, Tamil Nadu
Chennai is Regarded As: The Gateway To The South
Chennai is Hub Of : South India’s Film Industry
Famous Festivities at Chennai: Chennai’s Music And Dance Festival, Arubathimoovar Festival In Mylapore, Festivals of Dakshinachitra
Formerly Called: Madras
Chennai – The Gateway To The South
Popularly regarded as “The Gateway to the South“, Chennai is the fourth largest city in India and the capital of Tamil Nadu state. With a vast population of about six million people, Chennai is a city that is growing, expanding and changing vigorously.
Chennai – It’s Location
Chennai has the Bay of Bengal bordering its east, while the state of Andhra Pradesh is on its northwest. It has the Kanchipuram on its south and the states of Kerala and Karnataka on its western side.
The City of Chennai
Chennai, previously called Madras, is comparatively a new city, about 350 years old. The erstwhile villages of Mylapore, Triplicane, Ezhambur (Egmore), etc., all now a part of Chennai, have a recorded historical past century older than Chennai.
Chennai is a gracious city that has a clear skyline, long sandy beaches, parks, historic landmarks, and tourist infrastructural facilities which make it a convenient entry point or base to start a tour of Tamil Nadu and South India.
Music, dance and all other art forms of South India are cherished and nurtured in this city. Although the city has long been an important center of textile manufacturing, a great deal of industrial expansion has taken place in recent years.
History of the Chennai City:
Modern Chennai grew out of a small village when in 1639 a fishing hamlet called “Madraspatnam” was selected by early English merchants of the East India Company as a site for the settlement.
Chennai was the first British major settlement in India and it was here that many who went on to build the Empire first learnt their trade. As a consequence, the city is replete with much that is of significance in British Indian history. But the much older settlements have stories to tell too, and so the city is an amalgam of ancient and more modern history. Everywhere one goes in Chennai, one can find history written in every name.
The Growth of Chennai:
For more than 2000 years the area has been popular with seafarers, spice traders and cloth merchants. The 16th century saw the arrival of the Portuguese, followed by the Dutch. In 1693, the British East India Company established a settlement in the fishing village of Madraspatnam. For St. George was constructed over a period of 15 years and finally completed in 1653. George town grew in the area of the fort and was granted its first municipal charter in 1688 by James II, making it the oldest municipality in India. During the 18th and 19th centuries, French and British traders competed for supremacy in India. In the 19th century, the city became the seat of the Madras presidency, one of the four divisions of British imperial India. After independence, it continued to grow into what is now a significant southern gateway.
The Traditional And Modern Outlook Of Chennai:
It presents a culture that is distinct from that of the northern part of India and is famous for its traditional yet modern outlook. Chennai is a city where the traditional and the modern blend in life everywhere. From traditional vegetarian fare to fast foods, from nine-yard saris to the latest in fashion, from ancient temple architecture to modern high-rise – with Indo-Saracenic and Victorian as stops along the way – from classical music and dance to discos throbbing to heady beats, Chennai has them all and many more vivid contrasts that are a pleasant surprise.
Centre of South India’s Film Industry:
Chennai is the centre of South India’s film industry; its skyline is ablaze with bright movie billboards advertising the latest celluloid fantasies. There are many big film studios.
Best Places to Visit in Chennai
Marina Beach: Golden sand, good surf and a shimmering clean blue sea; this in a nutshell is Marina beach. This beach is counted among one of the longest beaches in Asia. Its 12 km-long stretches were made beautiful by the wonderful facelift given by Governor Mount Stuart Elphinstone Grant Duff in the early 1880s, and is a major tourist attraction today.
Theosophical Society: On a vast expanse of over 250 acres on the banks of the Adyar estuary lies the more-than-a-century-old Theosophical Society, amidst the woods, marshes, gardens, and waters. H.P. Blavatsky founded the society in 1875. The Adyar Banyan tree with its roots spreading over 40,000-sq-ft and its library, a research center in eastern civilization, philosophy and religion, are worth seeing.
Places of Worship in Chennai
Temples in Chennai:
Kapaleeswara Temple In Mylapore: The Kapaleeswara Temple situated in Mylapore is very famous and attracts thousands of devotees, especially during festival days. The main deity, Lord Shiva, is worshipped as “Kapaleeswara” and the Goddess as “Karpagambal”.
