Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu is sited on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. It has played a very crucial role in the traditional, historical and academic growth of the country, representing the different elements of the highest variety of the Dravidian civilization. Today, Chennai the capital city is the 4th largest city of India and is also the leading commercial center of South India. 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
Official Language: Tamil
Other Languages Spoken: English, Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam
Population: 6.4 Million
Area: 178.20 sq. km
Latitudinal parallels: 13 Deg. North
Longitudinal meridians: 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
Main Attractions: Marina Beach, Snake Park, St. George Fort, Kapaleeshwar Temple, Santhome Cathedral,
National Art Gallery, etc.
Best Time to visit: November to February
Theatre / Cinema Halls
Cinema is one of the most preferred means of entertainment in Chennai. The city even houses the Tamil film industry Kollywood, which is constantly churning out movies for the entertainment of the masses. The city is witnessing a wave of private cinema halls coming up in the city such as the Satyam Cineplex, PVR Cinemas etc.
Chennai is a hustling and bustling metropolitan city and is counted amongst the largest cites in India. Madras was an important trade center during the British rule and has been growing ever since. Shopping Malls are mushrooming with the speed of fire and have completely changed the face of the city. Some of the good malls in chennai are The City center, Spencer Plaza, Express Avenue, Phoenix Market City.