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Chennai Facts

Chennai was formerly know as Madras. Chennai is one of India's major port and the commercial hub of South India and thus it became a metropolitan city and emerged as fourth largest city in the country. Chennai is a coastal city with the second largest beach in the world. It is a city of courtesy, charm and culture. Temples and Forts, Churches and Beaches, Mosques, Parks and Monuments are all a part of this wonderful city.

Population:
6.4 Million
State: Tamil Nadu
Area: 174 sq. km
Latitudinal parallels: 13 deg North
Longitudinal meridians: 80 deg East
Temperature
Summer: 37ºC (Max) 21.10ºC (Min)
Winter: 32ºC (Max) 19.81ºC (Min)
Rainfall: 1,272 mm
Monsoon: Chennai monsoon period is from October to mid-December.
Season: Tropical throughout the year.
Altitude: 60 m above sea level
Languages Spoken: Tamil, English, Tamil, Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam are widely spoken and understood.
Main Attractions: Marina Beach, Snake Park, St. George Fort, Kapaleeshwar Temple, Santhome Cathedral, National Art Gallery, etc.

How to get there :
By Air - Chennai is an international airport with flight connections to all major parts of the world, Domestic airlines connect Chennai with all the major cities of India.
By Rail - Regular train services connect Chennai directly with all major cities of the country. Suburban Electric trains run from Beach station to Tambaram and from Central to Gummidipoondi and Arakonam.
By Road -Chennai being gateway to the south is connected by excellent roads to all parts of the south. Taxis, Auto-rickshaws and cycle rickshaws are available. all types of tourist vehicle are easily available on hire.
By Sea- There is a sea line to Andaman and Nicobar islands.