Sri Parthasarathy Temple at Triplicane: Parthasarathy Temple at Triplicane is one of the two famous and ancient shrines in Chennai. The temple is said to have existed 1200 years ago. Triplicane is also known as “Thiruvallikeni”, one of the 108 Divya Desams, renovated by a king of the Pallava Dynasty. “Brindaranya” is the traditional Puranic name of Thiruvallikeni. While dedicated to Vishnu in his incarnation as Krishna, the Parthasarathy temple enshrines images of the five incarnations of Vishnu including that of a wounded Krishna.
Churches in Chennai:
Santhome Cathedral Church: Santhome Cathedral Basilica is situated on the southern tip of Marina in Chennai. It is a towering basilica built on the spot where St. Thomas (an apostle of Jesus Christ) was buried. It is the church of the Archbishop of Chennai – pastoral head of the Catholic community in the region.
St. Thomas Mount: St. Thomas Mount church is located near Meenambakkam airport in Chennai. The Portuguese built it in 1523. It is a small relic-filled church, which stands at the summit of the 300 foot high St. Thomas Mount.
Mosques in Chennai:
Big Mosque: The Wallajah Mosque referred to as the Big mosque was built by the Wallajah family in 1795 in memory of the Nawab. The present Prince of Arcot is closely associated with this shrine even today.
Museums in Chennai:
National Art Gallery, Chennai: The Pantheon Complex in Chennai, was built before 1789 and was a place of assemblage for the British till it was bought by the Government in 1830. Later, several new buildings were added to it. Today, this complex houses the Government Museum, the National Art Gallery and the Connemara Public Library.
Government Museum, Chennai: Located on Pantheon Road, between Egmore and Anna Salai, the Government museum is a grand repository of ancient historical treasures. It is the first government-sponsored museum in the country opened in Chennai in 1851. The building originally belonged to a group of eminent British citizens, known as the “Pantheon committee”, in charge of improving the social life of the British in Madras.
Famous Monuments in Chennai
Fort St. George: Fort St. George is located on the Rajaji Salai road in Chennai. The fort was one of the first few bastions that were built by the East India Company in 1640 to protect its interests in India from rival companies. This fortification also marks the making of Madras (Chennai) as a modern city.
Valluvar Kottam: The Valluvar Kottam, on the corner of Kodambakkam High Road and Village Road, Chennai, is a standing memorial to immortal Tamil Poet-Saint Thiruvalluvar. It is a massive auditorium, constructed on reclaimed land from an unused lake filled with the city’s garbage and debris. It was opened in the year 1976 and the auditorium is said to be the largest in Asia and can accommodate about 4000 people.
Vivekananda Illam: Originally called “Ice House”, this landmark was re-christened Vivekananda Illam in 1963. This was in remembrance of Swami Vivekananda’s brief sojourn here (in 1897 when he delivered seven historic lectures at Chennai). It is a sacred place for every student and devotee of Swami Vivekananda.
Senate House: One of Chennai’s most impressive architectural marvels, Senate House, at the Madras University campus on the Marina, was constructed under the supervision of Robert Fellowes Chisholm, one of the greatest architects of the 19th century.
B. M. Birla Planetarium: B.M. Birla Planetarium located at Kottur in Chennai, houses a modern fully computerized projector, which depicts heaven on a hemispherical dome. The planetarium presents to the visiting public and students audio-visual programs on various themes in astronomy.
The Corporation Campus/ Rippon Building: To the west of Central Station in Chennai is the Rippon Building, the dazzling white headquarters of the Corporation of Chennai. It is one of the few public buildings in Chennai that time has not managed to ravage.
Memorials in Chennai
Anna Square, MGR Memorial, Rajiv Gandhi Memorial, Victory War Memorial are the memorials often visited by tourists in Chennai.
Famous Parks in Chennai to Visit
Anna Zoological Park: Situated in Vandalur, about 35 km from Chennai, the Anna zoological park is one of the latest and modern zoos of India and the biggest in South East Asia. Spreading over an area of 510 hectares of dry evergreen forests with gently undulating terrain, the specially created open island type enclosures with wet and dry moats and enclosures with hidden walls and simulated natural environment make the animals feel in their natural environment.
Snake Park: Founded by wildlife conservationist Romulus Whitaker, the Snake Park, at Guindy, Chennai, houses a variety of reptiles. Cobras, Pythons, Kraits, Adders, Vipers, Monitor Lizards and giant Turtles are some of the special draws at the park. It is well maintained with generous enclosures. Information boards debunk many myths about reptiles.
