Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is one of the gateways of South India and is a thriving city with an active art and culture community. It is also emerging as an IT hub, all adding to the region’s booming economy. Chennai is a heady mix of both traditional and modern outlook. When in Chennai, take a stroll along the Marina Beach, indulge in traditional Tamil cuisine, enjoy a Carnatic music recital or Bharatnatyam performance, and take a weekend trip to Mahabalipuram or Pondicherry.
Chennai is an important metropolitan city and capital of Tamil Nadu and is very well connected with other cities in India as well as with several countries. Climate in Chennai is tropical and it can get hot and humid during summer months, making November to February best time to visit Chennai.
Besides being much populated, Chennai has always amazed the tourists. There are many ancient temples and monuments which virtually stand as an example for ancient Chennai. Several beaches and beach resorts help the tourists to explore the coastal areas of the city. Also, there are enormous excursion spots in and around Chennai for fun loving tourists. Tourists are introduced to typical South Indian cuisine in Chennai City. Most of these recipes are made up of rice. All the recipes have the prefect blend of six tastes like sweet, sour, salt, bitter, pungent and astringent. Tourists can start the day with hot filtered coffee, the authentic beverage which is brewed in each and every home of Chennai. Most of restaurants serve the foods on plantain leaf as the people believe that it removes any toxins present in the food and it is considered as a traditional way to serve food in South India. Other than the interesting sights of Chennai, the tourists also get attracted to Chennai by these luscious foods over and over again.
Chennai has various hotels and resorts with costs ranging from five stars to average charges. Tourist should purchase the famous Kanjivaram Silk Sarees which are abundant in Chennai shopping areas.
Chennai - THINGS TO KNOW
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