Amusement Parks In Chennai: Kids and adults will have a wonderful time at the amusements parks- MGM dizzy world, Dash ‘n Splash, Dolphin City, and Kishkinta, located just outside the city.
Fairs and Festivals in Chennai
Music and Dance Festival, Chennai: The Chennai Music and Dance festival celebrated during the latter half of December and early part of January is a cultural extravaganza that has no parallel anywhere in the world. A unique feature of this art festival is the fact that upcoming artistes also get a chance to exhibit their talents to this city of music and dance lovers at large along with the well-established artistes. Art lovers from various parts of the world visit the city during this season and in nearly all of them there is always a rush for tickets
Arubathimoovar Festival In Mylapore: The Kapaleeswara temple in Mylapore is very famous and attracts thousands of devotees especially during festival days. The bronze idols of the 63 Nayanmars, the saints who were devotees of Lord Shiva are placed within the Kapaleeswarar Sannadhi. The Nayanmars glorified Lord Shiva with enchanting hymns.
The Arubathimoovar festival is celebrated here during March – April and all the Nayanmars are taken in a colourful procession through the streets of Mylapore.
Festivals of Dakshinachitra: Dakshinachitra is a unique Heritage village situated at Muttukadu on the new Mamallapuram coastal road, 20-km from Chennai. Dakshinachitra offers the visitor an unforgettable and authentic insight into the lifestyles of diverse people of South India. The traditional craftsmen and folk artists are seen at work in the settings representing the century-old houses and work sports of the crafts community. The festivals of Dakshinachitra attract huge crowds.
Excursions from Chennai
Cholamandal Artists’ village: The Artists’ village in Cholamandal, 10-km from Tiruvanmiyur is where some of the best artist of South India live and work together.
MGR Film City: Known to the world over for its film industry, MGR Film City is a special delight, which houses various locations and settings for film shootings besides dubbing and re-recording theatres.
Mamallapuram/ Mahabalipuram: Located at a distance of 58 km from Chennai, Mahabalipuram has everything that makes a site memorable; tradition, history, piety, western annals, and current importance as a centre of tourism.
Crocodile Bank: Located 42-m from Chennai is a farm where several species of Indian and African crocodiles and alligators are bred in captivity. This crocodile bank is on the way to Mahabalipuram and is run by Romulve Whittaker. About 5,000 species are kept in their natural surroundings in open pools. They can be viewed from a safe distance.
Vedanthangal Birds Sanctuary: Vedanthangal bird sanctuary is located in Kanchipuram district, 85-km from Chennai. It is the oldest bird sanctuary in the country and has been in existence presumably for more than 200 years. Vedanthangal is a bird watchers paradise, especially during the winter season when birds in a myriad of colors and kinds descend on the lake in hordes. A beautiful sight to behold indeed!
Kanchipuram: Kanchipuram is a small, rural town about 75-km from Chennai. With the Sankara Mutt acting as the hub of Hindu activities and the temples, Kanchipuram is one of the most highly visited pilgrimage spots in India, and can rightfully be called the “Religious Capital of South India”.
Tirupati: 84-km from Chennai at the extreme south of Andhra Pradesh is Tirupati, one of the most important pilgrimage centres of India. The temple of Lord Venkateshwara rests on a hill at Tirumala overlooking the little town of Tirupati. Lord Venkateshwara, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu is the presiding deity here.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT CHENNAI
Best Places to Go Shopping in Chennai
Chennai is one of the major trading centres in South India. It provides a good market for not only bulk purchasers but also offers many items for tourist shoppers. The traditional handicraft and handloom items are very popular among tourists. The south silk has been a rage among the women for centuries.
The Victoria Technical Institute at Mount Road is known for selling quality products in Handicraft, Handmade clothing and Batik greeting cards. The best place to purchase some art and crafts items is the Central Cottage Industries Emporium in the Temple tower. This place is tastefully decorated and has products from all over India.
Exclusively For Silk – Shopping in Chennai: For silk, the main centres are Srinivasa Silk, Nalli and Kumaran at T. Nagar and B.M Silks in Mylapore. T. Nagar has outlets of all the major textile mills in India. The state emporiums are located along Anna Salai. The gems and jewelry shops are on Mount Road. The Burma Bazaar is famous for all kinds of electronic gadgets even textile, ready-made garments, and perfumes. The Traditional Crafts of Chennai
For those looking for traditional bell metal items, bronze icons, and stone sculpture as well as other crafts from Southern region, the best place would be the Tamil Nadu State Emporia Poompuhar.
Major Shopping Centres in Chennai
Cottage industries exposition
Dakshin art Gallery
Flower and fruit markets, broadway
Gemini parse complex
Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan
Koyambedu vegetable market
Luz corner, mylapore
Raheja shopping complex
Sarala art centre
Victoria technical institute, anna salai
Vummidiar’s shopping center.
Climate of Chennai:
Being situated in the tropical zone, Chennai normally has a very hot and humid climate. The best time to visit this city is the winter season. Winter and summer temperature does not vary much as it rains frequently through the year.
Delicious Places To Eat in Chennai
- Eden E-37, 2nd Avenue, Besant Nagar, Chennai
- Salt and Pepper (Coffee Shop), Ambassador Pallava, 30 Montieth Road, Egmore, Chennai
- Don Pepe, 73 Cathedral Road, Gopalapuram
- Gallopin Gooseberry, Trio Foods II (Upstairs) Greams Road.
- Coconut Lagoon, 1 Cathedral Road, Chennai
- Duchess, Kabul Complex, No 35 TTK Road, Chennai
- Opal Inn, 9 Nungambakkam High Road, Chennai
- Pandiya Nadu, Kabul Complex, No 35 TTK Road, Chennai
- Romallee, Amravathi Complex, No 1 Cathedral Road, Opp Music Academy, Chennai
- Vasanta Bhavan – Poonamallee High Road, Howrah Complex, Poonamallee High Road, (Opposite Ripon Building), Chennai
- Stop at Sam’s, 282/1 TTK Road, Chennai
- Highway, Abu Palace, Poonamalee High Road, Chennai
- Ivy League, Windsor Park, 349 Poonamallee High Road, Chennai
- Planet Yumm, 2054, I – Block, 12th Main Road, Chennai
- Vasanta Bhavan – Anna Nagar, AA 146-B, II Avenue, (Near Anna Nagar Roundtana), Chennai
South Indian Restaurants:
- Dosa Corner, 01, Cathedral Road
- Anjappar, A-8, Annanagar East, Chennai
- New Neela Bhavan, 34 Greams Road, Chennai
- Palimar Restaurant, 48 ground floor Parson Manere, 602 Anna Salai, Chennai
- The Rain Tree, Hotel Connemara, Binny Road, Chennai
- Hotel Egmore Woodlands : (Vegetarian Restaurant), 49 (New 77), Pantheon Road, Chennai
- Kwality Restaurant, 51 Montieth Road, Chennai
- Drive In Restaurant, (A unit of ITDC), Fairlands, Kamaraj Salai, Chennai
- Woodlands Drive-In, Dr Radhkrishnan Salai, Chennai
- Dosa Diner, Angson Centre, 153 Greams Road, Chennai
- Palimar, 602 Hotel Palimar, Parson Manor, Chennai
- Jharoka, The Trident, 1/24 GST Road, Chennai
North Indian Restaurants:
- Kabul, Kabul Complex, No 35 TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai
- Tandoor Durbar Restaurant, 121 3rd Avenue, Annanagar, Chennai
- Sachin Ka Dhabba – 18th Main Road, Anna Nagar West, 1654/6, 18th Main Road, Chennai
- Dhabba Express – 4th Main Road, 5, 4th Main Rd, Besant Road, Chennai
- Sanjha Choolha, 41 Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai
- Punjabi Dabha, 114/9 Poonamallee High Road, Chennai
- Peshwari, Hotel Chola Sheraton, 10 Cathedral Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai
- Minar, Savera Hotel, 146 Dr Radhakrishnan Salai, Chennai
- Peacock, The President, 16 Dr RK Salai, Chennai
- The Dhaba, Dr Radha Krishnan Salai, Opp. AVM Rajeshwari Kalyana Mandapam, Chennai
- Komalas, 3-A Kodambakkam High Road (Near Parsons Complex), Chennai
- Red Fort (Quality Inn Aruna), A unit of Aruna sunrise Hotels Limited, 144 Sterling Road, Chennai
Chennai’s Entertainment Arenas:
Famous Pubs & Bars:
Geoffrey’s, Marina, Park Town
Discos: -EC41, 41 East Coast Road, Enjambakkam, Chennai
Gatsby 2000, Park Sheraton, 132 TTK Road, Teynampet, Chennai
Pool Parlours: -The Beach, 6 LB Road, Sorrento Bldg Basement, Adyar Circle, Chennai
Wild West: S-77 Spencer Plaza 2nd Phase 769, Anna Salai, Chennai
In Strokes: 54 J N Road (100 ft Road),Ashok Nagar, Chennai
Break Point: 2nd Floor, Heavitree, 23 Spurtank Road, Chetput, Chennai
Billiards Point – Lloyds Road, 240 Lloyds Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai
Billiards Point: – Sardar Patel Road, 73 Sardar Patel Road, Chennai
Buddy’s Billiards Pool & Snooker Centre: 1st Floor, 124 CPS Sivaswamy Salai, Mylapore, Chennai
The Pot Shot: 15 Jaganathan Road,Nungambakkam, Chennai
Favourite Pool Spot: Favourite Arcade, II Floor (above Sona’s), 75 Pondy Bazaar, Chennai
Billiard Arcade: 36 Raja Bathar Street, First Floor Pondy Bazaar, Chennai
PUBS/BARS: – Striker (Windsor Park), 349 Poonamallee High Road, Chennai
Oakshott (Hotel Connemara), Binny Road, Chennai
Geoffery’s: Hotel Radha Park Inn, 171, Jawaharlal Nehru Salai (Inner Ring Road), Chennai
Durrants (Hotel Chola Sheraton): 10 Cathedral Road, Chennai
Clarete (Kings Park): 869-B EVR Periyar Salai, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai
Arcot Bar (The Trident), GST Road, Chennai
Bamboo Bar (Hotel Savera), 69 Dr Radhakrishna Salai, Chennai
Fort St George (Hotel Taj Coromandel), 17 Nungambakkam High Road, Chennai
Marina (Quality Inn Aruna), 144 Sterling Road, Chennai
Park Town: Munro (The Sindoori Central Hotel), 26/27 Poonamalle High Road, Chennai
The Dome (Le Royal Meridien), Le Royal Meridien, 1 GST Road, Chennai
Westminster Bar (ITC Hotel Park Sheraton & Towers), 132, TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai
Tourist Information Centres in Chennai
- Department of Tourism, Government of India (DOTGOI)
154, Anna Salai, Chennai
- Department of Tourism, Government of India (DOTGOI)
Airport counter, Domestic Terminal, Chennai Airport, Chennai.
- Department of Tourism, Government of India (DOTGOI)
Airport counter, International Terminal, Chennai Airport, Chennai
- Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC)
143, Anna Salai, Chennai
- Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC)
29, Commander-in-Chief Road, Chennai
- Department of Tourism
Government of Tamil Nadu, Panagal Building, Sidapet, Chennai
Chennai General Information
Area: 174- sq-kms
Population: 5.9 million (1991 Census)
Latitude: N 12° 9′ and 13° 9′
Longitude: E 80° 12’and 80° 19′
Clothing: Light Cottons
Languages Spoken: Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and English.
STD Code: 044
Temperature Range (deg C):
Summer: Max – 37.3ºC, Min – 27.6ºC
Winter: Max – 28.2ºC, Min-21.0ºC
Rainfall: 1,272 mm
List of Cities Near Chennai in Tamil Nadu
Bangalore – 334-km
Kancheepuram – 75-km
Mamallapuram – 58-km
Pondicherry – 162-km
Thirukkazhukundram – 74-km
Tirupati – 154-km.
Vedanthangal – 85-km
Vellore – 145-km
Banks in Chennai
- American Express: LIC building, Mount Road, Chennai
- Thomas Cook, 20, North Beach Road, Chennai
- Bank of America, 748, Mount Road, Chennai
- CitiBank, 768, Mount Road, Chennai
- Grindlays Bank, 164, Mount Road, Chennai
- The State Bank of India, International Airport, Chennai
- Standard Chartered Bank, 40 Royapettah Road, Royapettah, Chennai
ATMs in Chennai:
Citibank ATMs: 164, Anna Salai – 600002 Also Promenade, Ground Floor, No. 149, AA Block, 3rd Avenue, Anna Nagar – 600040; No. 2/1, Pushpa Shoppe, 1st Floor, Lattice Bridge Road, Adyar, Chennai- 600020; 68/3, G N Chetty Road, Near Pangal Park, T.Nagar – 600017
HDFC ATM’s: ITC Centre, 759 Mount Road, Chennai – 600002 ; Arunachala Apts, Plot No. 12, MG Rd., Shastri Nagar, Adyar, Chennai – 600020; Block Y, Number 206, Plot No. 4522, Annanagar, Chennai – 600040; Plot No. 8, Arcot Road, Valsaravakkam, Chennai – 600087
HSBC ATM’s: 30, Rajaji Salai – 600001; 96, Dr Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore – 600004; Challa Mall, No 11, Sir Theyagaraya Road, T Nagar – 600017; Pushpa Shoppe, No 1, L B Road, Adyar – 600020; Yeses Supermarket, T-101 3rd Avenue, Anna Nagar – 600040
STANDARD CHARTERED BANK ATM’s: 29/30, Raja Rajeshwari Towers, Dr Radhakrishna Salai – 600014
ATM’s of Times Bank Limited: 40, Nungambakkam High Road – 600034; AA-8, 2nd Avenue, Anna Nagar – 600040
ATM’s of UTI Bank Limited: 82, Dr. Radhakishan Salai – 600004; Gr.Floor, 47, Thirumalai Pillai Road – 600017; Wheels India Ltd., Padi – 600050; J 14, III Avenue, Anna Nagar – 600102
ICICI ATM’s: 1, Cenotaph Road, Teynampet, Chennai – 600018; 110, Prakash Presidium, Nungambakkam High Road, Chennai – 600034; Annapurna No.3, 17th Street, Nanganallur, Chennai – 600061
ATM’s of State Bank Of India: 22, Sardar Patel Road, Adyar, Chennai 600020; 73-C, M.T.H. Road, Venkatapuram, Ambattur 600053; Y-211, II Avenue, Anna Nagar (W), Chennai 600040; 103A, Anna Salai, Chennai 600002
Top Hospitals in Chennai
- Government General Hospital
- Stanley Hospital
- Royapettah Hospital
- Government Kasturbha Gandhi Hospital for Women and Children
- Government RSRM Hospital
- Railway Hospital
- Apollo Hospitals
- K.J. Hospital
- Tamil Nadu Hospital
- Vijaya Hospital
- Raju Hospital
Embassies /consulates /High Commissions in Chennai
Austria – 20, N.H. Road, Chennai
Denmark – 8, Collage Road, Chennai
Finland – 742, Anna Salai, Chennai
Germany – 22, Ethiraj Road, Chennai
Italy – 548, Anna Salai, Chennai
Japan – 11, Rutland Gate, 4th Street, Chennai
The Netherlands – 739, Anna Salai, Chennai
The Philippines – 97, Anna Salai, Chennai
Singapore – 3, N.H.Road, Chennai
Spain – 8, Nimmo Road, Chennai
How to Reach Chennai By Air, Rail & Road?
Chennai (Madras) by Air: Chennai is an international arrival point and an important domestic airport. The Anna International Airport is well organized and not too heavily used, making Chennai (Madras) a good entry or exit point. There’s rarely more than one plane on the ground at any given time. Right next-door is the relatively new Kamarajar Domestic Airport, which connects flights with all the major cities of India.
The International Airport of Chennai (Madras) has flights to/from Colombo, Dubai, Frankfurt, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London, Penang, Riyadh, and Singapore.
Chennai (Madras) by Rail: The Chennai Railway Station is one of the most important railheads in southern India. Regular train services connect Chennai (Madras) directly with all the major cities of the country. Trains link Chennai to Jammu in the North, Guwahati in the East and Ahmedabad in the West. Suburban electric trains run from Beach station to Tambaram and from Central to Gummidipoondi and Arakonam.
Chennai (Madras) by Road: National highways connect the city with other capitals and major tourist places in India.
Chennai (Madras) by Sea: There is a sea line to Andaman and Nicobar islands. There is currently on the boat, the MV Nancowry, which sails from Chennai every 10 days to Port Blair, on South Andaman. The trip takes about 52 hours. Once a month, the boat sails via Car Nicobar. This voyage takes an extra two days; foreign nationals are not allowed to disembark at Car Nicobar.
Tickets are issued at the Directorate of Shipping Services at Rajaji Salai (opposite the Customs House) in George Town. Foreigners must get a permit for the islands before they buy a boat ticket.